Vittorio De Luca, M.D.

WCPRR Editor in Chief

Vittorio De Luca is an Italian psychiatrist and psychotherapist working in the Psychiatric Intensive Care Unit of a private hospital (namely, “Casa di Cura Colle Cesarano”) close to Rome. He graduated in Medicine in Rome, Italy, in 2001 and specialized in Psychiatry and Psychotherapy in 2005, with a dissertation on the effectiveness of psychodynamic psychotherapy for Eating Disorders. He took classes of Cultural Psychiatry in Rome and started an internship in the Division of Social & Transcultural Psychiatry at McGill University in Montreal, Quebec in 2004, after attending the McGill Summer Program in Social & Cultural Psychiatry. Vittorio has been involved with the WACP since its very beginning. After being co-Editor of the WACP Newsletters in 2005, he was Personal Assistant to the second President and co-founder of WACP, Goffredo Bartocci. He worked actively as Co-Chair of the Local Organizing Committee of the 2rd World Congress of Cultural Psychiatry in 2006, then he started coordinating the Operational Group and Co-editing the WACP Official Journal, World Cultural Psychiatry Research Review (WCPRR). He was appointed WCPRR Editor-in-Chief in May 2012. Since 2004, Vittorio has taken part in national and international congresses of Cultural Psychiatry where he has given presentations and chaired Symposia on several topics including the role of Cultural Psychiatry in psychiatric training in Italy, the attitude of general psychiatry and Italian public service toward Cultural Psychiatry and the interaction between neuroscience and cultural psychiatry. Since 2007, he teaches classes of Transcultural Psychiatry as Lecturer within the “Istituto di Ricerche Europee in Psicoterapia Psicoanalitica” (European Research Institute of Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy) in Rome and Padua.

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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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