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Religion, Spirituality and Psychiatry

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There is now a substantial research evidence base to demonstrate the relevance of religion/spirituality (R/S) to mental health. The World Psychiatric Association (WPA) Section on Religion, Spirituality and Psychiatry (SRSP) was established in 2003.


The purposes of the SRSP are to:

  • Encourage and accelerate research, theory, and practice in the area of religion, spirituality and psychiatry, and related areas;

  • Facilitate the dissemination of data on religious and spiritual issues, in relation to psychiatry and allied domains;

  • Develop and to stimulate educational and training programs and courses in order to improve knowledge, skills and professional attitude regarding religion and spirituality in psychiatric practice.



The WPA Position Statement on Spirituality and Religion in Psychiatry, approved by the WPA Executive Committee in 2015 (published as Moreira‐Almeida et al, 2016, in World Psychiatry) was drafted by psychiatrists who are members of the SRSP. Full texts of the Position Statement (in English as well as translations in additional languages) are available from . Further details on the Section and its activities are available from the Section Officers.

Section Officers


Alan Fung

Address: Mount Sinai Hospital Wellness Centre,
3660 Midland Avenie, unit 103 
Toronto, Ontario, Canada M1V0B8



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  Bruno Paz


Address:  Avenida Coronel Lucas de Oliveira
505 sala 808
90440-011, Porto Alegre, RS, Brazil




Rajashree Ray

Address: N18, Park Avenue, Bidhannagar, Durgapur 713212, India 


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

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