• Abid.Malik@hsa.edu.pk
  • +92-51-9522290-4 ext.116
  • +92-51-9255591
  • B*** (####) Health Services Academy Chakshahzad , Islamabad

Prof Dr. Abid Malik

Professor / Head of Public Mental Health Department

Head Public Mental Health, Health Services Academy


  • Mental Health
  • Psychiatry
  • Public Mental Health
  • Psychology

Research Areas

  • Development of complex psycho social interventions
  • Implementation of public mental health
  • Interventions
  • Perinatal Common
  • Mental Disorders


I am a clinical academic with over 25 years’ experience of working in clinical and research settings in the UK and Pakistan. I am a qualified teacher and researcher in public mental health and have led a variety of training and research programmes. I am experienced in conducting clinical trials and obtaining research grants in Pakistan. I switched to a full-time academic role in July 2019 in Pakistan and currently lead the perinatal mental health research theme at the Human Development Research Foundation, Pakistan. I also have extensive experience in the oversight and management of psycho social interventions development and research in Pakistan.


  • PhD, University of Sheffield
  • Diploma in Psychiatry for Developing Countries, University of Manchester MPH
  • MSc in Psychiatry, Keele University, Stoke on Trent

Clinical Qualifications

  • FRCP sych, Royal College of Psychiatry, London
  • Certificate of Completion of Specialist Training in Psychiatry
  • Diploma in Psychological Medicine, Royal College of Surgeons, Ireland
  • MBBS, Rawalpindi Medical College, University of Punjab, Lahore


  • Various se minars, conferences and workshops to train medical and research staff as a lead clinician and academic.
  • Undergraduate Tutor and Hon Senior Lecturer, University of Manchester, UK
  • Postgraduate Tutor, Greater Manchester Mental Health NHS Foundation Trust, UK
  • Training Programme Director, Health Education North West, UK
  • Training of Health Professionals in Thinking Healthy Programme in Saudi Arabia
  • Training of Primary Care Physicians in mhGap at Ministry of Health, Pakistan
  • Research Methodology Seminars at Rawalpindi Medical University


    1. Malik A. Factors associated with outcome of depression in pregnancy, PhD Thesis, University of Sheffield, 2010
    2. Rahman A, Malik A, Sikander S, Roberts C, Creed F. (2008) Cognitive Behaviour Therapy-based intervention by community health-workers for depressed mothers and their infants in rural Pakistan: cluster-randomized controlled trial. Lancet, 372:902-909
    3. Rahman AAhmed MSikander SMalik ATomenson B, Creed F. (2009) Young, single and not depressed: prevalence of depressive disorder among young women in rural Pakistan. Journal of Affective Disorders, 117(1-2):42-7.
    4. Rahman ASikander SMalik AAhmed ITomenson BCreed F. (2012) Effective treatment of perinatal depression for women in debt and lacking financial empowerment in a low-income country. British Journal of Psychiatry, 201(6):451-7.
    6. Das AK, Malik AHaddad PM. (2014) A qualitative study of the attitudes of patients in an early intervention service towards antipsychotic long-acting injections”. Therapeutic Advances in Psychopharmacology, 4(5):179-85.
    7. Rahman AHafeez A, Bilal R, Sikander SMalik AMinhas FTomenson B, Creed F. (2016) The impact of perinatal depression on exclusive breastfeeding: a cohort study: Impact of perinatal depression on breastfeeding. Maternal and Child Nutrition, 12(3):452-62.
    8. Husain N, Mukherjee I, Notiar A, Alavi Z, Tomenson B, Hawa F, Malik A, Ahmed A, Chaudhry N. (2016) Prevalence of Common Mental Disorders and its Association with Life Events and Social Support in Mothers Attending a Well-Child Clinic: Findings from Mombasa, Kenya. SAGE Open October-December 2016: 1–9 © The Author(s) 2016 https://doi 10.1177/2158244016677324 sgo.sagepub.com.
    9. Atif N, Nazir H, Zafar S, Chaudhri R, Atiq M, Mullany L, Rowther A, Malik A, Surkan P, Rahman A.  (2019) Development of a psychological intervention to address anxiety during p in a low-income country. Frontier Psychiatry January 2020 
    10. Ahmad I, Suleman N, Waqas A, Atif N, Malik A, Bibi A, Zulfiqar S, Nisar A, Javed H, Zaidi, Khan Z, Sikander S Behaviour Research and Therapy 31 January 2020, 103559 Measuring the implementation strength of a perinatal mental health intervention delivered by peer volunteers in rural Pakistan. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.brat.2020.103559.
    11. Surkan P, Hamdani S, Huma Z, Nazir H, Atif N, Rowther A, Chaudhri R, Zafar S, Mullany L, Malik A, Rahman A. A Cognitive Behavioural Therapy-based intervention to treat symptoms of anxiety in pregnancy in a prenatal clinic using non-specialist providers in Pakistan: design of a randomized trial:  BMJ open 2020; https://doi:10.1136/ bmjopen-2020-037590.
    12. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health – Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health: A Woman is a Puppet.” Women’s Disempowerment and Prenatal Anxiety in Pakistan: A Qualitative Study of Sources, Mitigators, and Coping Strategies for Anxiety in Pregnancy: 2020, 17(14), 4926. https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph17144926.
    13. Waheed W, Mirza N, Waheed MW, Malik A, Panagioti M. Developing and implementing guidelines on culturally adapting the Addenbrooke’s cognitive examination version III (ACE-III): a qualitative illustration. BMC Psychiatry. 2020 Oct 6;20(1):492. https://doi: 10.1186/s12888-020-02893-6.
    14. Kazi A, Rowther A, Atif N, Nazir H, Atiq M, Zulfiqar S, Malik A, Surkan P. Intersections between patient-provider communication and patient anxiety in an antenatal healthcare setting in Pakistan; – PLoS ONE 16(2): e0244671. https://doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.024467.
    15. Ahsan Q, Saleem J, Akhtar A, Khan Aasia, Malik A Prevalence of depression and its associated factors during 2nd wave of covid-19 among pregnant women in a tertiary care hospital, Lahore. Humanities & Social Sciences Reviews. eISSN: 2395-6518, Vol 9, No 3, 2021, pp 846-855. https://doi.org/10.18510/hssr.2021.9382
    16. Rauf N, Zulfiqar S, Mumtaz S, Maryam H, Shoukat R, Malik A, Rowther AA, Rahman A, Surkan PJ, Atif N. The Impact of the COVID-19 Pandemic on Pregnant Women with Perinatal Anxiety Symptoms in Pakistan: A Qualitative Study. Int J Environ Res Public Health. 2021 Aug 4;18(16). https://doi:10.3390/ijerph18168237.
    17. Waqas A, Malik A, Atif N, Nisar A, Nazir H, Sikander S, Rahman A Scalable Screening and Treatment Response Monitoring for Perinatal Depression in Low- and Middle-Income Countries. Int J Environ Res Public Health. 2021 Jun 22;18(13). https://doi:10.3390/ijerph18136693.
    18. Sharif M, Zaidi A, Waqas A, Malik A, Hagaman A, Maselko J, LeMasters K, Liaqat R, Bilal S, Bibi T, Ahmad I, Sikander S, Rahman A. Psychometric Validation of the Multidimensional Scale of Perceived Social Support During Pregnancy in Rural Pakistan. Front Psychol. 2021; 12:601563. https://doi:10.3389/fpsyg.2021.601563 .
    19. Nazir H, Atif N, Rowther A, Malik A, Surkan PJ. “Those whom I have to talk to, I can’t talk to”: Perceived social isolation in the context of anxiety symptoms among pregnant women in Pakistan. Health & Social Care in the Community HSCC-OA-21-0991 Submitted and Under Review Sep 2021.
    20. Zaidi A, Khan A, Rowther A, Nazir H, Perin J, Rauf N, Mumtaz S, Naseem H, Atif N, Rahman A, Surkan P J, Malik A. Cultural adaptation and psychometric validation of the Pregnancy Experience Scale–Brief version (PES-Brief) in Pakistani women with antenatal anxiety symptoms. SSM Mental Health. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.ssmmh.2021.100055.