Board of Directors
Western Europe: Coopted Member
Dr. Donato Zupin
MHD-WHO Collaborative Center, Trieste. Psychiatrist Transcultural Psychiatry Section, Italian Society of Psychiatry.
Dr. Donato Zupin is a psychiatrist and psychotherapist. He is currently serving as President of the Transcultural Psychiatry Special Section within the Italian Society of Psychiatry and Vice-Chair of the Italian Institute of Transcultural Mental Health. He works as a consultant in the Department of Mental Health – WHO Collaborative Center of Trieste, Italy, where he is Coordinator of the Working Group on Migration. He is adjunct professor at the University of Trieste Medical School.
Dr. Zupin has acted as co-guest editor of the WCPRR 2020 Special Issue. He helped establishing the Rivista di Psichiatria e Psicoterapia Culturale, the Italian Journal of cultural psychiatry and psycotherapy, and serves as Associate Editor since 2017. He has published numerous articles and has collaborated with prof. Goffredo Bartocci on two book chapters dealing with the intertwining of psychopathology, ethnicity and religion by putting forward the concept of cultural delusion.
His angle of research draws from the well-established WACP principle of applying a cultural psychiatry lens on the Western culture itself. Descendant of political refugees, Dr Zupin’s work focuses on analyzing the inner cultural conflicts of hosting societies dealing with the phenomenon of migration and on how these conflicts impact on community-based treatments for severe disorders in migrants and in minoritized groups. Trieste, the city where he is based, offers a vantage point in this perspective, being not only a key point of the Balkan Route, but also a lab for radical deistituzionalization through a freedom-first social-rights based approach to mental disorders.
Dr. Zupin trained in psychiatry at the University of Tor Vergata in Rome. He has been mentored by prof. Goffredo Bartocci in cultural psychiatry and he attended the Dynamic-Phenomenological Psychotherapy School of Florence.