Young, Early and Aspiring Child Mental Health Professionals

Young, Early and Aspiring Child Mental Health Professionals (YEAH for IACAPAP) aims to complement existing IACAPAP activities and initiatives, and to provide a largely online-based platform that would allow early career and trainee child and adolescent psychiatrists and allied professionals to network on a continuous basis, share ideas and experiences and build a foundation for stronger professional networks of cooperation into the future.

The establishment of this YEAH aims to boost professional/educational growth and collaboration among young IACAPAP members, with the following objectives:

  1. Providing a scientific and academic backbone for young IACAPAP members
  2. Providing a common platform to collaborate on clinical and research interests
  3. Actively engaging and attracting young colleagues the world over to a hub where they can learn, exchange ideas and explore scientific frontiers with their peers
  4. Providing a solid academic platform that can benefit from the mentorship of a global pool of teachers and experts
  5. Attracting funding, support and grants for international collaborative projects by young IACAPAP researchers
  6. Seeking to create competitive opportunities for research fellowships and/or mentorship for young IACAPAP members for professional development and cross-cultural learning and experiences

Jibril Abdulmalik (Nigeria)
Norbert Skokauskas (Ireland)
Daniel Fung (Singapore)

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.