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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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.


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.