The Yves Pelicier Prize

World Association of Social Psychiatry

Dear Friends,


It is with great pleasure that we announce this call for nominations for the Yves Pelicier Prize. The prize is made in recognition of an outstanding career in social psychiatry reflecting outstanding contributions to the understanding of the important interaction of social, psychological and biological science in the cause, course and treatment of mental disorders together with a profound commitment to the human rights of the mentally ill. (Please see letter attached)


The successful nominee will be expected to deliver a ceremonial lecture on a topic of his/her choosing at the World Congress of Social Psychiatry, Bucharest, Romania 25-28 October 2019.

Award Panel: Prof Tom Craig(Chairman), Prof Rachid Bennegadi, Prof Fernando Lolas, Prof Marianne Kastrup, Prof Eliot Sorel, Prof Driss Moussaoui and Prof R Srinivasa Murthy

The prize: US $10,000  WASP Yves Pelicier Diploma and Travel, registration and accommodation for the congress is provided



  • Letter of nomination explaining why the candidate deserves the prize.
  • Curriculum vitae of the nominee including a list of publication of the candidate.
  • Nominations are to be sent to the chairman of the awards panel (
  • Deadline for nominations is March 31st, 2019
  • Recipient announced by  May 31st, 2019
  • Award presented at the World Congress of Social Psychiatry in Bucharest, Romania 25-28 October 2019

Yours sincerely

Roy Abraham Kallivayalil
President, World Association of Social Psychiatry



Winner 2013 : Pr Pedro RUIZ

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Winner 2016 : Pr Julian LEFF

Directed and edited by his son Adriel, this feature length documentary retrospective of Professor Julian Leff’s esteemed career in social psychiatry examines the path that eventually led him to his recent groundbreaking work in the fascinating field of Avatar Therapy, which utilises cutting edge technology to provide the most radical and effective new treatment for schizophrenia in decades, and, in doing so, the film delineates the evolution of the psychiatric fraternity’s approach to, and shifting perception of, this most severe and perplexing of mental illnesses both in Britain and across the world, changes that have frequently been instigated by studies spearheaded by Professor Leff himself.
Movie trailer ” Professor Julian Leff: Unravelling Schizophrenia ” by Adriel Leff : Unravelling Schizophrenia