It is a great honor and privilege to have been elected to serve as WPA Secretary for Publications, under the leadership of Prof. Pedro Ruiz. I have served for two three-year terms as Zonal Representative from the American Psychiatric Association to the WPA; three years as Chair of the Section on Psychiatry, Medicine and Primary Care; Co-Chair, with Luigi Grassi, M.D., for the Section on Psycho-Oncology; consultant to the Task Force on Publications; member of the Task force on Brain Drain; and with Luigi Grassi, M.D., edited the Section on Psychiatry and Physical Disorders for the WPA Education Programme, organized by Norman Sartorius, M.D., Ph.D. and Allan Tasman, M.D. All of these experiences and duties have afforded me the opportunity to have warm friendships with so many colleagues throughout the WPA, the Board of the WPA, and members of the Executive Committee. I have enormously appreciated the leadership and vision of Prof. Mario Maj and very much look forward to working with dynamic leaders, Profs. Pedro Ruiz, M.D. and Dinesh Bhugra, and the skilled members of the Executive Committee and the Zonal Representatives.
It will be a wonderful opportunity to build on the strengths in publication, developed by Prof. Helen Herrman, and the important journal, World Psychiatry edited by Mario Maj. The WPA is an international leader in publications - books, journals, and newspaper articles - and over the last several years, we have seen many more important journals developed, especially in lower income countries. We have also seen many more WPA supported journals being translated into languages that make them accessible to psychiatrists and other mental health providers. The impact factor of World Psychiatry is increasing every year, thanks to the high quality of articles, and the strong editorship of Mario Maj.
We have greatly appreciated the partnership with John Wiley and Sons, and Joan Marsh and colleagues have been exceptional in their support and team efforts in helping to bring WPA publications to print.
In the coming months and years, I hope to hear from many of you regarding ideas for WPA publications and hope that you will consider submitting articles to WPA journals, newspapers, and material for our website. Developing projects for books, pamphlets on important topics in psychiatry are most welcome. We look forward to seeing you at future WPA meetings and to your contributions in furthering our strong publication program.
Michelle B. Riba, M.D., M.S.