We are delighted to announce the appointment of Rebecca Syed as the new Deputy Coordinating Editor of Cochrane Schizophrenia
Since graduating in medicine from Balliol College, Oxford University, Rebecca has become a board-certified psychiatrist in both the UK and Australia. She has lived and worked in clinical and research capacities in Melbourne, London, Bogota, Sarajevo, Canberra and Bangkok.
She was appointed Fellow of the University of Melbourne and led research into the evolution of adolescent depression with Prof Pat McGorry (Australian of the year, 2010). After becoming a Member of the Royal College of Psychiatrists she gained a master’s degree in Clinical Epidemiology and Biostatistics at Pontificia Universidad Javeriana in Colombia and conducted a survey of trials in mental health from low and middle-income countries. She completed her training as a psychiatrist at the Institute of Psychiatry in London where she was mentored by Louis Appleby, the National Director for Mental Health. She also led a project to successfully introduce mental health training in Somaliland. After moving to Canberra, she became a Fellow of the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists and was acting Clinical Director of Child and Adolescent Mental Health.
Rebecca is now funded by Australian Rotary Health to investigate the childhood determinants of mental health in the military. She is a lecturer at the King Chulalongkorn Memorial Hospital, Bangkok and is Honorary Associate Professor at the Institute of Mental Health, Nottingham. She has over twenty peer reviewed articles/book chapters and is on the International editorial board of the Australia and New Zealand Journal of Psychiatry.
She has been involved with the Cochrane Schizophrenia group since 2003 and is very excited about her new role.
Rebecca said: “I know how Cochrane Schizophrenia is a precious thing, made up of volunteers worldwide with the central pillars of Claire and Farhad supporting and maintaining output and quality. I look forward to my increasing role and exciting times to come.”