When NUS alumnus Dr Cai Yiming was 13, his grandfather told him to always stand on the side of justice and work to improve the lives of other when he grew up.
Today, Dr Cai is one of Singapore’s most respected experts in two areas: child/adolescent psychiatry and forensic psychiatry, and is often called upon to give his expert opinion in high-profile criminal cases. He conducted the psychiatric assessments of the 15-year-old student who was enticed with $100,000 by Anthony Ler to kill his wife in the infamous 2001 murder case. In addition, Dr Cai also helped crack the case of a four-year-old boy who survived a fall from the ninth floor of a Housing Board block in 1995. More recently, he assessed Amos Yee, who was charged with and convicted for engaging in hate speech in 2015 and 2016.
Dr Cai is the first child psychiatrist to be conferred the title of emeritus consultant at the Institute of Mental Health. He also won the National Healthcare Group Awards 2017 for his outstanding contributions to public health.