December 2015
Positive Psychiatry

CHAIR: Dilip V. Jeste Dilip V. Jeste Address: Senior Associate Dean for Healthy Aging and Distinguished Professor of
Psychiatry and Neurosciences, University of California, San Diego, 9500 Gilman Drive, #0664,
San Diego, California 92093-0664, USA
Phone: +1 858 534 4020 
Fax: +1 858 534 5475 

CO-CHAIR: Nahla Nagy Amresh Shrivastava' Address: Parkwood Institute, Mental Health Western University, Associate scientist,
Lawson Health Research Institute, 550, Wellington Road, London, Ontario N6C 0AZ, Canada   
Phone: +1 519 646 6100
Fax: +1 519 455 2919

SECRETARY: A’verria Martin A’verria Martin
Address: Director of Research, University of California, San Diego, Stein Institute for Research on Aging,
9500 Gilman Drive #0993, La Jolla, San Diego, CA 92093-0993, United States of America
Phone: +1 858 246 0764
Fax: +1 858 246 0760

EDITOR: Keri-Leigh Cassidy Keri-Leigh Cassidy
Address: Professor of Geriatric Psychiatry, Dalhousie University, Clinical Academic Director,
Geriatric Psychiatry Program, Department of Psychiatry, Dalhousie University,
Room 6516 Abbie Lane Building, 5909 Veterans Memorial Lane, Halifax Nova Scotia B3H 2E2, Canada
Phone:  +1  902 473 2927
Fax: +1 902 473 5713

>> Please click here to see the Section Membership list

>> Please click here to see the Section's Official Newsletter Summer 2016

>> Please click here to see the Invitation for WPA section Positive Psychiatry meeting 15th May


Positive Psychiatry: A Revolutionary science of medicine

Revolutionary advances in understanding mental disorders and in providing novel treatments have enhanced the expectations of patients and relatives. There is a growing demand on newer research in providing interventions that allow patients to live a normal life. Of late, concept of the illness itself has undergone significant change. It is now proposed that expected outcome from treatment of mental disorder is to achieve a state of ‚ ‘wellness.’ Positive psychiatry is a newer branch of psychological medicine that seeks to promote understanding of wellness and examines its application in intervention and prevention of mental disorders. The concept of positive psychiatry argues for a different approach to understanding and treating mental disorders, prevent transition of subclinical states to full blown illnesses, and finally, offer an innovative approach for preventing mental disorder. It opens up newer opportunities for providing holistic care.

The branch of positive psychiatry is a new movement in mental health, which requires a concerted effort in research, education and knowledge translation. There is an urgent demand to build capacity for intellectual capital to invest in achieving its goals. An organizational and administrative platform to disseminate the knowledge and invite academic collaborations to advance research and education is necessary. Our goal is to seek a wider international foundation for an effective and strategic pathway to integrate positive psychiatry into mainstream global health. Implications of positive psychiatry go far beyond treatment of mental disorders. It is truly a branch of science exploring possibilities to achieve wellness from a state of illness and prevent a transition from a state of health to disease. Positive psychiatry contributes to the advancement of clinical, research, and educational requirements, significantly contributes to mental health promotions, attempt to have a fresh look‚ at the ‘mental health-mental illness’ paradigm to offer a ‘people-centric psychiatry.’ At the same time, it also investigates newer ways for fighting the stigma of mental disorders, advocates for providing access to care based upon its concept of positive psychiatry and sets an agenda for the social integration of individuals with mental disorders. We believe the wider scope of positive psychiatry will offer an effective strategy for ‘breaking the barriers’ in mental health. Considerable work in clinical psychiatry and neuroscience has irrefutably demonstrated that ‘its time has come’


Why join section on Positive Psychiatry?

No branch of science can grow in isolation. It needs re-examination, replication and re-construction of research experiments and it’s finding to reach a logical conclusion of certainty. Today there is far better connectivity and collaboration for education and research to develop a knowledge base that can help in developing a strategic plan and implement it in diverse social, cultural a geographic conditions. Our specific goal to seek approval to develop a section in the World Psychiatric Association (WPA) is to take the movement for positive psychiatry forward and make it truly global, invite stakeholders in public health psychiatry to promote this newer branch to find newer solutions to complex problem of mental disorders.

Positive psychiatry section of the WPA can benefit patients, profession and practice of psychiatry by embracing the cause of positive psychiatry. Without transgression to international mental health, progress of this new branch will remain limited and lack of contributions in research from majority of member countries, which represent diverse socioeconomic societies, will fail the very purpose of positive psychiatry. Not only advancement of research will be hindered, but a large number of patients will also remain deprived of advantages that positive psychiatry seeks to provide.

Membership :

For membership please write to
A’verria Martin, Ph.D., LMFT

Sectreatary, WPAA Section – positive Psychiatry
Director of Research
Division of Geriatric Psychiatry

University of California, San Diego
9500 Gilman Drive #0993
La Jolla, CA 92093-0993
Tel: (858) 246-0764
Fax: (858) 246-0760 




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