Welcome to SSPC

The Society for the Study of Psychiatry and Culture (SSPC) is a nonprofit, interdisciplinary organization devoted to furthering research, clinical care & education in cultural aspects of mental health & illness.

Global Mental Health Assessment Database (GMhAD)

A database of culturally appropriate assessment tools for use in low- and middle-income countries.

Become a Member

Advance your career in cultural psychiatry. And network and collaborate with cultural psychiatry experts in research, education, and clinical care.

Mentorship for Trainees

Gain belonging. Enrich interests. Develop professionally.

Contribute to the President's Fund

Support the activities of SSPC in the study of mental health, global health, and culture.
Your donation will help trainees, early-career professionals, and speakers from low-income countries.


SSPC Endorses APA Statement condemning violence in the US Capitol

January 9, 2021

We would like to express our strong endorsement and support for the American Psychiatric Association statement linked below, condemning the violence, denoting the exposed inequities, and recognizing the events’ traumatic impact on our collective mental well-being. We invite our members and colleagues to join us as we continue to work hard in promoting and protecting the mental wellbeing of diverse communities; advocating for social justice and equity; and championing culturally and linguistically competent collaborative efforts in the healing of individual mental health struggles and the resolution of social divisiveness, conflict, and oppression.

SSPC Executive Committee

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Deadline extended for 2021 Call for Abstracts: Submit by Friday, Dec 11

December 1, 2020

The Deadline has been extended for 2021 Call for Abstracts. Please submit by Friday, December 11.

Abstract submission deadline is December 11, 2020

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SSPC Mentorship Day

November 16, 2020

Please join us for a half day mini-conference focused on mentorship. This event includes this year’s Work-in-Progress and Trainee Consultation sessions that are part of our annual meeting. We will also have a plenary roundtable focused on careers in cultural psychiatry, global mental health, and mental health advocacy. Be sure to submit your questions for the plenary roundtable when you register.

Even if you registered for our virtual annual meeting, please register for this separate (free) event.

If you have already registered for the event, visit the event directory to participate. You’ll find links to join the virtual conference, view the program, and more.

42nd Annual Meeting: Call for Abstracts

November 2, 2020

The 2021 Annual Meeting will extend the 2020 theme of Collaboration to include a specific orientation towards equity, diversity, and social justice in the context of the Covid-19 pandemic and enduring structural inequities that have been laid bare by the pandemic.

Abstracts can be submitted for Workshops, Symposia, Individual Papers or Posters, Works in Progress, and Trainee Fellowship Papers.

Workshops that allow for participants to gain skills in issues related to Collaboration or cultural psychiatry writ large are strongly encouraged and will be given priority. Submissions based on qualitative, quantitative, or mixed-methods primary data and clinical encounters will be given preference over position pieces. Participants are encouraged to submit abstracts early. SSPC will provide technical assistance for abstract submissions up to 48 hours before the deadline.

All submissions undergo a multiple-reviewer selection and scoring process. Notification of acceptance or rejection will be sent by early 2021. After notification of acceptance, all presenters (including workshop co-facilitators and discussants) will be required to pay the conference registration fee by February 1st for their submission to be included in the annual meeting program.

Abstract submission deadline is December 1, 2020 December 11, 2020

See Call for Abstracts

Dr. Ronald Wintrob’s Passing

August 18, 2020

Dear Friends and Colleagues:

It is with great sadness to inform you that Dr. Ronald Wintrob had passed away. Dr. Wintrob had been a seminal pioneer in cultural psychiatry and the founder of SSPC, serving as president for many years. We were all delighted that he presented at our conference last year, sharing the historical background of SSPC, celebrating the SSPC’s 40th anniversary with us, while inspiring us all about our future directions. He had mentored generations of cultural psychiatrists and founded many key international organizations on cultural psychiatry. His leadership, passion, and generosity had touched and inspired us all. He will be greatly missed. Deepest condolences to his family and friends on behalf of the board and the members of SSPC.

Dr. Kenneth Fung

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SSPC Champions Social Justice

June 10, 2020

In recognition of the urgent and critical need to address racism and its impact on health, the SSPC is endorsing and supporting the following statements:

The Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC) statement on police brutality and racism in America and their impact on health:

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A Call to Action on Racism and Social Justice in Mental Health, joining 388 Organizations and Individuals:

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SSPC members receive a free subscription to the journal Transcultural Psychiatry and a discount on our annual meeting registration. SSPC members also enjoy free access to recorded versions of our webinars. Please visit our webinar page to see what’s available.