Research Supported by the IACAPAP

The IACAPAP works in partnership with inter-governmental organizations such as the World Health Organisation (WHO) and international NGOs working in the field of mental health such as the World Psychiatric Association (WPA) to carry out research that influences policy and practice. Examples of these research projects include the “Atlas of Child and Adolescent Mental Health Resources” and the “Presidential Programme on Global Child and Adolescent Mental Health“.

Atlas of Child and Adolescent Mental Health

The Atlas of Child and Adolescent Mental Health Resources is part of the series of Atlases developed by the Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse of the World Health Organization, Geneva, under the leadership of Dr. Shekhar Saxena. The Atlas documents for the first time in an objective manner the gaps in services and training in the field of child and adolescent mental health at a global level. It provides a model for data gathering and identifies the many factors influencing child and adolescent mental health such as professional resources, financing, access to medication and the presence of policy. IACAPAP representatives in many countries served as key informants.

Presidential Programme on Global Child and Adolescent Mental Health

The Presidential Programme on Global Child and Adolescent Mental Health was a collaborative initiative with the World Psychiatric Association (during the presidency of Dr. Ahmed Okasha), the World Health Organization and IACAPAP. The Programme developed statements on the magnitude of child and adolescent mental health problems around the world, studied topics such as bullying, school violence and prevention, and developed manuals with interventions for internalizing and externalizing disorders.

The Awareness Campaign and the Awareness Manual for promoting child and adolescent mental health were products of the Presidential Programme. They were unique in the scope of the materials surveyed and developed, and that they were field tested in diverse parts of the world. The Awareness Manual is a virtual “how to” manual for the development of a community-based awareness campaign that aims to reduce stigma and convey important information about child and adolescent mental health.

Dr Daniel Fung is married to Joyce and the father of 5 grown up children. He is currently the Chairman Medical Board of Singapore’s Institute of Mental Health since 2011. Dr Fung is an Adjunct Associate Professor at all 3 medical schools in Singapore.

Dr Fung is currently the President of the International Association for Child and Adolescent Psychiatry and Allied Professions. He was awarded the National Day (Public Service Administration (Bronze)) Award in 2017 and the National Medical Excellence Award (Team) in 2018 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

Dr Fung’s research is supported by the National Medical Research Council and other agencies. He has co-authored over 160 peer reviewed research papers (118), books (32) and book chapters(18).

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.