Prof. Dr. Fernando Lolas Stepke


“Education at all levels of society plays a key role in Mental Health. First, as a form of preventing and avoiding stigmatization of the mentally ill through clear understanding of causes and treatments of behavioral disorders. Second, as a way of teaching people all over the world how to prevent addiction and behaviors which may cause psychological suffering to themselves and to others. And, finally, as a means of creating awareness among policymakers and politicians about the importance of proper care and sound institutional background to prevent and fight mental disease”.

Prof. Dr. Fernando Lolas Stepke

Secretary-General, World Association for Social Psychiatry

Director, Interdisciplinary Center for Studies in Bioethics

Universidad de Chile

Diagonal Paraguay 265 – Of. 806

Santiago – Chile


Prof. Dr. Fernando Lolas Stepke will give a report within the framework of the II Mental Health Congress: Meeting the Needs of the XXI Century.


Secretary-General, World Association of Social Psychiatry (WASP) Full Professor at the University of Chile (Psychiatry and Physiology). International Distinguished Fellow, American Psychiatric Association. Dr. honoris causa at different universities. Academic Member of the Chilean Academy for Spanish Language and Corresponding Member, Royal Spanish Academy (Madrid). Honorary Member, Chilean Academy of Medicine and Mexican Academy of Bioethics. Former Staff, Pan American Health Organization (Regional Office of the World Health Organization) and Member of the UNESCO International Bioethics Committee (Paris). Humboldt Foundation Alumni Prize (Germany) Member of the Editorial Board of leading publications in psychiatry and bioethics (“World Psychiatry”, “Transcultural Psychiatry”, “Acta Bioethica”, among others). Over 400 scientific publications and books in English, Spanish, German, French, Portuguese.


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