Speakers of the 4th Eastern European Conference of Mental Health
IN AND OUT OF YOUR MIND
 November 19 – 22, 2020

DRAGOS ALEXANDRU (Romania)

Graduate degree (Sep 2004) in both Medicine (followed by MSc in Management of Health Care Units) and Informatics (followed by MSc in Artificial Intelligence and Communications Technologies), PhD in Medicine (Sep 2012, Physiology). Specialist M.D. in Public Health and Management (Dec 2009). Junior Teaching Assistant (Oct 2005) and Teaching Assistant (Mar 2009) in the Department of Medical Informatics and Biostatistics of the University of Pharmacy and Medicine of Craiova. Contributions to many scientific papers from various fields of medical practice and research, published in international and national peer-reviewed journals, due to his involvement in Biostatistics.

JOSE MIGUEL CALDAS DE ALMEIDA (Portugal)

Professor of Psychiatry and Mental Health at the NOVA Medical School, NOVA University of Lisbon. He has been associated for many years with the reform of mental health services both at the national and global levels. He was the founder of one of the first community based mental health services in Portugal, the Director of National Mental Health Services in Portugal, Coordinator of the Task-Force for the elaboration of the new mental health law passed in 1998, and the Coordinator of the National Mental Health Plan from 2007 to 2011. He was the Chief of the Mental Health Unit at the Pan American Health Organization, the Regional Office of the World Health Organization for the Americas, in Washington D.C. (2000-2005), and the leader of the EU Joint Action for Mental Health and Wellbeing (2013-2016). He is currently the President of Lisbon Institute of Global Mental Health.

YAZAN AL-SARAYRAH  (Jordan)

Senior Resident in Psychiatry Department in King Hussein Medical Center in Amman-Jordan. He has a Bachelor degree in Medicine and Surgery from Mutah University in Jordan. He Currently holds rank of 1st Lieutenant, Military Doctor in Royal Medical Services / Jordanian Armed Forces. He was Part of Psychological Care Team for COVID-19 Patients in Jordan. His fields of interest are in Research of Mood and Anxiety Disorders.

MOHAMMED AL-SBOU (Jordan)

Professor in Clinical Pharmacology, Faculty of Medicine, Mutah University, Jordan. He has a Bachelor degree in Medicine and Surgery from Aristotle University of Thessaloniki in Greece, PhD from the University of Liverpool, and MSc from the University of Manchester in the UK. He is currently the Chairman of the Pharmacology Department at the Faculty of Medicine. He is the chairman of the Health and Hazzard Evaluation Committee at the Jordan Food and Drug Administration (JFDA) and Head of the Pharmacovigilance Center for South Jordan at Al-Karak Governmental Teaching Hospital. He is chairman and a member in several committees at the Faculty of Medicine, Al-Karak Teaching Hospital and JFDA. He has many publications in national and international peer reviewed journals.

HIROAKI AMBO (Japan)

Professor atYamagata Prefectural University of Health Sciences, Japan is PhD (Health Sciences), University of Tokyo (2005), Master of Health Sciences, University of Tokyo (2002), and Bachelor of Health Science in Nursing, University of Tokyo (1999). He is also Japan Registered Nurse License (RN), Certified Public Health Nurse (PHN), and Certified Psychiatric Social Worker (PSW) and Certified Clinical Psychologist. Member of Japan Academy of Psychiatric Mental Health Nursing, Japan Academy of Public Mental Health, Japan Academy of rehabilitation for mental disorders, Japan Psychiatric Nurses Association (JPNA), Japan Nurses Association (JNA), and reviewer for Japan Journal of Nursing Sciences and Japan Journal of Psychiatric Mental Health Nursing. Member of the Yamagata Committee of Suicide Prevention Board, of the Coalition for Higher Education for social work and care management, and Mental Health Education Instructor.

ALINA BOLOGAN (Moldova)

Assistant professor at the Department of Psychiatry, Narcology and Medical Psyhology, State University of Medicine and Pharmacy Nicolae Testemitanu, Chisinau, Moldova. PhD student at the Doctoral School in the field of Medical Science of Moldova. Coordonator of the department of young professionals and residents of the Society of Psychiatristc, Narcologists, Psychotherapists and Clinical Psychologists. Psychoterapist with training in the School of Cognitive Behavioraș Psychotherapy in Bucharest. National trainer – Trimbos Institute Moldova, project MENSANA – Support to the reform of mental health services in Moldova.

GARY BOND (USA)

Mental health services researcher at Westat. For nearly four decades Bond was professor of psychology and psychiatry at three universities. His career has centered on the evaluation, dissemination, implementation, and sustainment of effective services for people with mental illness. His areas of expertise include evidence-based psychiatric rehabilitation services, especially Individual Placement and Support (IPS); factors influencing successful implementation and sustainability of evidence-based practices; and development and validation of fidelity scales to measure implementation. Bond has served as principal investigator or co-investigator on more than 80 grants and contracts. His publications include 300 papers in peer-reviewed journals and 17 books and manuals. Bond’s international presence includes presentations in Asia, Australia, Europe, and North America and collaborations with researchers in Norway, the UK, the Netherlands, Canada, Australia, Japan, and Hong Kong.

MIHAI BRAN (Romania)

Psychiatrist, Assistant Professor and PhD student at the University of Medicine and Pharmacy Carol Davila Bucharest. He is a digital health enthusiast and co-founder of Inomedica, an NGO that promotes online information and education for both patients and medical specialists and co-founder of Atlas (atlashelp.ro), the first platform for online video psychotherapy sessions.

MONICA LAURA CARA (Romania)

Specialist in Public Health and Management. Associated lecturer of the Public Health Department at University of Medicine and Pharmacy of Craiova. Experience in social services management, working with children with mental illness as coordinator of a Community Services Complex (residential center and rehabilitation center for children with disabilities), under The General Directorate of Social Assistance and Child Protection Dolj, Romania. Special research interests in maternal fetal health, genetic and rare diseases, quality management in healthcare, mental health. Numerous scientific papers at national and international conferences. Member of European Public Health Association (EUPHA).

GRACA MARIA PEREIRA CARDOSO (Portugal)

Senior researcher of the Chronic Diseases Research Center (CEDOC), NOVA Medical School, NOVA University of Lisbon, and of the Lisbon Institute for Global Mental Health. She received the European Association for Psychosomatic Medicine Frits Huyse 2017 Award, for a career commitment to Consultation Liaison Psychiatry. She was Invited Professor of the Department of Mental Health, NOVA Medical School, NOVA University of Lisbon. Founder and for many years Head of the Department of Psychiatry, Hospital Fernando Fonseca, Amadora, where she developed an integrated and assertive community psychiatry intervention, and consultation liaison services in the general hospital and in primary care. She created the first structured unit in Liaison Psychiatry in Portugal in Hospital Santa Maria. Her main research interests are in the fields of epidemiology, liaison psychiatry, and assessment of services for severe mental disorders.

JANA CHIHAI (Moldova)

Psychiatrist and psychotherapist, Associate Professor in Psychiatry Department of State Medical and Pharmaceutical University Nicolae Testemitanu in Chisinau, and senior Mental Health Advisor in Trimbos Institute Moldova, project MENSANA. President of National Society of Psychiatrists, Narcologists, Psychotherapist and Clinical Psychologists. She studied medicine and psychiatry, received psychotherapeutic specialization in European School of Psychotherapy, Socio- and Somatoanalyse in Strasbourg, France and Association of Integrative Psychotherapy and Clinical Psychology, Iași, Romania. Since 2000 she promoted a new approach in mental health – Community-based services and is very implicated in mental health reform in Republic of Moldova.

COSTIN CIBEA (France)

Registered psychiatrist since 2012, when he opened his own private practice in Bucharest. Currently employed on a fixed term contract as a psychiatrist, by the Psychiatric Unit of the Centre Hospitalier de Roanne in France. His areas of interest are psychotherapy and a phenomenological - existential focus. He had complete a training as psychotherapist, in the Existential Analysis method developed by Doctor Alfried Laengle and the Viennese School of Existential Analysis (GLE International).

CATALINA CRISAN (Romania)

Specialist in Adult Psychiatry and Lecturer at the Department of Neurosciences, Discipline of Psychiatry and Pediatric Psychiatry, University of Medicine and Pharmacy Iuliu Hatieganu Cluj-Napoca. Her research interests are devoted towards evaluation of the awareness of disease in psychiatric disorders, forensic psychiatry and the evaluation of psychiatric symptoms in neurodegenerative disorders, especially Huntington disease. Her expertise in the field of psychiatry is completed with courses in the field of psychosis and mood disorders at Maudsley Forum, King’s College London (2007), Mental Health Futures: Schizophrenia Masterclass, Madrid, 2013 and project European standards for competitive postdoc formation programs in the domain of advanced reaserch and forensic psychiatry (2011-2013). She is a member in the New Comission of psychiatric forensic expertise and of the Huntington’s disease service in Romania.

CAMELIA CRISMARIU (Romania)

Psychologist specialized in the field of Special Psychology and Special Education, with a master’s degree in Speech Therapy for Language and Communication Disorders at the University of Bucharest, in Applied Behavior Analysis at Clemson University and in Cognitive Psychodiagnosis and Psychological Counseling at the Ecologic University Bucharest. She started working with children with autism implementing applied behavior analysis techniques since 2009. In 2015, she started her collaboration with Help Autism association where she activates as therapist, coordinator for the individual intervention plans for children with ASD, evaluator and trainer of courses in ABA therapy.

GIOVANNI DE GIROLAMO (Italy)

Head of the Unit of Psychiatric Epidemiology and Evaluation, IRCCS St. John of God Clinical Research Centre, Brescia, Professor, Faculty of Psychology, Lab on Psychology and Psychiatry, Catholic University, Milan, Professor, Post-Graduate School in Psychiatry, Medical School, University of Milan Bicocca. In 1977, he graduated with first class honors in Medicine the 2nd Medical School, University of Naples, with a Doctoral Thesis in Psychiatry.  Former Scientific Director of the St. John of God Clinical Research Centre, he was involved as Principal Investigator in several international and national research projects, nowadays being the coordinator of a research team. Dr. De Girolamo is editor referee and member of editorial board of numerous international scientific journals. In 2016, he received the Award of the Physician Association of Salerno (Ordine dei Medici), and in 2019 he was nominated among the 80 Italian researchers most cited from all disciplines.

INGA DELIV (Moldova)

PhD, Associate Professor, Psychiatry, Narcology and Medical Psychology Department, Nicolae Testemițanu State University of Medicine and Pharmacy, Chișinău, Republic of Moldova. Author of over 70 scientific papers published in Moldova and abroad, involved in the development of 6 national clinical protocols.

INA DIMITROVA (Bulgaria)

She received her PhD in social and political philosophy from Bulgarian Academy of Sciences, Institute for the Study of Knowledge and Societies, and currently is associate professor at Plovdiv University Paisii Hilendarski in social philosophy and bioethics. She is also honorary lecturer at St. Kl. Ohridski Sofia University in the MA programme Integrative Bioethics. Her research interests include disability studies, politics of reproduction and population, social studies of science, technology, and medicine.

SVETLANA DIMITROVA (Bulgaria)

She is PhD in psychology, graduate psychotherapist, certified member of the World Association of Positive Psychotherapy - Wiesbaden, Germany. She graduated Sofia University St. Kliment Ohridski in 2003 and has a professional experience in a therapy field of counseling and clinical psychology with children and adults, works with crisis and anxiety disorders, addictions and eating disorders. She has practices in the family system and individual psychotherapy of children and adults and has specialized in the family and child psychology. She has published articles and reports in scientific journals and she has participated to international conferences, seminars and other scientific forums.

VERONIKA DIMITROVA (Bulgaria)

Assistant Professor at the Department of Sociology, Sofia University St. Kliment Ohridski. She is co-author of the book Portraits of disappearing Sofia (2012), author of Governmentality of poverty. Hygiene and medicine in interwar years (2018) and coordinator of the research team of the project Mental health and social inequalities. Fields of interest: sociology of medicine, history of medicine and urban studies.

LISA DIXON (USA)

Edna L. Edison Professor of Psychiatry at the Columbia University Medical Center where she directs the Division of Behavioral Health Services and Policy Research and the Center for Practice Innovations (CPI) at the New York State Psychiatric Institute. Dr. Dixon is an internationally recognized health services researcher with over 25 years of continuous research funding from the National Institute of Mental Health, the VA and foundations. As CPI director, she oversees activities for the New York State Office of Mental Health in implementing evidence based practices in behavioral health programs throughout the state. She leads the innovative program, OnTrackNY, a statewide initiative designed to improve outcomes and reduce disability for the population of individuals experiencing their first episode of psychosis. Dr. Dixon assumed the role of editor in chief of the journal, Psychiatric Services in January, 2017.

DRINI DOBI (Albania)

Lecturer of Neurology at the Tirana Medical University and Head of Neurovascular Service, Department of Neuroscience, Tirana University Hospital Center Mother Teresa. PhD in Physical Rehabilitation after stroke and Masters in Rehabilitation in Parkinson Disease. Specialized in neurorehabilitation at Carlo Besta Institute in Milan-Italy and in neurosonology at the Univeristy Hospital Center Sestre Milosrdnice in Zagreb-Croatia. Active member of American Academy of Neurology and European Academy of Neurology. Member of scientific panel of Movement Disorders Society.

FLORIDA DOBI (Albania)

PhD since 2015, she is a child and adolescent psychiatrist with 15 years of experience in clinical work and specialized in infant neuropsychiatry at the National Neurology Institute Carlo Besta, Milan, Italy. Director of Albanian National Center for Children Rehabilitation and Treatment and a lecturer in Faculty of Medical and Technical Sciences in Speech Therapy Department. Member of the working groups for drafting mental health policies and clinical treatment protocols, Ministry of Health.

ROBERT DRAKE (USA)

MD, PhD, is a Westat Vice President with more than 40 years of experience in psychiatric rehabilitation research. He is recognized internationally for his many contributions to transforming services toward greater alignment with client goals and the recovery process. He is co-developer of the IPS model of supported employment, one of the most successful and influential evidence-based practices in psychiatric rehabilitation.

LAVINIA DUICA (Romania)

Lecturer at Lucian Blaga University of Sibiu, Chief of the Clinic Department of the Dr. Gh. Preda Psychiatric Hospital Sibiu and residency coordinator. She has graduated University of Medicine and Pharmacy Craiova and Faculty of Psychology, Lucian Blaga University of Sibiu; she has been trained in Psychiatry in Craiova and Sibiu and in Existential Analysis and Logotherapy Counselling and Psychotherapy School in Bucharest. She obtained her PhD at the Gr. T. Popa University of Medicine and Pharmacy Iasi. Dr. Lavinia Duica participated at numerous national and international scientific manifestations and is the author of many scientific works. Her areas of interest are suicidal behavior, schizophrenia, affective disorders, mental health services and existential analysis psychotherapy.

FATIME ELEZI (Albania)

Lecturer of Psychiatry at the Tirana Medical University, is currently clinical Head of Emergency Unit, Psychiatry Division, Department of Neuroscience, Tirana University Hospital Center Mother Teresa. Head of Albanian Psychiatric Association and active member of European Psychiatric Association. Member of the working groups for drafting the Regulation of Mental Health in Albania and the curricula of the Faculty of Medical and Technical Sciences.

MOHAMED ELWASIFY (Egypt)

Consultant and Assistant Professor of Psychiatry, Mansourah University, Egypt. Fellow of American Academy of Addiction.

ANDREI ESANU (Moldova)

Assistant professor at the Department of Psychiatry, Narcology and Medical Psychology, State University of Medicine and Pharmacy Nicolae Testemitanu, Chisinau, Moldova. PhD student of the Doctoral School in the field of Medical Science in Moldova. Secretary of the Society of Psychiatrists, Narcologists, Psychotherapists and Clinical Psychologists. Master's degree in Health Education from the University of Porto, Portugal. Psychotherapist with training at the School of Cognitive Behavioral Psychotherapy in Bucharest. President of the Family Federation for World Peace and Unification in Moldova.

JORDAN GANEV (Bulgaria)

Assistant Professor in Psychiatry at Military Medical Academy in Sofia, Bulgaria. Jordan graduated from Medical University in Sofia. He is a board-certified psychiatrist since 2010. He acquired a PhD degree in Psychiatry since 2016. His personal interests are psychoses, affective disorders, modern phenomena and their biological treatment. He is an author of different specialised publications and conference participant. Lecturer at Medical and Philosophical Faculties of Sofia University St. Kliment Ohridski and New Bulgarian University.

GRIGORE GARAZ (Moldova)

Psychiatrist-psychotherapist, assistant professor at the Department of psychiatry, narcology and medical psychology, Nicolae Testemitanu State University of Medicine and Pharmacy of the Republic of Moldova. He is a member of the Society of Psychiatrists, Narcologists, Psychotherapist and Clinical Psychologists from Republic of Moldova. He participated as investigator in several clinical trials and conducted 3 clinical studies as principal investigator (the majority included psychotic patients and antipsychotic drugs). He is a member of Moldavian Society of Psychoanalytical Psychotherapy. He actively participates in promoting the reform in the field of mental health, being a national trainer in the training of medical staff related to the mental health service in Moldova.

AGIM GJIKOPULLI (Albania)

PhD since 2016, paediatrician endocrinologist at University Hospital Center Mother Teresa, Neurology–Endocrinology-Gastroenterology service in Pediatric Department. Experienced clinician in pediatric endocrinology field, as well as in pediatric emergency and metabolic disorders. Master in Pediatrics and author of many publication in child endocrinology and metabolic disorders. A lecturer in Tirana Medical University and Member of Albanian Pediatric Association.

DONALD GOFF (USA)

Dr. Goff is a translational clinical researcher who studies and treats schizophrenia, former Director of the Schizophrenia Clinical and Research Program at the Massachusetts General Hospital and Professor of Psychiatry at Harvard Medical School prior to moving to New York in 2012 to become the Marvin Stern Professor and Vice Chair for Research in Psychiatry at New York University Langone Medical Center and Director of the Nathan Kline Institute for Psychiatric Research. He earned his medical degree at UCLA and completed his internship in Internal Medicine at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles and his residency in Psychiatry at MGH in Boston. His research fellowship in Psychopharmacology was completed at Tufts-New England Medical Center in Boston. He is the recipient of the Kempf Award for Mentorship in Biological Psychiatry from the APA; the Wayne Fenton, MD, Award for Exceptional Clinical Care; the Stanley Dean Award for Research in Schizophrenia from the American College of Psychiatrists and the Research Award from the APA. He is also a member of the American College of Neuropsychopharmacology and Associate Editor for Psychiatry at JAMA.

CRISTINA GOGA ILIE (Romania)

Assistant professor at Faculty of Social Sciences, University of Craiova. She is Phd. in Sociology. She graduated both Sociology and Law specializations and also two masters Public law and criminal science (Law specialization) and Community development and European integration (Sociology specialization). She has published many articles in international and national journals and participated in over 50 national and international conferences. Her areas of specialization are sociology of migration, sociology of law, sociology of European integration.

HOWARD H. GOLDMAN (USA)

MD PhD, Professor of Psychiatry, Director of the Behavioral Health Systems Improvement Collaborative, University of Maryland School of Medicine. Howard H. Goldman received joint M.D. – M.P.H. degrees from Harvard University and a Ph.D. in social policy from Brandeis University in 1978. He is the author or co-author of more than 325 publications in the professional literature. Dr. Goldman was the editor of the journal Psychiatric Services from 2004 – 2016, and he served as the Senior Scientific Editor of the Surgeon General’s Report on Mental Health from 1997-1999 for which he was awarded the Surgeon General’s Medallion. In 1996 he was elected to membership in the National Academy of Social Insurance, and in 2002 he was elected to the Institute of Medicine.

ANDREI GRESITA (Romania)

PhD Student and Research Assistant at the Center of Clinical and Experimental Medicine - University of Medicine and Pharmacy of Craiova, Romania. He is member of a research team mainly focused on aging and post stroke recovery. He studies psychiatry as a resident doctor at the Clinical Neuropsychiatry Hospital of Craiova and aims to combine research with clinical medicine in the hope of discovering a treatment which will substantially improve the cognitive and motor deficit of patients who suffer from stroke. He plans on continuing his research as part of a post-doc program.

DELIA HENDRICK (USA)

Board-certified and practicing internist and psychiatrist who specializes in co-occurring disorders. Dr. Hendrick has more than 15 years of clinical experience with serious mental illness, substance use disorders, and medical conditions associated with psychiatric disorders. She serves as senior member of the implementation team for the SED.

PETRU IFTENI (Romania)

Professor Petru Ifteni has graduated University of Medicine and Pharmacy Gr. T. Popa Iasi in 1999 and nowadays is the Chief of the 3rd Psychiatric Clinic of Psychiatry and Neurology in Brasov. Since 2015, he is Vicedean of the Medical School within Transilvania University Brasov and Director of the Research Center of - Fundamental, Profilactic and Clinical Disciplines Department of the same university. PhD since 2010 and Habillitated Professor since 2017. Author and co-author of numerous books and papers in national and international journals (Schizophrenia Research, Acta Psychiatrica Scandinavica, CNS Drugs, American Journal of Therapeutics, Journal of Affective Disorders). He served as speaker at WPA, ECNP, EPA and many national conferences on the topic of schizophrenia, cognitive and affective disorders.

KAMAL CONSTANTIN KAMAL (Romania)

Lecturer in the Department of Family Medicine at the University of Medicine and Pharmacy of Craiova. MD-GP concerned with diagnostic, therapeutic, prevention and information activities, involving also the management of mental health diseases. He has acquired a PhD degree since 2013 at the University of Medicine and Pharmacy of Craiova. He obtained a master’s degree in Management of Health Services since 2017 at the same university. Beside his clinical and teaching activities, he is also involved in research, he had published books and articles in his expertise field. He was an active member both in international and national teams, on several research projects.

MUSTAFA KARAKUS (USA)

PhD is an Associate Director and an economist with Westat’s Social Policy and Economics Research Practice. He has more than 15 years of experience in social science and public policy research. He is a subject matter expert on program and policy evaluations and evaluating social demonstrations particularly involving employment programs, workforce centers, reentry programs, and people with mental health disabilities. At Westat, he has worked on randomized control trials of IPS involving SSDI beneficiaries with mental health disabilities, including the MHTS and the SED. His work centered on all aspects of social science research involving vulnerable populations such as individuals with mental health disabilities, individuals with substance use problems, chronically homeless populations, SSI/SSDI recipients, and Veterans with disabilities. He has participated in numerous national conferences and workshops, presented research findings on employment and disability policy, and has over 25 peer-reviewed articles published in various scientific journals. Dr. Karakus served as a senior researcher for the MHTS and currently serves as the co-principal investigator for the Supported Employment Demonstration (SED).

JOCELYN MARROW (USA)

PhD is a medical and psychological anthropologist with more than 20 years of experience. As a Westat Senior Study Director, she designs and conducts mixed-methods projects to evaluate health-, nutrition-, and disability-related programs and policies in national and international settings. Dr. Marrow draws on her interdisciplinary training in the social sciences (including clinical psychology, social science theory, human development, and health services research) to generate insights on outcomes pertaining to complex phenomena such as healthcare quality, service uptake, program attrition, and quality of life. Dr. Marrow is serving as task lead on evaluations of Individual Placement and Support employment services for people with mental illness, the benefits of adult day programs for people with multiple sclerosis, and employers’ recruitment of and support for employees with disabilities. Currently, she holds an appointment as Assistant Research Scientist in the Department of Sociology, Anthropology, and Health Administration and Policy at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County.

MARIA MARTINOVA (Bulgaria)

PHD in Sociology. Her research interest are in the fields of sociology of medicine, childhood and parenthood studies.

KLEIDA MATI RAMIZI (Albania)

University Lecturer Faculty of Technical Medical Sciences at the Tirana Medical University. Medical Oncologist at Regional Hospital in Vlora city, and Scientific Social Media Officer of European School of Oncology.  Actively involved in breast cancer and in psychological aspects of patients with cancer (psycho-oncology) as well as in personalised cancer medicine and patient education.  President of Medical Institute of Albania

ALEKSANDRA MILICEVICI-KALASIC (Serbia)

Specialist in neuropsychiatry, holds a PhD on neuro-psychiatric disorders in the elderly and a master’s degree in neuropsychology. She is the founder of the Department of Mental Health and Pain Treatment at the Institute of Gerontology, Palliative Care, and Home Treatment, where she still works, improving systematical approaches for the elderly, disabled, functionally dependent people with psychiatric and neurologic disorders. Former Associate Professor at the Singidunum University - Department for Social Work since 2013, forensic expert since 1996, Professor at the Specialized Medical School in Belgrade in the period 2011-2014 and Fogarty fellow at the University of California, Berkeley. Dr Milićević-Kalašić worked as a National Counterpart for WHO Mental Health programs from 2003-2011. She has been the co-chair of the OAP section of WPA since 2013-2019. Moreover, dr Milićević-Kalašić is involved in humanitarian work as a volunteer and lecturer.

GABRIELA MOTOI (Romania)

Senior Lecturer, PhD, at University of Craiova, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Sociology, Philosophy and Social Work. Her research agenda is focused on contemporary sociology, EU social policy, labour market and educational policies. In 2012, she received a PhD in Sociology, with a thesis focusing on the Educational Offer and the Labour Market Needs. In 2017, she was Postdoctoral Researcher at EHESS-Paris (France), developing research activities on the topic of youth values, attitudes and perceptions. She was expert in 13 national and European research projects, she has published over 40 articles in academic sociology journals, and she is author and co-author of twenty sociology books.

DAVOR MUCIC (Denmark)

Psychiatrist in Copenhagen with special interest in e-Mental Health, who established the Little Prince Psychiatric Centre where he developed telepsychiatry since 2000. In 2011 DM launched Telemental Health Section within EPA, and in 2015 he re-activated the Section on Informatics within WPA and is a board member of the section.  He is Editor-in-Chief of Edorium Journal of Psychiatry and he published a number of scientific articles related to telepsychiatry development in Denmark. DM described a variety of e-Mental Health applications and services in the edited book e-Mental Health, published by Springer in 2016. Currently, he coordinates Expert Group on e-Mental Health within WPA aimed to propose a plan of action related to WPA response to the COVID-19 pandemic. DM is the author of WPA Telepsychiatry Global Guidelines (in press). For excellent service to the WPA, he has recently been awarded as an Honorary Member of WPA.

MIHAI MUTICA (Romania)

He has graduated Grigore T. Popa University of Medicine and Pharmacy from Iassy. He has completed his PhD from University of Medicine and Pharmacy Craiova in 2016 and in present he is certified physician practicing psychiatry at Elisabeta Doamna Psychiatry Hospital, Galati, Romania. He is involved in numerous research and advocacy projects in mental health.

VLADIMIR NAKOV (Bulgaria)

Psychiatrist, head of the Mental Health Department in the National Centre of Public Health and Analyses, Sofia, Bulgaria. He studied medicine at the Medical University – Pleven. Since 1998 he worked at several psychiatric hospitals as a psychiatrist. In 2002, he became a specialist in psychiatry. Since January 2015 he is defending PhD study in the field of social medicine. Since 2007 he has been working in the field of mental health promotion and prevention of mental disorders, especially of prevention of suicide in Bulgaria. He wrote over 40 publications for academic journals and book for suicides in Bulgaria. Dr. Nakov is a Governmental expert on dementia since 2018, member of the Section of Suicidology and Suicide Prevention on EPA and representative for Bulgaria. One of the founders of the Mental Health Association of South-Eastern Europe.

ANDREEA MIHAELA NITA (Romania)

Senior Lecturer at University of Craiova, Faculty of Social Sciences, teaching a variety of courses in Sociology domain at Department of Sociology, Philosophy and Social Work. Since 2009 she is PhD in Sociology at the University of Bucharest – Faculty of Sociology and Social Work and she also has graduated two master programs: Management and development human resources, and Communications and public relations. Her main research interests include analysis of labour market and human resources, institutional communication, community development and sociology of education, family and organizations. She is the author and co-author of several sociological quantitative researches and qualitative in the field of Sociology of work and organizations, labour market, project management, sociology of family and sociology of education.

MIHAELA CRISTINA PARVU (Romania)

PhD of the Doctoral School of Social and Humanistic Sciences, Faculty of Social Sciences of the University of Craiova. She graduated at the University of Craiova - Faculty of Social Assistance and Faculty of Letters. She published several papers in national and international Journals, most of them on the topic of resilience of vulnerable categories, which has also made the object of her doctoral thesis, presented in September 2020.

MIHAIL CRISTIAN PIRLOG (Romania)

Lecturer in Medical Sociology at the Faculty of Medicine – University of Medicine and Pharmacy of Craiova; Sociologist and Coordinator of National Mental Health Program – Prophylaxis in Psychiatric Pathology developed by Romanian Ministry of Health and Clinical Hospital of Neuropsychiatry of Craiova. President and founder of Mental Health Association of South-Eastern Europe (MHASEE), member of European Scientific Association on Schizophrenia and other Psychoses (ESAS), European Psychiatric Association – Section of Suicidology and Suicide Prevention (EPA-SSSP), European Public Health Association (EUPHA) – Section on Chronic Diseases.

TRAIAN PURNICHI (Romania)

Psychiatrist, author of over 60 specialized articles, has edited 4 books, designed and implemented 7 epidemiological and phase IV studies. He is passionate about psychiatry, rehabilitation and entrepreneurship. Also, he is one of the CARE ambassadors for Romania. His research has received numerous awards including the World Psychiatric Association Award. He received the title of Doctor of Medicine for basic research in the field of biological markers of depressive disorder. Currently, he has been working for several years as a psychiatrist in the Integrated Outpatient Clinic of the National Institute of Geriatrics and Gerontology, which he coordinates and leads mental health projects at Mind Experience.

PETRE RADESCU (Romania)

Counselor, psychotherapist, psychiatrist in Bucharest, since 2012; psychotherapy training since 2014. He has graduated Faculty of Medicine, University of Medicine and Pharmacy Craiova (2003) and he have became Psychiatric specialist – University of Medicine and Pharmacy “Carol Davila”, Bucharest (2011). Specialized training in logotherapy, existential analytical support and counseling, SAEL Romania (2009), existential analytical psychotherapy, SAEL Romania (2013), existential analytical psychotherapy, GLE International (2013). Master in Sports Performance, National University of Physical Education and Sport, Bucharest (2016), Doctoral studies – Performance in Sport, National University of Physical Education and Sport, Bucharest, 2015-2018.

JARNEE RILEY (USA)

MS is a Westat Associate Director with more than 20 years of experience in the design, implementation, and management of large- and small-scale research studies and program evaluations in the areas of mental health, disability, and employment. She has served as project director or task leader on a number of Federal studies focused on the improvement of employment outcomes for individuals with disabilities. Much of her disability-related project experience has included the study of specific vulnerable populations, including individuals with mental health disabilities, Social Security disability beneficiaries, youth with disabilities, and Veterans with disabilities. Ms. Riley currently serves as the project director for the SED, and she led instrument design and data management for the MHTS.

MARCO SARCHIAPONE (Italy)

Psychiatrist and psychoanalyst, is Professor of Psychiatry at the University of Molise, Italy. He is the Chairman of the Section of Suicidology and Suicide Prevention of the European Psychiatric Association (www.suicidologysection.org), member of the Section of Suicide of the World Psychiatric Association, member of the International Academy of Suicide Research, member of the Task Force of Genetic of Suicide of the World Federation of the Biological Society of Psychiatry, member of the International association of Suicide Prevention, member of the European Brain Council –Suicide Prevention Working Group-, member of the European College of Neuropsychopharmacology (ECNP) – Suicide Network and the ECNP – European Unified Suicide Prevention Platform (EUSPP). He is the Editor in chief of the open access journal Suicidology Online (www.suicidology-online.com) and associate editor of BMC Psychiatry.

EMILIA MARIA SORESCU (Romania)

PhD, Lecturer at Faculty of Social Science, University of Craiova, teaching disciplines such as as Social work system, Theories in social work, Social work with elderly people, Social work with families and children, Counselling in social work. Member of National Institute of Social Work, National Council of Social Worker, she is author and co-author of studies, articles, research and books in Social work and Sociology area, such as: Social work with elderly people (chapter in volume Social work with risk groups, 2010), Old age between blessing and curse. Sociology of the old age (2009), Social Work – system and profession (2005), Social work in the parish (2003), Sectarian phenomenon in Romania (2000).

EUGJEN SOTIRI (Albania)

University Lecturer Department of Neuroscience at the Tirana Medical University. Experienced psychiatrist at Emergency Unit, Psychiatry Division, Department of Neuroscience, Tirana University Hospital Center Mother Teresa. General Secretary of Albanian Psychiatric Association and Board member of Albanian Medical Institute. Member of the working groups for drafting psychiatric clinical treatment protocols and national screening protocol on depression, Ministry of Health.

KALOYAN STOYCHEV (Bulgaria)

Since 2013, Dr. Kaloyan Stoychev is head of the General Psychiatry and Drug Addiction Clinic at the Department of Psychiatry of Dr Georgi Stranski University Hospital in Pleven, Bulgaria. In the same year he has been elected Associated Professor in Psychiatry and Medical Psychology at the corresponding department of the Public Health Faculty of Pleven Medical University.  He has over 60 publications in scientific journals and the scope of his research interests covers psychiatric epidemiology and comorbidity in particular, neurobiological including genetic underpinning of mental disorders, psychopharmacotherapy of mood, anxiety and substance use disorders.

BIANCA DANIELA SUCIU  (Romania)

Assistant professor at the Department of Neurosciences, Psychiatry and Pediatric Psychiatry Chair, Iuliu Hațieganu University of Medicine and Pharmacy, Cluj-Napoca, Romania. PhD student of the doctoral School in the field of Medical Science at UMF, Cluj-Napoca, Romania. Cognitive behavioural psychotherapist in training, Romanian association of Cognitive behavioural therapies, University Babeș Bolyai and Albert Ellis Institute USA, Cluj-Napoca (Romania). Level I EMDR psychotherapist, Romanian association of EMDR. Psychotherapist in positive therapy in training, Elipsiona, Cluj-Napoca (Romania).

SONILA TOMORI (Albania)

PhD since 2015, child and adolescent psychiatrist at University Hospital Center Mother Teresa, Pediatric Department in Neurology-Endocrinology-Gastroenterology service. As a researcher in Albanian Rare Disease Center, her work is focused on psychiatric and psychologic aspects of patients with rare diseases and other comorbidities. Her clinical work consists in children with autism and other neurodevelopmental disorders, psychosomatics and pediatric psycho-oncology. A lecturer in Tirana Medical University and one of the founders of Albanian Medical Institute.

ADINA TURCU-STIOLICA (Romania)

Associated Professor at Faculty of Pharmacy, University of Medicine and Pharmacy of Craiova, and Senior Specialist in Clinical Pharmacy. Research domain: statistical analysis in preclinical (nanoparticles synthesis), clinical studies, postmarketing studies and pharmacoeconomic research. Courses (Meta-analysis, Survival Modeling, PROs, DOE analysis). PhD. (Medicine): Preclinical-clinical studies on the pharmacological interactions between antidepressants and antihypertensive. B. Pharmacy (2003) and B. Computer Science (1998).

CRISTIAN VASILE (ROMANIA)

Professor, PhD, MD, at the University of Ploiesti, involved also in private practice as a Senior Clinical Psychologist and Senior Psychotherapist for more than 20 years. President of the International Society for Applied Psychology and active member of other international organizations. In his capacity of Editor-in-Chief, he manages the editorial activities of Journal of Educational Sciences & Psychology. Author of the Identity Structures theory and Identity Structures Inventory (ISI), an instrument which can be applied in different fields of psychology (psychotherapy and mental health, human resources, medicine, personal development). He worked as clinical psychologist for different mental health institutions and as a counselor for the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees. Domains of study: clinical psychology, cognition and neuropsychology, anthropological psychology, education, psychotherapy.

AGNES VERBRUGGEN (Belgium)

Social worker , sociologist, lawyer, mediator. Lecturer at University College of Ghent, Belgium. Supervisor in the workfield among with mobile mental health teams. Independent practice in mediation in private and labour situations. Author of several books on the topic of integrity and professional ethics.

TEA VUKUSIC-RUKAVINA (Croatia)

Assistant Professor at the Department of Medical Sociology and Health Economics at the Andrija Stampar School of Public Health, School of Medicine, University of Zagreb. In 2011 she obtained her PhD in Public Health, in 2012 she specialized psychiatry. From 2002-2008 she was assistant coordinator of the County Public Health Capacity Building Project – Healthy Counties program that won Management Training Excellence Award in 2006 and Global Health Program of Distinction Award in 2013 from Sustainable Management Development Program, Division of Public Health Systems and Workforce Development, Centers for Disease Control & Prevention, Atlanta, GA, USA. Currently she is PI of the project funded by the Croatian Science Foundation Dangers and benefits of social networks: E-Professionalism of healthcare professionals. Since 2002 she is a director of the Media and Health Course, annual course that promotes collaboration among journalists and health professionals.

YOJIRO WATANABE (Japan)

He works at recovery support office Recovery House Ichigo, an institution that supports people to recover from alcoholic, drug, gamble and other addiction. He was also alcohol addicted and he have been arrested by police, and judged by family court. As young adult, he was admitted in psychiatric hospitals for 48 times in 10 years, and he was even sent to jail for three years. His living experience determined him to fight against stigma, prejudice and ignorance. I want to recover! I want to live in this society as an independent person! are his slogans.

GERMAIN WEBER (Austria)

Professor of Psychology at the University of Vienna, Faculty of Psychology, Department of Health, Development, Enhancement, Intervention. From October 2008 to September 2016 Prof. Weber acted as Dean of the Faculty of Psychology at the University of Vienna, and subsequently as Vice-Dean. At the Université du Luxembourg Professor Weber holds an associate professorship where he teachers clinical psychology on a regular basis. Further, Dr. Weber acts as president of “Lebenshilfe Österreich”, the major Austrian NGO offering systems of support for over 10.000 persons with intellectual disabilities and advocating for them on a national and European level. Since many years Dr. Weber is involved in European Union funded research projects on learning disabilities, intellectual disabilities, aging and assistive technologies.

MICHAEL NOAH WEISS (Norway)

Associate professor at the Department of Educational Science / University of South-Eastern Norway and has a PhD in philosophy. In 2012 he received the Trilogos Diploma and for several years he practiced as a trainer and teacher at the Trilogos Institute in Zürich. Currently he is advisory board member of the Trilogos Foundation.

ROSELINE YONG (Japan)

PhD in Mental Health Nursing, Master in Public Health, BSc (Hons) Microbiology, she is a public health researcher who specialized in child and adolescent mental health and who works at Akita University, the Department of Public Health, as a research associate and assistant professor. Her research focus is on child and adolescent suicide prevention, hikikomori (long-termed social withdrawal and isolation that shutdown from having a close interpersonal relationship with others), and its social rehabilitation with community empowerment. Roseline Yong is Head Counselor, Daisen City Children and Adolescents Counseling Center FURATTO (2016- ), Advisor of Non-profitable Organization for Suicide Prevention, Kumonoito (2018- ), and Founder/Representative at Hikikomori Rehabilitation NGO – HIKIYA (2015- )

MARCO GRECO (Italy)

Baccalaureate in Theology, Psychology, psychodramatist. Director of Therapeutic Communities. Director of the Psychodrama Institute and school of specialization in psychotherapy in Torino, Italy: Studio di Psicodramma. Past-president (2006-09) of Italian Morenian Psychodrama Association. Since 2009, member of the FEPTO Research Committee, since 2010, head of the tutoring course Studio di Psicodramma of the Torino University Psychology Department. Life-member of the International Association for Group Psychotherapy and Group Processes. Besides clinical and therapeutic activities, trainer and  supervisor of  organizations, Cooperatives and Companies with Psychodrama method. In 2018 he received the Moreno Medal coined by Ettore Lorenzo Frapiccini, by the IPOD Institute in Rome (Institute for Dynamically Oriented Psychodrama) and by Ottavio Rosati.

ADRIAN TUDOR BRATE (ROMANIA)

Assoc. Prof. at the Psychology Department - Lucian Blaga University of Sibiu, Romania received his Ph.D. in Psychology and M.A. in Industrial and Organizational Psychology from Babeș-Bolyai University Cluj-Napoca, Romania. He is member of several national/ international professional associations, also trained in Clinical Hypnosis, Ericksonian Relaxation and Therapy, Behavioural Therapy and currently Member of the Methodological Comission of the College of Psychologists in Romania. His research projects, publications and practitioner activities (assessment, intervention) are in the domain of stress and aggression at individual and organisational level, personality and individual differences, deviant and counterproductive behaviour, occupational health and safety, research methodology and psychological assessment/ testing.

SORINA GEORGETA CORMAN (ROMANIA)

She graduated Social Work and Sociology at the Lucian Blaga University in Sibiu and got her doctoral degree in sociology at the Al. I. Cuza University in Iasi. In 2004 – 2007 she worked as Head of Programs, Projects and Strategies at the General Directorate of Social Assistance and Child Protection Sibiu, currently she is Vice-dean, PhD Lecturer at the Faculty of Social Sciences, at Lucian Blaga University from Sibiu. Sorina Corman is one of the authors of The national system of social work today, and also coauthor of Social Work Dictionary (2010). She participated in developing and implementing a lot of projects in the field of Social Work.

LUCIA MORETTO (ITALY)

Psychologist, psychotherapist and psychodramatist. Free lance since 1987: individual and group psychotherapy, with psychodramatic method and with dream design. Lecturer of the two-year course in dream design and psychodrama. Supervisory group for psychotherapists, countertransference analysis with psychodramatic method. Lecturer at the Psychotherapy Postgraduate School of Psychodrama Study in Milan, directed by Giovanni Boria. Director of the Veneto office of AIPsiM (Associazione Italiana Psicodrammatisti Moreniani) from 2013 to 2018.

CORNELIU MOSOIU (ROMANIA)

PhD, Associate Professor at the Lucian Blaga University of Sibiu with graduate degree in Medicine and Psychology. Psychiatrist with experience and scientific background in cellular neuroscience and clinical trials. Involved in research regarding natural neural networks and psychopathology he published books and articles in his areas of expertise.

VIOLETA PECICAN (ROMANIA)

Clinical psychologist and classical psychodrama therapist. She was working for more  than thirty years in the Psychiatry Clinical Division of the Clinical Country Emergency Hospital in Arad, Romania, and more than twenty years in her own psychoterapy studio.  She has been trained in Morenian psychodrama at the Studio di psicodramma Milan, under the guidance of Giovanni  Boria and at Boughton Place, New York, with Zerka T.Moreno.  She is an accredited supervisor in classical psychodrama since 1996, training groups in Arad and Timisoara.  Mrs. Pecican is also founding member of the Romanian Association of Psychotherapy (ARP) and of the  Romanian Association of Classical Psychodrama (ARPSIC), being the president of ARPSIC between 1999 and 2007. She attended a large number of workshops and conferences of FRP and ARPSIC and published papers in the publications of these associations.

RADU-IOAN POPA (ROMANIA)

PhD., specialist work psychologist and Assistant Professor in the Sociology and Social Work Unit, Department of Social Work, Journalism, Public Relations and Sociology, Faculty of Social Sciences and Humanities, Lucian Blaga University of Sibiu, Romania. His research interests follow topics such as vulnerable groups and work integration, the return to work after long-term illness, training systems for work personnel and artificial intelligence. He published as an author or co-author several research papers in these fields. Between 2015-2017, he was involved as a researcher and team member in the first research project on cancer and work in Romania, focusing on the organizational level and employer-employee perspectives upon the return to work after cancer. From October 2016, he was awarded with the Visiting Lecturer title, on the basis of the Fellowship Program, at the Department of Applied Social Sciences of Munich University of Applied Sciences, Germany, where he coordinates research and disciplines in Psychology, Psychopathology, Group Dynamics, Teamwork and leadership inside organizations.

ALIN-GILBERT SUMEDREA (ROMANIA)

He obtained a PhD in psychology (1998). Since 2001 he is teaching in the Department of Psychology at Lucian Blaga University of Sibiu, Romania. His interest in psychology is focused on the assessment of the performance of the psychological system at the level of the person and also at the level of the human species.

CRISTIAN-MIHAI SUMEDREA (ROMANIA)

Graduated in psychology in 2007, Psychology Faculty of Sibiu. Three years later, in 2010, he obtained the Master’s degree in clinical psychology and psychotherapy. Starting with 2012, he attended the courses of psychodrama training school in Brasov, in parallel with courses of the doctoral school in Bucharest. In 2015 he obtained his PhD and a year later, in 2016, the diploma of psychotherapist. Since 2019, he’s a PhD university assistant at Lucian Blaga University of Sibiu. Taught disciplines: Introduction to psychopathology, Experimental psychology, Empirical Research Laboratory and data analysis methods. Interested in formulating a psychic theory of the unconscious able to explain the conditions of psychic dysfunction.

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