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Vincenzo Di Nicola
Dr. Vincenzo DI NICOLA is a psychologist, child psychiatrist, family psychotherapist, and philosopher. Dr. Di Nicola is based in Montreal, Quebec where he practices and teaches, and consults internationally as a visiting professor, educator, and specialist in the areas of child and family psychiatry, trauma, and social and cultural psychiatry.
Dr. Di Nicola holds several academic, clinical, and honorary appointments: Professor, Dept. of Psychiatry & Addictions Medicine, University of Montreal in Montreal, QC; Clinical Professor in the Dept. of Psychiatry & Behavioral Sciences, The George Washington University in Washington, DC; Honorary Chair and Professor of Social Psychiatry, Milan School of Medicine at Ambrosiana University, Milan, Italy; and partner of the Collaborating Centre for Values-based Practice in Health & Social Services, St. Catherine’s College, Oxford University, UK.
He is Founder and President of the Canadian Association of Social Psychiatry (CASP) and President-Elect of the World Association of Social Psychiatry (WASP). Dr. Di Nicola is Co-Founder and Past Chair of the American Psychiatric Association (APA) Caucus on Global Mental Health & Psychiatry and Co-Founder and Co-Chair of the APA Caucus on Medical Humanities in Psychiatry, as well as Past President of the APA Quebec & Eastern Canada District Branch. Dr. Di Nicola has received numerous fellowships and awards in learned societies, including: Distinguished Fellow of the APA (DFAPA) and the APA Distinguished Service Award; Distinguished International Member of the Bulgarian Association of Sciences & Arts (BASA); Distinguished Fellow of the Canadian Psychiatric Association (DFCPA); and was elected Fellow of the Canadian Academy of Health Sciences (FCAHS), Canada’s highest honor for scholars in the health sciences.
Dr. Di Nicola’s publications include: A Stranger in the Family: Culture, Families, and Therapy (W.W. Norton, 1997), Letters to a Young Therapist (Atropos, 2011, winner of Quebec’s Camille Laurin Prize), Psychiatry in Crisis: At the Crossroads of Social Sciences, the Humanities, and Neuroscience (with D. Stoyanov, Springer, 2021), and Social Psychiatry: A Very Short Introduction (Oxford, forthcoming). As well as his involvement for many years with the Society for the Study of Psychiatry and Culture (SSPC) where he is a current board member and co-founder of the SSPC Family & Culture Interest Group, Dr. Di Nicola is co-founder with Dr. Riyadh Al-Baldawi of WACP’s Family & Culture Special Interest Group.