Pascal-Boyle Prize


The European Psychiatric Association (EPA) will award:

the EPA Constance Pascal – Helen Boyle Prize of €10 000 for
Outstanding Achievement by a Woman 

in Working to Improve Mental Health Care in Europe


Women have long been discriminated against, including in the fields of mental health care and psychiatry. The aim of this prestigious Prize is to publicly acknowledge and increase awareness of the outstanding achievements by women in working to improve mental health care in Europe.

It is named in honour of Dr Helen Boyle, an Irish-British psychiatrist, who started practicing in 1894 in England and went on to become the first female President of the Medico-Psychological Association (later to become the Royal College of Psychiatrists); and Dr Constance Pascal, a Romanian doctor, who was the first woman to qualify as a psychiatrist in France in 1908. Both contributed significantly to the scientific literature in addition to their pioneering clinical work and served as role models for generations of future female psychiatrists.


  • Open to women only
  • Must be a psychiatrist or researcher in psychiatry contributing significantly to the field of mental health care
  • The contribution can be scientific, clinical, academic or in other areas deemed acceptable by the Jury
  • Must have worked mainly in Europe
  • There is no age limit
  • Members of the Prize Jury and EPA Board are not eligible


  • The right to nominate is open to anyone, except the Prize Jury members
  • Nominations are confidential and a nomination should not be made known to the nominee
  • Self-nominations are not acceptable
  • Deceased persons cannot be nominated


  • Nominations for the Prize are now closed. Thank you to all who submitted a nomination. 
  • Nominations should detail the work done by the nominee, and explain the impact thereof towards improving mental health care in Europe that makes it deserving of the Prize
  • The Jury is composed of the EPA Executive Committee and invited members to ensure female majority
  • The laureate will be announced and awarded at the European Congress of Psychiatry, 6-9 April 2019 – Warsaw, Poland


  • The Jury may elect to not award a Prize in any given year.


Prof. Helen Killaspy wins

the EPA Constance Pascal – Helen Boyle Prize!

Portrait-Anita-Riecher-Rössler-244x300.jpgProf. Helen Killaspy was selected by the members of the jury as the winner of the “EPA Constance Pascal – Helen Boyle Prize of €10,000 for Outstanding Achievement by a Woman in Working to Improve Mental Health Care in Europe” for 2019!

Helen Killaspy is Professor and Honorary Consultant in Rehabilitation Psychiatry at University College London and Camden and Islington NHS Foundation Trust in the UK. She leads national and international programmes of research that focus on the assessment of quality of care for people with complex mental health problems and the evaluation of complex interventions for this group.

Further details on Prof. Helen Killaspy’s professional experience are available in her short biography.

The EPA wishes to congratulate Prof. Killaspy on this well-deserved distinction, which recognizes her exceptional contribution towards better mental health care in Europe.

Prof. Killaspy will be awarded during the Opening Ceremony of the 27th European Congress of Psychiatry, on 6 April 2019 in Warsaw, Poland.

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