Indian Association for Social Psychiatry

Indian Association for Social Psychiatry

Established 1984 | Registration Number: 1178/84

Understanding the interface between culture, society and mental health in the ever-changing world

Nature of man and his cultures - prevention and treatment of his vicissitudes and disorders

National and international collaboration in the field of social psychiatry

Making knowledge and practice of social psychiatry available to all

Advancement of physical, social, psychological and philosophic well-being of mankind.

To extend consultations and carry out voluntary work for the furtherance of knowledge

Welcome

The Indian Association for Social Psychiatry (IASP) is the culmination of the collective effort mental health professionals across the country to create a platform for exploration, discussion, research and action on the social determinants of mental health.

Formed under the chairmanship of Professor A. Venkoba Rao in 1984, the association aims to examine the interface between culture and humanity and devotes itself to the scientific study of the issues relevant to the society. The overarching goal of IASP is to examine the role of social and cultural factors in the phenomenology, course, outcome and treatment of psychiatric disorders. The association strives to advance the application of mental health knowledge for the greater public good. IASP aspires to set high standards for research and education, and is determined to support psychiatrists and mental health professionals throughout their career. The IASP represents the first national society for social psychiatry in India and has current member strength of over a thousand mental health professionals.

With the goal of dissemination of knowledge to increase the wider public awareness of mental health and to promote research in the field of social psychiatry, the IASP publishes the Indian Journal of Social Psychiatry, a peer-reviewed online journal with quarterly print compilation of issues. The first issue of the journal was published in 1986 under the editorship of Dr. B.B.Sethi. The journal focusses on issues related to health, ethical and social factors in field of social and community psychiatry and is highly acclaimed by the mental health academia.

The association supports continued medical education through its yearly national conference – The National Conference of Indian Association for Social Psychiatry (NCIASP), along with multiple other CMEs and international conferences. IASP promotes excellence in research in young scholars and honors lifetime achievement of senior professionals by providing yearly national awards in the field of psychiatry and mental health, during the annual national conference.

IASP welcomes you to the official portal for the association. If you are a scholar or practitioner in the field or mental health, we invite you to join our ever-growing family to be a part of the social change that IASP is building.

Welcome to the re-energized website of IASP as we keep up and ahead of the changing times. Stay with us as we add more social features over the coming months. Register & be a part of the social movement. Provide us with suggestions for improvement.

We have also archived the old site for the benefit of our patrons, till the transition is complete.

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HISTORY

Established: 14 January 1984

Registered: 6 June 1984

Founding President: A Venkoba Rao

Founding Secretary General: V K Varma

IJSP Established: 1986

Founding Editor: B B Sethi

Patron: Prof V K Varma

President: Prof. Rajiv Gupta

Vice-President: Dr. U C Garg

Secretary General: Prof. Mamta Sood

President-Elect: Prof. Indira Sharma

Treasurer: Dr. Vinay Kumar

Editor: Prof. Debashish Basu

President’s Message

I am pleased to have the honor to take over as the President of IASP at the conclusion of the 22nd World Congress of the World Association of Social Psychiatry (WASP 2016), a memorable event organized by the society at New Delhi. I thank all the previous leaders who brought IASP to the present formidable position. We will continue this march forward and take initiatives in opening dialogue with the society, organize service oriented camps, develop IEC material and encourage IASP funded research in the field of social psychiatry. I invite all the mental health professionals to join their hands and hearts to take care of the mental health of our country.

Prof Rajiv Gupta

President, IASP

Secretary  General’s Message

It is my proud privilege to write to you as the Secretary General of the IASP. At the outset I would like to thank all the membership for entrusting me the responsibility of this office. I thank my predecessors for providing the great leadership and I intend to carry forward the good work done by them. For the next quadrennium, our aim will be to bring focus on locally relevant solutions for mental health problems by utilizing existing socio-cultural resources. I request the entire membership to participate in the activities of IASP and bring their professional colleagues and friends to the IASP fold. Looking forward to your support, co-operation and guidance!

Prof Mamta Sood

Secretary General, IASP

From the Editor’s Desk

Greetings! It is my pleasure and privilege to welcome you on behalf of the Indian Journal of Social Psychiatry (IndJSP), the official research publication of the IASP. Our peer-reviewed journal is in publication since 1986 and is published four times a year. The editorial team of the IndJSP indeed strives hard to collate and promote high-quality work in the broad fields of social & community psychiatry from scholars working all over the world. We aim to provide researchers an open platform to communicate social & cultural issues, while upholding excellence in research. I encourage you all to take a look at the journal and participate in the academic discourse.

Prof Debasish Basu

Editor, IndJSP

Join IASP

Membership to the Indian Association for Social Psychiatry entails numerous benefits including free subscription to the Indian Journal of Social Psychiatry, right to participate in the Association election, submission of conference papers and application for awards in the NCIASP. Join today!

Update Details

Existing members are requested to update their details for contact & communication. IASP is curently updating and digitizing all members databases. Many of our members have moved and changed affiliations since 2012, when last such update happened. Head over to the members page and fill it up!

Submit for Awards

The assocation honors original research and lifetime achievement in the field of “Social Psychiatry & Mental Health” through its annual awards. Submission for awards occur in conjunction with the  annual conference held every year, and results are declared at the annual general body meeting.

Publish Research

The Indian Journal of Social Psychiatry (IndJSP) is peer-reviewed, indexed, online, open-access journal with quarterly print compilation of issues published. The journal accepts submission of original research articles, reviews and brief communications. Head over to the journal website for submissions.

News & Announcements

First Announcement: Secretary General, IASP

Dear Members, Season’s Greetings! With great pride and happiness I inform you that, on behalf of Indian Association for Social Psychiatry, World Congress of Social Psychiatry was organized from 30th November to 4th December, 2016 at New Delhi. It was attended by around 1075 delegates from 49 countries who had the opportunity to participate in more than 130 academic sessions. The new executive council of IASP was elected and various members and have pledged to carry on the momentous task forward. I also take pleasure in informing all that the 24th National Conference of Indian Association for Social Psychiatry will be held from 17th to 19th November 2017 at Hotel Radisson Blue, Guwahati. The theme of the conference is “Cultural Diversity...
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Upcoming Events

24th National Conference of Indian Association for Social Psychiatry (NCIASP-2017)

We invite you all to Guwahati for the NCIASP, 2017 to be held on 17th-19th November,2017 at Hotel Radisson Blu, Guwahati. The theme of this years conference is selected as “Cultural Diversity and Mental Health”. The Scientific Session will be Co-Sponsored by World Psychiatric Association. The conference is also co–sponsored by the World Association of Social Psychiatry. For further details, please visit the conference website. Guwahati, the Gateway to northeast, the so called “Paradise Unexplored” is the hub of all kind of activities of Northeast and is an old Mythological place of Our “ Incredible India”. It is for the First Time that a National Level Conference of Psychiatry is being held at Guwahati. There are lots to see and...
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Past Events

National CME on “Emerging Issues in Substance Use Disorders” on 22nd July 2017 in association with IASP

Dear Colleagues, It gives us immense pleasure to inform you all to the National CME on “Emerging Issues in Substance Use Disorders” was organized by Department of Psychiatry & National Drug Dependence Treatment Centre, AIIMS, New Delhi,on 22nd July 2017, in partnership with the National Academy of Medical Sciences (NAMS) and the Indian Association for Social Psychiatry (IASP). The CME provided with a unique opportunity to keep ourselves abreast of the advances and emerging issues pertaining to addictive disorders in India. The CME was designed to focus on specific areas of addiction psychiatry such as special population (women, child...
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23rd National Conference of Indian Association for Social Psychiatry (NCIASP-2016)

Greetings! Since the Indian Association for Social Psychiatry (IASP) organized the 22nd World Congress of World Association of Social Psychiatry (WASP-2016) in New Delhi from 30th November to 4th December 2016, the Executive Council of IASP decided to have ceremonial NCIASP 2016 with limited, but essential academic and organizational activities. Thus, NCIASP 2016 was held on 4th December 2016 after the valedictory function of WASP 2016. Delegates who registered for the WASP 2016 needed no separate registration for NCIASP. The conference included a theme symposium, the General Body Meeting and the Valedictory function of the Indian...
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World Congress of Social Psychiatry (30th Nov – 4th Dec, 2016)

The 22nd World Congress of the World Association of Social Psychiatry (WASP 2016) was organized at Hotel the Ashok, New Delhi, India from 30th November to 4th December 2016. The theme of the congress was “Social Psychiatry in a Rapidly Changing World”. The Congress was organized by the Indian Association for Social Psychiatry (IASP), Department of Psychiatry & National Drug Dependence Treatment Centre (NDDTC), AIIMS, New Delhi and the Department of Psychiatry, Govt Medical College & Hospital (GMCH), Chandigarh. The Congress was sponsored by the World Psychiatric Association (WPA) and the Indian Psychiatric Society (IPS). Prof Tom KJ...
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Executive Council

President: Prof. Rajiv Gupta
Vice-president: Dr. U C Garg
President-elect: Prof. Indira Sharma
Treasurer: Dr. Vinay Kumar
Secretary General: Prof. Mamta Sood
Editor: Prof. Debasish Basu
Assist Sec-General: Dr. K Sinha Deb

Council Members

Prof. S K Khandelwal (ex-officio)
Prof. B S Chavan (ex-officio)
Prof. Rajesh Sagar
Dr Indla Ramasubareddy
Prof. Nitin Gupta
Prof. Punnoose Varghese
Dr. Mrugesh Vaishnav

Council Members

Prof. R K Solanki
Prof. Atul Ambekar
Prof. Nand Kumar
Dr. Subhash Das
Dr. Santanu Goswami
Dr. Abdul Majid

Secretariat

Prof Mamta Sood
Department of Psychiatry
Room Number 4096, Fourth Floor, Academic Block, AIIMS, Delhi 110029

Phone: +91-11-26596634
E-mail: mamtasood.iasp@gmail.com
Fax: +91-11-226589787, 8663

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