Jihan Saber Raja Mahmoud, Oklahoma City University, USA
Sarah E. Bledsoe, University of North Carolina, USA
Sarah E. Bledsoe, PhD, MPhil, MSW is associate professor at the School of Social Work at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Her career has focused on working with low-income mothers to treat and prevent maternal psychiatric illness, improve child outcomes, and decrease health and social disparities related to income and race/ethnicity. Her professional training includes a doctorate (2007) and master of philosophy (2005) in social work from Columbia University, a master of social work (2001) from the University of Pittsburgh, and a bachelor of arts in psychology (1999) from the University of Tennessee. As an intervention researcher and translational scientist, she has been focused on research related to evidence-based practice and evidence-supported interventions for depression, anxiety, and trauma related disorders in woemn. Her practice experience and research interests include, broadly, the adaptation of evidence-supported interventions to address health disparities in high-risk populations, maternal and infant health and wellbeing, the engagement and retention low-income women and adolescents in psychiatric, health and social services, the impact of interpersonal trauma on psychiatric well being, and the implementation of evidence-based practice and evidence-supported interventions in social work education and practice. Dr. Bledsoe teaches direct practice and research methods courses in the graduate social work program and conducts regular trainings on interpersonal psychotherapy and perinatal psychiatric disorders while continuing to supervise practitioners training in and practicing with Interpersonal Psychotherapy.
The adaptation of evidence-supported interventions to address health disparities in high-risk populations, maternal and infant health and wellbeing, the engagement and retention low-income women and adolescents in psychiatric, health and social services, the impact of interpersonal trauma on psychiatric well being, and the implementation of evidence-based practice and evidence-supported interventions in social work education and practice.
Salomon Z. Langer, School of Medicine of Buenos Aires University, Argentina
Prof. Salomon Z. Langer was born in Buenos Aires, Argentina. In 1960 he graduated from the School of Medicine of Buenos Aires University, summa cum laude, obtaining the “Gold Medal Award” awarded to the best student of his class. Starting in 1963, with a Rockefeller Foundation Fellowship he joined the Department of Pharmacology at Harvard University until the end of 1966, first as research associate and in 1965-1965 appointed Instructor by the University. His research was on the mechanisms involving denervation supersensitivity (Ullrich Trendelenburg). He spent two years (1967-1969) in Cambridge, England, (Leslie Iversen) and at the Institute of Animal Physiology (Marthe Vogt) where he worked on norepinephrine (NE) uptake and the regulation of NE release elicited by nerve stimulation as well as the metabolic fate of the released neurotransmitter.
Major Depression; Alzheimer’s disease.
Yue Zhao, The University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong
Maggie Yue Zhao is currently Director of Teaching and Learning Evaluation and Measurement Unit at The University of Hong Kong. She earned her doctorate in Psychometrics and M.S. in Statistics both from University of Massachusetts, and has obtained extensive experience in leading large-scale assessment programs. Prior to joining HKU, Maggie worked as a psychometrician for Educational Testing Service (ETS) and contributed to several other assessment organizations in the United States. With over ten years of academic and professional experiences, she heavily engaged in various research projects in the advancement and application of quantitative methods in the education, social, behavioral and health sciences, and gained a substantive perspective in developing innovative solutions for assessment and evaluation. Her work has been published at Encyclopedia of Statistics in Behavioral Science and referred journals such as Assessment and Quality of Life Research.
Mental health measurement, patient-reported outcomes, psychometrics (particularly item response theory and its applications).
Felice Francesco Carabellese, University of Bari, Italy
Prof. dr. Felice Francesco Carabellese has achieved a significant clinical psychiatric experience after leaving the university in a wide range of specializations; each position qualified him permission to earn a substantial specialized knowledge. The diversity in every role that begins as a medical officer for the Italian Army through counseling for detoxification and rehabilitation, the criminal and civil law and public psychiatric services offered him the opportunity to expand and grow professionally, giving him the opportunity to learn and apply a varied technical approach and studied for his work. Over the years he has collaborated with various agencies dealing with public psychiatric services and rehabilitation acquiring strength and knowledge to face and deal with various tasks in such work. Through it all its tasks have increased in direct relation to the quality, reliability and punctuality applies to his work. This experience has allowed therefore to direct it towards the practice 'accredited and modern in personal treatment, prisons, the mentally ill and criminals. At the same time, he continued to direct his interests and studies towards the forensic psychiatry and criminology, to the point of being able to work in this field exclusively as a university lecturer and consultant for the High Regional and National Courts.
Criminal responsibility, Competence to stand trial, Violence risk assessment and management, sex offenders, child abuse, correctional psychiatry, professional liability, informed consent and competency, right to treatment, competencies in civil law, personal injury litigation, workplace harassment.
HELLME ABDULLAH NAJIM, Consultant Psychiatrist in Thameside Community Care NHS Trust, Iran (Islamic Republic of)
Natalia Pinho de Oliveira Ribeiro, Centro University, Brazil
Ms Natalia Ribeiro post graduated in evaluation and treatment of patients with chronic pain, master and PHD student in psychiatry and mental health and current research into the mechanisms of action of agomelatine in patients with rheumatoid arthritis. Her training in psychology has collaborated with research in the area of rheumatology and psychiatry mainly about anxious and depressive comorbidity in patients with clinical pathologies. One of her most important works made a screening of depression symptoms, anxiety and suicidal ideation in population with matched rheumatoid arthritis for each class of drug used. Currently performs the function of teacher and clinical psychology supervisor at a university in Brazil and is a researcher at the UFRJ where does her PHD.