José Miguel Caldas de Almeida, MD, PhD

José Miguel Caldas de Almeida is Professor of Psychiatry and Mental Health at the NOVA Medical School, NOVA University of Lisbon. He has been associated for many years with the reform of mental health services both at the national and global levels. He was the founder of one of the first community based mental health services in Portugal, the Director of National Mental Health Services in Portugal, Coordinator of the Task-Force for the elaboration of the new mental health law passed in 1998, and the Coordinator of the National Mental Health Plan from 2007 to 2011.

He was the Chief of the Mental Health Unit at the Pan American Health Organization, the Regional Office of the World Health Organization for the Americas, in Washington D.C. (2000-2005), and the leader of the EU Joint Action for Mental Health and Wellbeing (2013-2016). He had also a key role in the development of the Gulbenkian Global Mental Health Platform, the monitoring of mental health policy and care in the EU (within the EU Compass for Mental Health and Wellbeing), and the coordination of Master Courses on mental health policy, mental health systems and global mental health, developed in collaboration with WHO.

He is currently the President of Lisbon Institute of Global Mental Health, and coordinates the “Global and Population Mental Health Group” of the Comprehensive Health Research Center, Nova Medical School, Nova University of Lisbon.

He has conducted a significant number of research projects in the areas of public mental health, mental health policy and services research and quality of care.

His current research interests are focused on the effects of economic crises on mental health of the populations, transition from institutional care to community-based and human rights-oriented mental health care, and implementation of mental health policies and services.