Dr. Benjamin Harris is an Associate Professor of Psychiatry and Chairman of the Department of Psychiatry at A.M. Dogliotti Medical College at the University of Liberia in Monrovia, Liberia and the only practicing psychiatrist in Liberia. He is also the Vice President, College of Physicians, Liberia College of Physicians and Surgeons.
Dr. Harris is an accomplished clinician, researcher, and educator with vast experience in post-conflict mental health. His primary areas of expertise are psychoactive substance use prevention, forensic psychiatry, HIV/AIDS related mental health, trauma and stress, and general health/mental health policy and program planning, development, implementation and supervision. He is an active mentor to medical students and interns, and has conducted numerous studies in Liberia and Africa. Dr. Harris was the lead World Health Organization (WHO) consultant to the development of Liberia’s National Mental Health Policy, adopted by Parliament in 2009. He is a current member and former Chairman of the Ministry of Health and Social Welfare’s Mental Health Task Force in Liberia. He has been a senior advisor, consultant and close collaborator to United Nation agencies, the WHO, and the United States Agency for International Development on projects throughout Africa and Europe. He was previously Director of the Catherine Mills Rehabilitation Hospital at JFK Medical Center in Monrovia. He is the former Vice President of the West African College of Physicians (WACP) and Chairman of the Liberia Chapter of the WACP.
Dr. Harris has worked closely with members of the Division of Global Psychiatry since 2009 on policy and research programs in Liberia.