About the Section


The purpose of this section shall be:

  • To encourage and accelerate research, theory, and practice in the area of religion, spirituality and psychiatry, and related areas.
  • To facilitate the dissemination of data on religious and spiritual issues, in relation to psychiatry and allied domains.
  • To 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.



Executive board

CHAIR: Alexander Moreira Almeida Alexander Moreira-Almeida Address: Research Center in Spirituality and Health (NUPES) School of Medicine
Federal University of Juiz de Fora (UFJF) Av Eugenio do Nascimento s/n – Dom Bosco
36038-330 Juiz de Fora – MG
Phone: +55 32 2102 3848/55 32 9123 4564
E-mail: alex.ma@ufjf.edu.br
CO-CHAIR: Nahla Nagy Address: Institute of Psychiatry Ain Shams University 21, Ismail Ramzy Street, Heliopolis Cairo Egypt
Phone: +202 26422659
Fax: +202 24515739
SECRETARY: Bernard Janse van Rensburg Address:  Division of Psychiatry, Faculty of Sciences University of the Witwatersrand 7 York Road, Parktown Johannesburg 2193 South Africa
Phone: +27 11 340 9000/9038
Fax: +27 11 782 0270
E-mail: Bernard.JansevanRensburg@gauteng.gov.za


Committee Members

MEMBER Dr. Simon Dein (UK) E-mail: s.dein@ucl.ac.uk
MEMBER Dr. Valerie DeMarinis (Sweden) E-mailvalerie.demarinis@gmail.com
Dr. Arjan Braam (Netherlands) E-mail: a.braam@altrecht.nl
Dr. Rael Strous (Israel) E-mail: raels@post.tau.ac.il
Dr. Avdesh Sharma (India) E-mail: avdeshsharma@rahat.org


Action Plan for 2014-2017




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