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Alan Fung

Adjunct Faculty and Professorial Fellow

MD (Toronto), ScD (Harvard), BSc (Toronto), MPhil (Cambridge), SM (Harvard), Certificate in Theology and Ministry (Princeton Theological Seminary)

 

Biography

Alan Fung is a physician board-certified in the specialties of psychiatry (Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada), sleep medicine (American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology), and behavioral neurology & neuropsychiatry (United Council of Neurologic Subspecialties, USA). He has strong clinical and academic interests in the cultural and spiritual/religious dimensions of mental health care – especially the interface between spirituality/religion and mental health and illness, as well as partnerships between mental health and faith communities in promoting mental health.

A founding member of the Toronto-based Working Group for the Promotion of Mental Health in Faith Communities, Alan currently serves as the Chair of the World Psychiatric Association (WPA) Section on Religion, Spirituality and Psychiatry; the Vice-Chair of the American Psychiatric Association (APA) Caucus on Spirituality, Religion and Psychiatry; as well as an Advisory Board Member of the Conference on Medicine and Religion (USA). A Distinguished Fellow of the APA, he has been serving on the Steering Committee of the APA Mental Health and Faith Community Partnership since 2014.

Clinically, Alan serves as the Physician Lead of the Mount Sinai Hospital Wellness Centre, University of Toronto Temerty Faculty of Medicine - a community mental health program providing culturally-sensitive and language-specific mental health services to Chinese-speaking seniors and their caregivers. The Centre received a 2022 APA Foundation Award for Advancing Minority Mental Health.

At Wycliffe, Alan is primarily involved in the Mental Health Initiative, including the development and delivery of courses and training related to mental health and issues relevant to Christian ministries. A Co-Editor of the book “Ethical Considerations at the Intersection of Psychiatry and Religion” (Oxford University Press, 2018) and Principal Investigator of research projects related to spirituality and mental health in the Christian and Muslim communities in Canada, Alan is also a Research Professor at Tyndale University.

 

Areas of Expertise

  • Cultural and spiritual/religious dimensions of mental health and care
  • Collaborations between mental health and faith communities
  • Mental health promotion
  • Global mental health
  • Neuropsychiatry, genetics and epidemiology
  • Shared/collaborative mental health care
  • Medical humanities (including ethics, health professional education, interprofessional collaborations & education)

 

Select Publications

  • Christian-based spiritually integrated psychotherapy for East Asian Canadians and findings from the CSPEARIT study. In: Richards PS, Allen GEK, Judd DK (eds). Handbook of spiritually integrated psychotherapies. United States: American Psychological Association (in press, 2022).
  • Health system use among patients with mental health conditions in a community based sample in Toronto, Canada: A retrospective cohort study. PLoS One. 2022 May 10;17(5):e0266377. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0266377.
  • Interactive mental health assessments for Chinese Canadians: a pilot randomized controlled trial in nurse practitioner-led primary care clinic. Asia-Pacific Psychiatry. 2022 Mar; 14(1):e12400. doi: 10.1111/appy.12400.
  • Teaching spiritual and religious competencies to psychiatry residents: a scoping and systematic review. Academic Medicine. 2022 Feb 1; 97(2):300-310. doi: 10.1097/ACM.0000000000004167.
  • Models of delivering Christian psychiatric care. In: Peteet JR, Moffic HS, Hankir A, Koenig HG (eds). Christianity and Psychiatry. Springer, Cham. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-030-80854-9_14 (2021)
  • Principles and practice in educating Christians about mental health – a primer. In: Peteet JR, Moffic HS, Hankir A, Koenig HG (eds). Christianity and Psychiatry. Springer, Cham. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-030-80854-9_16 (2021)
  • Fruitful collaborations with religious and spiritual communities to foster mental health on general society – an international perspective. In: Moreira-Almeida A, Paz Mosqueiro B, Bhugra D (eds). Spirituality and Mental Health Across Cultures. Oxford: Oxford University Press (2021)
  • Developmental disabilities in Ontario 4th edition. Toronto: Delphi Communications Inc. (2020)
  • Cross-National Qualitative Suicide Research: Lessons from a Canada-China Collaboration. Global Public Health. 2020 May 25;1-10. doi: 10.1080/17441692.2020.1771394.
  • A Randomized Controlled Trial of an Eight-Week Web-based Mindfulness Virtual Community Intervention for Student’s Mental Health. JMIR Mental Health. 2020; 7(2):e15520.
  • Partnerships for Interdisciplinary Collaborative Global Well-Being. Asia-Pacific Psychiatry. 2019 Jun; 11(2):e12366. doi: 10.1111/appy.12366
  • Risk factors for suicidality in Huntington’s Disease in the context of a randomized clinical trial: an analysis of the 2CARE study. Neurology. 2019 Apr 2;92(14):e1643-e1651. doi: 10.1212/WNL.0000000000007244.
  • "I think I am worth it. I can give up committing suicide": Pathways to recovery for Chinese-Canadian women with a history of suicidal behaviour. Transcultural Psychiatry. 2019 Apr;56(2):305-326.
  • Symptoms and experience of depression among Chinese communities in the West: a scoping review. Harvard Review of Psychiatry. 2018; 26(6):340-51.
  • Ethical considerations at the intersection of psychiatry and religion. New York: Oxford University Press (2018)
  • A comprehensive guide to intellectual & developmental disabilities 2nd edition. Baltimore: Brookes Publishing (2017)
  • Effect of deutetrabenazine on chorea among patients with Huntington Disease: a randomized clinical trial. JAMA. 2016 Jul 5;316(1):40-50.