Psychedelic research

Dr. Petr Winkler is the head of the Department of Social Psychiatry at the National Institute of Mental Health, Czech Republic (NIMH CZ). After graduating in Social Policy and Social Work at the Charles University in Prague, he became one of the Bakala Foundation scholars and went to the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology and Neuroscience, King’s College London, to pursue his PhD in mental health economics. Petr’s main expertise is in mental health care systems, psychiatric epidemiology, and health economics, and he is also interested in suicidology, stigma and discrimination, and socio-cultural aspects of psychedelic movement in psychiatry. In the past few years he has been involved in the development and implementation of the mental health care reform strategy in the Czech Republic; currently he is leading nation-wide projects on destigmatization, early interventions in psychosis, and system for evidence based mental health care development. Petr was awarded European Psychiatric Association research prize for the best paper published in 2016 in the category Psychiatric epidemiology, social psychiatry and psychotherapeutic interventions in mental disorders. He is also an author of 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.