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The World Psychiatry Association (WPA) has engaged with patients' art since its inaugural congress in Paris in 1950, at the height of public interest in outsider art. The Section for Art and Psychiatry was formally established in 1983, as the Psychopathology of Expression, and changed to the Section of Art and Psychiatry when Dr. Hans-Otto became Section Secretary in 1999.


The Section’s work includes the analysis of art and the advancement of art therapy. The Section, one of the oldest within the WPA, has a strong international membership and seeks to bring together mental health practitioners who are interested in exploring the conversation between art and mental health in our global communities.

Section Officers





MB.BS., FRANZCP, Certificate Child and Adolescent Psychiatry.

Consultant Child and Youth Neuropsychiatrist,

Manager of the Dax Poetry Collection.

Address: Alfred CYMHS, 2nd Floor, 999 Nepean Highway, Moorabbin VIC 3189, Australia.

Tel.: work: 61 (0) 3 8552 0555; mobile: 61 (0) 4 29637395.


Honorary Chair:

Hans-Otto Thomashoff


Dr. Phil. Dr. Med

Previous Chair, WPA Section for Art and Psychiatry

Wien/Vienna, Austria

Tel.: +43-1-5334100, Fax: 0043-1-5139437






Associate Dean for Academic Affairs,

City University of New York.

Address: 205 E 42nd St. #940, New York, NY 10017 USA.

University tel.: +1-646-664-8054, fax 646-664-2958.



Pia Brous 

MB.BS., BMed Sci, MPM, FRANZCP, Certificate Child and Adolescent Psychiatry

Consultant Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist

Teacher, Master’s course in Systemic and Family Therapy, Australian Catholic University

Member Mental Health Tribunal of Victoria, which monitors the human rights of compulsory psychiatric patients.


>> Please click here to see the Section Members list.

Recommended Reading

Therapeutic Arts in Pregnancy, Birth and New Parenthood - edited by Professor Susan Hogan

Mehr Hirn in die Politik - written by Hans-Otto Thomashoff

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