Adj Prof Wong is an Emeritus Consultant, National Healthcare Group (NHG) Senior Advisor, and a former Chairman of IMH’s Medical Board. She received her undergraduate medical training at the National University of Singapore (NUS) and her postgraduate psychiatric training at the Institute of Psychiatry, London. She is interested in the clinical aspects of addictions research.
Adj A/Prof Lee is a Senior Consultant, and the Programme Director of NAMS, and the Clinical Director, Office of Population Health at IMH. He is an Adjunct Associate Professor at Lee Kong Chian School of Medicine, Nanyang Technological University (NTU) and an Adjunct Assistant Professor and Clinical Senior Lecturer at NUS Yong Loo Lin School of Medicine. Adj A/Prof Lee contributed to the revision of the 1997 American Psychiatric Association’s Practice Guidelines for the Treatment of Patients with Schizophrenia. He is also the local collaborator for ‘Mastering Psychiatry - A Core Textbook for Undergraduates’ 4th edition, 2015 and ‘Mastering Psychiatry - A Brief Synopsis for Undergraduates’, 1st edition, 2020. His research interests include mental health literacy, community psychiatry, emergency psychiatry and addictions.
Dr Kandasami is currently the Chief of the Department of Addiction Medicine in IMH. He has been actively involved in clinical, training and research activities at NAMS, and also holds other administrative roles in IMH. He has authored book chapters, review articles and peer reviewed papers in the field of addictions. He holds an academic appointment with NUS Yong Loo Lin School of Medicine and Duke-NUS Graduate School of Medicine. He has been a Core faculty for the National Psychiatric Residency Programme for psychiatry and also teaches at the Graduate Diploma in Mental Health Programme for General Practitioners jointly organised by IMH and NUS.
Dr Guo is a senior consultant psychiatrist, and the Head of Research at NAMS, with a joint position as an adjunct assistant professor at Duke-NUS Graduate Medical School. He has been practising addictions medicine since 1990, and has served as the Director of the National Drug Dependence Treatment Centre, Beijing Anding Hospital and as a professor of psychiatry in Capital Medical University of Beijing. His research interests include translational clinical trials on alcohol and substance use disorders and gambling disorders, as well as exploring a combination of traditional Chinese acupuncture and cognitive behavioural therapy for addictive disorders.
Dr Lambert Low is a Consultant with NAMS, and an Adjunct Assistant Professor with the Lee Kong Chian School of Medicine, NTU and Duke-NUS Graduate Medical School. He is also a certified acupuncturist. Dr Low currently serves as a council member with the Singapore Medical Association and is a board member with the Section of Addiction Psychiatry, under the College of Psychiatrists. He was the Organising Chairperson for the Singapore Health and Biomedical Congress (SHBC) 2021 and Organising Co-Chairperson for the Singapore Mental Health Conference (SMHC) 2019. His research interests include addictions, acupuncture, smoking and gut microbiome related topics. He is currently the NAMS representative to the International Society of Addiction Medicine (ISAM).
Dr Melvyn Zhang is a Consultant with NAMS, and also an Adjunct Assistant Professor with the Lee Kong Chian School of Medicine, NTU. He has been awarded the NMRC Research Training Fellowship (RTF) and the NHG Clinician Scientist Fellowship (CSF) to pursue his PhD, examining a mobile attention bias modification intervention for individuals with addictive disorders. His research interests are in addictive disorders and digital-health (electronic and mobile interventions). He serves on the editorial board of the British Journal of Psychiatry (BJPsych), Technology and Healthcare and Journal of Medical Internet Research (JMIR) Mental Health.
Dr Mak is a Consultant and clinical lead for the Community Addictions Programme (CAP) at NAMS. He has been practising addiction medicine since 2008. He was a recipient of the Health Manpower Development Plan award in 2015 and subsequently obtained a Masters in Addiction Studies from King’s College London in 2017. His interests are primarily in alcohol and substance use disorders. He was the recipient of a NHG award in 2015 for his clinical redesign of IMH’s alcohol/substance detoxification ward. He is presently a co-chair of MOH’s ARFA Program, which oversees the development of Alcohol Assertive Community Treatment teams for various restructured hospitals.
Charis is the Research Manager in NAMS. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and Communications from Monash University, Australia and obtained a Master in Public Health from Saw Swee Hock School of Public Health in NUS. Prior to joining NAMS, Charis had worked in Tan Tock Seng Hospital (TTSH), National Healthcare Group (NHG) and Singapore General Hospital (SGH) and was involved in programme evaluation, epidemiological, and population health projects, and led in survey design, implementation, and analysis.
Syidda is a Research Officer in NAMS. She holds a Bachelor of Science in Pyschology with Counselling from the University of Greenwich, London. She had spent 10 years volunteering with Association of Muslim Professionals (AMP) and CLUBILYA/Youth-Inc., and providing counselling services and group work with youths-at-risk. After which, she joined the Addiction Helpline in IMH as an Assistant Counsellor, assisting clients with or affected by addiction for almost three years before joining NAMS Research Team. Her research interests include clinical trials, and population health research of addiction behaviours and its treatments.
Zaakira obtained her Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology (Honours) from James Cook University, Singapore. Prior to joining NAMS, she was a Research Officer at Singapore Prison Service, Correctional and Rehabilitation Branch and was working on forensic psychology research and evaluation projects involving inmates who were incarcerated for drug abuse. Her research interests include mental health stigma, substance addictions, cross-culture research, and rehabilitation.
Azizah graduated with a Diploma in Nursing from Nanyang Polytechnic. She worked as a registered nurse for 12 years in an acute high dependency paediatric ward and outpatient adult setting before moving on to do research work. Before joining NAMS, she was a Clinical Research Coordinator at Clinical Research Innovation Office at TTSH. Her research interests include drug and behavioural addictions.
Hui Shan graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology from James Cook University, Singapore. Prior to joining NAMS, she was a Research Assistant at National Institute of Education in the Centre for Research in Child Development and Office of Education Research. Her research interest includes cognitive, clinical and neuropsychology.