Dr Alvin Kuowei Tay
Psychosocial Advisor, UNDSS, United Nations, New York, Department of Psychiatry, University of New South Wales, Australia
Dr Alvin Kuowei Tay is a Psychosocial Wellbeing Programme Advisor with the United Nations in New York. Dr Tay spent over a decade designing, building, implementing, evaluating, and scaling up mental health and psychosocial support systems for vulnerable populations in Australia, Papua New Guinea, Myanmar, Bangladesh, Timor-Leste, and Malaysia. He pioneered and disseminated psychosocial interventions with over 100+ local services, NGOs, and International Organizations (e.g., UNHCR, UNFPA) serving over 5 million vulnerable populations (refugees, conflict-affected, internally displaced persons) throughout Southern Asia. Dr Tay won fellowships and awards including the prestigious NHMRC early career fellowship. Since 2018, he has been a Visiting Scholar at Teachers College (Clinical Psychology), Columbia University, and is a co-founder of the IC-ADAPT Consortium at Cambridge University. In 2021, he was ranked by Expertscape in the top 1% of scholars globally on Trauma and Stressor-Related Disorders over the past ten years.