• The University of Western Australia (M561), 35 Stirling Highway,

    6009 Perth


  • 3380 Citations
  • 31 h-Index
1987 …2019
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Personal profile

Funding overview

Telethon Channel 7 Grant 2019 (AUD $230,000) "Detection of attentional and psychiatric risk factors amongst high service burden patients with Deliberate Self-Harm presenting to Perth Children's Hospital."

ECU Early Career Research Investigator Grant (AUD $29,970) 2019. "The advent of ARCHIE (augmented reality child health interactive experience): supplanting stressful experiences of hospitalsation and treatment due to cancer via an augmented reality-based digital gaming platform experience within Perth Children's Hospital."

Fremantle Hospital Medical Research Foundation Grant (AUD $15,250) 2015. "The effect of sleep problems on cognition in children with Complex Attention Deficit Hyperactiivity DIsorder."

PMH Foundation New Investigator Project Grant (AUD $80,589) 2015. "Adolescents with ADHD in CAMHS: Is Personal Recovery based on the adults models relevant?"


Professor Wai Chen is Professor of Child Psychiatry, UWA; and Head of Service of the tier 4 statewide Complex Attention and Hyperactivity Disorders Service (CAHDS), which adapts a multidisciplinary team approach to assess and treat children and adolescents with complex presentation of ADHD. He is a member of the prestigious Eunethydis (European Network for Hyperkinetic Disorders) by invitation.

He read medicine at Southampton University, and a Master of Philosophy degree at Corpus Christi College, Cambridge University, before completing a PhD (Doctor of Philosophy) at the Institute of Psychiatry. He received his psychiatry and child psychiatry training as a lecturer at the Maudsley Hospital and Institute of Psychiatry, Kings College London. His research is in the areas of ADHD, neurodevelopmental disorders, emotional dysregulation, their treatments, dissociation, resilience and social recovery in CAMHS. In 2010, he was jointly awarded the BMA Medical Book Awards: ‘Highly Commended’ – Digital and online resources – for "Living with ADHD".

He served between 2011-2013 as an external peer reviewer for the DSM5 Clinical and Public Health Committee (DSM5 CPHC) during the DSM5 revision.

He is a member of the international expert advisory panel for Legatum Institute, advising the compilation of the "Health Pillar" within the Legatum Global Prosperity Index, compiled annually for 149 countries and as an complementary index of GDP for informing federal and national government policies. 

In 2019, his published research on deliberate self-harm was selected as one of the nineteen presentations, in the “Science Land In Parliament” event at the WA State Parliament, hosted by WA Minister of Health. 

He has recently contributed the chapter on Child Neuropsychiatry in the forthcoming Oxford Textbook of Neuropsychiatry, published by Oxford University Press. He has also been commissioned to author and edit a book on the theories, treatments and clinical practices of ADHD, by invitation from Sage Publication, London.

Education/Academic qualification

PhD, King's College London

FRANZPsych, Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists

MRCP, Royal College of Physicians (UK)

MRCPsych, Royal College of Psychiatrists

M.Phil, University of Cambridge

BM (Bachelor of Medicine), University of Southampton

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Research Output 1987 2019

Child and adolescent neuropsychiatry

Chen, W. & Furlong, Y., 2019, (Accepted/In press) Oxford Textbook of Neuropsychiatry. Bodani, M., Faruqui, R. & Agrawal, N. (eds.). 1 ed. UK: Oxford University Press

Research output: Chapter in Book/Conference paperChapter

Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders
Brain Diseases
Attention Deficit Disorder with Hyperactivity

Children with epilepsy (CWE) and the relevance of psychiatric comorbidities

Hegarty, A., Furlong, Y., Williams, S. & Chen, W., Aug 2019, (Submitted) In : Journal of Paediatric and Child Health.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle


Differential utility of teacher and parent-teacher combined information in the assessment of Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder symptoms

Garcia-Rosales, A., Vitoratou, S., Faraone, S., Rudaizky, D., Banaschewski, T., Asherson, P., Sonuga-Barke, E., Buitelaar, J., Oades, R., Rothenberger, A., Steinhausen, H-C., Taylor, E. & Chen, W., 2019, (Submitted) In : European Child & Adolescent Psychiatry.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Does Motor Coordination and Sleep Difficulties Predict Peer Functioning in Children and Adolescents with ADHD?

Mancini, V., Althorpe, K. E. & Chen, W., 2019, (Submitted) In : British Journal of Educational Psychology.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Projects 2016 2016