Prof. Dr. Joris Vandenberghe

Catholic University of Leuven, Kortenberg, Belgium

Prof. Dr. Joris Vandenberghe

Adult psychiatrist, psychotherapist and doctor in medical sciences at the University Psychiatric Centre of the Catholic University of Leuven, Belgium.
Professor of medical psychology at the faculty of medicine of the Catholic University of Leuven and head of liaison psychiatry at the University Hospital of Leuven.
He is part of the Reakiro team, a centre providing information and care for people with a persistent death wish and/or considering euthanasia.
His research focuses on liaison psychiatry and ethical and legal aspects of mental health care.

He is part of the Ethical Commission at the University Hospital of Leuven and the University Psychiatric Centre of the University of Leuven, and he is also part of the Belgian Advisory Committee for Bioethics and the Flemish Association for Psychiatry.

Prof. Dr. Norman Sartorius

Prof. Dr. Norman Sartorius

Professor Norman Sartorius is sometimes described as “psychiatry’s living legend”. The contribution of the professor to the field of psychiatry over a period of more than 50 years is enormous, not in the least with training early career psychiatrists globally. His most well known educational activity is the Course on Leadership and Professional Skills for Early Career Psychiatrists. During the course, Sartorius shows that international young psychiatrists can successfully work together (Krupchanka e.a. 2019). He is a former director of the division of Mental Health of the World Health Organisation (WHO) and previous president of the World Psychiatric Association (WPA) and the European Psychiatric Association (EPA). He has worked as a (visiting) professor at several institutions.

Prof. Dr. Ruud Van Winkel

Catholic University of Leuven, Kortenberg, Belgium

Prof. Dr. Ruud Van Winkel

Psychiatrist and psychotherapist at the University Psychiatric Centre of the Catholic University of Leuven, Kortenberg, Belgium.
He is the head of the inpatient unit for care and recovery for patients with psychosis and works as a consultant for the mobile team for early intervention in psychosis.

As head of the Centre for Clinical Psychiatry at the Catholic University of Leuven he does research on the influence of environmental factors on the development of psychopathology in adolescents and young adults. He has published over 120 scientific articles in international journals on this subject.

Prof. Dr. Stefan Leucht

Technical University of Munich, Germany

Prof. Dr. Stefan Leucht

Dr. Leucht was born and raised in Munich (Germany), and studied languages as a young man to be able to meet people from other countries. During a rotation as a medical student in Atlanta, USA, Leucht embraced psychiatry, liking the combination of psychology, biology, and social work. Leucht is known for his research on evaluating psychiatric treatments by meta-analyses. He is currently head of the section for evidence-based medicine in psychiatry and psychotherapy at the Technical University of Munich (Venkatesan 2021).

Dr. Sisco van Veen

Amsterdam University Medical Centre, the Netherlands

Dr. Sisco van Veen

Psychiatrist at the old-age department of GGZ inGeest, researcher at the department of medical ethics at the Amsterdam University Medical Centre.
He is editor-in-chief of the magazine ‘De Jonge Psychiater’ (The Young Psychiatrist) and makes podcasts for the magazine Psyfar.
His research focuses on euthanasia for mental suffering.

Dr. Ana Teresa Prata

Centro Hospitalar Universitário de Lisboa Central, Portugal

Dr. Ana Teresa Prata

Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist at Centro Hospitalar Universitário de Lisboa Central, in Portugal, working at a transition inpatient unit and a child and adolescent psychiatry (CAP) outpatient clinic.
Post-graduate in Child Neurodevelopment.
Former Portuguese CAP Trainee Association (ANIPIA) president (2016-2018).
Editorial Board Member of Revista Portuguesa de Pedopsiquiatria.

Dr. Julian Beezhold

Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital, United Kingdom

Dr. Julian Beezhold

Consultant in Emergency and Liaison Psychiatry at the Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital, United Kingdom, responsible for acutely ill patients receiving medical care.

Lecturer in Medical Education at the University of East Anglia Norwich Medical School, and the Clinical Lead for Undergraduate Medical Education in Psychiatry at the Norfolk and Suffolk NHS Foundation Trust.

He is the Secretary General of the European Psychiatric Association (EPA), where he has been a Board member since 2009. Member of the Education Committee of the European Psychiatric Association and a Faculty member of for the EPA Early Career Psychiatrist Summer School held annually in Strasbourg.
He is a past President of the European Federation of Psychiatric Trainees (2003-4).

Dr. Marisa Casanova Dias

Cardiff University, United Kingdom

Dr. Marisa Casanova Dias

Clinical academic psychiatrist at Cardiff University. She was awarded an MRC (Medical Research Council) Clinical Research Training Fellowship to pursue a PhD to study bipolar disorder in the perinatal period, which she combines with being an honorary consultant.

She is a past president of the European Federation of Psychiatric Trainees (EFPT) and set up the EFPT Exchange Programme. She is a member of the International Advisory Committee of the Royal College of Psychiatrists, UK delegate and vice-president for CME at the European Union of Medical Specialists (UEMS), and secretary of the European Psychiatric Association’s Section on Women’s Mental Health.

Dr. Mariana Pinto Da Costa

East London NHS Foundation Trust, United Kingdom

Dr. Mariana Pinto Da Costa

Dr Mariana Pinto da Costa is a Consultant Psychiatrist at East London NHS Foundation Trust, a Doctoral research fellow at the Unit for Social and Community Psychiatry (WHO Collaborating Centre for Mental Health Services Development and NIHR Global Health Group) at Queen Mary University of London, and a Lecturer at the Biomedical Sciences Abel Salazar Institute at the University of Porto. She also has clinical and research experience in Africa, where she was screening alcohol, smoking and other substances involvement, in primary and mental health care users in Luanda, while studying for the International Master on Mental Health Policy and Services at the New University of Lisbon supported by the WHO. She was nominated by Columbia University as one of the 100 Women Innovative Leaders in Global Mental Health. She was President of the European Federation of Psychiatric trainees in 2014-15, and the Chief Investigator of the EFPT Brain Drain Study.

Dr. Essam Daod

Co-founder of Humanity Crew, WHO mental health expert

Dr. Essam Daod

Our invited speaker, Dr Essam Daod, is the mental health director, as well as one of the co-founders, of Humanity Crew, an organization that specializes in the provision of psychological aid to refugees and people in crises, working to deploy mental health and psycho-social support to displaced populations to improve their wellbeing, to restore order in their lives, and to prevent further psychological escalation. Dr Daod is a psychiatrist, specialized in child and adolescent psychiatry and comes from a psychoanalytic background. He is an avid refugee mental health activist and researcher who has spoken in countless conferences and media outlets all over the world advocating for the importance of mental health support for refugees. In 2018, he became a WHO mental health expert team member and a TED Fellow.

Prof. Françoise Davoine

Paris, France

Prof. Françoise Davoine

Françoise Davoine obtained an Agregation in classics (French literature, Latin and Greek in 1966, followed by a doctorate in sociology in 1981, before becoming a psychoanalyst. She worked for 30 years as a psychoanalyst in public psychiatric hospitals in France, and is currently in private practice in Paris. She was a Professor at EHESS (Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales) in Paris, where she conducted with Jean-Max Gaudillière a weekly seminar on “Madness and the Social Link”. She has also made numerous interventions at the Austen Riggs Center in Massachussets (USA) and all-over the wolrd. She is the author of many articles and books including La Folie Wittgenstein (1992), Mother Folly (1998), and History Beyond Trauma (2004, with J-M Gaudillière).

Nicoline Tamsma

European Commission’s DG for Health and Food Safety, Unit Health Promotion, Disease Prevention, Financial Instruments

Nicoline Tamsma

Nicoline Tamsma has been working in the field of European health policy and research in various capacities over the past 25 years. She is currently a Policy Officer at the European Commission’s DG for Health and Food Safety, Unit Health Promotion, Disease Prevention, Financial Instruments. She is also based at the National Institute for Public Health and the Environment (RIVM), the Netherlands as Co-ordinating Advisor for International Affairs.  Previous posts included work on European policy and health systems research at the Nuffield Institute for Health in Leeds (UK), the co-ordination of cross-national efforts on integrated local HIV/AIDS policies for WHO Europe, and international affairs at the Netherlands Institute for Care and Welfare. She is president of EuroHealthNet. A social scientist by training, she contributed to a wide range of EU-funded projects, e.g. on health systems reforms, management of integrated care, access to health services, and health equity. She has published extensively on EU health policy.

Dr. Marc Hermans

UEMS, Psychiatry and Child and Adolescent Psychiatry

Dr. Marc Hermans

Marc Hermans was a GP for 10 years before starting his psychiatric training in Leuven (B) and Halsteren (NL). He is a certified face to face psychoanalytic therapist and a family and system therapist. He got basic training in group therapy and transactional analysis, next to hypnotherapy. As a child and adolescent psychiatrist he mainly works with adolescents in a private practice run with two other CAPs and five child psychologists all psychotherapeutically trained. Next to that he’s a staff member in an institution for multifunctional disabled kids and adults. He’s a founding member of Flemish and Belgian psychiatric associations, has been board member in several psychiatric and psychotherapeutically oriented associations. He’s been busy with training aspects within the context of UEMS, its Section of Psychiatry and Child and Adolescent Psychiatry and as such involved in organising scientific events within the context of EPA and WPA. He’s well known for his bad character and the difficult questions he’s used to put to others and himself without giving workable solutions.

Prof. Dr. med. Meryam Schouler-Ocak

Charité Universtiy Psychiatric Clinic at St. Hedwig's Hospital, Berlin

Prof. Dr. med. Meryam Schouler-Ocak

Prof. Schouler-Ocak is a professor for Intercultural Psychiatry, and a specialist in psychiatry, psychotherapy and neurology with notation in psychotherapy, particularly in trauma focused psychotherapy. She holds certification in EMDR – therapy. Prof. Schouler-Ocak is the leading physician at the Charité Universtiy Psychiatric Clinic at St. Hedwig’s Hospital, Berlin. She is the chair of the Research Group on Intercultural Migration and Mental Healthcare and Social Psychiatry at the same university hospital. In 2014, Prof. Schouler-Ocak received the Order of Merit by the Federal Republic of Germany. Prof. Schouler-Ocak is the president of the German-Turkish Association for Psychiatry, Psychotherapy and Psychosocial Health (DTGPP) where she chairs the Section of Cross-Cultural Psychiatry and Psychotherapy and Migration. Since 2017 Prof. Schouler-Ocak chairs the Section on Transcultural Psychiatry of the World Psychiatric Association and she is an honorary member of this association. Her research interest are intercultural psychiatry and psychotherapy, trauma and trauma-related disorders, mental healthcare of immigrants, refugees, asylum seekers and ethnic minorities, and suicidality.

Dr. Stirling Moorey

Consultant Psychiatrist in Cognitive Behaviour Therapy

Dr. Stirling Moorey

Stirling Moorey is Consultant Psychiatrist in Cognitive Behaviour Therapy. He recently retired from the South London and Maudsley NHS Trust. Since spending his medical student elective at Beck’s Center for Cognitive Therapy in Philadelphia, he has been actively involved in service provision, teaching and research in CBT. He was co-founder with Mrs Ruth Williams of the IOP CBT course and has taught and supervised CBT to many psychiatrists, psychologists and other professionals. He was responsible for the CBT training of psychiatrists on the Maudsley training scheme. He was Professional Head of Psychotherapy for SLaM and Clinical Manager of the Maudsley Psychotherapy Service until 2013 and has 20 years experience working with therapists from various psychotherapeutic traditions. He has trained in Cognitive Analytic Therapy, Schema Therapy and Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy. Dr Moorey presented the first EPA Massive Open Online Course (MOOC): An Introduction to CBT for Psychiatrists. His main research interest is in CBT for people with cancer,and he has been involved in 5 randomised controlled trial in psycho-oncology. He is co-author with Dr Steven Greer of The Oxford Guide to CBT for People with Cancer Oxford: Oxford University Press.