WACP Current President


2015-2018 President

Professor of Psychiatry at the University of Guadalajara, Mexico; Psychiatrist at the Adult Inpatient Psychiatry Service at Hospital Civil Fray Antonio Alcalde; Member of the Mexican Academy of Science, President and Founding Member of The Latin American Group of Transcultural Studies (GLADET), President of the WACP (2015-2018). Founder of the Ethnopsychiatric Section of the Mexican and the Latin American Psychiatric Association (APM and APAL). Co-chair of the Literature and Psychiatry section of the World Psychiatric Association (WPA). Born in 1960 in Guadalajara, Mexico. Married to Doloritas and father of four children. Graduated from the University of Guadalajara, School of Medicine; Specialized in Psychiatry, under the direction of Pr. José Luis Patiño Rojas, at Hospital Fray Bernardino Alvarez, Mexico City; trained in consultation-liaison psychiatry at the Mexican Institute of Psychiatry Ramón De la Fuente and at L’hôpital Saint Antoine, Paris, France. Studied Social Anthropology and Ethnology at the EHESS of Paris, where he obtained his Ph.D. with the dissertation “Towards a Mexican Ethnopsychiatry”. Currently working on different lines of research: Cultural Psychiatry, Medical Anthropology, Liaison Psychiatry, and Psychopharmacology for Mood and Anxiety Disorders and Schizophrenias. Has participated in the Editorial Boards of Revista Facultad de Medicina, Universidad Nacional de Colombia; Vertex Journal of Psychiatry, Argentina; Psicopatología, Institute of Spanish-speaking Psychiatrists; L’Évolution Psychiatrique, France, Acta Psiquiátrica y Psicológica de América Latina, Asia-Pacific Psychiatry and founding editor of Investigación en Salud (1999-2008), Mexico. Has published 18 books, 25 book chapters and 63 articles in Mexican and international journals. Has participated in more than 200 congress. Awarded the Recognition to Outstanding Research of the Medical College of Jalisco, Mexico, the Academic Merit Award of the University of Guadalajara, the Orden Rectoral Alejo Zuloaga of the University of Carabobo, Venezuela; and the Price of L’Évolution Psychiatrique for his book: Vers Une Ethnopsychiatrie Mexicaine. For further information visit the web site: http://www.gladet.org.mx/

  •  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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