Paulo Amarante, Brazil

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

Paulo Amarante holds a degree in psychiatry from the Brazilian Association of Psychiatry, a master’s degree in social medicine from the UERJ Institute of Social Medicine, and a PhD in Public Health from the Oswaldo Cruz Foundation. He has been a leader in the reform of the Brazilian psychiatric system for three decades.

He is currently Professor and Researcher at the National School of Public Health Sergio Arouca of the Oswald Cruz Foundation, where he leads the “Laboratory of Studies and Research in Mental Health and Psychosocial Care.” His academic and political activities are focused on the following topics: psychiatric reform, mental health, epistemology,philosophy of science, public policies and health policies.

He has led many national reform projects in Brazil and served on the advisory boards for numerous international mental associations. Today, he is the Coordinator of the Mental Health WG; Vice-President of the Brazilian Association of Collective Health (ABRASCO); and former President of the Brazilian Association of Mental Health (ABRASME), for which he was elected Honoris Causa President on June 6, 2015.

He is the author of a number of books, including Crazy for Life: The Trajectory of Psychiatric Reform in Brazil; The Man and the Serpent – Other Stories for Madness and Psychiatry; Mental Health & Psychosocial Attention and Theory and Criticism in Mental Health – Selected Texts.