Okasha is the first Arab and Muslim to serve as president of the World Psychiatric Association, a position he held from 2002 to 2005. He is also the founder and honorary chair of the Institute of Psychiatry at Ain Shams University, where he serves as director of the World Health Organization Collaborating Center for Training and Research in Mental Health. In addition, Okasha is president of the Egyptian Psychiatric Association and honorary president of the Arab Federation of Psychiatrists.
An expert in his field, Okasha has written more than 70 books in Arabic and English including Depression in Recent Times, and has also published more than 300 articles related to medical scientific research. One of his most recent studies, The Anatomy of the Egyptian Character, dissects the Egyptian persona. He has won numerous awards for his work including the State Merit Prize of Medical Creativity from the Academy of Scientific Research in 2000 and the State Merit Prize of the Medical Sciences in 2008.
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