Eliot SOREL MD is an innovative global health leader, educator, health systems performance expert, and a practicing physician. He co-chairs the Metrics Group of the Healthy Brains Financing Initiative (HBFI). Dr. Sorel has served as a subject matter expert on World Health Organization (WHO), U.S. National Institute of Mental Health, (NIMH),World Bank Group (WBG), the Inter-American Development Bank (IADB), and the Organization for Economic Cooperation & Development (OECD) projects. He chairs the Access to Care Committee of the American Psychiatric Association (APA).
At the George Washington University, in Washington, DC, Dr. Sorel is the lead physician teaching Global Mental Health. He is Clinical Professor of Global Health, Health Policy & Management and of Psychiatry & Behavioral Sciences.
Dr. Sorel works collaboratively with primary care and public health colleagues. The innovative, TOTAL Health model, a primary care, mental health & public health integrated/collaborative template was initiated by Dr. Sorel in 2013 as a means of enhancing quality, access, and sustainability of care. In June 2018, he was the President of the 1st International Perinatal TOTAL Health Congress.
Dr. Sorel is the lead author of “Healthcare, Inclusive of Mental Healthcare, Is a Human Right”. It is now APA policy since December, 2017. He co-chaired the scientific committee of the Social Determinants of Health/Mental Health & Access to Care World Congress, October 2019, www.wasp2019bucharest.org.
He initiated and led the clinical public health research project on Depression & Comorbidity in Primary Care in China, India, Iran, Romania published in the International Medical Journal and shared at the World Bank Group/WHO Innovators’ Fair in Washington, DC in April 2016.
Dr. Sorel coauthored the APA position statement on Integrated Care of 2016 and the WPA Bucharest Statement on Integrated Care & Collaborative Care of 2015. 21st Century Global Mental Health is the one of seven books published by Dr. Sorel. His most recent publication is The Social Brain: Wired to Connect and Belong, in http://www.worldsocpsychiatry.org. He was a subject matter expert to the OECD’s Making Mental Health Count project accessible at www.oecd.org .
The George Washington University’s Milken Institute School of Public Health honored Dr. Sorel as a Pioneer and Leader in Public Health in December 2019. He received the Mental Health Champion Award at the Universal Health and Mental Health for All Conference in Malta, E.U., in December, 2018.
The Government of Romania honored Dr. Sorel with the Excellence Prize, at the Romanian Embassy, in Washington, on October, 2018. Carol Davila Medical University and the Politehnica University of Bucharest, Romania, honored Dr. Sorel with Doctor Honoris Causa in October 2009 and in June 2014, respectively. The President of Romania decorated Dr. Sorel with the Star of Romania Order of Commander in January 2004.
Prof. Zohar is the Director of the National Post-Trauma Center, Research Foundation by the Sheba Medical Center, Israel. He is an emeritus professor of Psychiatry at the Sackler Faculty of Medicine, at Tel Aviv University.
Prof. Zohar is the past-President of the European College of Neuropsychopharmacology (ECNP). He is also chair of the Israeli consortium on PTSD, chair of the International College of Obsessive-Compulsive Spectrum Disorders (ICOCS), a board member for the International Master in Affective Neuroscience, and a visiting Professor at the University of Maastricht in The Netherland.
Prof. Zohar had authored over 350 papers, had written or took part in the writing of 16 books focusing on Resistant Depression, OCD, PTSD and Psychotropic. He was the founding associate editor of CNS Spectrums and of the World Journal of Biological Psychiatry. Prof. Zohar was advisor to DSM – IV and 5 in OCD and co-chair of the Workgroup preparing the research agenda on OCD for DSM-5. He has pioneered and is currently the Chair of an international collaboration (joint venture of ECNP, ACNP, CINP, AsCNP and IUPAR) on developing new nomenclature for CNS drugs; NbN – Neuroscience based Nomenclature. He is also the chair of the Expert Platform on Mental Health focus on Depression
Prof. Zohar had been honored with several awards, including the Fogarty International Research Fellowship Award (1984), the A.E. Bennet Award for Clinical Research (1986 and 2002), ECNP Neuroscience Award for Clinical Research (1998), and the WFSBP Award for Excellence in Education (2001).
Prof. Zohar has recently (2012) received funding (RO1) from National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) to explore secondary prevention of PTSD and from NATO (2018) to develop a guideline on the treatment in the “Golden Hours” after a terror attack. He is also the Co-Chair of EU grant on Problematic Use of Internet PUI (2017).
Dr. Dubicka qualified in medicine and psychology in London, completing child psychiatry training in Manchester, and an MD in adolescent depression. She was an adolescent unit consultant for over a decade, working with young people who were often high risk and suicidal, and recently moved to Greater Manchester where she is helping develop crisis services for young people and is a research lead. In 2017 she was elected chair of the RCPsych Child and Adolescent faculty. She has a research interest in mood disorders, is a member of the National Institute of Health Research, a clinical advisor for the North West Strategic Clinical Network, a journal editor, and speaks regularly in the media and at conferences. She has also led on a review of the use of technology in children and young people for the Royal College of Psychiatrists which is published later in 2019
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 is enthusiastic in making the most of technology to connect people. In her current research, she has been exploring social relationships between people with psychosis and volunteers in 3 European countries and through different formats (face-to-face or digitally). 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 (n=2.281), researching mobility experiences of psychiatric trainees in 33 European countries, with 8 published articles of this study data so far.
Dr Julian Beezhold FRCPsych IDFAPA is a full time Consultant in Emergency and Liaison Psychiatry at the Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital, United Kingdom, responsible for acutely ill patients receiving medical care.
He has worked for over fifteen years in acute inpatient and crisis resolution home treatment psychiatry at Hellesdon Hospital, and is accredited in general, old age and liaison psychiatry.
Prior to psychiatry he worked for more than five years in General Practice, and also for a total of over three years a range of general hospital specialties.
He is 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 joint Lead of the Module 11 “The Mind” team and has previously served on the Module 1 team. He serves as a Personal Adviser, Admissions Interviewer, OSCE and SSS Examiner, and has many years’ experience of PBL Tutoring. He sits on the Norwich Medical School Professionalism Committee. He has significant experience in developing OSCE and MCQ exam questions.
He has extensive teaching experience locally, regionally, nationally and internationally and has been an invited speaker in over 22 countries and runs a number of international CME courses.
He is a member of the Education Committee of the European Psychiatric Association where he has led in developing Simulation Training in Psychiatry; and has served as an Executive member of the World Psychiatric Association Education Committee. He is a Faculty member of for the EPA Early Career Psychiatrist Summer School held annually in Strasbourg.
He has served for several years on the Union of European Medical Specialists (UEMS) Section and Board of Psychiatry.
He is the Secretary General of the European Psychiatric Association (EPA), where he has been a Board member since 2009. He was the lead writer of the current Statutes of the EPA that led to its emergence as the authoritative voice of European psychiatry. He is a past President of the European Federation of Psychiatric Trainees (2003-4), and past Chair Psychiatric Trainees Committee of the Royal College of Psychiatrists.
He has served on the EPA Ethics Committee and was a founding member of the EPA Early Career Psychiatrists Committee. He has represented EPA at many international meetings, was the lead writer of the EPA Statutes and has contributed often at EPA Congresses and to the European Psychiatry journal.
He has served on the Council of the Royal College of Psychiatrists and was a Deputy Registrar of the College.
He was the founding Medical Director of Milestones Hospital for people with complex challenging mental disorders.
Publications include over 100 papers, book chapters and posters. His research interests cover topics including medical error, consent and capacity, mental health law, burnout, and acute psychiatric services.
Research projects that he has designed and led have won six UK and international research prizes.
His international work has received awards from the European Psychiatric Association (30th Anniversary Award) and also the American Psychiatric Association (International Distinguished Fellow). His work has also been acknowledged by the awarding of Fellowship of the Royal College of Psychiatrists.
Marisa Casanova Dias
Dr Marisa Casanova Dias is a 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 has worked at King’s College London, researching women’s mental health and contributing to the Policy Research Unit work. Marisa trained at the Maudsley and University College London schemes and holds an MSc in Psychiatric Research from University College London. During her training she was awarded a year-long leadership fellowship at NICE (the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence), where she contributed to the Bipolar Guideline.
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.
Jack Turban MD MHS is a researcher, medical journalist, and fellow in child and adolescent psychiatrist at Stanford, where he studies the mental health of transgender youth. He is co-editor of the textbook Pediatric Gender Identity: Gender-affirming Care for Transgender and Gender Diverse Youth.
Dr. Turban is regularly consulted by the media to comment on issues regarding the mental health of LGBTQ youth. He and his work have been quoted over 100 times for outlets including NPR’s All Things Considered, The Daily Show with Trevor Noah, ABC’s 20/20 with Diane Sawyer, The New York Times, NBC News, Rolling Stone, The Washington Post, Vox, Reuters, GQ, Vogue, CBC, and Vanity Fair, among others. He has consulted for the U.S. Department of Defense and major tech companies on issues related to LGBTQ mental health.
Dr. Turban’s original research and opinion pieces have appeared in The New England Journal of Medicine, The New York Times, The Washington Post, Vox, Scientific American, The Hill, STAT, Psychology Today, JAMA Pediatrics, JAMA Psychiatry, The American Journal of Public Health, and The Journal of The American Academy of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry, among others.
Dr. Turban graduated from Harvard University magna cum laude with a B.A. in neurobiology. He earned his MD and MHS degrees from Yale School of Medicine, where he was an HHMI medical research fellow and graduated with highest honors with an award winning thesis entitled, “Evolving Treatment Paradigms for Transgender Youth.” He completed his internship in pediatrics and his adult psychiatry training at The Massachusettets General Hospital (Harvard Medical School).
He is currently a fellow in child and adolescent psychiatry at Stanford University School of Medicine. He has several active research projects through The Fenway Institute, The McLean Institute for Technology in Psychiatry, and in collaboration with The U.S. Veteran’s Health Administration and Yale School of Medicine. He is a member of the media committee of The American Academy of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry and the communications council of The American Psychiatric Association.
After some initial training in mathematics and fundamental physics (Ecole Polytechnique, Paris), Bruno Falissard engaged in medical studies and specialized in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry in 1991. His PhD was in biostatistics and his post doc in psychometrics and exploratory multimensional methods. He was assistant professor in child and adolescent psychiatry in 1996-1997 and professor in Public health from 2002. He is at the head of the “Center of research in Epidemiology and Population Health” (500 members). He is co-author of more than 400 papers and author of 4 books. He has a clinical activity in child and adolescent psychiatry. His personal areas of research are about methodology and epistemology of mental health research. He has been president of IACAPAP (International Association of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry and Allied Professions) from 2015 to 2018, he is a member of the French Academy of Medicine.
Dr Celso Arango, MD, PhD, is currently Chair of the Child and Adolescent Department of Psychiatry at Hospital General Universitario Gregorio Marañón, Complutense University in Madrid, Spain, as well as Director of the Gregorio Marañón Psychiatric and Mental Health Institute, Professor of Psychiatry at the Maryland Psychiatric Research Center of the University of Maryland in Baltimore, Adjunct Professor of Psychiatry at UCSF in San Francisco, Visiting Professor of Psychiatry at Kings College London, and Tenured Full Professor at Complutense University in Madrid.
He has been past President of the European College of Neuropsychopharmacology, has served on many executive committees of international societies and is currently President of the Spanish Psychiatry Society since 2019.
Dr Arango leads one of the few research groups in the world focusing on early onset psychosis. He has also headed one of the world’s foremost groups assessing side effects of antipsychotics in children and adolescents and has advanced the field of pediatric psychopharmacology, especially with respect to psychotic disorders.
Currently, Dr Arango’s major research interests include the neurobiology of early-onset and first-episode psychoses and neurodevelopmental psychopharmacology. He has written more than 500 peer-reviewed articles and nine books, and is on the editorial board for 12 high impact journals. He has received more than 20 awards for his work.
Raoul is a clinical psychologist and a cognitive-behavioral psychotherapist with expertise in behavioral analysis, profiling clinical psycho-diagnosis and is certified both nationally by COPSI and internationally by the Inkarri Cultural Association. He has three master degrees in clinical psychology, transpersonal psychotherapy and Management of National Security Intelligence. During the last 5 years he has trained and consulted for IceU TG in Body Language, Behavioral Analysis, Profiling and Social Engineering both to state agencies and to the private sector.
Peter Deschamps MD works as a child and adolescent psychiatrist at the Utrecht University Hospital in the Netherlands. In his daily work, he combines patient care, teaching, supervision and management of the department of developmental disorders. His aim is to contribute to the best possible care for young people with mental health problems and their families. He has roles in education and training as a training program director, as chair of the working group of CAP teaching curriculum revision in the Netherlands and as President of the Board of Education of the UEMS-CAP.