Psyche and Spirit, Newsletter of the WPA Section on Religion, Spirituality and Psychiatry 


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Welcome to Psyche and Spirit: Newsletter of the WPA Section on Religion, Spirituality and Psychiatry. This newsletter aims to impart information and provide a forum for discussion about conferences, research and teaching activities in the rapidly growing discipline of Religion, Spirituality and Health. Please let us introduce ourselves. Alexander Moreira-Almeida is Professor of Psychiatry and Director of the Research Center in Spirituality and Health (NUPES) at Universidade Federal de Juiz de Fora, Brazil. Simon Dein is an anthropologist and psychiatrist based at University College London and Durham University, England. Peter Verhagen is Chair of the WPA Section on Religion, Spirituality and Psychiatry and Secretary of the Dutch Foundation for Psychiatry and Religion, Netherlands.

In the first issue you will find the Chair’s description of Section’s history, including a profile its founders and its current chair and co-chair, as well as current achievements, including a new book Religion and Psychiatry: Beyond Boundaries edited by Peter J. Verhagen, Herman M van Praag, Juan J. López-Ibor, John L. Cox and Driss Moussaoui (2010).



In our section ‘Meeting Point’ we will publish your letters on issues related to spirituality and psychiatry.


We wish you all a very happy and prosperous new year and hope you enjoy reading this Newsletter.


Alexander Moreira-Almeida

Simon Dein

Peter J. Verhagen