Areas of Interest: underage drinking, health-risk behaviours,Screening tools,Brief Intervention,Psychosocial intervention,Simultaneous polysubstance use
Description: Sawitri Assanangkornchai received her medical degree from Prince of Songkla University (PSU) and completed her psychiatric residency training at Siriraj Hospital, Mahidol University, Thailand. She completed her Masters degree in Clinical Epidemiology at the University of Newcastle, Australia, and Ph.D. in Medicine at University of Sydney, Australia. Dr Assanangkornchai is now a Professor of Psychiatry working in the Epidemiology Unit of the Faculty of Medicine, Prince of Songkla University, Southern Thailand. She is also Director of the Centre for Alcohol Studies (CAS) of the Thai Health Promotion Foundation, a national organisation to promote research, policy development and social movements on alcohol problems. Dr. Assanangkornchai’s research interests include epidemiological and clinical studies on alcohol and substance abuse and geriatric psychiatry. Some of her major research projects include patterns of use and health impacts of krathom (mitragynine speciosa), a traditional addictive plant; series of the periodic national household surveys and school surveys on alcohol consumption and substance use, and the development of the WHO-ASSIST-linked screening and brief intervention service system in health care settings in Thailand. Her major research funding agencies include the Office of the Narcotics Control Board (ONCB), the Thai Health Promotion Foundation, and the National Science and Technology Development Agency for instances. Dr. Assanangkornchai is a founding member and currently the Vice President of the Asia Pacific Society for Alcohol and Addiction Research (APSAAR). Currently, she is a member of the WHO Workgroup on the Classification of Substance-Related and Addictive Disorders for the Revision of ICD-10 and development of ICD-11 Mental and Behavioural Disorders and the WHO Technical Advisory Group (TAG) on alcohol and drug epidemiology.