Kevin Chien-Chang Wu

Kevin Chien-Chang Wu, M.D, LL.M., Ph.D., a forensic psychiatrist, neuroethicist and mental health policy scholar from Taiwan, is an associate professor at National Taiwan University College of Medicine with joint appointments at College of Law and College of Public Health. He was awarded excellent tutorship four times at the university. Since 2015, he has been the director of Department of Psychiatry at National Taiwan University and the chair of the Department of Psychiatry at the National Taiwan University Hospital. He also serves as the deputy director of the Biomedical Ethics at the university. For six years (2007-2013) he was the chair of the Forensic Psychiatric Committee at the Taiwanese Society of Psychiatry and has conducted more than 400 forensic examinations including those of more than 10 high-profile criminal cases in Taiwan. In the past 12 years, he has been the expert involved with drafting revised statutes of the Taiwan Mental Health Act.

His research interests are bioethics (including medical ethics and public health ethics), mental health law and policy (including human rights and compulsory measures, competency, criminal responsibility, dementia, and suicide prevention), neuroethics (including enhancement, free will and moral responsibility), and pharmaceutical policy (including addicted drugs and vaccines). He authored more than 70 publications in English and Mandarin, including original papers, book chapters, and one book in Forensic Psychiatry (in Chinese). Using philosophical anthropology as the core theme, he hopes to explore how different disciplines could contribute at multiple levels to the governance of human affairs with various ways of understanding and seeing human conditions. He is now the PI of several national research grants from the Taiwan Ministry of Science and Technology, topics of which comprise mental health law and policy regarding the governance suicide, addiction and psychopath; the ELSI and policy of dementia diagnosis and management; and international comparisons of mental health law.