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Dr Cyrus Ho

  • Consultant, Department of Psychological Medicine, National University Hospital
  • Assistant Professor, Department of Medicine, Yong Loo Lin School of Medicine, National University of Singapore
MBBS (S’pore), Dip (Cl Psy) (RCP&S, Ire), MRCPsych (UK), Grad Dip Acupuncture (S’pore), MSc (Research) (S’pore), MSc (App Neurosci) (UK), FAMS (Psy) (S’pore), IFAPA (USA)
General Adult Psychiatry
Special Interests:
Mental Health in LGBTQ, Neuropsychiatry, Traditional Chinese Medicine and Medical Acupuncture,


Dr Cyrus Ho is a general adult and consultation liaison psychiatrist managing psychiatric conditions across the age continuum from adolescence to old age, with special interest interfacing between medicine and psychiatry, complex mood disorders, and neuropsychiatry.

After graduating with a Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery (MBBS) from the National University of Singapore (NUS), Dr Ho obtained a Diploma in Clinical Psychiatry from Ireland. He was conferred memberships to the Royal College of Psychiatrists from the United Kingdom and College of Psychiatrists of Ireland. He is a Fellow of the Singapore Academy of Medicine and he received the International Fellowship to the American Psychiatric Association. With a keen interest in neuroscience, he earned a Master of Science in Research from NUS for his research work on neuroimaging in depressed and chronic pain patients. He was further awarded Distinction in the Master of Science in Applied Neuroscience from King's College London. Under the MOH Health Manpower Development Plan (HMDP) award, he underwent further training in neuropsychiatry with Montreal Neurological Hospital in Canada and Royal Melbourne Neuropsychiatry Unit in Australia.

Being an avid researcher, Dr Ho has extensively published more than 230 academic papers in international peer-reviewed journals, including The Lancet, Annals of Internal Medicine, Autoimmunity Reviews, EBioMedicine and, Brain, Behavior and Immunity. He frequently delivers presentations in international psychiatry conferences, including notable ones such as the American Psychiatric Association (APA) Annual Meeting and the European Congress of Psychiatry.

Dr Ho is a passionate educator involved in teaching both students and residents alike.  He currently serves as the NUS Psychiatry Undergraduate Education Director. His dedication in education is exemplified by various teaching awards, such as the Dean's Award for Teaching Excellence in 2015, 2016, 2018, 2020, and 2021, and Junior Doctor Teaching Award in 2015. He co-authored four postgraduate guidebooks for residents published by Taylor and Francis, and an undergraduate textbook titled "Mastering Psychiatry", which is a popular reference book used by local medical students.

Dr Ho welcomes local and international clinical and research collaboration to continuously push the boundaries of research to effect innovative healthcare.


  • NUS Engineering in Medicine pitch-for-fund contest – Award (2021)
  • Japanese Society of Psychiatry and Neurology Fellowship Award (2020)
  • NUS Medicine Fortitude Award (2020)
  • MOH Health Manpower Development Plan (HMDP) Award (2018)                                       
  • Dean’s Award for Teaching Excellence, NUS (2015, 2016, 2018, 2021)  

Journals & Publications

1. Ngo AT, Nguyen LH, Dang AK, Hoang MT, Nguyen THT, Vu GT, Do HT, Tran BX, Latkin CA, Ho RCM, Ho CSH. Bullying experience in urban adolescents: Prevalence and correlations with health-related quality of life and psychological issues. PLoS One. 2021 8;16(6):e0252459. [IF 3.24]

2. Husain SF, Ong SK, Cuizhen L, Tran B, Ho RC, Ho CS. Functional near-infrared spectroscopy during a decision-making task in patients with major depressive disorder. The Australian and New Zealand Journal of Psychiatry 2020. 10:4867420976856. [IF 4.657]

3. Ng SH, Tan NJH, Luo Y, Goh WS, Ho R, Ho CSH. A Systematic Review of Youth and Teen Mental Health First Aid: Improving Adolescent Mental Health. J Adolesc Health. 2020 Nov 18:S1054-139X(20)30632-7. [IF 3.945] 

4. Ho CSH, Lim LJH, Lim AQ, Chan NHC, Tan RS, Lee SH, Ho RCM (2020). Diagnostic and Predictive Applications of Functional Near-Infrared Spectroscopy for Major Depressive Disorder: A Systematic Review. Frontiers in Psychiatry 2020; 6;11:378. [IF 2.849]

5. Wang C, Pan R, Wan X, Tan Y, Xu L, McIntyre RS, Choo FN, Tran B, Ho R, Sharma VK, Ho C. A Longitudinal Study on the Mental Health of General Population during the COVID-19 Epidemic in China. Brain, Behavior, and Immunity 2020; pii: S0889-1591(20)30511-0. [IF 6.170]

6. Tran BX, Vu GT, Ha GH, Vuong QH, Ho MT, Vuong TT, La VP, Ho MT, Nghiem KP, Nguyen HLT, Latkin CA, Tam WWS, Cheung NM, Nguyen HT, Ho CSH, Ho RCM. Global Evolution of Research in Artificial Intelligence in Health and Medicine: A Bibliometric Study. J Clin Med. 2019 Mar 14;8(3). [IF 1.883]

7. Ho CSH, Dubeau F, Séguin R, Ducharme S. Prevalence of neuropsychiatric symptoms associated with malformations of cortical development. Epilepsy & Behavior 2019; 92:306-310. [IF 2.508]

8. Ho CSH, Tan ELY, Ho RCM, Chiu MYL. Relationship of Anxiety and Depression with Respiratory Symptoms: Comparison between Depressed and Non-Depressed Smokers in Singapore. Int J Environ Res Public Health. 2019 Jan 8;16(1). [IF 3.39]

9. Ho CSH, Quek TC, Ho RCM, Choo CC. Terrorism and mental illness: a pragmatic approach for the clinician. BJPsych Advances. 2019:1-9. doi:10.1192/bja.2018.49 [IF 0.436]

10.  Lu Y, Ho CS, McIntyre RS, Wang W, Ho RC. Agomelatine-induced modulation of brain-derived neurotrophic factor (BDNF) in the rat hippocampus. Life Sci. 2018 Sep 4. pii: S0024-3205(18)30539-3. [IF 3.448]

Professional Memberships

  • Member, Royal College of Psychiatrists, United Kingdom
  • Fellow (Psychiatry), Academy of Medicine Singapore
  • International Fellow, American Psychiatric Association
  • Member, American Neuropsychiatric Association
  • Member, Academy of Consultation-Liaison Psychiatry
  • Member, Asian College of Neuropsychopharmacology
  • International Editorial Board Member, British Journal of Psychiatry
  • Associate Editor for Public Mental Health, Frontiers in Psychiatry
  • Editorial Board Member, Diagnostics
  • Editorial Board Member, Section of Mood Disorders, BMC Psychiatry


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