Elisabeth Pilkington Rațiu Mental Health Award

was established by the Rațiu Family Charitable Foundation and Rațiu Center for Democracy in honor of Elisabeth Pilkington Rațiu, who helped initiate, and served as Chair of the Kensington and Chelsea Branch of MIND, a mental health advocacy organization in London, U.K.


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.   

Mircea Miclea (2017)

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 advancement of knowledge and formation of young researchers and specialists. His numerous research projects have led to advances in the prevention and treatment of mental health issues, as well as of applied cognitive psychology. His published materials address either the broader audience (through media articles and books) or a specialized audience through internationally renowned journals.

Mircea Miclea

Professor, Babeș-Bolyai University

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 Nominations

Mental health systems/services/treatments

Innovations in

  • 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

Award Jury

Prof. Eliot Sorel

Prof. Eliot Sorel


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Lect. Florina Rad

Lect. Florina Rad

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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.

Nicolae Rațiu

Chairman, Rațiu Family Charitable Foundation

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.

Mary Fotheringham

Director, Kensington & Chelsea MIND