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Vincenzo Di Nicola

Psychiatrist . WASP.

Psychiatrist . WASP.


Dr. Vincenzo DI NICOLA is a psychologist, child psychiatrist, family psychotherapist, and philosopher. Dr. Di Nicola is based in Montreal, Quebec where he practices and teaches, and consults internationally as a visiting professor, educator, and specialist in the areas of child and family psychiatry, trauma, and social and cultural psychiatry.

Dr. Di Nicola holds several academic, clinical, and honorary appointments: Professor, Dept. of Psychiatry & Addictions Medicine, University of Montreal in Montreal, QC; Clinical Professor in the Dept. of Psychiatry & Behavioral Sciences, The George Washington University in Washington, DC; Honorary Chair and Professor of Social Psychiatry, Milan School of Medicine at Ambrosiana University, Milan, Italy; and partner of the Collaborating Centre for Values-based Practice in Health & Social Services, St. Catherine’s College, Oxford University, UK.

He is Founder and President of the Canadian Association of Social Psychiatry (CASP) and President-Elect of the World Association of Social Psychiatry (WASP). Dr. Di Nicola is Co-Founder and Past Chair of the American Psychiatric Association (APA) Caucus on Global Mental Health & Psychiatry and twice elected President of the APA Quebec & Eastern Canada District Branch. Dr. Di Nicola has received numerous fellowships and awards in learned societies, including: Distinguished Fellow of the APA (DFAPA) and the APA Distinguished Service Award; Distinguished International Member of the Bulgarian Association of Sciences & Arts (BASA); Fellow of the Canadian Psychiatric Association (FCPA); and he was elected Fellow of the Canadian Academy of Health Sciences (FCAHS), Canada’s highest honor for scholars in the health sciences.

Dr. Di Nicola’s publications include: A Stranger in the Family: Culture, Families, and Therapy (W.W. Norton, 1997), Letters to a Young Therapist (Atropos, 2011, winner of Quebec’s Camille Laurin Prize), and with D. Stoyanov, Psychiatry in Crisis: At the Crossroads of Social Sciences, the Humanities, and Neuroscience (Springer, 2021).

As well as his involvement over many years with the Society for the Study of Psychiatry and Culture (SSPC) where he is a current board member and co-founder of the SSPC Family & Culture Interest Group, Dr. Di Nicola is co-founder with Dr. Riyadh Al-Baldawi of WACP’s Family & Culture Special Interest Group.