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




Prof Norman Sartorius.



Prof Norman Sartorius was born in Münster, Germany but grew up in Koprovinica and Zagreb, Croatia .. Norman Sartorius obtained his M.D. from the School of Medicine, University of Zagreb in 1958, and his B.Sc. and M.A. in psychology from the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences, University of Zagreb in 1962. He finished his specialization in psychiatry and neurology in 1963 and defended his Ph.D. thesis in psychology at the University of Zagreb in 1965.

In 1967, Norman Sartorius left his job at the University Hospital Center in Zagreb to join the WHO. as the Head of the WHO Interregional Advisory Team on Epidemiology of Mental Disorders. He then took the position of Medical Officer responsible for epidemiological and social psychiatry and in 1974 became the Chief of the Mental Health Unit.

In 1977 he was appointed Director of the Division of Mental Health of WHO, a position which he held until 1993. He served as the President of the World Psychiatric Association (1993–1999) and of the Association of European Psychiatrists (1997–2001).

Norman Sartorius became a full professor at the University of Geneva in 1993. Sartorius also held full professorships at the University of Zagreb and University of Prague. He retired as a full professor in Geneva and Prague in 2001.

He has worked as a visiting or adjunct professor at the University of LondonPierre and Marie Curie University in Paris, the University of BeijingWashington University in St. Louisthe New York University, the University of Belgrade and the University of Florida.

Norman Sartorius is a Fellow of the British Royal Society of Medicine, honorary member of Medical Academies in Croatia, Mexico and Peru, and a corresponding member of the Royal Academy of Medicine of Spain and of the Croatian Academy of Arts and sciences, Honoris causa Doctor of Medicine of the Umeå University, of the Timisoara/Temisvar University Victor Babes and of the Charles University in Prague. He is also an Honorary Doctor of Science of the University of Bath in 1990.[8] and an honorary doctor of psychology of the University of Copenhagen. He is a Distinguished Fellow of the American Psychiatric Association, an Honorary Fellow of the Royal College of Psychiatrists of the United Kingdom, and of the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists.  Past President of the WASP ,he his honorary fellow of the WASP,an .He is a Fellow or an honorary member of numerous other professional organizations.

Scientific work

Sartorius’ work deals with epidemiology of mental disorders and social psychiatry as well as with various issues related to schizophreniadepression, and health service delivery. Major themes in his current work and public activity are rights of patients with mental disorders and struggle against stigma and prejudices associated with mental illness, co morbidity of mental and physical illness and improvement of mental health services.

Between 1961 and 2008, Norman Sartorius published more than 400 scientific works. According to the Web of Science, Sartorius’ articles have been cited more than 35.000 times, He has authored, co-authored or edited 66 books.


  • 1980Rema Lapouse Award
  • 2002 Harvard Award in Psychiatric Epidemiology and Statistics
  • 2003 Burgholzli award for Clinical and Social Psychiatry
  • 2005Prince Mahidol Award in Medicine
  • 2012 Eli Lilly Welcome Back Award
  • 2014 Lifetime Achievement Award from the Royal College of Psychiatrists
  • 2016 Wilhelm-Griesinger Prize from the German Association for Psychiatry, Psychotherapy and Psychosomatics
  • 2017 Lifetime Achievement Award, Asian Federation of Psychiatric Associations

2019 Pelicier Prize award, World Association of Social Psychiatry (WASP )