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Liao Shih Cheng 

Identification Data

  • Director, Division of Psychosomatic Medicine, Department of Psychiatry, National Taiwan University Hospital

  • CEO, Program of National Suicide Prevention Center in contract with the Ministry of Health and Welfare

  • Adjunct Director, Student Counseling Center, National Taiwan University

Current Academic Appointment


Associate professor, Department of Psychiatry, National Taiwan University Medical College

Educational Background

  • Ph.D., in Epidemiology and Preventive Medicine, College of Public Health, National Taiwan University

  • M.D., Taipei Medical University

Training background

  • Resident doctor, Department of Psychiatry, National Taiwan University Hospital

  • Second Lieutenant Medical Officer, R.O.C. Air Force

Attendance of International Academic Organization

  • International contributor: World Suicide Report, World Health Organization (WHO); Preventing suicide: A global imperative.

  • Collaborator, The WHO World Mental Health International College Student (WMH-ICS) Initiative.

  • Lifetime member, International Psychogeriatric Association

  • Member, International Association of Suicide Prevention

  • Member, International College of Psychosomatic Medicine

Clinical and Research Specialty

  • Psychosomatic medicine and consultation-liaison psychiatry

  • Suicidology

  • Psychiatric epidemiology

  • Geriatric psychiatry

Honor and Award

  • Outstanding Teaching Award, National Taiwan University (2019)

  • Excellent Mentor Award, College of Medicine, National Taiwan University (2016)

  • Honorary member of the Phi Tau Phi Scholastic Honor Society of the Republic of China (2012)

  • Award of best attending physician (By Alumni Association of North American, College of Medicine, National Taiwan University) (2005)

  • Teaching award of excellence in medical education, National Taiwan University Hospital) (2004)

  • Dr. Shi-Jen Tsei Memorial Research Award, Taiwanese Society of Psychiatry (2002)

  • Service Award, National Taiwan University Hospital (2000)

  • Resident doctor delegate, administrative committee of National Taiwan University Hospital (1999)

Selected Publications

  1. Huang WL, Liao SC, Tu YK, Yang CCH, Kuo TBJ, Gau SSF. Autonomic reactivity during reading of a somatic distress script in patients with somatic symptom disorder. J Psychosom Res 2019;123:109729.

  2. Chung YE, Chen HC, Chou HL, et al. Exploration of microbiota targets for major depressive disorder and mood related traits. J Psychiatr Res 2019;111:74-82.

  3. Liao SC, Ma HM, Lin YL, Huang WL. Functioning and quality of life in patients with somatic symptom disorder: The association with comorbid depression. Compr Psychiatry 2019;90:88-94.

  4. Tseng MM, Chang CH, Liao SC, Yeh YC. Rates and trends of psychiatric inpatient and post-discharge suicides in Taiwan, 2002-2013: a national register-based study. Soc Psychiatry Psychiatr Epidemiol 2019;10.1007/s00127-019-01656-3.

  5. Lu HF, Sheng WH, Liao SC, et al. The changes and the predictors of suicide ideation and suicide attempt among HIV-positive patients at 6-12 months post diagnosis: A longitudinal study. J Adv Nurs 2019;75:573-84.

  6. Wu CY, Lee MB, Liao SC, Ko CH. A nationwide survey of the prevalence and psychosocial correlates of internet addictive disorders in Taiwan. J Forms Med Assoc 2019;118:514-23.

  7. Huang KH, Yu CC, Hu YH, et al. Targeted treatment of primary aldosteronism - The consensus of Taiwan Society of Aldosteronism. J Forms Med Assoc 2019;118:72-82.

  8. Chen IM, Lin PH, Wu VC, Wu CS, Shan JC, Chang SS, Liao SC. Suicide deaths among patients with end-stage renal disease receiving dialysis: A population-based retrospective cohort study of 64,000 patients in Taiwan. J Affect Disord. 2018;227:7-10.

  9. Huang WL, Liao SC. Subgrouping Somatic Symptom Disorder: An Analysis Based on the Diagnostic Criteria for Psychosomatic Research. Psychother Psychosom 2018;87:316-8.

  10. Chin WS, Guo YL, Liao SC, et al. Suicidality 6 Years After Occupational Injury. J Clin Psychiatry 2018;79:doi: 10.4088/JCP.17m11729.

  11. Lu HF, Hsiao FH, Sheng WH, et al. Prevalence and Predictors of Depression Among People Living With HIV/AIDS: A National Study. Nurs Res 2018;67:379–86.

  12. Ma CH, Chang SS, Tsai HJ, et al. Comparative effect of antipsychotics on risk of self-harm among patients with schizophrenia. Acta Psychiatr Scand 2018;137:296-305.

  13. Lin HT, Liu SK, Hsieh MH, Chien YL, Chen IM, Liao SC, Tsai HJ, Wu CS. Impacts of Electroconvulsive Therapy on 1-Year Outcomes in Patients With Schizophrenia: A Controlled, Population-Based Mirror-Image Study. Schizophr Bull. 2018;44:798-806.

  14. Chin WS, Guo YL, Liao SC et al., Quality of life at 6 years after occupational injury. Qual Life Res. 2018;27:609-618.

  15. Liao SC, Chen IM, Tu CY, Hsu CK, Ma HM, Lee MT, Huang WL. Sub-syndromal psychosomatic concepts and personality traits in community adults. Compr Psychiatry 2017;75:110-116.

  16. Liao SC, Wu CT, Huang HC, Cheng WT, Liu YH. Major Depression Detection from EEG Signals Using Kernel Eigen-Filter-Bank Common Spatial Patterns. Sensors 2017; doi: 10.3390/s17061385.

  17. Lin PH, Liao SC, Chen IM, et al. Impact of Universal Health Coverage on Suicide Risk in Newly Diagnosed Cancer Patients: Population-based Cohort Study from 1985 to 2007 in Taiwan. Psycho-Oncology 2017;26:1852-9.

  18. Huang WL, Liao SC. Psychometric properties of the Chinese Version of the Diagnostic Criteria for Psychosomatic Research. Psychother Psychosom 2017;86:119-20.

  19. Wu VC, Hu YH, Er LK et al., Case detection and diagnosis of primary aldosteronism - The consensus of Taiwan Society of Aldosteronism. J Formos Med Assoc. 2017;116:993-1005.

  20. Chin WS, Shiao JS, Liao SC, Kuo CY, Chen CC, Guo YL. Depressive, anxiety and post-traumatic stress disorders at six years after occupational injuries. Eur Arch Psychiatry Clin Neurosci 2017;267:507-516.

  21. Huang WL, Liao SC, Yang CC, et al. Measures of heart rate variability in individuals with somatic symptom disorder. Psychosom Med 2017;79:34-42.

  22. Wu CS, Liao SC, Tsai YT, Chang SS, Tsai HJ. Comparative risk of self-harm hospitalization amongst depressive disorder patients using different antidepressants: a population-based cohort study in Taiwan. Psychol Med 2017;47:81-92.

  23. Lung FW, Liao SC, Wu CY, Lee MB. The effectiveness of suicide prevention programmes: urban and gender disparity in age-specific suicide rates in a Taiwanese population. Public health 2017;147:136-43.

  24. Huang MC, Chuang SC, Tseng MM, et al. Cortisol awakening response in patients with bipolar disorder during acute episodes and partial remission: A pilot study. Psychiatry Res 2017;258:594-7.