The Award is intended to enhance mental health knowledge and capacity in Romania as well as to contribute to diminishing and eventually eradicating shame, stigma, and discrimination against mental illness.
The recipient of the Award will be chosen from among individuals and organizations in the mental health field, in Romania, for their outstanding achievements in research, services, education, and/or health policy. Work in these areas, with a focus on children and adolescents, will be a priority, but the jury will also consider nominations related to the mental health of adults and the elderly.
The Award will be presented annually, and will consist of 2500Euros toward attendance at a relevant international congress. The Awardee will be expected to share the lessons learned at that congress in a lecture to be given at a later date at a professional meeting in Romania.
Ana Mariana Ilieș
founder of the "Sf. Maria" Day Center in Cluj-Napoca and of the Association for the Protection and Assistance of Neuro-Psychic Disabled
The 2020 Awardee has generated a meaningful and positive impact on the wellbeing and social inclusion of individuals experiencing mental disabilities issues. These also affect families and influence a range aspects of the individuals' lives, including housing, education, employment, income, social relations, personal safety, leading oftentimes to trauma, stigma, discrimination and socioeconomic hardship.
In 1990, Ana Mariana Ilieș established the Association for the Protection and Assistance of Neuro-Psychic Disabled and opened in 1995 the “Sf. Maria” Day Center in Cluj-Napoca, also included in the association.
Her aim was to find solutions at a community level for the social integration of children with intellectual disabilities. A mother of a child with intellectual impairments herself, the Awardee was able to find an original solution – a hospital day care center – offering recovery services that were differentiated by the degrees of disability. These included corrective behavioral therapy, educational processes, as well as training for independent life and work skills and parental counseling.
Daniel David 2019
Professor, Babeș-Bolyai University
Daniel David is the 2017 Elisabeth Pilkington Rațiu Mental Health Awardee.
Nominated for “his remarkable results in the field of Romanian psychological research.”
Daniel David is cognitive science professor at Babeș – Bolyai University in Cluj Napoca, with the Clinical Psychology & Psychotherapy Department, and deputy professor at Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, New York, SUA with the Department of Population Health Science and Policy.He is also research director of the famed Albert Ellis Institute, New York, USA, and of the International Institute for the Advanced Study of Psychotherapy and Applied Mental Health (famous european institute, included in the MERIL network).
His academic research is focused on clinical cognitive sciences, with a multilevel (from neurogenetic to intercultural), technologically immersed approach. As a psychologist, he supervises cognitive and behavioral therapy, with a national certification from Colegiul Psihologilor din România and an international certification from the Academy of Cognitive Therapy. He is the Romanian representative in the European Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies, European Association of Clinical Psychology and Psychological Treatment și International Association for Cognitive Psychotherapy. In Romania he is known as the initiator of the “evidence- based” movement and founder of the Cluj School of Clinical Psychology and Psychotherapy, having a national prestige and international impact. The school implemented innovative theoretical directions – nationally (eg. virtual/augmented-reality psychotherapy) and internationally (eg. robot-based psychotherapy). In 2008, prof. David was decorated as Knight of the National Order of Merit for his academic activity and management. Since 2016 he is President of the Romanian Association of Psychologists.
Cătălina Tudose 2018
Professor, Universitatea de Medicină și Farmacie ”Carol Davila”
Cătălina Tudose is the 2018 Elisabeth Pilkington Rațiu Mental Health Awardee.
Nominated for “elaborating the national strategy against dementia.”
Cătălina Tudose is psychiatrist, university professor and chair of Psychiatry, within the Clinical Neuroscience Department of Universitatea de Medicină și Farmacie ”Carol Davila”, București.
With a prodigious scientific, professional and academic career, Cătălina Tudose is overspecialized in geriatric psychiatry, neurocognitive disorders, neuroscience and neuropsychology, sanitary and organisational management and ethics. She placed a special focus on the recognition and prioritization of Alzheimer disease as a public health issue, in her capacity of president of the Romanian Alzheimer Society.
Cătălina Tudose is founder of Centrul Memoriei, a unique institution specialized in early diagnosis and treatment of cognitive disorders, especially Alzheimer (since 2000), as well as Centrul de asistență comunitară pentru vârstnici; Centrul de zi pentru persoane suferinde de demenţă în Boala Alzheimer. She has initiated the pilot project of home assistance for people suffering from dementia in Alzheimer disease and has contributed to the introduction of such home care professionals into the employment nomenclature as a follow up of “PHARE Lien – Training Programme in Specialized Homecare for Older People with Cronic Mental Disorders” (in partnership with HelpAge International, 1994 – 1996). Since 2002 she initiated the Psychogeriatric Competence and is national coordinator of education programs in the field.
Author and co-author of numerous books, studies and scientific articles, Cătălina Tudose is a prodigious researcher in the fields of psychogeriatry and clinical psychology. She has organised numerous scientific events, between 2011 – 2018, 8 editions of National Alzheimer Conferences in her capacity of president of the Romanian Alzheimer Society and 8 editions of Forumul Psihiatru.ro as secretary general (2011-2016) and president (2017-2018) of the Romanian Association of Psychiatry and Psychotherapy.
Bogdana Tudorache 2018
Psychiatrist, Romanian League for Mental Health
Bogdana Tudorache is the 2018 Elisabeth Pilkington Rațiu Mental Health Awardee.
Nominated “ for her contribution and exemplary professional activity in the field of mental health.”
Bogdana Tudorache is psychiatrist, primary scientific researcher within the Bucharest Institute of Neurology and Psychiatry, holding a double academic competence in neurology and psychiatry.
In 1990 she was the first specialist in Romanian psychiatry to introduce the topic of mental health, founding the Romanian League for Mental Health which advocates for the protection and rights of mental health patients, supports international good practice policies and the diversification of mental health services.
She supported the founding of “Trepte” Medical & Psychological Pilot Support Center, ARIPI (first association of beneficiaries of mental health services) and SINAPSE Point of Information Center (within Spitalul Clinic de Psihiatrie “Al. Obregia”).
As president of the Romanian Mental Health League she facilitated partnerships and agreements with World Federation for Mental Health, Mental Health Europe, Medecins du Monde, Fédération des Services de Santé Mentale, Organizația Penumbra (Scotland), Intermind (Britain), Geneva Initiative of Psychiatry, Comitetul de legătură franco-român în domeniul sănătății mintale, Asociația Franceză de Sprijin Medical, Hamlet Trust and Charity Know How, World Psychiatric Association, World Health Association.
Dr. Tudorache worked closely with the Romanian Health Ministry in elaborating the mental health reform, participating as specialist in the writing of Legea Promovării Sănătății Mintale și a Protecției Persoanelor cu Tulburări Psihice, the norms to apply it and the strategy of the Ministry in the field of mental health, as well as the action plan to implement it. She represented Romania as expert in European Comission work groups, coordinating numerous EU and WHA programs, including the implementation monitoring of the Helsinki Declaration and the associated action plan
Mircea Miclea 2017
Professor, Babeș-Bolyai University
Mircea Miclea is the 2017 Elisabeth Pilkington Rațiu Mental Health Awardee.
Nominated for “his contribution to the development and support of research in the field of psychology, as well as for his contribution to the development of knowledge and competencies of young researchers and specialists.
His numerous research projects have led to progress in the prevention and treatment of mental health issues, as well as of applied cognitive psychology. His published materials target the broader audience (through media articles and books), as well as a specialized audience through internationally renowned journals.
Mircea Miclea is university professor with the Faculty of Psychology and Education Sciences, Department of Psychology, since 1996; director of Applied Cognitive Psychology Center since 2001, Babeș – Bolyai University chancellor between 2001 – 2004; editor and founder of Cognition, Brain, Behavior: An Interdisciplinary Journal; president of UNESCO Chair on Higher Education Management and Governance since 2001 and president of the Presidential Committee of education and research policies since 2006. Between 2004 – 2005, Mircea Miclea was Romanian Minister of Education and Research.
Accredited cognitive- behavioral psychotherapist (National Association of Cognitive Behavioral Therapists) and principal psychologist in the field of Clinical Psychology and Psychotherapy (Romanian Psychological College), his areas of expertise include: applied psychotherapy and computer assisted counseling, development of evaluation instruments, applied cognitive psychology and education policies.
Mircea Miclea is an international affiliate member of American Psychological Association, local officer for the European Society for Cognitive Psychology, Psychonomic Society affiliate, member of the International Council of Psychologists and the Netherlands Institute of Advanced Study. Between 1996 – 2009 he was president of the Romanian Association for Cognitive Sciences. Since 2006 he is president of the Romanian Psychological Association.
CRITERIA FOR NOMINATION
Mental health systems, service, treatments
mental health services (mental health promotion, protection, illness prevention, clinical care)
programs of mental health focusing on early identification and intervention
education of the public, the media, and policymakers about mental health, mental illnesses, substance use, or co-occurring disorders
promoting the concept of recovery to local, and/or national audiences
the treatment of mental disorders (pharmacological and psychotherapeutic)
programs that enhance the quality of life and wellbeing of people living with a mental illness.
Outstanding contributions to advancing the understanding, prevention, or treatment, of
mental disorders (neurosciences, genetics, or clinical research)
training of new research investigators
national or global organizational service dedicated to research
Outstanding leadership as
an educator and/or mentor in the field of mental health
in enhancing student academic attainment
in the advancement of innovative educational curricula
Mental health policy and advocacy
Outstanding leadership in
successful passage of legislation, including resources allocation for mental health promotion protection, illness prevention, and care integration
enhancing the public’s and mass media’s understandings of mental disorders
foster advances in science
improving access to or delivery of mental health services
allocating resources for quality and adequacy of the health workforce
responding to the emerging/evolving health/mental health needs of the populations
Chairman, Rațiu Family Charitable Foundation
" Throughout her life of diverse interests, travel, businesses and regular relocation to numerous countries Elisabeth Rațiu never failed wherever she was to find ways to better the lives of those in need around her, being always mindful of the pain and anguish that mental disease can cause to the sufferer and to those around them."
Mrs Rațiu joined MIND when it was a fledging organisation and worked with the trustees to set up some of the first community groups in Kensington and Chelsea, which included a day centre and housing projects and later developed to include some of the first work and training projects in the country. This was at a time when long stay hospitals, or asylums, were closing and community care was in its infancy. Mrs Ratiu, like many of our founding volunteers, was at the forefront of making community care a reality by guiding and helping to shape Mind’s work. I was fortunate to catch up with Mrs Ratiu again about 10 years ago and she seemed pleased to see how Mind was developing. The mental health landscape has changed dramatically since those early days but without the vision and commitment of our early trustees, Kensington and Chelsea Mind wouldn’t exist today.
It is wonderful that a prize is being created in her honour and I can think of no better way of paying tribute to her lifelong commitment to mental health.