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Disaster Psychiatry

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Disasters have always been part of life, and therefore psychiatry is inherently relevant in their management, prevention and study. Disasters can be man-made (anthropogenic) or natural, but regardless of their aetiology, they are capable of adversely affecting the lives of large parts of the population. Similarly, however, they can herald opportunity and the development of resilience for those affected.


The WPA Section on Disasters has as its overarching goal to increase psychiatry's relevance in the management and prevention of disasters. More specifically, the Sections aims to:

  • increase psychiatry's importance in disasters

  • inform policy on the management and prevention of disasters

  • support networking and communication of psychiatrists with a special interest in disasters

  • support and conduct research on topics relevant to disaster psychiatry

  • disseminate evidence-based knowledge on disaster psychiatry

  • educate mental health professionals and other key professionals involved in disaster management

Section Officers


Dr. Nikos Christodoulou

Address: Department of Psychiatry
University of Thessaly Medical School
Larisa, Greece



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Dr. Rodrigo Ramalho

Address: The University of Auckland,
Private Bag 92019,
Auckland 1142,
New Zealand


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Dr Hesed Virto

Address: Neuroscience Research Center (CIN-CENEURO), Andean University of Cusco, Peru


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

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Recommended Reading

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Disasters: Mental health context and responses

Christodoulou, G. N., Mezzich, J. E., Christodoulou, N. G., & Lecic-Tosevski, D. (2016).

Cambridge Scholars Publishing. Retrieved from

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