• The University of Western Australia (M428), 35 Stirling Highway,

    6009 Perth


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Funding overview

Working in collaboration with different research groups, over AUD$3m successful grants awarded: 


Telethon Channel 7 Grant 2022 (AUD$193,038): “RAIDANCE (Refining ADHD Intervention And Care Enhancement Project)”

Grant NHMRC Grant 2022 (AUD $1,537,414.00; NHMRC Targeted Call for Research, Grant Opportunity: 2021 Improving health of people with intellectual disability): “Reducing potentially preventable hospitalisations and building health literacy for children and adolescents with intellectual disability.”

Telethon Channel 7 Grant 2021 (AUD$84,674.80): “Emotion and Disordered Eating in WA Adolescents.”

Telethon Channel 7 Grant 2021 (AUD $489,401.80): “Help while our children wait.”

Curtin enAble Institute Seeding Grant 2022 (AUD $5,000): Seeding grant: “Enabling Comprehensive and Accessible Assessments of Loneliness: Development and Validation of the Curtin enAble Institute Loneliness Scale (CEI-LS).”

Grant WA-DOH - FHRI Fund Innovation Challenge in child and Youth Mental Health 2021 (AUD $49,733): “Co-design and case series of an artificial therapist (‘MYLO’) to support youth mental health.”

The WA Child Research Fund (WACRF) 2020/21 (AUD $ 249,994): “Understanding the differences in early life risk factors for childhood emotional disorders in metropolitan and rural children in Western Australia”

Craniofacial Australia Research Grants 2021/2022 (AUD $ 176,316): “To compare the burden of mental health disorders, deliberate self-harm, and cause of death across the life-course in those born with craniofacial anomalies compared to those born without craniofacial anomalies.”

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 2019 (AUD $29,970): "The advent of ARCHIE (augmented reality child health interactive experience): supplanting stressful experiences of hospitalisation 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 2015 (AUD $15,250): "The effect of sleep problems on cognition in children with Complex Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder."

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


Professor Wai Chen is Professor of Youth Mental Health and Developmental Neuropsychiatry, Fiona Stanley Hospital, WA, where he also holds the role of Clinical Tutor for the Mental Health Service. He is Professor, Psychiatry Discipline Lead, Curtin Medical School, Curtin University; and Professor, Curtin enAble Institute, Curtin University. He is also adjunct professor, Graduate School of Education, UWA; adjunct professor, School of Medicine (Fremantle), Notre Dame University Australia, WA; and adjunct professor, Department of Psychology and Exercise Science, Murdoch University. He is a member of the  Eunethydis (European Network for Hyperkinetic Disorders) by invitation. He is a member of the international Hierarchical Taxonomy of Psychopathology (HiTOP) consortium.

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 a 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.

He has also served as a member of the State-wide Mental Health Research Strategy Advisory Group, WA; and also, as a member of the Interagency Expert Advisory Group (IEAG) of the Ministerial Taskforce into Public Mental Health Services for Infants, Children and Adolescents in Western Australia (ICA Taskforce).

In 2022, one publication on ADHD has been cited by DSM-5-TR to support text revision (TR) on the ADHD section published in the electronic version of DSM-5-TR.

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being
  • SDG 4 - Quality Education

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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