Dr. Solomon Teferra is an Associate Professor at the Department of Psychiatry, College of Health Sciences, School of Medicine at Addis Ababa University in Ethiopia. Currently, he is a member of the committee that leads the PhD Program in Mental Health Epidemiology, a program jointly run by the Department of Psychiatry and School of Public Health.
He is also a Consultant Psychiatrist and Chief of Psychiatry Case Team at Zewditu Memorial Hospital, a general hospital affiliated with Addis Ababa University, and runs an Addiction Treatment Program in the same hospital. Dr. Teferra is currently the elected president of the Ethiopian Psychiatric Association for the years 2014-2017. He is also a member of the Executive Committee of African Association of Psychiatrists and Allied Professionals. Dr. Teferra’s research interest is mainly on epidemiology of severe mental disorders, particularly course and outcome of schizophrenia, clinical trials for treatment resistant schizophrenia; epidemiology and clinical aspects of substance abuse, indigenous psychostimulants such as khat, substance abuse and severe mental disorders; and culture and mental health. He is currently the Principal Investigator (PI) on a clinical trial of folate plus B12 in patients with schizophrenia in Addis Ababa, which is part of a collaboration between Addis Ababa University and the Division of Global Psychiatry at Massachusetts General Hospital.
Dr. Teferra has published articles in the journals BMC Psychiatry, Schizophrenia Research, Transcultural Psychiatry and World Psychiatry. Dr. Teferra lectures mainly on topics related to Addiction Psychiatry to Psychiatry Residents, Medical Students, Emergency Medicine Residents and Anesthesia students. Dr. Teferra received his medical degree from Jimma University in Ethiopia. He did his Psychiatry Residency Training at Addis Ababa University in a program jointly run by University of Toronto and Addis Ababa University, a program known as Toronto Addis Ababa Psychiatry Project, TAAPP. He did a Clinical Fellowship at University of Toronto focusing on Addiction Psychiatry Subspecialty. He also received a PhD in Psychiatric Epidemiology from Umeå University in Sweden. He previously served as Director of the Residency Program at the Department of Psychiatry from 2008-2011.