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Taiwo Lateef Sheikh

Taiwo Lateef Sheikh, MB.BS, M.Sc, FWACP, is a Neuro-Psychiatrist and presently the Medical Director/CEO of Federal Neuropsychiatric Hospital, Barnawa, Kaduna in Northern Nigeria. He is also a Reader (Associate Professor) at the Department of Psychiatry, Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria, Nigeria. He is a member of the National Action Committee on Mental Health in Nigeria, where he participated in the development of mental health policy for Nigeria. He is presently a member of the committee working on the Nigeria mental health legislation (The national mental health bill) that is currently in the legislative process of been passed into law by the Nigerian National Assembly. He obtained an MBBS degree from the Medical School of Ahmadu Bello University (A. B. U.), Zaria, Nigeria in 1985. He proceeded to do a postgraduate degree (M.Sc. in Clinical Pharmacology) from the same University in1992. He is a Fellow of the West African College of Physicians, a Faculty member and Examiner at Faculty of Psychiatry, West African Post Graduate Medical College since 2003. He is an Alumnus of the Harvard Global Mental Trauma and Recovery Program. He is a founding member and currently the President of Biological Psychiatry Society of Nigeria.

Dr. Sheikh is actively involved in mental health policy decisions in Nigeria, training of mental health professionals in West Africa as well as mentoring young mental health professionals in research and carrier development in West Africa. He has authored and co-authored many peer reviewed journal publications and monographs, and has also participated in World Bank technical reports and presented at many international conferences. He founded a group working with internally displaced victims of violent conflicts in Northern Nigeria and currently working on the Psychological impact of the insurgency in North Eastern Nigeria.

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