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NUPES’ activities at the American Psychiatric Association 168th Annual Meeting – Toronto, Canada, 2015.

Data: 31 de março de 2015

The Research Center in Spirituality and Health (NUPES) will take part in three Symposiums at the American Psychiatric Association (APA) 168th Annual Meeting, the most important congress of psychiatry of the world. The theme of this APA meeting will be: “Psychiatry: Integrating Body and Mind, Heart and Soul”. The event will happen in Toronto, Canada, May 16-20/2005.
              The first and the second symposiums listed below were designed and developed by the NUPES. Prof. Dr. Alexander Moreira-Almeida and the doctoral student Alexandre Sech Júnior will join these symposiums beside with renowned researchers as Prof. Robert Cloninger, (M.D.,Ph.D., Washington University in St. Louis, EUA) and Dinesh Bugra (M.D., Ph.D, Institute of Psychiatry at King’s College London, Reino Unido), the current president of the World Psychiatric Association (WPA).
             The presentations of NUPES’ members are:


Symposium: Integration of Spirituality in Health Care: Research and Clinical Reports


-Controlled clinical trials for spiritual and religious interventions: a systematic review and meta-analysis. Homero Vallada, M.D.,Ph.D., University of  São Paulo – USP, Brazil

Clinical implications of spirituality to mental health: review of evidence and practical guidelines. Alexander Moreira-Almeida, M.D.,Ph.D., Federal University of Juiz de Fora – UFJF, Brazil.           

– Interest in spiritually integrated psychotherapy among acute psychiatric patients. David Rosmarin, Ph.D., Harvard Medical School/McLean Hospital Belmont, United States

– Depression and spirituality: clincal implications. John Peteet, M.D., Harvard Medical School Boston, United States

– Spirituality groups with the chronically mentally ill. Nancy Kehoe, Ph.D. Department of Psychiatry, Cambridge Hospital, USA


Symposium: Facing Death in Research and Clinical Care


– Self-transcendence and adaptation to ultimate situations: clinical and research findings. C. Robert Cloninger, M.D.,Ph.D., Washington University in St. Louis, USA

William James and scientific investigation of spiritual experiences related to death
Alexandre Sech Junior, M.A., Federal University of Juiz de Fora (UFJF), Brazil & York University, Canada     

Anomalous experiences related to the experience of the departed (mediumship) – clinical and research implications. Alexander Moreira-Almeida, M.D.,Ph.D., Federal University of Juiz de Fora – UFJF, Brazil 

– Helping the clinician be prepared for anomalous experiences during treatment of traumatic loss. James Lomax, M.D., Baylor College of Medicine, USA


Spirituality and Religion in Global Mental Health


Spiritism and Mental Health: Theory and Practice. Alexander Moreira-Almeida, M.D., Ph.D.

– Islamic Perspective in the Psychiatric Practice in Pakistan – UnaizaNiaz, M.D.

– Hinduism and Principles of Mental Health – Dinesh Bhugra, M.D., Ph.D.

– Expanding the Reach and Multiplying the Impact of Mental Health Prevention and Intervention Where Resources Are Scarce: Empowering Faith Communities to Deliver Mental Health Psychoeducation in a Spiritual Context – Tat-Ying Wong, M.D.

– Psych and Spirit: The Role of Faith Communities in the Treatment of Mental Illness – Victor Shepherd, Ph.D



For a complete description of this symposiuns, click here:APA 2015

For further information about the congress, access the website:

NUPES – Research Center in Spirituality and Health