Mental health Foundation Educational Director, ‘Wounded Healer’ pioneer, and expert reviewer for the World Health Organization Good Practice Guidance on Community Mental Health Services.
Dr Ahmed Hankir MBChB MRCPsych PG Cert (Epi) is Yvonne YuRichko Professor of Academic Psychiatry at the Carrick Institute for Graduate Studies in Florida (USA) and Senior Research Fellow of the Centre for Mental Health Research in association with Cambridge University (UK). Dr Hankir is also a Member of the Royal College of Psychiatrists and Academic Clinical Fellow in General Adult Psychiatry at the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology and Neuroscience at King’s College London, a world powerhouse in mental health research and education.
Dr Hankir is passionate about empowering and dignifying people with lived/living experience of mental health difficulties, challenging mental health related stigma and breaking down the barriers to mental healthcare. Dr Hankir pioneered, ‘The Wounded Healer’ an innovative anti-stigma program that blends the power of the performing arts and storytelling with psychiatry. The Wounded Healer signposts Dr Hankir’s inspirational recovery journey from ‘impoverished and suicidal service-user with mental illness’ to ‘multi-award-winning psychiatrist and mental health advocate’. Dr Hankir has delivered The Wounded Healer to over 75,000 people in 19 countries in five continents worldwide and The Wounded Healer has been integrated into the medical school curriculum of four UK universities. The Wounded Healer has also been adapted into a documentary by filmmakers at the University of London and has been screened in film festivals throughout the globe.
Dr Hankir has given Keynote Lectures alongside Nobel Prize Laureates, Ted speakers and celebrities in national and international conferences and has lectured at some of the most prestigious universities in the world including Harvard, Cambridge and Oxford.
Dr Hankir’s research interests include global and minority mental health and pioneering and evaluating innovative programs that challenge mental health related stigma and he has published extensively in these areas. Dr Hankir co-edited a textbook on Islamophobia and Psychiatry with Professor Rania Awaad at Stanford University who presented her research findings on Muslim mental health to Barack Obama at the White House. Dr Hankir was consulted by the New Zealand Government and played an instrumental role in the authorization of $1 million dollars to be allocated for research to be conducted on the psychological effects of the Christchurch Mosque terror attack. Dr Hankir presented his research findings on Muslim perceptions of British combat troops to Ministry of Defence officials at Whitehall (the UK equivalent of The Pentagon). Dr Hankir is the recipient of numerous prestigious awards including the Royal College of Psychiatrists Foundation Doctor and Core Psychiatry Trainee of the Year Awards which mark the highest level of achievement in psychiatry in the UK.