Roger Ho - Department of Psychological Medicine


A/Prof Roger Ho Chun Man

MBBS (Hong Kong), MD (Hong Kong), DPM (Ireland), GDip in Psychotherapy (S’pore), MMed (Psych) (S’pore), MRCPsych (UK), DCP (Ireland), FRCP (Canada), FAMS (Psych)

Associate Professor & Senior Consultant Psychiatrist, Department of Psychological Medicine, Yong Loo Lin School of Medicine, National University of Singapore

Clinical Lead, Functional Near Infrared Spectroscopy (fNIRS) Group, Biomedical Institute for Global Health Research & Technology (BIGHEART), National University of Singapore


Dr Roger Ho completed his medical degree (MBBS) and higher research degree (MD) at University of Hong Kong and did his basic and advanced Psychiatry training at National University of Singapore. He is a member of the Royal College of Psychiatrists (UK) and a fellow of the Royal College of Physicians (Canada) and Academy of Medicine (Singapore).


He currently works as Associate Professor and Consultant Psychiatrist at the Department of Psychological Medicine, NUS. He is the Education Director coordinating teaching, resident training and research for undergraduate and postgraduate students. He promotes the highest standard in psychiatric service, teaching and research, both in Singapore and internationally.


His clinical expertise covers all aspects of adult psychiatry, such as depressive disorder, bipolar depression, anxiety disorders, schizophrenia, and personality disorders. He also provides services to the elderly who prefers to speak Cantonese. As a specialist, he is an advocate for combining psychotropic drugs and psychotherapy as holistic treatment.  He has an extensive network in referring patients to various psychotherapy services in Singapore.


Dr Ho is involved in multiple research endeavours, which primarily aim to study the interface between psychiatry and medicine. His earlier research involves elucidating psychiatric symptoms associated with systemic lupus erythematosus. His recent research extended to study of effects of antidepressants on the immune system in animal studies, the application of technology in clinical services and research, including mobile/electronic health and functional near infrared spectroscopy (fNIRS) while continuing publications related to his earlier research interests. He is the author or co-author of more than 130 articles published in peer reviewed journals and 6 books published by prestigious publishers including Hodder Arnold (UK) and Taylor and Francis (US). He is the editorial board member on various prestigious international journals.


Dr Ho is extensively involved in medical education.  He disseminated psychiatric knowledge through publications of academic books with global influence. The most recent example is the co-authorship and publication of a postgraduate textbook, Revision Notes in Psychiatry (3rd edition), CRC Press 2013 and this book has been one of the most commonly used reference texts since 1998 by psychiatric trainees in Commonwealth countries. He has consistently received several teaching awards such as the NUHS Teaching Excellence Award  in 2017 and the Annual Outstanding Tutor Award (2011 – 2016).


Clinical Focus

  • Adult Psychiatry – Depressive Disorder, Bipolar Depression, Anxiety Disorders, Schizophrenia and Personality Disorders


Academic Appointments

Associate Professor, Department of Psychological Medicine, Yong Loo Lin School of Medicine, NUS


Administrative Appointments

Undergraduate Education Director, Department of Psychological Medicine, Yong Loo Lin School of Medicine, NUS


Honors & Awards

Gold Service Award, National Healthcare Group (2009)

Clinician Leadership in Research Award, National Healthcare Group (2009)

Faculty Teaching Excellence Award, NUS (2010)

Annual Teaching Excellence Award, NUS (2011)

Outstanding Tutor Award, NUS (2011 – 2016)

NUHS Teaching Excellence Award, NUHS (2017)


Boards, Advisory Committees, Professional Organizations

Member, Research Ethics Committee, National Healthcare Group

Member, Editorial Board of BJPsych Advances

Member, Editorial Board of Asia Pacific Journal of Psychiatry

Member, Editorial Board of Rheumatology Practice and Research

Secretary, College College of Psychiatrists Interim Council, Academy of Medicine Singapore (2014 – 2015)

Member, College of Psychiatrists Council, Academy of Medicine Singapore (2016 – 2017)

Member, Management Committee, Singapore Psychiatric Association (2016 – 2017)

Associate Editor, Global Journal of Health Science

Member, Royal College of Psychiatrists, United Kingdom

Fellow, Royal College of Physicians of Canada, Canada

Fellow (Psychiatry), Academy of Medicine Singapore


Professional Education

MBBS, University of Hong Kong

MD, University of Hong Kong

Diploma of Psychological Medicine, Royal College of Surgeons of Ireland

Graduate Diploma in Psychotherapy, National University of Singapore

MMed in Psychiatry, National University of Singapore

Diploma of Clinical Psychiatry, Royal College of Surgeons of Ireland