January 2018
Indian Association for Social Psychiatry

Established: 14 January 1984

Patron: Prof. V K Varma

Registered: 6 June 1984

President: Prof. Rajiv Gupta

Founding President: Prof. A Venkoba Rao

Vice-President: Dr. U C Garg

Founding Sec Gen: Prof. V K Varma

President-Elect: Prof. Indira Sharma

IJSP Established: 1986

Secretary General: Prof. Mamta Sood

Founding Editor: Prof. B B Sethi

Editor: Prof. Debashish Basu


Treasurer: Dr. Vinay Kumar

The Indian Association for Social Psychiatry (IASP) is an independent professional membership organization covering the whole of India. The Indian Association for Social Psychiatry (IASP) was registered as an Association on 6 June 1984 (Regn. No. 1178/84) under the Societies Act. Secretariat of the Association is presently located at the Department of Psychiatry, All India Institute of Medical Sciences, New Delhi. It has a membership of about 1000. Members include mental health professionals from different fields including psychiatrists, clinical psychologists, psychiatric social workers and psychiatric nurses.

Formed in 1984 under the chairmanship of Professor A. Venkoba Rao, the association aims to examine the interface between culture and humanity and devotes itself to the scientific study of the social issues relevant to the country and the society. The overarching goal of IASP is to examine the social and transcultural factors in the phenomenology, course, outcome and treatment of psychiatric disorders. The association strives to enhance the advance and application of mental health knowledge for the greater public good. IASP aspires to set high standards for research and education, and is determined to support psychiatrists and mental health professionals throughout their career. The IASP, since inception has a close association with the World Association of Social Psychiatry (WASP) and the World Psychiatric Association (WPA) and is currently a member society of both the WPA and the WASP.

The IASP publishes the Indian Journal of Social Psychiatry(http://www.indjsp.org/), a peer-reviewed online journal with quarterly print compilation of issues. The journal focusses on issues related to health, ethical and social factors in field of social and community psychiatry and is highly acclaimed by the mental health academia. The journal is open-access and is indexed by Baidu Scholar, CNKI (China National Knowledge Infrastructure), EBSCO Publishing’s Electronic Databases, Exlibris – Primo Central, Google Scholar, Hinari, Infotrieve, National Science Library, ProQuest, TdNet, and Kudos.

The association supports continued medical education through its yearly national conference, National Conference of Indian Association for Social Psychiatry (NCIASP), along with multiple other CME and international conferences.

IASP promotes excellence in research in young scholars and honours lifetime achievement of senior professionals by providing yearly national awards in the field of psychiatry and mental health, during the annual national conference.

The website of the association www.iasp.org.in was launched in 2008.


The purposes and objectives of the Association are:

  • To study the nature of man and his cultures and the prevention and treatment of his vicissitudes and behaviour disorders.
  • To promote national and international collaboration among professionals and societies in fields related to social psychiatry
  • To make the knowledge and practice of social psychiatry available to professionals in social psychiatry and other sciences and to the public by such methods as scientific meetings and publications.
  • To advance the physical, social, psychological and philosophic well-being of mankind by such methods as promotion of research and deliberations into it.
  • To extend consultations and carry out charitable and voluntary work for the furtherance of the objectives mentioned above.
  • To do all such things and matters that are incidental or conducive to the attainment of the above objectives.

Secretariat: Prof Mamta Sood, Department of Psychiatry

Room Number 4096, Fourth Floor, Academic Block, AIIMS, Delhi 110029

Phone: +91-11-26596634
E-mail: mamtasood.iasp@gmail.com
Fax: +91-11-226589787, 8663




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