Prof Fred Hickling is dead

Professor Frederick W. Hickling, one of the best-known psychiatrists in Jamaica is dead.

The 75-year-old Professor Emeritus of the University of the West Indies (UWI) died Thursday in St Andrew.

Professor Hickling was a leading proponent of community psychiatry and cultural therapy in Jamaica and, especially in the 1980s and ‘90s was very accessible to the media speaking in plain, though science-backed, language about historical retentions that affected the mental health of Caribbean peoples.

He became Head of Psychiatry, UWI Mona, from 2000 to 2006, and later served as Executive Director of the UWI Caribbean Institute of Mental Health and Substance Abuse (CARIMENSA). He was appointed Professor Emeritus of Psychiatry, UWI in 2011. He served overseas and was recognized as a Distinguished Fellow of the American Psychiatric Association in 2008, Fellow of the Royal College of Psychiatrists UK in 2011. Jamaica recognized his work with the Order of Distinction Commander Class in 2012.

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