Professor Harvey Whiteford

Professor of Population Mental Hlth

School of Public Health
Faculty of Medicine
+61 7 3271 8684


Professor Whiteford is Director of the Queensland Centre for Mental Health Research. His research interests are in psychiatric epidemiology and burden of disease measurement, mental health policy and service reform.

Professor Whiteford trained in medicine, psychiatry and health policy at the University of Queensland, Stanford University and the Australian National University. He has held senior clinical and administrative positions, including those of Director of Mental Health in the Queensland and Federal governments in Australia. He worked for ten years on the design and implementation of Australia’s Mental Health Strategy and was Chairman of the Working Group which oversaw this initiative. He was appointed to the first mental health position in the World Bank in Washington DC with the task of developing the Bank’s capacity to respond to the rising global burden of mental, neurological, and substance use disorders. He has worked as a consultant to national governments, the Commonwealth and State governments in Australia, the World Bank, and the World Health Organisation.


  • Australasian Faculty of Public Health Medicine of the Faculty of the Royal Australasian College of Physicians, Australasian Faculty of Public Health Medicine of the Faculty of the Royal Australasian College of Physicians
  • Doctor of Philosophy of Political Science, Australian National University
  • Masters (Coursework) of Public Health, The University of Queensland
  • Bachelor of Medicine and Surgery and Medical Science, The University of Queensland


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Book Chapter

  • Baxter, Amanda, Blore, Jed, Flaxman, Abraham D., Vos, Theo and Whiteford, Harvey (2015). Cross-walking with fixed effects: anxiety disorders. An integrative metaregression framework for descriptive epidemiology. (pp. 141-143) edited by Abraham D. Flaxman, Theo Vos and Christopher J. L. Murray. Seattle, WA, United States: University of Washington Press.

  • Charlson, Fiona J., Baxter, Amanda J., Dua, Tarun, Degenhardt, Louisa, Whiteford, Harvey A. and Vos, Theo (2015). Excess mortality from mental, neurological and substance use disorders in the Global Burden of Disease Study 2010. Disease control priorities: Volume 4, Mental, neurological, and substance use disorders. (pp. 41-65) edited by Vikram Patel, Dan Chisholm, Tarun Dua, Ramanan Laxminarayan and Maria Elena Medina-Mora. Washington, DC, United States: The World Bank.

  • Lund, Crick, de Almeida, Jose Miguel Caldas, Whiteford, Harvey and Mahoney, John (2014). Mental health policy development and implementation. Global mental health: principles and practice. (pp. 279-298) edited by Vikram Patel, Harry Minas, Alex Cohen and Martin J Prince. New York, United States: Oxford University Press.

  • Mihalapoulos, Catherine, Baxter, Amanda and Whiteford, Harvey (2014). The cost-effectiveness of treatments for anxiety disorders. The Wiley handbook of anxiety disorders. (pp. 1256-1267) edited by Paul Emmelkamp and Thomas Ehring. Chichester, West Sussex, United Kingdom: John Wiley & Sons. doi: 10.1002/9781118775349.ch59

  • Whiteford, Harvey A. and Ferrari, Alize J. (2013). The burdens of mental disorders in the Global Burden of Disease Study 2010 and the World Mental Health surveys: similarities, differences, and implications for mental health research. The burdens of mental disorders: global perspectives from the WHO world mental health surveys. (pp. 221-229) edited by Jordi Alonso, Barcelona Somnath Chatterji and Yanling He. Cambridge, United Kingdom: Cambridge University Press.

  • Herman, H. and Whiteford, H. (2007). Specialist Mental Health Care. Foundations of Clinical Psychiatry. (pp. 541-551) edited by Bloch, S. and B. S. Singh. Australia: Melbourne University Press.

  • Whiteford, Harvey (2006). Investing in health to promote human capital in developing countries: The importance of productivity and health to the World Bank. Health and Work Productivity - Making the business case for quality health care. (pp. 253-270) edited by R.C. Kessler and P.E. Stang. Chicago: University of Chicago Press.

  • Hyman, Steven, Chisholm, Dan, Kessler, Ronald, Patel, Vikram and Whiteford, Harvey (2006). Mental Disorders. Disease Control Priorities in Developing Countries. (pp. 605-625) edited by D. Jamison, J. Breman, A. Measham, G. Alleyne, M. Claeson, D. Evans, P. Jha, A. Mills and P. Musgrove. Washington, D.C.: Oxford University Press for the World Bank.

  • Whiteford, Harvey, Cullen, Michelle and Baingana, Florence (2005). Social Capital and Mental Health. Promoting mental health: concepts, emerging evidence, practice : report of the World Health Organization, Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse in collaboration with the Victorian Health Promotion Foundation and the University of Melbourne. (pp. 70-80) edited by H. Herrman, S. Saxena and R. Moodie. Geneva, Switzerland: World Health Organisation.

  • Whiteford, H. A. and Buckingham, B. (2001). Monitoring Australia's mental health services. The Monitoring System for Mental Health Services. (pp. 63-74) edited by T. Kikkawa and T. Takeshima. Tokyo, Japan: Chuo Hoki Publications.

  • Whiteford, H. A. (2000). Unmet need: A challenge for governments. Unmet Need in Psychiatry. (pp. 8-10) edited by Gavin Andrews and Scott Henderson. Cambridge, U.K. ; New York, NY: Cambridge University Press.

  • Stedman, T.H. and Whiteford, H. (1991). Medications: II-Adults. Mental Health and Illness. A textbook for students of health sciences. (pp. 395-399) edited by Robert Kosky, Hadi Salimi Eshkevari and Vaughan Carr. Sydney ; Oxford ; Boston: Butterworth-Heinemann.

  • Csernansky, John G. and Whiteford, Harvey A. (1987). Clinically significant psychoactive drug interactions. The American Psychiatric Association Annual Review. (pp. 802-815) edited by Robert E. Hales and Allen J. Frances. United States of America: American Psychiatric Press.

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Note for students: Professor Harvey Whiteford is not currently available to take on new students.

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