Dr. Sachdev is Scientia Professor of Neuropsychiatry at the University of New South Wales (UNSW), Co-Director of the Centre for Healthy Brain Ageing (CHeBA) and Clinical Director of the Neuropsychiatric Institute (NPI), The Prince of Wales Hospital in Sydney, Australia. He graduated from the All-India Institute of Medical Sciences, New Delhi in 1978 and completed his MD in Psychiatry in 1983 at that institution before migrating to New Zealand. He then relocated to Australia where he completed his psychiatric training and PhD (1991) and went on to head the Neuropsychiatric Institute.
His doctorate was on the ethnopsychological concepts in Maori culture. His early work in Neuropsychiatry was on drug-induced movement disorders, in particular akathisia, tardive dyskinesia and neuroleptic malignant syndrome. His most recent work has been in dementia and pre-dementia syndromes, in particular relating to neuroimaging, neuropsychology, biomarkers and risk factors. He has extensively examined the outcome of psychosurgery, and is currently involved in examining brain stimulation techniques (TMS, DCS, VNS and DBS) for psychiatric disorders. Dr. Sachdev is past-president of the International Neuropsychiatric Association and inaugural Chair of the Section of Neuropsychiatry of the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists. He is current President of the International College of Geriatric Psychoneuropharmacology.
He has published five books and over 350 papers in peer-reviewed journals. His most recent books are ‘The Yipping Tiger and other tales from the neuropsychiatric clinic’ and ‘Secondary Schizophrenia’. His H-index is 43, and total citations are over 7000. He was named a Member of the Order of Australia (AM) in 2011 for his services to medical research in the field of neuropsychiatry. He was awarded the 2010 NSW Scientist of the Year for Biomedical Sciences. He currently holds, as first chief investigator, a National Health & Medical Research Council Program Grant, an NHMRC Capacity Building Grant and NHMRC project grant and an ARC Discovery Grant, in addition to many other grants.