The World Association of Social Psychiatry (WASP) was founded in 1964 by Joshua Bierer of the U.K. et al.
The following are list of WASP World congresses and of past presidents, giving a general view of the WASP history.
Initially, it was named «International Congress of Social Psychiatry». From the 6th Congress, it was named «World Congress of Social Psychiatry».
The purpose of the WASP is as follows, and as is defined in the constitution:
- To study the nature of man and his cultures and the prevention and treatment of his vicissitudes and behavioral disorders.
- To promote national and international collaboration among professionals and societies in fields related to Social Psychiatry.
- To make the knowledge and practice of Social Psychiatry available to other sciences and to the public, and
- To advance the physical, social and philosophic well-being of mankind.
WASP Antistigma Campaign
Jointly Sponsored by WASP, WPA, WAPR, WFMH, JSSP
Declaration at the 18th World Congress of Social Psychiatry 24-27 October 2004, Kobe, Japan
1964-1968 Joshua Bierer, UK founder and the organizer of the first three world congresses of Social Psychiatry
1968-1974 Jules H. Masserman, United States
1974-1978 Vladimir Hudolin, Croatia Yugoslavia
1978-1983 George Vassiliou, Greece
1983-1988 John L. Carleton, United States
1988-1992 A. Guilherme Ferreira, Portugal
1992-1996 Jorge A. Costa e Silva, Brazil
1996-2001 Eliot Sorel, United States
2001-2004 Shridhar Sharma, India
2004-2007 Tsutomu Sakuta, Japan
2007-2010 Julio Arbola-Flores, Canada
2010-2013 Driss Moussaoui, Morocco
2013-2016 Thomas Jamieson-Craig, UK