Keynote & Plenary Sessions

Myrna M. Weissman, PhD
30 YEARS OF STUDYING FAMILIES AT RISK FOR DEPRESSION: WHAT HAVE WE LEARNED AT PREVENTION?

Diane Goldman Kemper Family Professor of Epidemiology in Psychiatry, Vagelos College of Physicians and Surgeons and Mailman School of Public Health, Columbia University, USA

Dr. Weissman is an epidemiologist trained at Yale University.  Her current research is on understanding the rates and risks of mood and anxiety disorders using methods of epidemiology, genetics, neuroimaging, and the application of these findings to develop and test empirically based treatments and preventive intervention.  She directs a 3-generation study of families at high and low risk for depression who have been studied clinically for over 30 years and who are participating in imaging studies.

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David J. Kupfer, MD
THE FUTURE OF PSYCHOTHERAPY IN PSYCHIATRY: ARE WE READY TO ABANDON THE MIND/BODY DICHOTOMY?

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

Bio

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

Bio

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

Bio

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

Bio

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
IPT and the Loneliness Epidemic: Can We Help?

University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine, USA

Bio

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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