Professor Yifeng Xu is Professor of Psychiatry and Chairman of the Department of Psychiatry at Shanghai Jiao Tong University School of Medicine (SJTUSM) in Shanghai, China. In addition, he is President of the Shanghai Mental Health Center (SMHC), an SJTUSM affiliate hospital, and one of the largest mental health institutions in China. SMHC is responsible for the provision of clinical services to 26 million residents in Shanghai, and treats an astounding 7 hundred thousand patients annually.
Professor Xu received his MD and MS degrees from Shanghai Medical University in Shanghai, China. In 1997, he was awarded a Freeman Fellowship to study medical anthropology at Harvard Medical School in Massachusetts, USA, where he was later appointed Visiting Professor in 2012.
Professor Xu maintains active basic and applied research programs, with interests centered on the clinical and environmental determinants of schizophrenia and depression. He has participated in multiple national and international research programs as a principal and co-principal investigator. Professor Xu has published more than 100 peer-reviewed journal articles and edited/translated a number of books, textbooks and monographs. His work has appeared in the Social Science & Medicine, Progress in Neuro-Psychopharmacology and Biological Psychiatry, BMC Medical Ethics, Journal of Affective Disorders，PLoS One，British Journal of Psychiatry, World Journal of Biological Psychiatry, Psychiatry Research, Nature Genetics and Schizophrenia Research.
Professor Xu is past Chairman of the Chinese Psychiatrist Association.