Professor Mental Health Policy and
Head, Department of Community Health & Psychiatry,
Faculty of Medical Sciences, The UWI, Mona
Professor Abel completed his medical training at the University of the West Indies and he has a Bachelors in Medicine and Bachelors in Surgery degree and a Doctorate in Psychiatry. He also has a Masters in Public Health from the John Hopkins University. He is Professor in Mental Health Policy at the University of the West Indies and the Head of the Department of Community Health & Psychiatry, UWI, Mona. He is also the Senior Consultant Psychiatrist at the University Hospital of the West Indies
He has over 83 journal articles, technical reports and several book chapters, focusing on a range of mental health issues. Professor Abel has been a policy advisor and advocate for mental health in Jamaica and the Caribbean for many years. He has played a critical role in shaping the public policy for persons living with disability including mental disability. He has worked with agencies such as the OAS, PAHO, the EU and CARICOM and this has facilitated several policy and programme initiatives such integration of mental health into primary health care, the reintegration of deportees, drug and violence prevention and treatment, and marijuana policy reform. In recognition of his work in drug policy reform, Professor Abel was made Co-Chair of the CARICOM Commission for the Decriminalization of Marijuana 2017.