Fernando Freitas, Brazil

Professor and Researcher of the National School of Public Health Sergio Arouca of the Oswaldo Cruz Foundation

Fernando Freitas has a degree in Psychology from the State University of Rio de Janeiro (1978); a master’s degree in Clinical Psychology from the Pontifical Catholic University of Rio de Janeiro (1982); and a PhD in Psychology from the Catholic University of Louvain, Louvain-la-Neuve, Belgium (1990).

He is currently Professor and Researcher of the National School of Public Health Sergio Arouca of the Oswaldo Cruz Foundation. He is a member of the Laboratory of Studies and Research in Mental Health and Psychosocial Attention (LAPS). He is sub-coordinator of the CNPq Mental Health search team, and a member of the Board of Directors of the Brazilian Association of Mental Health (ABRASME).

His academic and political activities are focused on the following topics: psychiatric reform, mental health, philosophy of science, and medicalization in psychiatry. He is currently involved in organizing a national conference in Brasil that will address psychiatric drug withdrawal issues.

He is co-author of the book Medication in Psychiatry published by Editora Fiocruz. He also is co-editor of the website www.madinbrasil.org