Olayinka O. Omigbodun

Olayinka O. Omigbodun
Director, Centre for Child & Adolescent Mental Health (CCAMH)

MBBS (Ibadan), MPH (Leeds), Dip Psych (Manchester), FMCPsych (Nigeria), FWACP
Professor of Psychiatry, College of Medicine, University of Ibadan; Honorary Consultant Child & Adolescent Psychiatrist, University College Hospital, Ibadan, Nigeria

Olayinka Olusola Omigbodun graduated MBBS in 1985, winning prizes for academic excellence along the way. She began her career in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry shortly after completing her internship at UCH in 1986. She served the obligatory National Youth Service Corps Year learning the rudiments of Child Psychiatry. She subsequently had formal residency training in Psychiatry at the University College Hospital, Ibadan; Lancaster Moor Hospital, Lancaster, UK; and the Queen’s Park Hospital, Blackburn, UK. She obtained the Diploma in Psychiatry of the University of Manchester and the Fellowship of the National Postgraduate Medical College of Nigeria and the West African College of Physicians in Psychiatry in 1991. In 1993, she proceeded to the United States of America where she had further training in Family Therapy at the Department of Family Studies, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia and was also a visiting scholar at the University of Pennsylvania’s Bipolar Research Unit. She was awarded a British Chevening Scholarship to study at the Nuffield Institute for Health, University of Leeds where she obtained a Masters in Public Health, with Distinction, in 1999. Through the University of Ibadan MacArthur Foundation-funded Staff Development Programme, she pursued further studies in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry at the Greenwood Institute for Child Health, University of Leicester, UK in 2004.

 In 1999, she started a clinic service tailored to meet the needs of children and adolescents with mental health problems at UCH, Ibadan, which became initially the Child and Adolescent Psychiatric Unit and eventually the Department of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, the first of its kind in any tertiary training institution in Nigeria. She is the pioneer head of the Department and engendered the interest of a lot of young physicians in the sub-specialty.

In line with her training in Public Health, she is a fervent believer in forming linkages between specialized health institutions and primary care to ensure that those with the greatest need have access to care. In 2003, she initiated a mental health outreach to the children in the Ibadan Remand Home (the custodial portion of the juvenile justice system in Oyo State, Nigeria). She had earlier established links with the SOS Children’s Village in Owu Ijebu, Nigeria as well as the Ibadan School for Children with Disabilities. In addition to these linkages, needs assessments, anti-stigma campaigns and training for school teachers in the identification of mental health challenges in children and adolescents have been carried out in rural and urban schools in Oyo State.

Dr. Olayinka Omigbodun was appointed a Lecturer in Psychiatry at the College of Medicine, University of Ibadan in 1997 and became the first female Professor of Psychiatry in Nigeria on October 1, 2008. She collaborated with other colleagues to establish the African Association for Child and Adolescent Mental Health (AACAMH) and has served as Chair of its Steering Committee since it was founded in 2007. Professor Olayinka Omigbodun was the President of the International Association for Child and Adolescent Psychiatry and Allied Professions (IACAPAP) from 2010 to 2014, the first African to hold the position in the 75-year history of the premier global organization for child & adolescent mental health which has chapters in more than 65 countries worldwide.