SECTION ON MENTAL HEALTH ECONOMICS
The Section on Mental Health Economics was established in 1998 by Massimo Moscarelli, M.D., a psychiatrist and Director of the Center for Mental Health Policy and Economics (Italy), and Agnes Rupp, Ph.D., a health economist of the National Institute of Mental Health/NIH (USA). The Section was given permanent status approval by the World Psychiatric Association in 1999.
The principal aim of the Section is to encourage interdisciplinary research between psychiatrists, economists and other professionals in the mental health sector in order to enable a common language and scientific background between those who finance, provide and use services for mental and addictive disorders in the various countries of the world.
- Promote the development of high quality international, interdisciplinary research, training and education in mental health economics.
- Provide clinicians scientific information on the economics of mental health to be used for decision making and advise health care financing policy formulation by demonstrating the needs of the mental health sector.
- Develop global communication networks among those who finance, provide and use services of mental and addictive disorders
Hodgkin, Dominic (USA) Chair
Harangozó, Judit (Hungary) Co-Chair
Moscarelli, Massimo (Italy) Secretary
Araya, Ricardo (Chile)
Dewa, Carolyn S. (USA)
Domino, Marisa Elena (USA)
Duffy, Sarah (USA)
Ettner, Susan L. (USA)
French, Michael T. (USA)
Jacobs, Rowena (UK)
Keetharuth, Anju (UK)
Khalil, Afaf Hamed (Egypt)
Olatawura, Michael (Nigeria)
Pincus, Harold Alan (USA)
Prot-Klinger, Katarzyna (Poland) Ex Officio
Rupp, Agnes (USA) Ex Officio
Ruud, Torleif (Norway), Ex Officio
Rytik, Ella (Russia), Ex Officio
Salvador-Carulla, Luis (Australia)
Zechmeister-Koss, Ingrid (Austria)
Zuvekas, Samuel H. (USA), Ex Officio
Workshops and Meetings at world and regional level enable participants (psychiatrists, psychologists, sociologists, health economists, public health researchers, statisticians, social workers from universities, government agencies, hospital research units) to come together and discuss research data and seek ways to use this information in decision making. Training and Educational Courses are developed by distinguished authorities in the field.
The Journal of Mental Health Policy and Economics, a distinguished peer reviewed international journal, has been designated as the official journal of the Section on Mental Health Economics.
The first twenty-year history of the Section is described by former leaders of the Section in the June, 2020 issue of World Psychiatry on https://doi.org/10.1002/wps.20753
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