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Positive Psychiatry

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Positive Psychiatry shifts the focus of mental health beyond studying disorders and psychopathology to studying factors that contribute to mental wellbeing. Historically, psychiatry has focused on the diagnosis of disease and the treatment of individuals with mental illness. Positive psychiatry takes a more expansive approach. It is the science and practice of psychiatry that seeks to understand and promote wellbeing through assessment and interventions. Positive psychiatry can help psychiatrists expand their range of treatment options and better engage patients in the treatment process.


The WPA’s Positive Psychiatry Section seeks to share research and expertise in this rapidly growing area. We host Zoom meetings every other month to discuss positive psychiatry in clinical practice and send out a newsletter several times a year. Please join us!

Section Officers


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Kiran Rabheru

University of Ottawa & The Ottawa Hospital
Phone: 613-737-8010
Fax: 613-737-8115
Cell: 613-898-3375
Hospital Email:
Personal Email:


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Samantha Boardman

Weill Cornell Medical College & New York Presbyterian Hospital, 
New York, New York 10065
Phone: 212.535.1370
Fax: 917-591-2338


Karen Reimers

Phone: (612) 326-0679

Addresses: 4700 Millenia Blvd, # 175-94803 / Orlando, FL 32839

5123 W 98th St., #1094 | Minneapolis, MN 55437




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Amy Gough

Dalhousie University
Abbie J Lane Building, 8th floor
5909 Veterans Memorial Lane, Halifax, Nova Scotia, B3H 2E2, Canada
Phone: +1 (902) 473-2220, ext. 8254
Fax: +1 (902) 473-4545

>> Please click here to see the Section Members list

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