PhDr. Petr Winkler

Petr Winkler is the Head of the Department of Social Psychiatry at the National Institute of Mental Health. After receiving a degree in Social Policy and Social Work at Charles University in Prague, he won a scholarship from The Bakala Foundation to study at the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience at the King’s College in London. Currently he is completing his dissertation in mental health economics at the KCL. He specializes in mental health care systems, psychiatric epidemiology and health economics, his interests also include suicidology, stigmatization and discrimination, and socio-cultural aspects of the psychedelic movement in psychiatry. In recent years, Petr has been involved in the development and implementation of the mental health care reform strategy in the Czech Republic. He is the leader of three nation-wide projects: destigmatization (project Na rovinu), early interventions in psychoses (project VIZDOM), and system for evidence-based mental health care development (project MERRPS). He received the European Psychiatric Association (EPA) research prize for best paper published in 2016 in the category psychiatric epidemiology, social psychiatry and psychotherapeutic interventions in mental disorders. He is also the main co-author of the review of 25 years’ development of mental health care for people with severe mental illnesses in the region of post-communist Central and Eastern Europe published recently in The Lancet Psychiatry.