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Aleksandar Janca

W/Prof Aleksandar Janca

Winthrop Professor
Psychiatry

Contact details
Address
Psychiatry
The University of Western Australia (M571)
35 Stirling Highway
CRAWLEY WA 6009
Australia
Phone
+61 8 9224 0293
Fax
+61 8 9224 0285
Email
aleksandar.janca@uwa.edu.au
Qualifications
MD MSc Novi Sad, FRCPsych, FRANZCP
Biography
Dr Aleksandar Janca is currently Winthrop Professor of Psychiatry and Head School of Psychiatry and Clinical Neurosciences, University of Western Australia. He also works as Consultant Psychiatrist at Royal Perth Hospital and is Director of the WHO Collaborating Centre in Perth. He holds adjunct profesorial appointments at Washington University in St Louis, Missouri, and University of Novi Sad in Novi Sad, Serbia.

Dr Janca finished his medical studies and postgraduate training in psychiatry and neurology in Belgrade, Yugoslavia. He started his international research career in 1987 as a Fulbright Scholar at the Department of Psychiatry, Washington University School of Medicine in St Louis, Missouri. From 1991 to 1997 he worked as a Medical Officer at WHO Headquarters in Geneva and was responsible for coordination of a number of international research projects in the areas of psychiatric epidemiology; transcultural psychiatry; diagnosis, classification and assessment of mental disorders; and public health aspects of mental and neurological disorders.

Dr Janca is an Individual Member of the World Psychiatric Association and Fellow of the British Royal College of Psychiatrists, Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists, American Psychiatric Association and a number of other national and international professional organisations. He also serves as Secretary of the WPA Section on Measurement Instruments in Psychiatry, WHO Temporary Adviser and Consultant to the WHO Regional Office for the Western Pacific.

Dr Janca’s publication record comprises about 200 publications including journal papers, books, book chapters, WHO documents and psychiatric assessment instruments.

Key research
Psychiatric epidemiology
Transcultural psychiatry
Psychiatric classification, diagnosis and assessment
Public health aspects of mental and neurological disorders
Publications
Journal Articles (from 2001)
Janca A. (2001) World and mental health in 2001. Current Psychiatry Reports, 3, 77-78.

Harrison G, Hopper K, Craig T, Laska E, Siegel C, Wanderling J, Dube KC, Ganev K, Giel R, an der Heiden W, Janca A, Lee PWH, Leon C, Malhotra S, Marsella AJ, Nakane Y, Sartorius N, Shen Y, Skoda C, Thara R, Tsirkin SJ, Varma V, Walsh, D, Wiersma D, Wynne L. (2001) Recovery from psychotic illness: a 15 and 25 year international follow-up study. British Journal of Psychiatry, 178, 506-517.

Janca A, Ahern K, Rock D. (2001) Introducing ICD-10 into psychiatric coding practice: a WA experience. Australian and New Zealand Journal of Public Health, 25, 376-377.

Janca A. (2001) Reliability of DSM-IV axis V scales. American Journal of Psychiatry, 158, 1935-1936.

Janca A. (2001) ICD-10 as a coding tool in psychiatry. Australasian Psychiatry, 9, 358-363.

Maes M, Mylle J, Delmeire L, Janca A (2001). Pre- and post-disaster negative life events in relation to incidence and severity of posttraumatic stress disorder. Psychiatry Research, 105, 1-12.

Findley L, Eichhorn T, Janca A, Kazenwadel J, Baker M, Currie-Gnjesda D, Hughes K, Koller W, Liebermann, Mizuno Y, Rajput A, Roy S, Stocchi F, Tewarie B, Tolosa E (2002). Factors that impact on quality of life in Parkinsons disease: results from an international survey. Movement Disorders, 17, 60-67.

Cooper JE, Janca A. (2002) Scientific evidence in psychiatry: some cautionary notes. Current Psychiatry Reports, 4, 75-76.

Janca A, Gillam D. (2002) Development and evaluation of an ICD-10 telepsychiatry training program in Western Australia. Journal of Telemedicine and Telecare, 8, 120-122.

Fountoulakis KN, Iacovides A, Ioannidou C, Bascialla F, Nimatoudis I, Kaprinis G, Janca A, Dahl A. (2002) Reliability and cultural applicability of the Greek version of the international personality disorders examination. BMC Psychiatry, 2, 1-7.

Janca A, Cooper JE. (2002) Measurement of some novel concepts in psychiatry. World Psychiatry, 2, 107-108.

Morgan V, Janca A, Jablensky A. (2002) National study of psychotic disorders in Australia: feedback from individuals with psychosis. Hong Kong Journal of Psychiatry, 12, 8-12.

Janca A. (2002) Parkinsons disease from WHO perspective and a public health point of view. Parkinsonism and Related Disorders, 9, 3-6.

Lee A, Isaac M, Janca A.(2002) Post-traumatic stress disorder and terrorism. Current Opinion in Psychiatry, 15, 633-637.

Leung GM, Baker M, Chan C, Chan SSC, Chan WS, Chi I, Fang D, Ho SL, Janca A, Kim JS, Lam PY, Leong CH, Leung S, Lo WL, Slewett, Thompson P, RYT Yeung, Yu YL.(2002) The challenge of chronic conditions in Hong Kong. Hong Kong Medical Journal, 8, 376-378.

Aoun S, Pennebaker D, Janca A. (2002) Outcome measurement in rural mental health care: a field trial of rooming-in models. Australian Journal of Rural Health, 10, 302-307.

Morgan V, Janca A, Jablensky A. (2003) Psychotic disorders in Australia: patients respond to national survey results. Letter to the Editor. European Psychiatry, 18, 142.

Hiller W, Janca A. (2003) Assessment of somatoform disorders: a review of strategies and instruments. Acta Neuropsychiatrica, 15, 167-179.

Janca A, Bullen C. (2003) The Aboriginal concept of time and its mental health implications. Australasian Psychiatry, 11, S40-S44.

Abou-Saleh MT, Janca A. (2004) The epidemiology of substance misuse and comorbid psychiatric disorders. Acta Neuropsychiatrica, 16, 3-8.

Janca A. (2004) WHO global campaigns: a way forward in addressing public health importance of common neurological disorders. Annals of General Hospital Psychiatry, 3, 9.

Lautenschlager NT, Almeida OP, Flicker L, Janca A. (2004) Can physical activity improve the mental health of older adults? Annals of General Hospital Psychiatry, 3, 12.

Dragovic M, Allet L, Janca A. (2004) Electroconvulsive therapy and determination of cerebral dominance. Annals of General Hospital Psychiatry, 3, 14.

Janca A. (2005) Rethinking somatoform disorders. Current Opinion in Psychiatry, 18, 65-71.

Kalra H, Tandon R, Trivedi JK, Janca A. (2005) Pregnancy-induced obsessive compulsive disorder: a case report. Annals of General Hospital Psychiatry, 4, 12-16.

Janca A. (2005) Aboriginal art therapy. Psychiatry in pictures. British Journal of Psychiatry, 187, A2.

Janca A, Isaac M, Ventouras J (2006). Towards better understanding and management of somatoform disorders. International Review of Psychiatry, 18, 5-12.

Balaratnasingam S, Janca A. (2006) Mass hysteria revisited. Current Opinion in Psychiatry, 19, 171-174.
Kalra H, Dalal PK, Allet L, Janca A. (2006) Oxcarbamazepine in a carbamazepine-intolerant patient with bipolar affective disorder: a case report. Psychiatria Danubina, 18 (1-2), 90-91.

Janca A, Aarli JA, Prilipko L, Saxena S, Dua T, Saxena S, Saraceno B. (2006) WHO/WFN survey on neurological services: a world-wide perspective. Journal of Neurological Sciences, 247, 29-34.

Kalra H, Allet L, Tiawari SC, Janca A. (2006) Psychiatric manifestations of neurocysticercosis. Psychiatria Danubina, 18 (3-4), 200-204.

Laugharne J, Janca A, Widiger T. (2007) PTSD and terrorism: five years after 9/11. Current Opinion in Psychiatry, 20, 36-41.

Laugharne J, Janca A. (2007) ICD-10 telepsychiatry education in Western Australia: bridging the distance. Primary Care and Community Psychiatry, 12 (3-4) 145-149.

Van der Watt G, Laugharne J, Janca A. (2008) Complementary and alternative medicine in the treatment of anxiety and depression. Current Opinion in Psychiatry, 21, 37-42.

Kalra H, Prakash K, Trivedi JK, Janca A. (2008) Family burden in anxiety disorders. Current Opinion in Psychiatry, 21, 70-73.

Milenkovic S, Rock D, Dragovic M, Janca A (2008). Season of birth and handedness in Serbian high school students. Annals of General Psychiatry, 7, 2.

Jansa J, Vidmar G, Grad A, Janca A. (2008) Evaluation of Continuity of Life Interview in stroke patients. Rehabilitacija, 1, 8-10.

Van der Watt G, Janca A. (2008) Aromatherapy in nursing and mental health care. Contemporary Nurse, 30, 69-75.

Laugharne J, Van der Watt G, Janca A. (2008) It is too early for adjusting the adjustment disorder category. Current Opinion in Psychiatry, 22, 50-54.


Books and Book Chapters
Sartorius N, Janca A. (2001) Psychiatric assessment instruments developed by the World Health Organisation: an update. In Tansela M and Thornicroft G (eds): Mental Health Outcome Measures, Second Edition, 178-211. London: Gaskell.

Mezzich JE, Janca A, Kastrup M. (2002) Multiaxial diagnosis in psychiatry. In Maj M, Sartorius N (eds): The future of psychiatric diagnosis and classification, 163-176. London: John Wiley and Sons Ltd.

Janca A, Isaac M. (2002) Psychiatric assessment instruments: a review of recent developments. In Christodoulou GN (ed): Advances in Psychiatry, 99-106. Athens: Beta Medical Publishers Ltd.

Jablensky A, Kendell RE, Janca A. (2002) Mental health. In Encyclopaedia of Life Support Systems (EOLSS), Health Theme. Oxford, UK [http:www.eolss.net].

Janca A, Ventouras J. (2005) Measurement in psychiatry: novel concepts and instruments. In Christodoulou GN (ed): Advances in Psychiatry, Vol. II, 89-93. World Psychiatric Association.

Hopper K, Harrison G, Janca A, Sartorius N (eds). (2007) Recovery from schizophrenia-an international perspective. Oxford: Oxford University Press.

Craig TJ, Wanderling J, Janca A. (2007) Long-term diagnostic stability in international cohorts of persons with schizophrenia and related psychoses. In Hopper K, Harrison G, Janca A, Sartorius N (eds): Recovery from schizophrenia-an international perspective. Oxford: Oxford University Press
Roles, responsibilities and expertise
Head of School, School of Psychiatry and Clinical Neurosciences, University of Western Australia

Winthrop Professor of Psychiatry, School of Psychiatry and Clinical Neurosciences, University of Western Australia

Head of Unit, Community, Culture and Mental Health Unit, School of Psychiatry and Clinical Neurosciences, University of Western Australia


Director, WHO Collaborating Centre for Research and Training in Mental Health

Consultant Psychiatrist, Royal Perth Hospital, Department of Psychiatry

Consultant Psychiatrist, Royal Perth Hospital, Inner City Mental Health Service Community Recovery Program
Director, WHO Collaborating Centre for Research and Training in Mental Health
Head, UWA Community, Culture and Mental Health Unit
Future research
Development and evaluation of an Aboriginal mental health assessemnt instrument.
Funding received
Source: World Health Organisation and Nathan Kline Institute for Psychiatric Research
Title: WHO International Study of Schizophrenia
Investigators: T. Craig, KC Dube, K Ganev, R. Giel, G. Harrison G, K. Hopper K,
A.Janca, Laska E, PWH Lee, C. Leon, S. Malhotra, Marsella AJ, Nakane Y, N.
B. Sartorius, Y. Shen, C. Siegel, C. Skoda , R. Thara, SJ Tsirkin, W. Van der Heiden, V.C.Varma, J. Wanderling, D. Walsh, D. Wiersma, L. Wynne
Time frame: 1996-2007

Source: World Health Organization and Ravizza
Title: WHO International Study of Somatoform Disorders
Investigators: A. Janca, J.D. Burke JD, M. Isaac M, S.W. Acuda, A.C. Altamura,C.R. Chandrashekar, W. Hiller, F.Q. Meng, CT Miranda, Y. Ono, W. Rief, G. Tacchini
Time frame: 1992-1998

Source: World Health Organisation
Title: WHO Atlas and Survey on Country Resources for Neurological Disorders
Investigators: A. Janca, J. Aarli, T. Dua, L. Prilipko, S. Saxena, B. Saraceno
Time frame: 2001-2005

Source: Raine Medical Research Foundation
Title: Genetic Epidemiology and Vulnerability in Mental Disorders
Investigator: A. Janca
Time frame: 1998-2001

Source: Centre for Mental Health Services Research Inc.
Title: Pilot Study of Mental Health Problems in Aboriginal People
Investigator: A. Janca
Time frame: 1999-2001

Source: Centre for Mental Health Services Research Inc.
Title: Western Australian Telepsychiatry Project
Investigators: A. Janca, D. Gillam
Time frame: 1999-2001

Source: Centre for Mental Health Services Research Inc.
Title: Evaluation of Rooming In Facilities in Remote and Rural Areas of Western Australia
Investigators: A. Janca, S. Aoun, D. Pennebaker
Time frame: 1999-2001

Source: Australian Rotary Health Research Fund
Title: Social Rituals and Mental Health
Investigators: A. Janca, V. Burbank
Time frame: 2000-2004

Source: Janssen-Cilag Pty Ltd., Eli Lilly and Company USA, Eli Lilly Australia Pty. Ltd., Novartis Pharmaceuticals Australia Pty. Ltd
Title: Development and Evaluation of the Telepsychiatry Educational Program on Diagnosis, Assessment and Management of Mental Disorders
Investigator: A. Janca
Time frame: 2000-2002

Source: Health Department of Western Australia
Title: Continuity of Life: A Novel Approach to Evaluating a Psychiatric Rehabilitation Program
Investigators: A. Janca, S. Wallace
Time frame: 2001-2004

Source: Healthway
Title: Development of a Culturally Applicable Approach to Aboriginal Mental Health Problems: From Assessment to Promotion of Mental Health
Investigators: A. Janca, A. Poelina, I. Perdrisat
Time frame: 2001-2003

Source: Health Department of Western Australia
Title: A Long-Term Evaluation of Psychiatric Rehabilitation Programs in Western Australia Using Continuity of Life Interview
Investigators: A. Janca, S. Wallace
Time frame: 2002-2004

Source: World Psychiatric Association
Title: Cross-cultural Applicability of the Schedules for Clinical Assessment in Neuropsychiatry (SCAN)
Investigator: A Janca
Timeframe: 2006-2007

Source: Health Department of Western Australia
Title: Workforce Training in Psychiatric Service Evaluation
Investigator: A Janca
Timeframe: 2007-2008
Languages
English, French, Russian, Serbian and Croatian
Memberships
International Epidemiological Association, 1990-

Swiss Psychiatric Association, 1993-

American Anthropological Association, 1993-

Association of European Psychiatrists (Fellow), 1994-

Swiss Society of Psychiatric Epidemiology, 1994-

World Psychiatric Association (Individual Member), 1994-

American Psychiatric Association (International Member), 1994-

Royal College of Psychiatrists, UK (Fellow), 1998-

European Federation of Neurological Societies (Individual Member), 1996-

World Federation of Neurology, Research Group on Medical Education, 1996-

European College of Neuropsychopharmacology, 1996-

Australasian Society for Psychiatric Research, 1999-

Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists (Fellow), 1999-

The American Biographical Institute, Research Board of Advisers, 2000-

American Psychopathological Association (Corresponding Member), 2002-
Honours and awards
Annual Prize for Young Researchers, University of Novi Sad, Novi Sad, Yugoslavia, 1975

Annual Prize of the Director of the Military Medical Academy for Professional Achievements, Belgrade, Yugoslavia, 1986

Fulbright Grants in the University Lecturer/Advanced Research Scholar Category, Council for International Exchange of Scholars, Washington DC, USA, 1987, 1989

Previous positions
Medical Officer, World Health Organisation, Division of Mental Health and Prevention of Substance Abuse, Geneva, Switzerland, 1991-1997

Visiting Fellow in Psychiatry, Washington University, School of Medicine, Department of Psychiatry, St. Louis, Missouri, USA, 1987-1991

Neuropsychiatrist and Assistant in Neuropsychiatry, Military Medical Academy, Department of Psychiatry and Neurology, Belgrade, Yugoslavia, 1983-1989
Teaching
UWA Undergraduate Courses in Psychiatry
RANZCP Postgraduate Training in Psychiatry
Current external positions
Adjunct Professor of Psychiatry, Washington University School of Medicine, Department of Psychiatry, St. Louis, Missouri, USA
Current projects
Social Rituals and Mental Health (Australian Rotary Health Research Fund)

Development and Evaluation of the Telepsychiatry Educational Program on Diagnosis, Assessment and Management of Mental Disorders (Janssen-Cilag Pty Ltd, Eli Lilly and Company, USA, Eli Lilly Australia Pty Ltd, Novartis Pharmaceuticals Australia Pty Ltd)

Continuity of Life: A Novel Approach to Evaluating a Psychiatric Rehabilitation Program (Mental Health Division, Health Department of Western Australia)

Principal Investigator: Development of a Culturally Applicable Approach to Aboriginal Mental Health Problems: From Assessment to Promotion of Mental Health (Healthway)

A Long-Term Evaluation of Psychiatric Rehabilitation Programs in Western Australia Using Continuity of Life Interview (Mental Health Division, Department of Health, Western Australia)

Cross-cultural Adaptation of the Schedules for Clinical Assessment in Neuropsychiatry (SCAN) (World Psychiatric Association)

Workforce Training in Psychiatric Service Evaluation (Department of Health,
Government of Western Australia)

Research profile
Research profile and publications
 

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