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I was born in Iraq in 1950, and studied medicine in Moscow between 1972 to 1979. Due to the occurrence of Iraq-Iran War I migrated to Sweden as a refugee and became a citizen there since 1991. I am married with four children. I obtained my specialization in psychiatry in Sweden and worked since 1994 as consultant psychiatrist. I took the McGill summer course in 1996 and obtained a diploma in transcultural psychiatry. At present, I work as a director at “Orient Medical and Rehabilitation Centre” in Stockholm which I’m a co-founder of. In addition, I work as a senior lector at Ersta Sköndal University College in Stockholm and Gothenburg. My interest and passion for transcultural psychiatry has been illustrated by my hard work and participation in congresses on a national and international level within the field since 1990. I am a member of the World Association of Cultural Psychiatry (WACP) since the association was formally established in 2006. In addition, I am a member of the association’s operational group and member of the scientific committee for the association’s online journal of WCPRR. In 2007, when the Transcultural Psychiatry Conference was held jointly by the SSPC, TPS/WPA and WACP in Stockholm, I have served as the local organizer and the cochair of the conference. The conference promoted cultural psychiatry in the Northern European region. My research in the field of transcultural psychiatry is mainly focused on the impact of migration and acculturation processes on the individual’s mental health and family relations. I have published over 21 articles (in Swedish and English) and been the co-author of 8 books on this subject. I have published two monographs: “Exile, culture, and drug addiction” in 1994, and “The unknown journey – Migration, acculturation and health – an intercultural-clinical perspective” this year.

  •  I. Herrera y Cairo No. 611. Col. centro
         Guadalajara, Jal., Mex. C.P.44100
  •  (+5233) 36139877
  • paceves@gladet.org.mx


Culture impacts mental illness so that culturally relevant care is needed for patients of diverse ethnic and cultural backgrounds. From a social point of view, there has been rapid social and cultural change, as well as migration within and between nations. Societies are becoming multi-ethnic and poly-cultural in nature worldwide. From a clinical perspective, there is a need to improve cultural competence to provide proper psychiatric care of each patient, considering the ethnic/race/cultural background, irregardless of minority or majority status.

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