Keynote & Plenary Sessions

Laura J. Dietz, PhD
Interpersonal Psychotherapy and a Continuum of Care for Intergenerational Depression in Youth

University of Pittsburgh, USA

Laura J. Dietz, Ph.D. is a clinical and developmental psychologist whose research focuses on the study of family risk factors for depression and the development of psychosocial interventions for mood disorders in youths.  Dr. Dietz completed her graduate work at the University of Pittsburgh, a predoctoral internship at Children’s Memorial Hospital, Feinberg School of Medicine, in Chicago, IL, and a postdoctoral fellowship at Western Psychiatric Institute and Clinic.  For the past 10 years, Dr. Dietz has developed, manualized, and tested the efficacy and putative treatment mechanisms of Family Based Interpersonal Psychotherapy (FB-IPT) for Depressed Preadolescents.  She is an Associate Professor of Clinical Rehabilitation & Mental Health Counseling at the University of Pittsburgh, and trains clinicians in Interpersonal Psychotherapy for Depressed Adolescents (IPT-A) and FB-IPT.

David J. Kupfer, MD

Department of Psychiatry, University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine, USA


David J. Kupfer, M.D., Distinguished Professor Emeritus, Department of Psychiatry, University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine, received his bachelor’s and M.D. degrees from Yale University.  Following completion of an internship, Dr. Kupfer continued his postgraduate clinical and research training at the Yale New Haven Hospital and the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH).

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Roslyn Law, Ph.D.
Dissemination – Navigating the minefields between evidence and implementation

Anna Freud National Centre for Children and Families, United Kingdom


Dr Roslyn Law trained as a clinical psychologist at the University of Edinburgh and as an IPT practitioner and supervisor at the Clarke Institute of Psychiatry, Toronto.  She has worked in multiple clinical settings, including primary care and specialist psychotherapy services for people with eating disorders, post traumatic reactions, sexual health and for children and families.

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Oguz Omay, MD, President ISIPT
Interpersonal Virtuosity: Nourish or Perish!

1Üsküdar University, Istanbul, Turkey
2Les Toises, Lausanne, Switzerland


A passionate clinician and patient advocate, Oguz Omay has been involved in perinatal psychiatry for over two decades. Taken aback by the fact that very few women found adequate psychiatric care during the perinatal period, he organized a grass roots multidisciplinary networking movement in his region to address perinatal mental health. With the contribution of many professionals as well as mothers with relevant lived experience, this movement led to the creation of the Perinatal Psychiatry Unit in La Teppe Medical Center, Tain l’Hermitage, France.

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Frenk Peeters, MD, PhD
IPT and CBT for depression going Dutch; do they really share equally?

1Department of Psychiatry and Psychology, Maastricht University Medical Center, Maastricht, The Netherlands
2School for Mental Health and Neuroscience, Faculty of Health, Medicine and Life Sciences, Maastricht University


Frenk Peeters is professor of psychiatry at the Department of Psychiatry and Psychology at Maastricht University Medical Centre, and the Faculty of Health, Medicine and Life Sciences, Maastricht University.
He was trained in Amsterdam and Maastricht as a psychiatrist and psychotherapist. Dr. Peeters is a researcher and clinician in the field of mood-disorders with an emphasis on major depression.

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Holly A. Swartz, MD
The Loneliness Epidemic: Can IPT Help?

University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine, USA


Dr. Holly A. Swartz is professor of psychiatry at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine. She received her undergraduate degree from Harvard University and her medical degree from Albert Einstein College of Medicine. She completed her psychiatric residency training at New York Hospital / Cornell University School of Medicine. She currently serves as the Treasurer of the International Society for Bipolar Disorders (ISBD), Past-President of the International Society for Interpersonal Psychotherapy (IsIPT), Scientific Program Chair for the 2019 biennial meeting of IsIPT, and Editor-in-Chief of the American Journal of Psychotherapy.

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