Purpose and Past Presidents

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 whole health and wellbeing of humankind.


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

2016-2019  Roy Abraham Kallivayalil, India