Organizing Committee
OCM Member
Georgetown University Medical Center , USA
Biography :

Dr. Janice Krupnick is a professor of psychiatry in the Georgetown University School of Medicine. She received her Ph.D. in clinical psychology from University of California, Berkeley and previously served on the faculties of the departments of psychiatry at University of California, San Francisco and The George Washington University in Washington, DC. Her primary areas of research have been in treatment development and efficacy and effectiveness studies of interventions for depression and PTSD. Her focus over the past decade has been on the development and assessment of psychosocial treatments for low- income, predominantly minority women. She has also adapted Interpersonal Psychotherapy (IPT) for PTSD and is currently working on a project comparing IPT-PTSD with Prolonged Exposure in veterans. She is the recipient of awards for the best contribution to the literature on women and psychotherapy as well as teaching psychiatric residents at Georgetown University. She is the author or co-author of more than 40 journal articles and has been the principal investigator or co-investigator of grants from the National Institute of Mental Health, the VA, and the Department of Defense. She also maintains a private psychotherapy practice, specializing in the treatment of anxiety, depression, and PTSD.

Research Interest :

Treatment development and efficacy and effectiveness studies of interventions for depression and PTSD.

OCM Member
Acupuncture Haven , United Kingdom
Biography :

Kully Bath Clinical Director and certified Practitioner of Acupuncture Haven is passionate about creating awareness of adolescent Mental Health and the importance of early intervention. Kully has extensive knowledge on Chronic Schizophrenia and has worked with many different Consultants and Nurses to identify the physiological and neurological impact of this condition. This is further underpinned with her own journey and experiences of the collateral damage on children caused by serious Mental Health conditions such as Schizophrenia. She has worked extensively with the Mayor and Mayoress of Walsall, UK, to raise funds for a local charity that provides support for teenage Mental Health. Kully recently released a video covering a wide range of conditions and is committed to providing the best standard of treatments for clients. The aforementioned video can be viewed in full by searching Acupuncture Haven on YouTube.

Research Interest :

Stress, competence, and development: Continuities in the study of schizophrenic adults, children vulnerable to psychopathology, and the search for stress-resistant children,Young children of schizophrenic mothers: Difficulties of intervention , Adolescent mental health: Prevention and treatment programs Child and adolescent mental health worldwide: evidence and action , Split in Two: Experiences of the Children of Schizophrenic Mothers.

OCM Member
George Mason University , USA
Biography :

Dr. Fred Bemak is a Professor and Academic Program Coordinator of the Counseling and Development Program in the College of Education and Human Development and founder and Director of the Diversity Research and Action Center at George Mason University, Fairfax, Virginia. He also founded Counselors Without Borders. Previously Dr. Bemak was a Professor and Section Head for Counselor Education, School Psychology, and Rehabilitation Services at Ohio State University and former Associate Professor and Chair of the Counseling and Human Services Program at Johns Hopkins University. He is also the former Director of the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, Upward Bound Program, Clinical Director of a U.S. National Institute of Mental Health funded consortium based in the Department of Psychiatry at the University of Massachusetts Medical School, and Director of the Massachusetts Department of Mental Health Region I Adolescent Treatment Program. Dr. Bemak has published extensively in the fields of cross-cultural and multicultural psychology, working with at-risk youth, group counseling, and immigrant and refugee mental health and adjustment. He has co-authored seven books including: Social Justice Counseling: The Next Steps Beyond Multiculturalism, Journeys to Professional Excellence: Stories of Courage, Innovation, and Risk-Taking in the Lives of Noted Psychologists and Counselors, and Counseling Refugees: A Psychosocial Approach to Innovative Multicultural Interventions. In addition Dr. Bemak has written over 100 professional journal articles and book chapters. He is a regularly invited presenter as well as providing consultation and training for the public, private, and governmental sectors throughout the United States and globally in 60 countries. Dr. Bemak has held three Fulbright Scholarships (Brazil, Scotland, and Turkey) as well as Visiting Professor appointments in Australia, Mexico, and Taiwan. He received a World Rehabilitation Fund International Exchange of Experts Fellowship to work in India and a Kellogg Fellowship in International Leadership and Development to work throughout Latin America and the Caribbean. Dr. Bemak is a Fellow with the American Psychological Association, the American Counseling Association, and the Association for Specialists in Group Work and received an Honorary Distinguished Professorship from Amity University in India.

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