IACAPAP International Contribution Recipients at the 21st World Congress

International Contribution Award

Congratulations to Dr. Joseph M. Rey and Dr. Wei-Tseun Soong, winners of the 2014 IACAPAP International Contribution Award.

This award is sponsored by the Korean Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry (KACAP) to recognise the accomplishments of a senior individual who has made outstanding contributions to child and adolescent mental health (CAMH) in the developing world. 

International Award Statements 

Joseph M. Rey, MD, PhD

Dr. Joseph M. Rey has had a distinguished academic record as a child and adolescent psychiatrist over the past 30 years. He is a former director of the Rivendell Unit and Professor of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry at the University of Sydney and Professor of Psychiatry at Notre Dame University Medical School in Sydney. Dr. Rey is an international citizen having lectured worldwide and having published more than 190 research and educational papers and several books.  

Dr. Rey brought new life to the IACAPAP Bulletin, which he has edited since 2008.  The Bulletin has become a premier international child mental health publication easily accessed on the web. He conceived and edited the IACAPAP E-Textbook of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry. This was the first global textbook of child psychiatry accessible electronically on the web.  It contains more than 40 chapters written by global leaders in child psychiatry and child mental health. It has innovative media content. It is written to be useful for practitioners and others in low resource settings but at the same time maintains the highest academic standards. The textbook has been accessed by more than 48,000 individuals from practically every country in the world.

Dr. Wei-Tseun Soong

Dr. Wei-Tseun Soong is a senior consultant of the St. Joseph Hospital in Yunlin, Taiwan and on the faculty of the Department of Psychiatry, Department of Psychology, and Institute of Epidemiology of National Taiwan University. He received his child psychiatry at the University of British Columbia (UBC), Canada (1978-1980) and returned to Taiwan in 1981 to teach at the National Taiwan University and practice child psychiatry in the National Taiwan University Hospital. His major research areas are autistic disorder, depression, environmental toxins, PTSD and elective mutism in children and adolescents. He has published 115 peer-reviewed journal articles and more than 96 book chapters and books.

He played an important role in the drafting, promulgation and revision of Taiwan Mental Health Law, the planning and implementation of psychiatric hospital accreditation, and the establishment of psychiatry specialty training and certification system in Taiwan. He has been on many national committees, especially in child mental health and child protection, in Ministry of Education, Ministry of Interior, and Ministry of Health and Welfare. 

He was the founding president of Foundation for Autistic Children and Adults in Taiwan, and the founding president of Taiwan Society of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry. He was the founding treasurer and the 3rd President of Asian Society for Child and Adolescent Psychiatry and Allied Professions (ASCAPAP, 2006-2008), and a board member of World Federation for Mental Health (WFMH, 2005-2008). He has attended IACAPAP Congresses since the 1989 Kyoto Congress.

As a leader in child psychiatry in the Pacific Rim he has fostered understanding and collaboration.