Professor Michaela Amering was selected by the members of the European Psychiatric Association’s (EPA) jury as the winner of the EPA “Constance Pascal – Helen Boyle Prize” of €10,000 for “Outstanding Achievement by a Woman in Working to Improve Mental Health Care in Europe for 2021”!
The WPA President, Professor Afzal Javed, commented “We are thrilled that Prof. Amering, our chair of an Action Plan Working Group on Partnerships with Service Users and Family Carers, has been awarded with such a prestigious prize from the EPA”.
Prof. Amering is a psychiatrist and Professor at the Division of Social Psychiatry of the Medical University of Vienna, Austria. The main focus of her clinical, teaching and research activities is on the situation of persons with a diagnosis of schizophrenia and their families and friends. She is a proponent of the concept and practice of ‘Trialogue’, a setting which allows communication and collaboration on equal footing between people with a lived experience of mental health problems, their families and friends, and mental health professionals, generating a specific and independent form of acquisition and production of knowledge. Gender has been her longstanding research interest in terms of both clinical significance and policy implications as well as highlighting the situation of women in academic psychiatry.
The WPA and the EPA warmly congratulates Prof. Amering on this well-deserved distinction, which recognises her exceptional contribution towards better mental health care in Europe.
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