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Transcultural SIG Executive Committee

TSIG supports policy and practise to improve the care of socially excluded and marginalised groups where culture is influential in the expression and management of mental distress.

We also need to continue work in teaching, training and curriculum development to ensure that cultural competency remains an essential component in the assessment of the clinical competencies of all psychiatrists.


Executive Committee


Member Year of joining Position
Dr Hellme Najim 2012 (E) Chair
Dr Khalid Jaffar 2012 (E) Financial Officer
Dr Mark Agius 2015 Committee Member
Dr Oyedeji Ayonrinde 2015 Academic Psychiatry Faculty
Dr Arabinda Chowdhury 2015 Committee Member
Dr Joby Easow 2015 Secretary
Dr Hamideh Heydari 2015 Psychotherapy Faculty
Dr Ihsan Kader 2004 (C) Committee Member
Dr Jason Luty 2015 Addictions Faculty
Dr Varghese Mathews 2015 Regional Adviser
Dr Ana Miorelli 2015 Committee Member
Dr Parvathy Pillay 2015 Regional Adviser
Dr Salman Shafiq 2015 Regional Representative
Dr Katharine Wood 2015 Regional Adviser



* Should you require a copy of any previous bulletins not currently available on the website, please contact Francis Maunze: – the College Archivist.




World Association of Cultural Psychiatry

The WACP is an independently incorporated, non-profit, international scientific and educational organization. The main purpose of WACP is to promote the exchange of scientific knowledge, research initiatives and clinical experiences in the field of cultural psychiatry worldwide. Many national organizations of cultural psychiatry from different regions of the world, including our own Interest Group, are currently affiliated with the Association.

For more details about the  WACP, as well as membership information, please visit the Association’s website.

The Second World Congress of Cultural Psychiatry took place in Orvieto, Italy, 26 - 29 September, 2009.


Section on Cultural Psychiatry of the Association of European Psychiatrists

*Should you require a copy of any previous reports not currently available on the website, please contact Francis Maunze: – the College Archivist.


How to join

Membership is open to all Members of or Associates of the College. Others may be invited to join at the discretion of the Chair. To join, please complete our online application form or email the College Membership section.


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