Vincent Agyapong



Phone: 902-473-2470
Fax: 902-473-4887
Mailing Address: 
Abbie J Lane Building
5909 Veterans Memorial Lane 
Research Topics:
  • Mental Health Services and Outcomes
  • Health Systems
  • Cllinical Research
  • Epidemiology
  • Disaster Mental Health
  • Global Mental Health

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BSc (Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology)
MBChB (Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology)
DCP (Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland)
DHSM (Institute of Commercial Management UK)
PG Dip (University of Dublin, Trinity College)
MSc (University College Dublin)
MD (Research) (University of Dublin, Trinity College)
PhD (University of Dublin, Trinity College)

Research interests

Professor Agyapong’s research interests include global mental health, disaster mental health, mental health systems and policy. His research focuses primarily on designing and evaluating health innovations that expand access and improve on the quality mental health care at the regional, provincial, national and international levels.

Selected publications  

  • Agyapong VIO, Hrabok M, Vuong W, Gusnowski A, Shalaby R, Mrklas K, Li D, Urichuk L, Snaterse M, Surood S, Cao B, Li XM, Greiner R, Greenshaw AJ. Mental Health Outreach via Supportive Text Messages during the COVID-19 Pandemic: Improved mental health and reduced suicidal ideation after six weeks in subscribers of Text4Hope compared to a control population. Int J Environ Res Public Health, 2021 Feb 23;18(4):2157. doi: 10.3390/ijerph18042157.
  • Boora N., Surood S., Coulombe J., Poudel S. Agyapong VIO. Improving Community Care for Patients Discharged from Hospital Through Zone Wide Implementation of a Seamless Care Transition Policy Int J Qual Health Care. Volume 33, Issue 2, 2021, mzab079,
  • Agyapong V.I.O. Coronavirus Disease 2019 Pandemic: Health System and Community Response to a Text Message (Text4Hope) Program Supporting Mental Health in Alberta- Disaster Med Public Health Prep. 2020 Apr 22:1-5. doi: 10.1017/dmp.2020.114
  • Agyapong VIO, Shalaby R., Agyapong-Opoku G, Osei A. Ulzen T, The Impact of Diaspora based psychiatrists’ participation in clinical teaching in a lower middle-income country on interest in psychiatry among medical students and the choice of psychiatry as a career. Academic Psychiatry 2020- 44(6), 756-760
  • Agyapong V.I.O, Ritchie A, Brown M, Noble S, Mankowsi M, Denga E, Nwaka B, Akinjise I, Corbett S, Moosavi S, Chue P, Li XM, Silverstone P, Greenshaw AJ. Long-term mental health effects of a devastating wildfire are amplified by socio-demographic and clinical antecedents in elementary and high school staff. Front Psychiatry 2020 May 26;11:448.  doi: 10.3389/fpsyt.2020.00448. eCollection 2020

Selected awards and honours

  • 2019 Alberta Medical Association Award of Compassionate Service
  • 2019 Momentum Mental Health Award-Researcher/Clinician- Momentum Walk-In Counselling
  • 2019 Extraordinary Fellow, Royal College of Physicians of Canada
  • 2018 Physician Innovator Award- Edmonton Zone Medical Staff Association
  • 2017 Text4Mood Program recognized as a Mental Health Innovation by the Mental Health Innovations Network which is headquartered World Health Organization’s Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse


  • Fellow of the Royal College of Psychiatrists (UK)
  • Fellow of the American Psychiatric Association
  • Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians & Surgeons of Canada
  • Fellow of the Royal Academy for Medicine in Ireland
  • Member of the International College of Psychosomatic Medicine
  • Fellow of the Royal Society for Medicine, UK
  • Member, Canadian Society of Physician Leaders
  • Member of the American Medical Association
  • Member of the Canadian Medical Association