Aleksandar Janca

Winthrop Professor, MD MSc Novi Sad, FRCPsych, FRANZCP

  • The University of Western Australia (M571), 35 Stirling Highway,

    6009 Perth

    Australia

  • 2126 Citations
  • 20 h-Index
19992019
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Personal profile

Biography

Dr Aleksandar Janca is currently Winthrop Professor of Psychiatry and Head School of Psychiatry and Clinical Neurosciences, University of Western Australia. He also works as Consultant Psychiatrist at Royal Perth Hospital and is Director of the WHO Collaborating Centre in Perth. He holds adjunct profesorial appointments at Washington University in St Louis, Missouri, and University of Novi Sad in Novi Sad, Serbia.

Dr Janca finished his medical studies and postgraduate training in psychiatry and neurology in Belgrade, Yugoslavia. He started his international research career in 1987 as a Fulbright Scholar at the Department of Psychiatry, Washington University School of Medicine in St Louis, Missouri. From 1991 to 1997 he worked as a Medical Officer at WHO Headquarters in Geneva and was responsible for coordination of a number of international research projects in the areas of psychiatric epidemiology; transcultural psychiatry; diagnosis, classification and assessment of mental disorders; and public health aspects of mental and neurological disorders.

Dr Janca is an Individual Member of the World Psychiatric Association and Fellow of the British Royal College of Psychiatrists, Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists, American Psychiatric Association and a number of other national and international professional organisations. He also serves as Secretary of the WPA Section on Measurement Instruments in Psychiatry, WHO Temporary Adviser and Consultant to the WHO Regional Office for the Western Pacific.

Dr Janca’s publication record comprises about 200 publications including journal papers, books, book chapters, WHO documents and psychiatric assessment instruments.

Roles and responsibilities

Head of School, School of Psychiatry and Clinical Neurosciences, University of Western Australia

Winthrop Professor of Psychiatry, School of Psychiatry and Clinical Neurosciences, University of Western Australia

Head of Unit, Community, Culture and Mental Health Unit, School of Psychiatry and Clinical Neurosciences, University of Western Australia


Director, WHO Collaborating Centre for Research and Training in Mental Health

Consultant Psychiatrist, Royal Perth Hospital, Department of Psychiatry

Consultant Psychiatrist, Royal Perth Hospital, Inner City Mental Health Service Community Recovery Program
Director, WHO Collaborating Centre for Research and Training in Mental Health
Head, UWA Community, Culture and Mental Health Unit

Future research

Development and evaluation of an Aboriginal mental health assessemnt instrument.

Funding overview

Source: World Health Organisation and Nathan Kline Institute for Psychiatric Research
Title: WHO International Study of Schizophrenia
Investigators: T. Craig, KC Dube, K Ganev, R. Giel, G. Harrison G, K. Hopper K,
A.Janca, Laska E, PWH Lee, C. Leon, S. Malhotra, Marsella AJ, Nakane Y, N.
B. Sartorius, Y. Shen, C. Siegel, C. Skoda , R. Thara, SJ Tsirkin, W. Van der Heiden, V.C.Varma, J. Wanderling, D. Walsh, D. Wiersma, L. Wynne
Time frame: 1996-2007

Source: World Health Organization and Ravizza
Title: WHO International Study of Somatoform Disorders
Investigators: A. Janca, J.D. Burke JD, M. Isaac M, S.W. Acuda, A.C. Altamura,C.R. Chandrashekar, W. Hiller, F.Q. Meng, CT Miranda, Y. Ono, W. Rief, G. Tacchini
Time frame: 1992-1998

Source: World Health Organisation
Title: WHO Atlas and Survey on Country Resources for Neurological Disorders
Investigators: A. Janca, J. Aarli, T. Dua, L. Prilipko, S. Saxena, B. Saraceno
Time frame: 2001-2005

Source: Raine Medical Research Foundation
Title: Genetic Epidemiology and Vulnerability in Mental Disorders
Investigator: A. Janca
Time frame: 1998-2001

Source: Centre for Mental Health Services Research Inc.
Title: Pilot Study of Mental Health Problems in Aboriginal People
Investigator: A. Janca
Time frame: 1999-2001

Source: Centre for Mental Health Services Research Inc.
Title: Western Australian Telepsychiatry Project
Investigators: A. Janca, D. Gillam
Time frame: 1999-2001

Source: Centre for Mental Health Services Research Inc.
Title: Evaluation of Rooming In Facilities in Remote and Rural Areas of Western Australia
Investigators: A. Janca, S. Aoun, D. Pennebaker
Time frame: 1999-2001

Source: Australian Rotary Health Research Fund
Title: Social Rituals and Mental Health
Investigators: A. Janca, V. Burbank
Time frame: 2000-2004

Source: Janssen-Cilag Pty Ltd., Eli Lilly and Company USA, Eli Lilly Australia Pty. Ltd., Novartis Pharmaceuticals Australia Pty. Ltd
Title: Development and Evaluation of the Telepsychiatry Educational Program on Diagnosis, Assessment and Management of Mental Disorders
Investigator: A. Janca
Time frame: 2000-2002

Source: Health Department of Western Australia
Title: Continuity of Life: A Novel Approach to Evaluating a Psychiatric Rehabilitation Program
Investigators: A. Janca, S. Wallace
Time frame: 2001-2004

Source: Healthway
Title: Development of a Culturally Applicable Approach to Aboriginal Mental Health Problems: From Assessment to Promotion of Mental Health
Investigators: A. Janca, A. Poelina, I. Perdrisat
Time frame: 2001-2003

Source: Health Department of Western Australia
Title: A Long-Term Evaluation of Psychiatric Rehabilitation Programs in Western Australia Using Continuity of Life Interview
Investigators: A. Janca, S. Wallace
Time frame: 2002-2004

Source: World Psychiatric Association
Title: Cross-cultural Applicability of the Schedules for Clinical Assessment in Neuropsychiatry (SCAN)
Investigator: A Janca
Timeframe: 2006-2007

Source: Health Department of Western Australia
Title: Workforce Training in Psychiatric Service Evaluation
Investigator: A Janca
Timeframe: 2007-2008

Previous positions

Medical Officer, World Health Organisation, Division of Mental Health and Prevention of Substance Abuse, Geneva, Switzerland, 1991-1997

Visiting Fellow in Psychiatry, Washington University, School of Medicine, Department of Psychiatry, St. Louis, Missouri, USA, 1987-1991

Neuropsychiatrist and Assistant in Neuropsychiatry, Military Medical Academy, Department of Psychiatry and Neurology, Belgrade, Yugoslavia, 1983-1989

Current projects

Social Rituals and Mental Health (Australian Rotary Health Research Fund)

Development and Evaluation of the Telepsychiatry Educational Program on Diagnosis, Assessment and Management of Mental Disorders (Janssen-Cilag Pty Ltd, Eli Lilly and Company, USA, Eli Lilly Australia Pty Ltd, Novartis Pharmaceuticals Australia Pty Ltd)

Continuity of Life: A Novel Approach to Evaluating a Psychiatric Rehabilitation Program (Mental Health Division, Health Department of Western Australia)

Principal Investigator: Development of a Culturally Applicable Approach to Aboriginal Mental Health Problems: From Assessment to Promotion of Mental Health (Healthway)

A Long-Term Evaluation of Psychiatric Rehabilitation Programs in Western Australia Using Continuity of Life Interview (Mental Health Division, Department of Health, Western Australia)

Cross-cultural Adaptation of the Schedules for Clinical Assessment in Neuropsychiatry (SCAN) (World Psychiatric Association)

Workforce Training in Psychiatric Service Evaluation (Department of Health,
Government of Western Australia)

Teaching overview

UWA Undergraduate Courses in Psychiatry
RANZCP Postgraduate Training in Psychiatry

Research

Psychiatric epidemiology
Transcultural psychiatry
Psychiatric classification, diagnosis and assessment
Public health aspects of mental and neurological disorders

Languages

English
French
Russian
Serbian and Croatian

Keywords

  • Diagnosis, classification and assessment of mental disorders
  • Epidemiology of mental disorders
  • International mental health
  • Neuropsychiatry
  • Primary care psychiatry
  • Psychiatric neuroscience
  • Psychosomatic medicine, especially somatoform disorders
  • Public health aspects of mental and neurological disorders
  • Rural and remote and Aboriginal mental health
  • Transcultural psychiatry

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Research Output 1999 2019

Depression in Indigenous Australians: getting it right

Balaratnasingam, S. & Janca, A., Jul 2019, In : Medical Journal of Australia. 211, 1, p. 16-16 1 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalEditorial

Cognitive Behavioural Therapy for Insomnia (CBT-1) in schizophrenia and related psychoses

Chiu, V., 2018, (Unpublished)

Research output: ThesisDoctoral Thesis

1 Citation (Scopus)

Personality disorders: Three classifications with a fly in the ointment

Pull, C. B. & Janca, A., 1 Jan 2018, In : Current Opinion in Psychiatry. 31, 1, p. 40-42 3 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalReview article

5 Citations (Scopus)

Pharmacotherapy of borderline personality disorder: Replacing confusion with prudent pragmatism

Starcevic, V. & Janca, A., 1 Jan 2018, In : Current Opinion in Psychiatry. 31, 1, p. 69-73 5 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalReview article

Borderline Personality Disorder
Drug Therapy
Polypharmacy
Pharmacology
Psychotropic Drugs
1 Citation (Scopus)

Sleep profiles and CBT-I response in schizophrenia and related psychoses

Chiu, V. W., Ree, M., Janca, A., Iyyalol, R., Dragovic, M. & Waters, F., 1 Oct 2018, In : Psychiatry Research. 268, p. 279-287 9 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Sleep Initiation and Maintenance Disorders
Cognitive Therapy
Psychotic Disorders
Schizophrenia
Sleep

Projects 2001 2010