Professor Mauro Giovanni Carta completed his fellowship in Psychiatry and post-graduated from the University of Cagliari, Italy (1986 to 1990). Prof. Carta currently holds the following key positions:(a) Full Professor of Translational Medicine at the University of Cagliari; (b) Head of the Liaison Psychiatric Unit at University Hospital of Cagliari, Italy; (c) Co-chairman at WHO-Geneva and University of Cagliari agreement for implementing the Quality Rights Project in the Mediterranean Area ; (d) Head of a Collaborating Unit, Chafea – European Union, Joint Action on Mental Health, University of Cagliari; (e) President of the Mediterranean Society on Mental Health. He, as an author, has been involved in the publication of more than 200 articles in various international journals.
) Department of Public Health University of Cagliari Cagliari Italy
Dr. Matthias Claus Angermeyer is one of the most frequently cited scientists in the field of psychiatry and psychology worldwide. He studied medicine and sociology at the Universities of Würzburg and received his doctorate in medicine. During his time as a medical assistant, he worked for one year at the Mission of the Republic of Allemagne and Algérie in Annaba, Algeria. He worked as a junior doctor at a Frankfurt hospital and began his training as a psychiatrist in 1971 at the Queen's Medical Center. In 1981, Dr. Angermeyer completed his training as a psychoanalyst at the Psychotherapeutic Institute in Hannover. Later, he became head of the Department of Psychiatric Sociology at the Central Institute for Mental Health in Mannheim. From 2009 to 2018 he was a visiting professor at the University of Cagliari in Italy.
) Center for Public Mental Health Gösing am Wagram Austria
Professor Oye Gureje, MBBS, MSc, PhD, DSc, FRCPsych, FRANZCP, FWACP, is a Professor of Psychiatry and Director, WHO Collaborating Centre for Research and Training in Mental Health, Neuroscience, Drug and Alcohol Abuse, University of Ibadan, Nigeria. Prof. Gureje is a member of the Editorial Board of several journals. He plays a leading role in mental health policy development in Nigeria. A Fellow of the Nigeria Academy of Science, he was, in 2008, conferred with Nigeria’s highest award for academic achievement, the Nigeria National Order of Merit, by the country’s President for his contributions to medicine.
) Department of Psychiatry University of Ibadan Ibadan Nigeria
Viviane Kovess Masfety is a psychiatrist and epidemiologist. After finishing her medical
studies in France, she completed her training at McGill University in psychiatric research
and transcultural psychiatry and she is actually a McGill adjunct professor. She co
created the Psychosocial research Unit at Douglas Hospital (Montréal) where she was a
FRSQ researcher for years working on mental health epidemiologic surveys. She is the
author of various international publications and the editor of an international review of
psychiatric epidemiology (SPPE). Her fields of interest are : psychiatric epidemiology
methodology, urban/rural comparisons, services research, international and European
comparisons, among them gender and school children mental health and the relations
between religions and mental health. She was for years the President of the Public
Health Epidemiology section in the World Psychiatric Association. She is the PI in a EU
funded report on mental health in the European Union (ESEMED) which is the European
part of a worldwide consortium of survey leaded by R.Kessler (Harvard and WHO. She
has been the head of the epidemiology and biostatistics department at the EHESP (Ecole
des Hautes Etudes en Santé Publique) and now an emeritus professor . As a member of
the French Haut Conseil en Santé Publique (HCSP) she headed the “evaluation
prospective “ committee and recently chairs the evaluation of the plans for mental
health and suicide in France. She is the author of many scientific papers and books.
) School of Advanced Studies in Public Health Institute of Psychology of Paris Descartes (EA 4057) Paris France
Dr. Patten obtained a medical doctorate (MD) from the University of Alberta (Edmonton, Canada) in 1986 and subsequently a specialist certification (FRCPC) in Psychiatry in 1991. He completed a PhD in epidemiology at the University of Calgary in 1994. Currently, he is a Professor in the Cumming School of Medicine at the University of Calgary. As a practicing psychiatrist he is a member of the medical staff at the Peter Lougheed Centre and the Foothills Medical Centre in Calgary. He is an author of over 400 scientific publications and a recipient of the Alexander Leighton award for lifetime achievement in psychiatric epidemiology.
) Department of Community Health Sciences University of Calgary Calgary, AB Canada
Professor Terry Brugha worked as an Adult General Psychiatrist, since 1977 and he is a practicing epidemiologist. Currently, he is working as a clinical specialist in autism in adult general psychiatry. He is the lead investigator on the first ever large scale epidemiological survey of autism spectrum disorders in adults. He is the Chair of the WHO Advisory Committee of SCAN, and also leads a program of observational and experimental research into the prevention of depression in women in the context of childbirth. Dr. Brugha is associate editor of Psychological Medicine. His previous positions were of (a) joint coordinator of the WHO World Mental Health Survey initiative in Europe (ESEMED) and, (b) Secretary General of the International Federation for Psychiatric Epidemiology.
) Department of Health Sciences University of Leicester Leicester UK
Prof. Elie G. Karam received his MD degree in 1974 and received training at the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology, USA, in 1979. Prof. Karam came back to Lebanon in 1980 and worked at the American University of Beirut and, in parallel, founded the Department of Psychiatry and Clinical Psychology at St. George Hospital Medical Center, Balamand University, Faculty of Medicine in Lebanon, of which he is currently Professor and Head since 2001. Prof. Elie Karam founded IDRAAC (Institute for Development, Research, Advocacy and Applied Care) in 1985 and is currently the institution’s Executive Director.
) Department of Psychotherapy University of Balamand Al-Kurah Lebanon
Dr. Kathleen Ries Merikangas is Senior Investigator and Chief of the Genetic Epidemiology Research Branch in the Intramural Research Program at the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH). Dr. Merikangas received a bachelor’s degree summa cum laude in experimental psychology and music from the University of Notre Dame. She received clinical training through an NIAAA-sponsored master’s program and completed internship at the Western Psychiatric Institute and Clinic at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine, where she continued to conduct clinical research on the Affective Disorders Clinical Research Unit. Furthermore, she pursued a Ph.D. in chronic disease epidemiology at the University of Pittsburgh School of Public Health.
) Developmental Genetic Epidemiology Section NIMH Porter Neuroscience Research Center Bethesda, MD USA
Benedetto Vitiello, M.D. is a psychiatrist and pediatrician with expertise in psychopharmacology and treatment research. A graduate of the University of Pavia Medical School, Pavia, Italy, he trained in pediatrics in Italy and in psychiatry and child and adolescent psychiatry in the U.S.A. He is currently Professor of Child and Adolescent Neuropsychiatry at the University of Turin, Italy. His research has focused on developing and testing effective treatment and preventive interventions for children, adolescents, and adults with mood and anxiety disorders, psychosis, attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder, autism, and other neurodevelopmental disorders.
) Department of Child and Adolescent Neuropsychiatry University of Turin Torino Italy
Dr. Alberto Bocchetta is a confirmed researcher at Faculty of Medicine and Surgery, University of Cagliari, Italy. Dr. Bocchetta’s didactic activity involves: (a) CDL Medicine: Pharmacology; (b) CDL Orthoptics and Ophthalmological assistance: Pharmacology; (c) Graduate School of Psychiatry: Neuropsychopharmacology I; and (d) School of Specialization in Dermatology and Venereology: Medical Therapy – Pharmacology – Bases, Pharmacology Specialist and Topical Preparations, Chemical Pharmacology of Cosmetic products, Preparations Dermocosmetic and Relative Legislation. Furthermore, his clinical-assistance activity involves monitoring psycho-pharmacological treatments. While his research activity comprises of Psychopharmacology and Biology Bases of Love Disorders.
) Department of Biomedical Sciences University of Cagliari Cagliari Italy
Dr. Claudia Carmassi is an Assistant Professor of Psychiatry, Department of Clinical and Experimental Medicine, University of Pisa, Italy. Dr. Carmassi is President of the Tuscan Section of the Italian Society of Psychiatry (Società Italiana di Psichiatria, SIP). As found on ResearchGate, her skills and expertise are in Psychopathology, Military Psychology, Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, and Bipolar Disorder. She has been involved in the publication of more than 80 articles in various international journals.
) Department of Clinical and Experimental Medicine Universita di Pisa Pisa Italy
Prof. Filippo Drago graduated from Catania University Medical School, Italy in 1978. He was certified in Psychiatry in 1982 from the University of Catania and in the same year received his Ph.D. degree in Pharmacology from the University of Utrecht, the Netherlands. In addition, he was certified in Neurology in 1986 and Mental Hygiene in 1990. At present, Prof. Drago is Full Professor of Pharmacology at the University of Catania Medical School, Director of the Center of Neuropsychopharmacology, and Chairman of the Master of Regulatory Disciplines at the same University. He is author of more than 300 papers published in peer-reviewed journals.
) Department of Clinical and Molecular Biomedicine University of Catania Catania Italy
Mehmet Eskin, PhD, is a professor of clinical psychology at the department of Psychology,
College of Social Sciences and Humanities, Koç University, Istanbul, Turkey. Dr. Eskin
earned his bachelor’s degree in psychology from the Department of Psychology, Middle East
Technical University in Ankara. He did his graduate training in clinical psychology in the
Departments of Psychology in both Middle East Technical University and University of Oslo,
Norway. He received his Ph.D. in psychology from the Department of Psychology,
Stockholm University, Sweden. Dr. Eskin authored six books and nearly 100 scholarly
articles on suicide, problem solving therapy, sexual orientation and personality disorders. He
is an elected member of The Science Academy of Turkey.
) Department of Psychology Koç University Istanbul Turkey
Dr. Freire Graduated from the medical school of the Universidade Federal do Rio de Janeiro (UFRJ) (Federal University of Rio de Janeiro) in 2002. He Had his medical residency in psychiatry at the Instituto de Psiquiatria (IPUB) (Institute of Psychiatry) of UFRJ. In 2008, he completed his master in psychiatry in IPUB-UFRJ. In 2012, he completed his research doctorate in IPUB-UFRJ, with a period of research training (sandwich doctorate) in the Villa San Benedetto Hospital (Italy). He was a researcher at the National Science and Technology Institute for Translational Medicine (INCT-TM) for 5 years (2008-2013). In 2014, he completed his one-year post-doctoral research fellowship in IPUB-UFRJ. Became a professor at the department of psychiatry of the medical school of UFRJ in 2013. Began at the Department of Psychiatry of Queen’s University as associate professor in 2019. He is an associated editor of Frontiers in Psychiatry and also an editorial board member of Brazilian Journal of Psychiatry, Clinical Practice & Epidemiology in Mental Health and Jornal Brasileiro de Psiquiatria. He has an experience in clinical practice, research and teaching in the field of psychiatry.
) Department of Psychiatry Queen's University Kingston, ON Canada
Dr. Camilla Gesi graduated in Medicine and Surgery from Università di Pisain in 2004, and since 2017 she has graduated from Psychiatry. She has more than 10 years’ experience dedicated to the treatment of emotional and affective disorders, with a particular experience in the management of mood disorders (depression, bipolar disorder) and anxiety (phobias, panic attacks), sleep disorders, disturbances of adaptation resulting from separations and mourning. Recently, Dr. Camilla Gesi gained specific experience in the pharmacological treatment of affective disorders that accompany Asperger's syndrome. She has numerous scientific publications and contributions to her credit over the years.
) Department of Clinical and Experimental Medicine Universita di Pisa Pisa Italy
Dr. Ingo Helmich is a Postdoctoral Researcher and Lecturer at the Department of Neurology. He is also a part of Psychosomatic Medicine and Psychiatry of the German Sports University in Cologne, Germany. Dr. Helmich received his PhD (Neuronal correlates of hand movements) from the German Sports University in Cologne. His research focuses on the improvement of diagnostic procedures (after sport related concussions using neuroimaging, biomechanical, behavioral, and neuropsychological methods of research).
) Department of Neurology Psychosomatic Medicine and Psychiatry German Sport University (GSU) Cologne Cologne Germany
Dr. Holzinger is a Professor and the Director of the Research Unit for Curriculum Development at the Teaching Center since 2017. Since 2014 she holds a full professorship for Curriculum Development at the Medical University of Vienna. In 2007 she was licensed as psychotherapist specialized in behavioral therapy. In 2003 she completed an MPH from the Technical University Dresden (Germany). She has been leading a project on “Subjective illness-theories of schizophrenic patients and their relatives”. Her main research interests are in the field of social psychiatry, public health and medical education.
) Department for Medical Education Medical University of Vienna Vienna Austria
Prof. Machado obtained his Ph.D. at Institute of Psychiatry of Federal University of Rio de Janeiro (UFRJ). Currently Prof. Machado is also of Post-Graduate Program in Psychiatry and Mental Health at Institute of Psychiatry of Federal University of Rio de Janeiro (UFRJ), and of Professor of Post-Graduate Program of Physical Activity Sciences at Salgado de Oliveira University. He has published more than 190 scientific publications, one book and 15 book chapters. Prof. Machado is currently Editorial Board Member of CNS Neurological Disorders – Drug Targets, Clinical Practice and Epidemiology and Mental Health.
) Laboratory of Panic and Respiration Institute of Psychiatry of Federal University of Rio de Janeiro (IPUB/UFRJ) Rio de Janeiro Brazil
Dr. Anwar Mechri, MD, is a Professor of Psychiatry at the University of Monastir, Tunisia. There, he is also a Coordinator of the Inpatient Unit. Prof. Mechri is a member of the Tunisian Society of Psychiatry, Tunisian College of Psychiatry and an Individual Member of the Word Federation of Societies of
Biological Psychiatry and the Schizophrenia International Research Society. He has been the investigator for research projects focusing on biopsychological vulnerability to schizophrenia, bipolar disorders and suicidal behaviors. He has authored and co-authored around 100 papers in international peer reviewed journals, book chapters and many presentations at national and international congresses.
) Department of Psychiatry University of Monastir Monastir Tunisia
Dr. Eric Murillo-Rodríguez is Psychologist and holds a PhD. in Biomedical Sciences, both degrees obtained by the National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM). Upon graduation, he completed his postdoctoral training at Harvard Medical School. His scientific contribution includes over 80 peer-reviewed publications in various reputed scientific and medical journals, 10 chapters in books. He is an active member of several scientific societies and the editorial board members of various journals. Dr. Murillo-Rodríguez has received outstanding academic achievements such as “Young Investigator Award” given by the World Federation of Sleep Research Societies (WFSRS) in 2003, and subsequently the “Young Investigator Honorable Mention” awarded by the Sleep Research Society (SRS) in 2004.
) Laboratory of Molecular and Integrative Neurosciences Anahuac Mayab University Mérida Mexico
Dr. Manuela Pennisi received the M.S. degree in Medicine and Surgery (egregia cum laude) and the Ph.D. degree in Neurobiology from the University of Catania, Italy, in 2004 and 2014, respectively. Currently, she is a staff physician (neurologist) at the Spinal Unit of “Cannizzaro” Hospital in Catania and supervisor for post-graduate students for the residency training program in Physics Medicine and Rehabilitation at University of Catania. Dr Pennisi contributed to over 30 scientific publications in peer-reviewed journals in the fields of cortical plasticity studied by transcranial magnetic stimulation in neurological and psychiatric disorders and neurophysiology of cognitive impairment.
) Department of Neurobiology University of Catania Catania Italy
Dr Luca Pingani is Course Program Director of the Degree Course in Psychiatric Rehabilitation (University of Modena and Reggio Emilia) and Research and Training Program Manager of the Department of Mental Health of the Local Health Agency of Reggio Emilia. He is Adjunct Professor of Psychiatric Rehabilitation and Social Psychiatry at the University of Modena and Reggio Emilia. He discussed his doctoral dissertation in Clinical and Experimental Medicine and attended two post graduate courses in statistical analysis applied to clinical questions and systematic reviews. The main topics of his research work are psychiatric rehabilitation, stigma and validation of psychometric questionnaires.
) Department of Diagnostics, Clinical and Public Health Medicine University of Modena and Reggio Emilia Emilia-Romagna Modena Italy
Dr. Igor Portoghese received his Ph.D. degree (2008) in Organizational Psychology from University of Verona, Italy. Dr. Portoghese is a Research Fellow at the University of Cagliari with research interests in topics related to job burnout, work-related stress, workplace incivility and violence, organizational change, and workers well-being. He currently teaches Health Profession students on the topics of Work and Organizational Psychology at University of Cagliari. Furthermore, he is a board member / journal referee of various international journals, and was even awarded “Qualification aux fonctions de maître de conférences” in Jan, 2013.
) Department of Public Health Universita degli Studi di Cagliari Cagliari Italy
Michele Raja has worked as neurologist and psychiatrist in many Italian general hospitals. He was the Chief at the Division of Psychiatry of the General Hospital “S. Spirito” of Rome. He is Chief Teacher of the Hospital Medical School of Rome. His main fields of research are bipolar disorder, schizophrenia, autism spectrum disorder, neuropsychopharmacology, clinical neuropsychiatry. He is author of over 100 publications in international journals and 200 publications in Italian journals.
) Department of Psychiatry and Mental health Universita degli Studi di Roma Roma Italy
Dr. Amira Shaheen is an Assistant Professor of epidemiology and population health at the division of public health, An-Najah National University, Nablus, Palestine. Dr. Shaheen received her PhD in Epidemiology from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, UK. She has research interest in mental health and has also supervised a study about the prevalence and determinants of postpartum depression among Palestinian women. She has also collaborated on Cross-Cultural Suicide Research Project. Currently she is the Palestinian PI on a collaborative project that aims at enhancing Palestinian primary health care response to gender based violence. She has co-authored various publications. She has been awarded Elsevier-OWSD Early Career Research Award, 2019, for her work on Gender Based Violence.
) Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences An Najah National University Nablus Palestine
Director, Child & Adolescent Psychiatry Unit, University of Navarra Clinic, where he Works for the last 16 years. Deputy-Director, Department of Psychiatry & Medical Psychology
Trained as Specialist in Psychiatry (University of Cincinnati Hospital, Ohio, EE.UU., 1993-1997), Fellow in Biological Psychiatry (1996-1997) & Specialist in Child & Adolescent Psychiatry (Children´s Hopistal Medical Center, University of Cincinnati, Ohio, EE.UU., 1997-1999).
Has authored: 74 original papers, 19 books, 95 review papers or book chapters, and 241 posters in National & International Conferences. H Factor: 26, Impact Factor: 216, Director of 5 PhD dissertation, 351 Talks nationally and internationally. Member of the EUNETHYDIS Guidelines Group (European Network of Hyperkinetic Disorder), and of the WPA ADHD Group.
) Clínica Universitaria University of Navarra Navarra Spain
Prof. Umberto Volpe currently serves as Chair of Psychiatry at the Università Politecnica delle Marche, Italy. During the Ph.D. Course in Behavioral Sciences at the University of Naples SUN (Italy), at the Karolinska Institute (Sweden) and the University of Bern (Switzerland) he explored neurobiological correlates of major psychoses by means of structural and functional MRI. His current research interests cover neurobiological, epidemiological and translational research in affective psychoses and eating disorders. He is author of more than 60 manuscripts and author/editor of several books in the field of psychiatry and psychiatric rehabilitation.
) School of Medicine University Politecnica delle Marche Ancona Italy
Carlo Faravelli received his medical degree in 1972. He became a qualified psychiatrist in 1976 and Researcher at Florence University Medical School in 1980. Later, he became the full professor of psychiatry in 2001 in Florence University Medical School. He was Director of the School of Specialization in Psychiatry and head of the Ph.D. in Psychological Sciences. He was also affiliated with University of Maastrich, where he served as a co-director of the International Master in Affective Neurosciences and Honorary Professor of Psychiatry. Carlo Faravelli is a senior international researcher in the fields of anxiety and panic disorders, depression and bipolar disorder, stress, of relationships between stress and disease. He has contributed to various internationally reputed Journals and Books in the field of Psychiatry and Neuroscience.
) Department of Psychology University of Florence Florence Italy
Massimo Pasquini completed his Doctor of Medicine from University La Sapienza of Rome in 1998. He was Resident in Psychiatry University La Sapienza, Rome, in 2002. He served as a Consultant in University La Sapienza of Rome (2002-2005) and San Camillo-Forlanini Hospital, Rome (2003-2005). Adjunct Professor of Psychiatry, Sapienza University of Rome. Coordinator of the Outpatient Service for Psycho-Oncology, Policlinico Umberto I, Rome. He has authored and coauthored around 70 papers in international peer reviewed journals (H index 18, Scopus 20147, book chapters and many presentations and posters at national and international congresses.
) Department of Psychiatric Sciences and Psychological Medicine Sapienza Universita di Roma Roma Italy
Professor Marco Carotenuto is presently Chief of Unit of Child and Adolescent Neuropsychiatry and Director of Specialty School at Università della Campania “Luigi Vanvitelli” in Italy. He graduated in Medicine in 2000. During his specialization and PhD course at Park Hospital for Children in Oxford (UK), at IRCSS Oasi in Troina (Italy), he focused on his interest i.e. pediatric epilepsy and idiopathic hypersomnia in children and adolescents and neurocognitive disorders in children. His further research interests include autism, sleep and neurodevelopmental disorders and psychiatric disorders in pediatric age. Professor Carotenuto published more than 250 scientific articles and edited 1 monograph on borderline intellectual functioning.
) UOSD of Child Neuropsychiatry University of Campania "Luigi Vanvitelli" Naples Italy
Prof. Andreas Erfurth is Head of Clinical Psychopharmacology and the Bipolar Spectrum Disorders Program at the Division of General Psychiatry, Medical University of Vienna, Austria. He was educated at the Conservatorio di Musica di Santa Cecilia, Rome, Italy, the Richard-Strauss-Konservatorium, Munich, Germany and the Medical School, University of Munich, Germany. He was resident in psychiatry at the University of Munich, Germany, and was a research fellow at the Laboratory of Neuroendocrine Regulation, Department of Brain and Cognitive Sciences, M.I.T., Cambridge, MA, USA. His particular interest is in the diagnosis, neurobiology and therapy of affective disorders.
) Division of Biological Psychiatry Otto-Wagner-Spital Vienna Austria
Dr. Michele Fornaro, MD, PhD graduated in 2002 from the University of Genova, Genoa, Italy, and completed his residency program in 2008. Dr. Fornaro completed his one-year research fellowship at the Harvard University between 2007 and 2008. In 2011, He was assigned as "Assistant Professor" at the University of Catania, Catania, Italy, serving as a teaching faculty member. In 2011, he began his "visiting scholarship" program at the Veterans Hospital at the University of California San Diego. Dr. Michele Fornaro was appointed Adjunct Associate Research Scientist at Columbia University 2014. He was recently appointed as Assistant Professor at the Federico II University of Naples in 2017. He has approximately 141 publications in international reputed journals and books to his credit.
) New York State Psychiatric Institute (NYSPI) Columbia University New York, NY USA
Dr. Maura Galletta is Assistant professor in nursing at University of Cagliari, Italy. She has received her Ph.D. in Organizational Psychology from University of Verona, Italy. Dr. Galletta‘s research interests include nursing turnover, organizational well-being, job burnout and empowerment, workplace commitment and motivation, employee-organization relationship, nursing burnout risk and infection control in ICUs. Currently, her research focuses on the study of factors related to patient involvement in caring.
) Department of Medical Sciences and Public Health University of Cagliari Cagliari Italy
Having qualified in medicine from the University of Aachen, Germany, Professor Heinz Grunze took up research fellowships at the Max Planck Institute of Psychiatry, working in Freiburg, Germany and later with a DFG stipend at the Department of Psychiatry, Harvard Medical School, Boston, USA. From Jan to Nov, 2017, he served as Medical Director of the Addiction Services “Evangelische Stadtmission” at Heidelberg, Germany, and starting in Dec, 2017, he was appointed Head of the Department of General Psychiatry (East), Klinikum Weissenhof, while he continues his academic affiliation with the Paracelsius Medical University. Prof. Grunze has published numerous original research articles, reviews, books and book chapters on his main research interests - the neurobiology and treatment of bipolar disorder, depression and addiction.
) Institute of Neuroscience University of Newcastle Newcastle UK
Dr. Arne Holte is currently a Professor Emeritus at Department of Psychology at the University of Oslo, Director of Mental Health at the Norwegian Institute of Public Health, Professor of Health Psychology at the University of Oslo, Professor of Clinical and Personality Psychology, and Professor of Behavioral Sciences in Medicine at the University of Oslo. Dr. Holte has published more than 140 scientific articles and edited numerous books (Research Gate) covering a wide range of mental health issues.
) Department of Psychology University of Oslo Oslo Norway
Jutta Lindert is full professor of Public Health at the University of Emden, Emden, Germany and resident scholar at the WRSC, Brandeis University, USA. Her main research interests are Global Public Mental Health, especially migration and mental health, violence and mental health, traumatic life events and mental health, and environmental lifecourse epidemiology. Recently, she is working on traumatic life events and resilience. Additionally, she is president of the Section on “Public Mental Health” of the “European Association of Mental Health” (EUPHA). Currently, she is involved in several multicentre research-projects investigating mental health and resilience. Before being appointed as Professor of Public Health she worked at different universities in the United Kingdom (Queen Mary & The Barts in London) and in Germany (e.g. Protestant University of Ludwigsburg, University of Bielefeld, University of Mainz).
) Department of Social Work and Health University of Applied Sciences Emden/Leer Emden Germany
Dr. M.C. Mauri is working (Since 1990–present) as a Medical Doctor and Psychiatrist at Fondazione IRCCS Ca' Granda - Ospedale Maggiore Policlinico, Department of Neuroscience and Mental Health, Psychopharmacology Unit. He is also a professor (on contract) in the University of Milan. He takes care and handles patients with social phobia, major depression, bipolar disorder and schizophrenia. He investigated Behavioral Abnormalities in elderly patients and individuals suffering from dementia. Dr. Mauri also conducts research activities in the areas of behavioral abnormalities, biological psychiatry, psychopharmacology and psychogeriatric. He has around 129 publications to his credit.
) Department of Neuroscience and Mental Health IRCCS Foundation Ca’ Granda Ospedale Maggiore Policlinico Milan Italy
Prof. Luigi Minerba obtained his Degree of Biological Sciences in 1981 from University of Cagliari, Italy. Later on, in terms of his academic career, he received a Degree in Science of Administration in 2009 from University of Cagliari and Sassari, Italy. Since Jan 2014, he is working as Associate Professor, in the Department of Medical Sciences and Public Health, at University of Cagliari. Prof. Minerba has authored/co-authored more than 70 manuscripts, on statistics in medicine, clinical epidemiology, management, health care and public health, having total number of citations of over 865.
) Department of Medical Science and Public Health University of Cagliari Cagliari Italy
Dr. Antonio Nardi is full professor of Psychiatry at Medical School, Institute of Psychiatry, the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro. He is also a member of the Brazilian National Academy of Medicine, International Fellow of the American Psychiatric Association. He is the founder and director of the Laboratory of Panic & Respiration of the Institute of Psychiatry - Federal University of Rio de Janeiro). Dr. Antonio Nardi is an Editor-in-Chief of the Revista Brasileira de Psiquiatria (Thomson Reuters Web of Science - impact factor = 2.181), Jornal Brasileiro de Psiquiatria (Scielo) and associate editor of numerous Brazilian and international scientific journals. He has published more than 500 scientific articles, over 75 book chapters, 9 published books and organizer of 12 books.
) Institute of Psychiatry Federal University of Rio de Janeiro Rio de Janeiro Brazil
Angelo Picardi is a psychiatrist, psychotherapist, and epidemiologist who works as a researcher at
the Italian National Institute of Health, Rome, Italy. He is qualified as Associate Professor of
Psychiatry and is currently Adjunct Professor of Psychiatry at the Sapienza University of Rome. His
main research topics are psychopathology, psychosomatic medicine, psychiatric epidemiology,
mental health services, attachment, and alexithymia. He has been Principal Investigator for many
studies funded by the Italian Ministry of Health. He has authored more than 130 full papers
published in international peer-reviewed journals, with a current H index of 33 (Scopus). He is an
editorial board member of several peer-reviewed journals, including Clinical Practice and
Epidemiology in Mental Health, the Journal of Affective Disorders, and Rivista di Psichiatria.
) Department of Psychiatric Sciences Istituto Superiore della Sanita Roma Roma Italy
Donatella Rita Petretto is a psychologist, neuropsychologist. Researcher in Clinical Psychology since 2005 in the Department of Pedagogy, Psychology and Philosophy of the University of Cagliari. Assistant professor of Neuropsychopatology and Neurorehabilitation since 2010. Rector's delegate on Disability and Inclusion's issues of the University of Cagliari since 2010. She coordinates initiatives on disability, learning disorders and other Educational needs in the University of Cagliari. She is the Principal Investigator of various research projects on ageing, disability fields, Special Educational Needs, neuropsychological profiles of learning disorders, the assessing of intelligence and the History of intelligence assessment, and psychoeducational treatment for people with Schizophrenia and other psychosis. Author of international papers on these topics and co-author of four books (in Italian language).
) Department of Education, Psychology, Philosophy University of Cagliari Cagliari Italy
Dr Preti, M.D. (University of Cagliari), is board-certified in Psychiatry and
Psychotherapy (University of Padua). He is Consultant Psychiatrist in Cagliari and
Forensic Consultant in Psychiatry at Cagliari Court, Italy. Dr Preti is also Adjunct
Professor in Psychiatry and Clinical Psychology in the Cagliari University School of
Medicine. Dr Preti contributed over 200 scientific publications in peer-reviewed
journals, and co-authored two books. He is currently in the Editorial Board of Clinical
Practice and Epidemiology in Mental Health (Bentham Science Publishers), Crisis -
The Journal of Crisis Intervention and Suicide Prevention (Hogrefe), and Psychiatry
) Center of Liaison Psychiatry and Psychosomatics University of Cagliari Cagliari Italy
Dr. Rocha obtained a doctorate (PhD) in Psychology from the University of Porto , Portugal. Currently Dr. Rocha is a professor at the
Porto Polytechnic - Health School and an invited professor for the MSc Program in Psychology - Mental Health and Psychosocial Rehabilitation at the University of Porto. He has published more than 60 scientific publications in the fields of psychiatric rehabilitation, cognitive training and neuromodulation.
) Health School and Psychologist at the Students Counseling Service Polytechnic Institute of Porto Porto Portugal
Davide Sisti, born in 1969, graduated cum laude in Biology and PhD in medical statistics. He currently works as a contract Professor for "Medical Statistics with Mathematics" in University of Urbino since 1995. He published more than 80 scientific papers; He has participated and played an active role in many projects and clinical trials. His research focuses in the area of epidemiology, statistics in medicine and biostatistics.
) Department of Biomolecular Sciences University of Urbino Urbino Italy
Dr. Tondo has studied the course and treatment of mood disorders since 1975. He has taught university courses in general and clinical psychology and psychiatry. He is currently Lecturer in Psychiatry at the Mclean Hospital-Harvard Medical School in addition to Director of Centro Lucio Bini in Cagliari. His studies include clarification of onset, course, and treatment responses in major mood disorders and medical prevention of suicide. He received the Nola-Maddox Falcone Prize, from the NARSAD, for Outstanding Achievement in the Research of Affective Disorder, and the Suicide Prevention Award from the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention, for Research on lithium treatment and prevention of suicide risk.
) Department of Psychiatry McLean Hospital-Harvard Medical School Belmont, MA USA
Miguel Xavier, M.D., PhD., is Full Professor of Psychiatry at the NOVA Medical School and Senior Consultant at the CHLO Hospital Centre, in Lisbon (Portugal). He has been the national coordinator of several EU projects, in areas such as psychiatric epidemiology, mental health services planning and evaluation, forensic psychiatry and medical education. He was one of the authors of the Portuguese Mental Health Plan, and is currently a member of the National Mental Health Program task-force.
) Department of Mental Health Universidade Nova de Lisboa Lisbon Portugal
Maria Francesca Moro completed her Doctor of Medicine from University of Cagliari, Italy (in the period of 2003-2009). She also did her Residency in Psychiatry from University of Cagliari, Italy (2010-2015). She was as visiting research scholar at WHO - Geneva, and currently she is a Ph.D. candidate in Epidemiology at Columbia University, New York City, New York. Currently, she is working as a consultant in several projects on the impact of human rights violations on mental health. Dr. Moro has contributed to various internationally recognized scientific journals; particularly in the areas of Psychiatry, Epidemiology, and Global Mental health.
) Mailman School of Public Health Columbia University New york city, NY USA