Dr. Yasser Abu-Jamei is a Palestinian psychiatrist and Director General of the Gaza Community Mental Health Programme (GCMHP), a leading mental health services provider in Palestine. His academic background includes degrees from the University of Birmingham, the Islamic University of Gaza, Kaunas University of Medicine (Lithuania), and the Free University of Berlin. He has won awards for his work in developing the mental health sector in Gaza and for the GCMHP crisis response after the 2014 war on Gaza.
Dr. Abu-Jamei is a member of the Task Force that developed the National Mental Health Strategy 2015-2019 in Palestine. In 2020, with a group of Palestinian mental health professionals, he cofounded the Palestine Global Mental Health Network. His research and publications deal with many issues in trauma psychiatry and human rights, ranging from identifying and providing mental health services in Gaza, including treatment for drug abuse, to the needs and coping strategies of people injured during the “Great March of Return”, to rehabilitation of torture survivors, and most recently the psychological impact of the Covid-19 pandemic on primary school students and their parents in the Gaza Strip.
Dr. Abu-Jamei is also an active advocate and lobbyist for multiple causes.