The International Association for Child and Adolescent Psychiatry and Allied Professions (IACAPAP) is registered as a not-for-profit association in Switzerland, and is recognised by the World Health Organization (WHO) as an official non-state actor in child & adolescent psychiatry and mental health.
Founding of the ‘International Committee of Child Psychiatrists’
Name changed to ‘International Association of Child Psychiatrists and Allied Professions (IACPAP), to incorporate allied professions
Name changed to International Association for Child and Adolescent Psychiatry and Allied Professions (IACAPAP), to include adolescent psychiatry
The mission of IACAPAP is to promote child and adolescent psychiatry and the mental health and development of children and adolescents, through policy, practice, training and research.
To achieve its global mission, IACAPAP has a wide range of activities. These include a bi-annual world congress, a freely accessible e-textbook, a massively online open course (MOOC), and two early career development programmes (the Donald J Cohen Fellowship and Helmut Remschmidt Research Seminars). IACAPAP also makes position statements, and publishes position papers and monographs to promote child & adolescent psychiatry and mental health around the globe. On social media, it promotes its activities through a quarterly Bulletin, through facebook and twitter, and through its website.
IACAPAP’s goals for the following years are to:
In addition, IACAPAP will promote international, state and community policies within all sectors of human services to ensure evidence-based, culturally acceptable, affordable and accessible mental health services are available for all children and adolescents.
IACAPAP’s Executive Committee is comprised of members from around the world.
Its Constitution provides the framework for the association and its Strategic Plan 2018-2022 provides a map for the association’s future.
The Constitution was amended by vote of the Extra-Ordinary General Assembly virtually in November 2020.
IACAPAP is actively pursuing its goals through a variety of programs:
Dr Daniel Fung is married to Joyce and the father of 5 grown up children and recently became a grandfather. Dr Fung is the Chief Executive Officer of Singapore’s Institute of Mental Health since Feb 2021. Dr Fung is an Adjunct Associate Professor at all 3 medical schools in Singapore.
Dr Fung is currently the President Elect of the College of Psychiatrists, Academy of Medicine Singapore. He has received National awards for his work on community and school based mental health.
Dr Fung is interested in the treatment of emotional and behavioural disorders in children and he has advocated for the development of child mental health services and strategies through his research. His current interest is in developing age appropriate, culturally relevant, locally sensitive resources to improve mental health literacy and reduce stress and suicidality in youths and families.
Dr Fung’s research is supported by the National Medical Research Council and other agencies. He has co-authored over 200 peer reviewed research papers (153), books (33) and book chapters (20).
Dr. Christina Schwenck is professor for Special Needs Educational and Clinical Child and Adolescent Psychology at the University of Giessen, Germany. She is a trained child and adolescent psychotherapist (specification behavior therapy) and a trained supervisor. Her research interests comprise selective mutism, conduct disorder, and children of parents with mental illness. She has published 56 articles in peer-reviewed journals and several book chapters on childhood mental health. She is editor of three book series on child and adolescent psychotherapy, psychology in school and psychotherapeutic children´s books. In her free time, she follows her passion for photography around the globe.
Dr. Schwenck is currently the Secretary General of the International Association for Child and Adolescent Psychiatry and Allied Professions (IACAPAP). Her vision is to strengthen training and promotion of child and adolescent mental health professionals, particularly in low- and middle-income countries, including long-term mentorships for early career scientists and clinicians in this important field. Furthermore, she aims at alluring allied professions for IACAPAP to enhance active collaboration between professions in order to provide optimal supply for children and adolescents with mental health problems.
Dr. Andrés Martin is the Riva Ariella Ritvo Professor at the Child Study Center, Yale School of Medicine, in New Haven, CT, USA. A native of Mexico City, he obtained his MD from the Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México, and trained in psychiatry and child and adolescent psychiatry at Harvard Medical School-affiliated hospitals. He obtained his MPH in chronic disease epidemiology from the Yale School of Public Health, and is currently a PhD candidate in medical education at the University of Groningen, in the Netherlands.
Dr. Martin has been affiliated with IACAPAP since 2004, when he helped coordinate the first Donald J. Cohen Mentorship Program in Berlin. For the next ten years he co-led the Program with Dr. Joaquín Fuentes from Spain, before passing on the leadership responsibility to younger colleagues (and Program alumni) Ayesha Mian from Pakistan and Naoufel Gaddour from Tunisia.
Dr. Martin is editor emeritus of the Journal of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, past editor of the IACAPAP Bulletin, and since 2018, co-editor of J.M. Rey’s IACAPAP e-Textbook of Child and Adolescent Mental Health. Together with Drs. Matías Irarrázabal from Chile and Joaquín Fuentes from Spain, he coordinated the first complete translation of the e-Textbook, into Spanish.
Currently a Vice-president of IACAPAP (for North and Latin America), Dr. Martin also serves as the Association’s liaison to its flagship scholarly outlet, Child and Adolescent Psychiatry and Mental Health.
After receiving B.A. at College of Medicine, Seoul National University, Dr. Kim BN received both M.A. and Ph.D. at Graduate School of Medicine, Seoul National University.
Since 2002, he has been a Professor at College of Medicine, Seoul National University and has been working as the division director of the Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, Seoul National University Hospital.
His main fields of research include brain imaging, genetic & environmental studies of Neurodevelopmental Disorders including ADHD, ASD and Tic disorders. He has published 157 peer reviewed articles in SCI-International Journals & 62 articles in Korean Journals. He has also taken charge of some public mental heath research & educational programs for governmental mental health system and policy development for children & adolescents.
From 2009 to 2011, he spent 2 years in Queensland Brain Institute & Child Trauma Center, Kids in Mind, University of Queensland, Brisbane, Australia as a visiting professor, and he extended his sincere interest to the psychiatry community, school based mental health & social psychiatry for youngsters. Since returning to Korea, he has actively engaged himself in several social acts. He has served as the chairperson of the Korean Association for Persons with Autism, and he has collaborated with the Korean government including the Ministry of Health and Welfare, the Ministry of Education, and the Ministry of Justice.
He also participates actively in the KACAP and is working as a director of academic affairs, a director of international affairs, and he is contributing to international associations as a full member of Executive Committee member of IACAPAP & ASCAPAP.
– Professor, Department of Psychiatry (Child & Adolescent) College of Medicine, Seoul National University
– Director, Division of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry, Seoul National University Hospital
– Director, ADHD and Neurodevelopmental Disorders Translational Research Center
– Director, Emotion & Quality of Life Center, Seoul National University Children’s Hospital.
– Vice President, IACAPAP
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 full 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 about 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 was president of IACAPAP (International Association of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry and Allied Professions) from 2015 to 2018, and he is a member of the French Academy of Medicine.
Joseph M. Rey, a consultant child and adolescent psychiatrist, has worked helping children, teenagers and their families for more than 30 years. As director of Sydney’s Rivendell Unit, he contributed to the introduction of systematic assessment and the delivery of treatment packages for specific disorders in Australian child psychiatric practice.
As director of child and adolescent mental health services in Northern Sydney, he established a comprehensive and integrated child and adolescent mental health service. He has been conjoint professor of child and adolescent psychiatry at the University of Sydney and professor of psychiatry at Notre Dame University Medical School Sydney.
Dr Rey has published more than 200 research and educational papers as well as several books in areas as disparate as depression, alternative treatments, epidemiology, diagnosis, disruptive behaviour disorders, marijuana use, and ECT, to name a few. For his contribution to the IACAPAP Bulletin and the IACAPAP e-Textbook of Child and Adolescent Mental Health, he was presented the IACAPAP Medal in 2012 and the International Contribution Award in 2014.
Kaija Puura, M.D., Ph.D is Professor of Child Psychiatry in Tampere University, Finland, and Chief of Child Psychiatry in Tampere University Hospital. She has authored or co-authored over 80 peer reviewed articles, and chapters in both national and international books on assessment and treatment of young children, and is an Associate Editor of the Infant Mental Health Journal.
Her research interests cut across the following areas: gene-environment interplay in social and emotional development of young children; emotion regulation and shared pleasure and joy in parent-child interaction; development of digitalized services for families with young children and use of virtual reality as a part of child psychiatric treatment. She is a member of the Finnish Child Psychiatric Association, and of the World Association for Infant Mental Health.
She received the WAIMH New Investigator Award (2002), was appointed Associate Executive Director of the WAIMH 2009, and Executive Director of WAIMH 2018. In July 2018 Professor Puura became Vice President of the International Association for Child and Adolescent Psychiatry and Allied Professions.
Dr Maite Ferrin obtained her medical degree at the University of Navarra, Spain, before completing her MSc (Child and Adolescent Mental Health) and PhD (Neuroscience) research at King’s College London and the University of Granada respectively.
Dr Ferrin has been a full-time Consultant Psychiatrist since 2006, specialising in child and adolescent psychiatry and with a special interest in neurodevelopmental conditions.
She has lead psychoeducation projects for patients with ADHD and ASC, their families and their teachers in both Spain and London. She has sat on the European ADHD Guidelines Group (EAGG, Eunethydis) and is part of the Steering Committee for the ADHD Continuum European project since 2010.
Dr Ferrin is also active in research, with more than 40 international peer-reviewed publications and book chapters on ADHD, ASD and Early Onset Psychosis to her name. She is a peer reviewer for several international child and adolescent psychiatry journals, Deputy Editor of the IACAPAP Bulletin, and Vice President of IACAPAP.
Myron L. Belfer, MD, MPA is Professor of Psychiatry in the Department of Psychiatry, Children’s Hospital Boston, Harvard Medical School. He is on the Affiliated Faculty of the Harvard Center for the Developing Child. Dr. Belfer led the child mental health program at the WHO from 2000 to 2005 where he developed the child mental health Atlas. He is past-President of the International Association for Child and Adolescent Psychiatry and Allied Professions (IACAPAP).
He founded Boston Children’s Hospital Global Child Mental Health Observership Program and directed for the Harvard Center on the Developing Child a comprehensive child mental health needs assessment in schools in Shanghai with Chinese colleagues. He was a consultant to the Temasek Foundation (Singapore) project on child mental health capacity building for disaster response in Indonesia. For the IOM and WHO he worked in Thailand and Indonesia after the tsunami.
His current interest is in building global mental health capacity. The latter currently involves the development of a comprehensive child mental health program in Shenzhen, China. As a clinician he worked closely with plastic and reconstructive surgeons on understanding the development of body image in children.
“I am a child and adolescent psychiatrist, my pre and post graduate training (1966-1973) was in the University of Chile. Later I did short post graduate training visits at the Institute of Psychiatry, Maudsley and Bethlem Royal hospitals in London and North Shore University and Bellevue hospitals in New York.
I am now retired from my clinical practice after seeing patients and their families for 50 years, 18 of which were in the public health sector and 31 in a private hospital where I founded the child and adolescent psychiatric unit.
I have always been interested in public health, and formed part of the staff in the Mental Health Department of the Ministry of Health when we recovered democracy, in charge of designing and implementing the Child and Adolescent Mental Health and the Child Maltreatment programs.
I am adjunct professor at the Eastern Medical Faculty of the University of Chile since 1975, where I have been involved mainly in postgraduate teaching in mental health, but also of paediatricians, teachers and professionals working with children, as well as psychoeducation for parents and the community in every opportunity available. My line of research has been child psychiatric epidemiology in schoolchildren and in the community as well as child abuse. I have published more than 80 papers and book chapters.
I belong to the Chilean scientific associations of Child and Adolescent Neurology and Psychiatry and of Psychiatry, Neurology and Neurosurgery, which have awarded me the utmost distinctions a professional can receive, that is from the peers. I also belong to the Pediatrics and Mental Health Chilean associations, The AACAP from USA and ACAMH from the UK. In 2020, the American Society of Hispanic Psychiatry gave me a Lifetime Achievement Award. I am very grateful for all the information I receive and use permanently from all the institutions I have mentioned.
I have always admired IACAPAP´s work in disseminating knowledge about mental health and helping to train specialists in the field. However, living so far away at the southern end of Latin America, I have not been able to attend meetings in a regular basis.
I see my role in IACAPAP in two areas:
1.- further connecting Chilean and Latin American professionals with opportunities for continuous training and professionals from different parts of the world and
2.- Enhancing visibility of the contributions that this region of the world can do for global child and adolescent mental health.
In that direction I suggest that, if any member of IACAPAP wants to know about mental health in Chile, he or she can open the link de la Barra F, Irarrazaval M, Valdes A, Soto-Brandt G. Evolving child and adolescent mental health and development programs
in Chile. Rev Panam Salud Publica. 2019; 43: e33. https://doi.org/10.26633/RPSP.2019.33.”
“My main scientific activities and interests are: Developmental Psychopathology, Forensic Psychiatry, Eating Disorders, Schizophrenia Research, Psychiatric Genetics, Treatment- and Evaluation Research.
I invested plenty of time and energy in measures for the qualification of young researchers and founded together with Martin Schmidt (Mannheim) Research Seminars, that I consecutively transferred to the European and International level. The international Association of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry and Allied Professions (IACAPAP) has named them now as Helmut-Remschmidt-Research-Seminars.
In 2004 I founded the Donald Cohen Fellowship Program for young researchers, a biannual program integrated into the IACAPAP World Congresses.
Another important engagement was devoted to therapeutic training and education of physicians and psychologists working in the field of Child- and Adolescent Mental Health. In 1981 I founded a training seminar for Child- and Family Therapy at the Philipps University Marburg, continued now as the “Institute for Behaviour Therapy and Behavioral Medicine”. Together with my co-workers I carried out several treatment projects and developed quite a number of instruments for treatment evaluation, now widely used in Germany and in Europe.
Finally, it was always my intention to internationalize German Child- and Adolescent-Psychiatry. Through my engagement in international Research Societies I was able to organize the Congress of the European Society for Child- and Adolescent-Psychiatry (ESCAP) in Germany (Hamburg 1999) as well as the World Congress of the International Association for Child- and Adolescent Psychiatry and Allied Professions (IACAPAP) (Berlin 2004).” – Helmut Remschmidt, MD, PhD
Editor and former Editor of several scientific Journals in the field of Child Mental Health, Psychiatry and Criminology. More than 400 article in peer reviewed Journals and books. Member of the Editorial Board of more than 30 Journals.
Association Name (English)
Chinese Society of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry
Association Name (in native language)
About the association
The Chinese Society of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry (CSCAP) established in 1989, is a professional organization for child and adolescent psychiatrists in China. Its mission is to promote the academic communication and cooperation among professionals in the field of child and adolescent mental health and to improve the development of child and adolescent psychiatry and mental Health of children and adolescents in China. Since establishment, it has been attracting more and more professionals related with child and adolescent mental health and provides a platform for child and adolescent psychiatrists and allied professionals to share, communicate and cooperate in the field of prevention, clinical service and research of child and adolescent mental disorders. It also improves the international communication and cooperation in the field of child and adolescent mental health. All of these have promoted the development of child and adolescent psychiatry and mental health of child and adolescents in China.
Key appointment holders
Yi Zheng, MD, Professor of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry
Association Name (English)
Malaysian Child And Adolescent Psychiatry Association
Association Name (in native language)
Persatuan Psikiatri Kanak-Kanak Dan Remaja Malaysia
About the association
Key appointment holders
Graduated from the 2nd Medical Faculty, Charles University Prague in 1997; his Ph.D. in Psychopathology he obtained at 1st Medical Faculty, Charles University Prague. Michal Goetz is a child and adolescent psychiatrist, an Assistant Professor of Psychiatry at the Charles University, Second Faculty of Medicine in Prague, he works as a physician at the Department of Child Psychiatry, Motol University Hospital and at the Psychosomatic Clinic in Prague. He is a member of the International Relationships committee and of the Programme Committee of the American Academy Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, an elected member of the board in the Section of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry of the Czech Psychiatric Association and a member of the Council of the Ministry of Health, Czech Republic for the reform of Psychiatry. Dr. Goetz as a principal investigator and co-investigator obtained national peer reviewed research grants on offspring of parents with bipolar disorder, on ADHD and preterm born infants. Dr. Goetz authored and co-authored numerous scientific articles and book chapters. He was a leading author for ADHD treatment guidelines published by Czech Psychiatric Association. He is a member of editorial boards of pediatric and mental health scientific journals. He was fortunate to have had observerships at Boston Children’s Hospital and at the Massachusetts General Hospital, Harvard Medical School. In 2016, he spent time as a visiting professor at the Department of Psychiatry at the University of Calgary. In July 2018 Dr. Goetz became Vice President of the International Association for Child and Adolescent Psychiatry and Allied Professions.
Per-Anders Rydelius (MD., Ph.D.) is a Professor Emeritus of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry at the Karolinska Institutet in Stockholm, Sweden. He has practiced as a clinician in CAP first in Umeå and from 1972 – 2020 in Stockholm, working with all the different aspects of child and adolescent psychiatry but during the last 20 years mainly supporting children and youth with Gender Dysphoria. His research interest covers aspects of developmental psychopathology. In 1981 he defended his thesis: “Children of alcoholic fathers – Their social adjustment and their health status over 20 years”. 1989-2012 he was professor/chairman of CAP at the Karolinska Institutet and was from 2012-2019 Senior Professor of CAP. 2000-2006 he was “Prefekt” (Dean) of the Department of Women’s and Children’s Health at the Karolinska Institutet. 2005 – 2013 he was a member of the Swedish Research Council for the assessment of research applications in Psychiatry/Neurology. He has been a visiting researcher/guest professor at the The programme on juvenile delinquency, the Chicago South Neighbourhoods, Harvard School of Public Health, Boston Mass. USA, at the Department of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry/Developmental clinical Psychology and Psychiatry, Nagoya University, Japan, at the Central South University, Changsha, Hunan, China and at The Karlstad University in Sweden. 2006-2010 he was President of IACAPAP and from 2006 he has been one of the coordinators for the HRRS-seminars. 2010-2018 he was IACAPAP’s member of the WHO’s Advisory Group for the revision of ICD-10-ICD-11. He has supervised 20 Ph.D. exams and 5 Lic.Med.Sci-exams and has published more than 200 articles and chapters in peer reviewed scientific journals, other journals and textbooks.
FÜSUN ÇUHADAROĞLU was graduated from Hacettepe School of Medicine, Ankara, Turkey, and had her training in general psychiatry and then in child and adolescent psychiatry in the same institution. Then she did a fellowship in adolescent psychiatry in Edinbourgh (1988)and research fellowship in Boston (2002) affliated with the Fogarty International MH-DD Program of NIMH where she also served as a mentor till 2015.
She and her collagues established CAP as a separate branch of medicine in Turkey with a 5-year training program (1990), founded the Turkish Association for CAP (1991) and published the first Textbook of CAP in Turkish (2008)
She was involved in international programs affliated with WHO , including the development of CAP training program in Albania as well as being a member of
the International Committee of AACAP.
She worked in the Board of ESCAP and ran the Policy Division between 2011-2019, also leading the program for the development of policy programs in member countries and she has been the general secretary of IACAPAP between 2014-2018.
She organized the 18. World Congress of IACAPAP (2008) and Regional Congress of ISAPP (2013).
She is the recipient of the AACAP’s Ulku Ulgur, M.D.,International Scholar Award and IACAPAP Medal.
Her field of interest is development, mental health and psychiatric problems of adolescents where she published more than 100 papers and chapters and books in Turkish and in English.
She is currently the Honorary President of the Turkish Assoc. for CAP, vice president in ISAPP and Councilor in IACAPAP.
Gordon Harper MD trained as a paediatrician and child psychiatrist in Boston. He worked in acute hospital care for several decades and then worked in public-sector child mental health, as Medical Director for Child/Adolescent Services for the Massachusetts Department of Mental Health, in addition providing frequent consultation to the child protection system in Massachusetts, the Department of Children and Families. He has also served as Treasurer of the International Association of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry and Allied Professions (IACAPAP). He holds academic appointment as Associate Clinical Professor of Psychiatry at Harvard Medical School and has taught widely internationally. He has written on inpatient treatment, medical education, healthcare policy, care planning, and managing the ambiguities of child protection.
Dr. Nick Kowalenko is a Vice President IACAPAP and Oceania Coordinator. He is Senior Clinical Lecturer, University of Sydney and Sydney Children’s Hospitals Network in Psychological Medicine. As Chair, Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists (RANZCP) Child and Adolescent Psychiatry International Relations Committee, he leads Asia/Pacific mental health initiatives and is also Deputy Chair, RANZCP Pacific Steering Group. He is a Zero to Three International Faculty Member for DC: 0-5 Training, and a member of the Prato International Research Collaborative in Family Mental Health. He is a Senior Clinical Advisor to the Australian National Workforce Centre for Children’s Mental Health (0-12 years), led by Emerging Minds www.emergingminds.com.au and is a member of the Australian National Child Mental Health and Wellbeing Strategy Expert Working Group.
His publications span his interests in multi-disciplinary mental health workforce development, global mental health, translational research and practice, information development, early intervention, digital innovation for mental health and family focussed preventive interventions.
Dr Tolulope Bella – Awusah obtained her medical degree from the University of Ibadan Nigeria and Fellowship in Psychiatry from the West African College of Physicians. She has a Master of Science degree in Child and Adolescent Mental Health from the Centre for Child and Adolescent Mental Health University of Ibadan, Nigeria. She is currently a lecturer at the Department of Psychiatry, College of Medicine, University of Ibadan, Head Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, University College Hospital Ibadan, and Acting Head, Centre for Child and Adolescent Mental Health University of Ibadan Nigeria.
She is passionate about improving the mental health of infants, children, adolescents and women and works as a leader of multidisciplinary teams of Child and Adolescent Mental Health (CAMH) professionals in the sectors of Health and Education. Her research interests include school mental health, psychosocial treatments and mood disorders.
Dr Tolulope Bella – Awusah holds a number of International positions including President, African Association for Child and Adolescent Mental Health (AACAMH), and Vice President International Association for Child and adolescent Psychiatry and Allied Professions (IACAPAP).
Matthew Hodes works as Consultant in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, Westminster Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service, in Central and North West London NHS Foundation Trust, and Honorary Clinical Senior Lecturer in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, Division of Psychiatry, Imperial College London. His research interests include: cultural and migration influences on mental health in young people, the interface between physical and mental health, and evidence-based treatments in child and adolescent psychiatric disorders especially depression and anxiety disorders. In recent years, clinical work has been with young people with depression and anxiety disorders, and he has leadership roles in the development of pathways and innovations in treatment for these disorders.
Matthew has carried out research and taught at Imperial College London over many years, and supervised numerous research dissertations at undergraduate and postgraduate levels. He has been active in specialist training in child and adolescent psychiatry internationally and across the UK. This work has included the development of national curricula and the implementation of training across London.
Matthew has published approximately 100 papers and chapters. He is Lead Editor for the IACAPAP Monographs, and has co-edited four books in this series. Since 2017 they have been available by open access on the IACAPAP website.
Dr. Hesham Hamoda is an Assistant Professor at the Harvard Medical School and a Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist at Boston Children’s Hospital. He completed Psychiatry residency training and a Fellowship in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry at the Harvard Medical School. He also holds a master-degree in Public Health from the Harvard School of Public Health in Global Health. He has served as a consultant for the World Health Organization (WHO) where he lead the development of a school mental health program for the Eastern Mediterranean Region.
At IACAPAP he has served two terms as a Vice President and a term as a Presidential Fellow. He is also the Bulletin Editor and manages social media accounts for IACAPAP.
Prof Petrus de Vries is a British-South African child & adolescent psychiatrist based in the Division of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry at the University of Cape Town. He is the current President of the South African Association for Child & Adolescent Psychiatry and Allied Professions (SA-ACAPAP), Chairman of the African Division of the Royal College of Psychiatrists (RCPsych), and Secretary of the International Society for Autism Research (INSAR).
Prof de Vries is the current treasurer (2018-2022) of the International Association of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry and Allied Professions (IACAPAP). He also coordinates the Helmut Remschmidt Research Seminars (HRRS), a research capacity-building programme for early career child and adolescent mental health researchers, and is co-Editor of the IACAPAP Monograph.
He has a clinical and research interest in neurodevelopmental disorders, and directs the Centre for Autism Research in Africa (CARA), a Tuberous Sclerosis Complex Research Programme, and a programme on understanding and strengthening child & adolescent mental health systems in low- and middle-income countries (LMIC) and other low-resource settings. His work includes over 200 peer-reviewed publications, book chapters and edited books.
Dr Ayesha Mian is the Immediate Past Chair of the Department of Psychiatry and the Founding Dean of Students of the Office of Student Experience at Aga Khan University (AKU), Karachi, Pakistan. She received her adult and child and adolescent psychiatry training at the University of Texas, Houston, and worked as faculty at Baylor College of Medicine (BCM) before returning to Pakistan in 2013, where among other initiatives, she started the first CAMH fellowship training program in the country.
She is a Distinguished Fellow of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry (AACAP) and sits on the Executive Council of the International Association of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry and Allied Professions (IACAPAP). She is a Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy, UK, in recognition for her leadership in medical education.
She has been recognized for her leadership, mentorship and service by various organizations; she was recently awarded the highly prestigious Jeanne Spurlock Award for Diversity and Culture by AACAP. Her other recognitions include the Laughlin Fellowship by American College of Psychiatrists (ACP), Presidential Award and Outstanding Mentor by AACAP, Robert Fellowship for inspirational mentorship, Fulbright and Jaworski awards in educational leadership by BCM and a Lifetime Achievement Award by University of Missouri, Department of Psychiatry. She is a Harvard Macy Scholar 2012, FAIMER fellow 2017- a fellowship in medical education leadership and an ELAM (Executive Leadership in Academic Medicine for Women) graduate, 2019. She is currently leading the Gender Equality Program for Aga Khan University-Global, and is one of the founding members of a global movement, Women Emerging from Isolation.
Dr Mian is a Board Trustee for Mukhtar A Sheikh Hospital (MASH), Multan, Karwan-e-Hayat, and Vital Trust, Pakistan. She is also on the Board of Advisors for Kazim Trust, Sabeen Mahmood Foundation and the Entrepreneurship and Youth Development Society, SEED, Pakistan.
Dr Naoufel Gaddour is a child and adolescent psychiatrist practicing in Tunisia and Professor at the University of Monastir. After basic training in Tunisia and France, he obtained a rich and diversified experience thanks to further trainings in North America and in International Educational Meetings such as those organized by EMACAPAP, IACAPAP and INSAR.
For nearly 20 years, beside creating child and adolescent services, he actively participated to the implementation of a widespread network in the field of child mental health, especially for developmental disorders (facilities for children with autism, learning disorders, ADHD) either in public sector or in NGO’s ruled facilities, in his country Tunisia and in the MENA region.
He contributed to the education of many practitioners and students to child and adolescent psychiatry and psychology, and was a founding member and leader for regional and international associations such as EMACAPAP (Arab World) and AACAMH (Africa) and Francophone Network for ADHD and Neurodevelopmental Disorders.
His researches tried to give descriptive and cross-cultural data about CAMH in his region and are tightly connected to his clinical practice.
Among the first generation of the Donald J Cohen Fellows, his trajectory became tightly associated to this important IACAPAP program and he is very proud and grateful to currently serve as one of its coordinators
Dr. Julie Chilton is a Swiss-American child psychiatrist who has lived and worked in Botswana, Romania, Germany, Switzerland, and the UK. She currently resides in the US and is an Assistant Professor at the Yale Child Study Center in New Haven, Connecticut and is in private practice in North Carolina. Dr. Chilton often uses bibliotherapy to help her patients and their families understand that mental illness is common and treatable, and is Assistant Editor of the Journal of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry (JAACAP) Book Forum. Dr. Chilton is an Associate Editor of the IACAPAP Textbook of Child and Adolescent Mental Health and Presidential Fellow for Global Education. She has served on several committees for the American Psychiatric Association and the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, and is Chair of the Yale Child Study Center Alumni Organization.
Dr. Chilton loves to read, teach and learn and is passionate about increasing the availability of free evidence-based resources in child and adolescent mental health, especially in low-and-middle-income countries and other under-resourced areas around the globe. Clinically, her areas of expertise include cognitive behavioral therapy for the treatment of depression, anxiety, and OCD in children, adolescents, and adults, and medication management of psychiatric disorders in the pediatric population. She is an internationally recognized expert in physician wellbeing, and a longtime advocate for the destigmatization of mental illness. For more information about Dr. Chilton, you can visit the website seeonedooneteachone.net.
Dr Jing Liu graduated from Beijing Medical University (Peking University Health Science Center) in 1987 and has been a child and adolescent psychiatrist for 30 years in the Peking University Mental Health Institute and Six Hospital. Now she is professor and director of the Mental Health Center for Children, Peking University Institute of Mental Health and Sixth Hospital. She is also vice president of the Asian Association for Child and Adolescent Psychiatry and Allied Professionals and the president or vice president of ten Chinese professional associations for child and adolescent mental health or mental health. She engages in clinical services for children and adolescents with mental disorders. She tries to promote professional training and communication, and cooperation among different disciplines related to child and adolescent mental health. Her researches mainly focus on autism, mood disorder and schizophrenia in children and adolescents and published about 100 academic papers and more than 30 academic books or guidelines.
As the presidential fellow for global fundraising of IACAPAP, Dr Jing Liu hopes the public understand IACAPAP’s mission and ongoing projects and help IACAPAP realize its vision promoting the mental health of children and adolescents around the world.
Since 2008 Susanne Walitza, MD, MSc, is a Full Professor and Chair of the Department of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry and Psychotherapy at the University Hospital of Psychiatry Zurich of the University of Zurich (UZH) Switzerland.
Her research focuses on the understanding of multi-dimensional underlying and interacting factors for the development of psychiatric disorders in children and adolescents, including life-course epidemiological research, to contribute to a better understanding of prevention, prediction, and clinical phenotyping with the aim of early detection and early interventions.A further aim is to use clinically oriented but also translational and basic research strategies (genetics, epigenetics, and neuroimaging) within a multimodal research approach.
She has lectured in the field of medicine, psychology and allied professions and published widely within the field, with over 300 publications, particularly for ADHD, anxiety, depression, OCD and tic disorders, pathological media usage, and specific learning disorders (dyslexia).
in various peer-reviewed journals, guidelines/recommendations and books.
She was founder and president of the Association of Chief Physicians of the Swiss Society for Child and Adolescent Psychiatry and Psychotherapy (2013 to 2018) and has been a board member of the Swiss Society for Child and Adolescent Psychiatry and Psychotherapy since 2012. Since becoming president of the Zurich Society for Children and Adolescents of disadvantaged families suffering from psychiatric disorders in 2010 she has also been active outside institutional work. Her international engagements include for instance her active role as Vice President in the World Federation of Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder from 2011 to 2015, as a board member in the International College of Obsessive Compulsive Spectrum Disorders since. 2019, as Vice President for the World association of Anxiety and Stress Related Disorders (WASAD) since 2021. In 2022 she became an non-elected member of the IACAPAP Executive Board as the WHO Liaison.