COVID-19 and Its Impact on Mental Health in China, India, and United States

What are the consequences of the COVID-19 pandemic on mental health for patients, families, and practitioners in the world’s three largest countries–China, India and the United States? Panelists shared experience and current research addressing these questions while also reflecting on the challenges of their countries’ mental health care systems in providing care for mental health patients.


  • Moderator: Arthur Kleinman, Professor of Medical Anthropology, Department of Global Health and Social Medicine, Harvard Medical School
  • Panelists:
    • Shuiyuan Xiao, Professor, Central South University, Xianya School of Public Health
    • Yifeng Xu, President, Shanghai Mental Health Center; Head & Professor, Department of Psychiatry, Shanghai Jiao Tong University School of Medicine; Director, WHO/Shanghai Collaborating Center for Research and Training in Mental Health
    • Vikram Patel, The Pershing Square Professor of Global Health and Wellcome Trust Principal Research Fellow, Department of Global Health and Social Medicine, Harvard Medical School; Professor, Department of Global Health and Population, Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health; Co-Founder and Member of Managing Committee, Sangath
    • Cindy Liu, Assistant Professor of Pediatrics, Harvard Medical School
  • Host and Commentator: Winnie Yip, Professor of Global Health Policy and Economics, Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health; Director, Harvard China Health Partnership; Interim Director, Fairbank Center for Chinese Studies

Presented by the Harvard China Health Partnership as part of the ongoing series, China and Global Experience with COVID-19, and co-sponsored by the Fairbank Center for Chinese Studies.


  • Presented as a Zoom webinar.
  • A recording of the event is available here.