Webinar: World Association of Social Psychiatry

Join us for our monthly Duke University Spirituality & Health Research Seminar. Due to the pandemic, we are now holding these seminars virtually via Zoom rather than onsite. This will allow you to participate in this LIVE seminar wherever you are. There will be an opportunity to ask questions via the CHAT option on Zoom after the talk.

This month (to be held on October 27, 12:00-1:00 EST New York time) the title of the presentation is:


LAUGHTER: Benefits to Mind, Body, and Spirit

and will be delivered by Theresa Yuschok, M.D., Medical Instructor, Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, Duke University Health System.

Content: Gelatology (the study of laughter) shows compelling research evidence that laughter does benefit health and well-being. Biologically, laughter reduces pain, boosts immunity, decreases stress response, and possibly lengthens longevity. Psychologically, laughter helps coping, enhances the observing ego, overcomes inhibitions, creates positive emotions and builds positive behaviors. Also, laughter promotes, enhances, and maintains social interactions. Spiritually, laughter recognizes human folly, dispels fear and illusions, and creates an opening for the Divine Presence. Let’s learn to add more laughs each day and consider how humor can and has been included in clinical settings.

Presenter: Theresa A. Yuschok earned her BS/MD from Northwestern University in 1986, completed her Duke Psychiatry Residency in 1990, and graduated as an Academic Associate in Psychoanalysis from the Psychoanalytic Institute of the Carolinas in 2012. She worked 30 years at the Durham VA Medical Center as Director of the Mental Health Clinic and co-leader of a “Stress Management and Beyond Group” which included a module on humor. Currently a Medical Instructor at Duke Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Science, she mentors residents. She serves as President of the C.G. Jung Society of the Triangle Area of NC. Nationally, she has presented papers at the APA panels on literature and psychiatry, an IPS Spirituality and Psychiatry Caucus workshop, ASCSI on “The Science of Joy” and other topics. She learned comedy from her parents, stand-up comedian Rog Bates, and TV writer Danny Simon.

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Promoting collaboration, knowledge and  practice of Social Psychiatry.

Advancing physical, social and philosophic well-being of mankind.


“It is my great pleasure to write to you as the WASP President. Let me appreciate the tremendous leadership provided by our Prof Roy Abraham Kallivayalil as  President during 2016-19. We will continue the excellent work initiated by him, while charting out some new areas of activities as well. “Mental Health in a Global World “is our objective we would like to propose for the next triennium. It underlines the importance of not only mental health but also of a society which should evaluate the impact of social and cultural determinants and propose to mental health professionals an ethical context to overcome all the risks of stigmatization and exclusion.. Let me look forward to your support, co-operation and guidance.

Prof Rachid Bennegadi
President,World Association 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 whole health and wellbeing of humankind.

WASP Executive Committee 

Rachid Bennegadi (France)

(President )

Vincenzo Di Nicola

(President Elect)

Rakesh K Chadda

(Secretary General)


Andrew Molodynski