Vincenzo Di Nicola
Professor of Psychiatry, University of Montreal

Vincenzo Di Nicola is a Professor of Psychiatry at the University of Montreal, where he works as a child and adolescent psychiatrist, and a Clinical Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioural Sciences at The George Washington University. He is the founder and President of the Canadian Association of Social Psychiatry (CASP) and President-elect of the World Association of Social Psychiatry (WASP).

Trained in psychology, psychiatry and philosophy, Di Nicola completed his doctorate in philosophy at the European Graduate School, where he worked with Giorgio Agamben, Alain Badiou and Slavoj Žižek. His dissertation, ‘Trauma and Event’ (2012), inspired his call for an ‘evental psychiatry’. His specialties include child and adolescent psychiatry, family therapy, relational psychology and therapy, global mental health, social psychiatry, trauma studies, and philosophy of psychiatry.

Di Nicola is the author of A Stranger in the Family (Norton, 1997) and Letters to a Young Therapist (Atropos, 2011). Psychiatry in Crisis: At the Crossroads of Social Science, the Humanities, and Neuroscience, co-authored with the fellow psychiatrist and philosopher Drozdstoj Stoyanov, will be published by Springer International in 2020.

Written by Vincenzo Di Nicola

Valparaíso, Chile, 1992. From Sergio Larrain’s Valparaiso. Courtesy of Magnum Photos

Psychiatry and psychotherapy
Intimate strangers

By chance, I grew up without a father. As an adult, I chose to meet him. Through the prism of this event, life slowly made sense

Vincenzo Di Nicola

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Values and beliefs
Slow Thought: a manifesto

We need a philosophy of Slow Thought to ease thinking into a more playful and porous dialogue about what it means to live

Vincenzo Di Nicola