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A/Prof John Wong Chee Meng

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  • Senior Consultant, Department of Psychological Medicine, National University Hospital


MBBS (S’pore), MMed (Psych), FAMS (Psych), MSc (Child & Adolescent Mental Health) (UK)



Clinical Disciplines/Programmes:

Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, General Adult Psychiatry

Special Interests:

Adolescent Depression, Attention Defict Hyperactive Disorder (ADHD), Autism, Prepubertal Onset Eating Disorder, Traumatic Stress

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Dr John Wong graduated from the National University of Singapore in 1987, and completed his specialist training in psychiatry at the National University Hospital, Institute of Mental Health and Tan Tock Seng Hospital in 1998. He was awarded a Master of Medicine (Psychiatry) in 1992, and exited from the Advanced Specialty (Psychiatry) training program in 1995. He is also a trained Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist, having graduated with a Master of Science in Child and Adolescent Mental Health (Merit) from the University of London in 2002. His clinical training assignment includes the Child Guidance Clinic (Institute of Mental Health, Singapore), Bloomfield Center Child and Adolescent Neuropsychiatry Clinic (Guy's Hospital, London) and the Department of Child Psychiatry (Institute of Psychiatry, Maudsley, London).

He was appointed a Fellow in Trauma Psychiatry at the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences, Bethesda, Maryland, USA in 1996, and participated in trauma management training with the American Red Cross Disaster Management Division and the International Critical Incident Stress Foundation. Dr Wong was instrumental in the training development of Psychological Trauma Management for doctors and mental healthcare workers in the Singapore Armed Forces (SAF). He is also a graduate of the US Military Strategic Leadership Program 2004 and the SAF Command and Staff College Senior Commander Course 2005.

His clinical interests include Child & Adolescent Psychiatry as well as Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder.

Dr Wong has a wide repertoire of clinical skills and experience in psychiatry, medical teaching, research, and organizational management. He has contributed actively towards psychiatry training of undergraduate medical students, post-graduate training, having served as Clinical Teacher, and is now an Associate Professor with the Department of Psychological Medicine, Yong Loo Lin School of Medicine, NUS. He has won many awards and honours at the institutional and national level. Some of his notable past achievements include the Dean’s Award for Teaching Excellence for AY 2013/2014 and the Lee Kim Tah Lecture Award in 2016.

Dr Wong also currently holds the following positions:

- Lin Jo Yan and Yeo Boon Khim Professor in Mental Health and Neuroscience Department of Psychological Medicine, Yong Loo Lin School of Medicine, National University of Singapore
- Director, Mind Science Centre, Yong Loo Lin School of Medicine, National University of Singapore, National University Health System
- Programme Director, Response Early intervention and Assessment in Community mental Health (REACH, West), National University Hospital


  • 2018 - Long Service (Volunteer) Award by the Ministry of Social & Family Development (MSF)
  • 2018 - Friends of MSF (Volunteer) Award by the Ministry of Social & Family Development (MSF)

Journals & Publications

1. JC Wong, RJ Ursano. Traumatic stress – An Overview of Diagnostic Evolution and Clinical Treatment. Annals of the Academy of Medicine, Singapore 1997; 26(1), 76-87.  [IF – 0.902]
2. SA Chong, J Wong, et al. The Mental Health Screening of Conscripts for the Singapore Armed Forces: Rationale, Objectives and Design. Military Medicine 2007; 172, 12, 1245. [IF – 1.05]
3. SA Chong, M Subramaniam, IM Lee, E Pek, C Cheok, S Verma, J Wong. Academic Attainment: A Predictor of Psychiatric Disorders? Social Psychiatry and Psychiatric Epidemiology 2009; 44:999-1004. [IF – 4.225]
4. ML Lim, BFP Broekman, CMJ Wong, TP Ng. The development and validation of the Singapore Youth Resilience Scale (SYRESS). International Journal of Educational and Psychological Assessment 2011; 8 (2): 16-30.
5. C Wen, WQ Wang, LJ Ding, L Feng, CJM Wong, EH Kua. Suicidal behavior and help-seeking behavior in Xiamen, south China. Asia-Pacific Psychiatry 2013; 5(3):168-74. [IF – 1.167]
6. JCM Wong. Predicting Suicide and its Prevention. Annals of the Academy of Medicine, Singapore 2018; 47(9): 357-359. [IF – 0.902]
7. JCM Wong, MJS Wan, K Kroneman, et al. Hikikomori Phenomenon in East Asia: Regional Perspectivesm Challenges, and Opportunities for Social Health Agencies. Frontiers in Psychiatry 2019, 10: 512. [IF 2.849]
8. JCM Wong. Managing Suicide Ideation: A Targeted Approach. Annals of the Academy of Medicine, Singapore 2019; 48(9): 279-281. [IF – 0.902]

Professional Memberships

  • Academy of Medicine, Singapore
  • American Psychiatric Association
  • American Academy of Child & Adolescents Psychiatry

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