Members of the WASP International working Group on Coercion In Psychiatry

Andrew Molodynski is a consultant psychiatrist at Oxford Health NHS Foundation Trust and honorary senior lecturer at Oxford University, UK. He has worked in community psychiatry for fifteen years and been actively involved in research in the field for ten. The main focus of his research has been with the social psychiatry group in Oxford.

He has also published on social and occupational functioning in people with severe mental illness and on different forms of service provision.  He has co-authored a book on coercion and book chapters on assertive outreach, coercion, and adult safeguarding and published a number of articles in peer-reviewed journals.  He is the chair of the World Association of Social Psychiatry working group on coercion and coordinates their website ( which aims to provide education and links for interested parties.

Due to his ongoing commitment to integrating clinical practice and research, Andrew has taken on the role of NIHR lead for mental health research in the Thames Valley and South Midlands.
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Dr Roy Abraham Kallivayalil is Vice- Dean and Professor & Head, Department of Psychiatry, Pushpagiri Institute of Medical Sciences, Thiruvalla, Kerala, India. He is the Secretary General of the World Psychiatric Association and President of World Association of Social Psychiatry. He was President of the Indian Psychiatric Society and Associate Editor, Indian Journal of Psychiatry.
He was also Chairman Board of Examiners, Member, Board of Studies and Member, Faculty of Medicine of the Cochin University of Science and Technology and Member of the Senate of Mahatma Gandhi University, India. In 2007, Govt of Kerala honoured him with the ‘Best Doctor Award’. He is Member of the Editorial Board of ‘World Psychiatry’, International Advisor of the Japanese Society of Psychiatry and Neurology and International Distinguished Fellow of American Psychiatric Association. He has more than 50 publications in peer reviewed scientific Journals and has edited the book “Suicide Prevention- a handbook for Community Gatekeepers”. President of India presented him with the World Federation of Mental Health (WFMH) Award for meritorious services to the cause of Mental Health in 2017.

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Yasser Khazaal is associate professor of psychiatry at the University of Geneva, Faculty of medicine.  He is associate researcher at the Research Center, Montreal University Institute of Mental Health, Montreal, Canada.  He is involved in the promotion of new models of patient care aiming to promote empowerment and recovery, including via the development of games and computer based treatments.

He is also involved in studies related to e-mental health such as the specific opportunities and challenges associated to the digital age.  He is the author of more than 160 peer reviewed papers.
He is a founding member of the European Association of Social Psychiatry.

Arnhild Lauveng
Arnhild Lauveng is a specialist in clinical community psychology, phd., at the University of Oslo. She works as researcher at the National Centre for knowledge through experience in mental health.

She is an active lecturer, and has written several books and papers.  The first two (My Road Back From Schizophrenia and Useless Like A Rose) are based on her own experience of having been diagnosed with schizophrenia.




Louise Penzenstadler is a consultant psychiatrist at the Addictology Department of the Geneva University Hospital, Switzerland. She is head of the community treatment team of the Addictology Department.

Her research interests are social psychiatry and mental health services research with a particular interest in community treatment options for patients with substance use disorders, recovery orientated approaches and supported decision-making.

She is currently involved in studies on two community treatment models for substance use disorders. She is also committee member of the Swiss Society of Social Psychiatry.





Jorun Rugkåsa is a Senior Researcher at the Health Services Research Unit, Akershus University Hospital and Professor at the Centre for Care Research, University College of South East Norway.  She is a medical sociologist who, for the last decade, has focused her research on coercion in mental health care and on the role of family caregiving in mental health.  From 2008-2014 she managed the OCTET study of Community Treatment Orders in England.

She is currently involved in numerous studies, and has published two books and around 60 original articles on coercion in mental health care.

Alexandre Wullschleger studied medicine in Geneva and started his psychiatric residency at the Geneva University Hospital.  He has engaged himself since 2010 in the field of social psychiatry. He moved to Berlin in 2013 and has worked since then in the Department of Psychiatry and Psychotherapy of the Charité Universitätsmedizin Berlin.  He is co-head of the research group “Social Psychiatry and Health Services Research” and is one of the main investigators of a research project studying ways of reducing the use of coercive measures funded by the German Ministry of Health.