2016: José Miguel Caldas de Almeida
José Miguel Caldas de Almeida is Professor of Psychiatry and Mental Health, Chairman of the Mental Health Department at the Faculdade de Ciências Médicas, the NOVA University of Lisbon Medical School, and President of the Lisbon Institute of Global Mental Health.
He was the Chief of the Mental Health Unit at the Pan American Health Organization, the Regional Office of the World Health Organization for the Americas, in Washington DC. He was the Coordinator of the EU Joint Action for Mental Health and Wellbeing (2013-2016), and currently is member of the consortium responsible for the coordination of the EU Compass for Action on Mental health and Wellbeing.
A native from Portugal, he received his Ph.D. in psychiatry and mental health from the NOVA University of Lisbon. He is Professor of Psychiatry and Mental Health at the Faculdade de Ciências Médicas, NOVA University of Lisbon since 1986 and Chairman of the University Department of Psychiatry and Mental Health of S. Francisco Xavier Hospital, in Lisbon, from 1990 to 2000 and since 2006. He was Director of National Mental Health Services in Portugal, between 1988 and 1990, Coordinator of the Task-Force for the elaboration of the new mental health law passed in 1998, and Coordinator of the National Mental Health Plan from 2007 to 2011.
Dr. Caldas de Almeida is author of more than 50 articles and book chapters, mainly in the areas of psychiatric epidemiology, mental health services research and psychiatry in primary care. He was President of the Portuguese Mental Health Association (1995-2000) and the Portuguese Society of Psychiatric Epidemiology (1993-1997) and is the President of the Lisbon Society of Medical Sciences. He was Member of the Executive Committee of the European Regional Council of the World Federation for Mental Health between 1994 and 1997, and Member of the Executive Group of the European Network on Mental Health Policy between 1998 and 2000. Dr. Caldas de Almeida worked as Temporary Adviser for WHO in several occasions in Africa, Europe and Latin America.