Organizing Committee
OCM Member
Chair, Society of Organisational Behaviour in Australia, Psychology
Macquarie University Australia , Australia
Biography :

Associate Professor Joanne Earl joined Macquarie University in January 2018. Prior to joining Macquarie she worked at Flinders University (South Australia) and at UNSW for 9 years in the School of Psychology. She is a Registered Psychologist, and a member of the Australian Psychological Society. She is passionate about making retirement a positive experience for all Australians. Her program of research focuses on promoting retirement planning for workers at both the individual and organizational level along with identifying predictors of retirement adjustment for retirees. She regularly appears in the press and on radio talking about her research.

Research Interest :

Retirement planning and adjustment; Focusing on a wholisitic approach to planning for retirement that influences wealth, health, social, cogitive, emotional and motivational resources.

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Professor, Psychology
Southern Federal University , Russia
Biography :

Sam Vaknin is Visiting Professor of Psychology, Southern Federal University, Rostov-on-Don, Russia and Professor of Finance and Psychology in CIAPS (Centre for International Advanced and Professional Studies). Sam Vaknin is the author of Malignant Self-love: Narcissism Revisited and other books about personality disorders. His work is cited in hundreds of books and dozens of academic papers. He spent the past 6 years developing Cold Therapy: a treatment modality for Narcissistic Personality Disorder (NPD). Over the years, with dozens of volunteers, he found that it was effective with clients suffering from a major depressive episode as well.

Research Interest :

Narcissists, Psychopaths, Abuse

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Professor, Neurology
Northwestern University , USA
Biography :

Dr. Videnovic obtained his M.D at the University of Belgrade School of Medicine, where he subsequently completed an internship in Internal medicine followed by a residency in Anatomic pathology. From 1998 to 2000 he was a postdoctoral fellow in the Department of Pharmacology at the University of Illinois in Chicago, where he worked on the neurobiology of the sleep apnea syndrome. He subsequently moved to the Rush Alzheimer?s Disease Center in Chicago, where he worked on several NIH funded clinical-pathological studies of aging. Dr Videnovic completed an internship in Internal medicine at MCP Hahnemann University Hospital in Philadelphia, and a Neurology residency at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine in Chicago where he served as chief resident. Subsequently he trained in Movement Disorders at Rush University Medical Center in Chicago, and sleep medicine at Northwestern University. He obtained a Master of Science degree in clinical research from the Rush Graduate College in 2007. He was appointed as Assistant Professor of Neurology at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine in July 2007. Dr. Videnovic is a member of the American Academy of Neurology, the Parkinson Study Group, and the American Academy of Sleep Medicine. Dr. Videnovic cares for patients with Parkinson?s disease and various movement disorders. He is a principal investigator and co-investigator on several clinical trials in the field of Parkinson?s disease and movement disorders. His research focuses on sleep dysfunction in neurodegenerative disorders, particularly Parkinson?s disease.

Research Interest :

dysfunction in neurodegenerative disorders

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Professor , Biological Psychology
Loughborough university , United Kingdom
Biography :

Eef Hogervorst did her Ph.D. at Maastricht University in age related cognitive decline and treatment at the Department of Psychiatry and Neuropsychology in 1998. She was subsequently employed at the University of Oxford (Oxford Project to Investigate Memory and Ageing, OPTIMA) as a neuropsychologist and epidemiologist and was awarded several grants and prizes for her research into early diagnoses and risk factors for dementia and cognitive decline. Eef did similar research as a Research Associate Professor at the Donald W. Reynolds Department of Geriatrics (ranked 8th nationally) of the University of Arkansas Medical Sciences and at the University of Cambridge (Department of Psychiatry) as Senior Research Associate, before taking on a Chair in Psychology at Loughborough University which is consistently ranked among the top Universities in the U.K. Eef has set-up collaborations with several large multi-centre observational and treatment studies for age related cognitive decline and dementia (EPIC NORFOLK and MRC CFAS in the U.K. and the H ABC, WHIMS and KEEPS studies in the U.S.A and a large cohort in Indonesia). She studies cross cultural clinical diagnostic accuracy of different types of dementias and has developed and validated a computerized expert system and cognitive test battery for this purpose with Dr Bandelow. Eef is an elected member of the MRC College of Experts for Neuroscience and Mental Health, a member of the European Scientific Referee panel for the European Research Area in Ageing and is often asked to review research proposals (Alzheimer Association, NWO, SPARC etc) and papers in her field (Neurology, JNNP, Arch Neurol, etc). She was invited as a keynote speaker at several conferences (e.g. ICAD). At Oxford Eef was Somerville Junior Research fellow and Blasschko fellow at Linacre College. Eef is an elected young Fellow at the Royal Society of Medicine in London, Editor (Section Head) of the International Faculty 1000, on the editorial board of JAD and has over 100 international peer reviewed publications.

Research Interest :

Neuroscience and Mental Health

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Senior Scientist, Center for Health Research
Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai , USA
Biography :

Dr. Boscarino is an epidemiologist and research psychologist who is conducting research related to post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), addictions, mood/anxiety disorders, and behavior genetics. He is a Senior Scientist and the Director of Clinical Research Training at Geisinger Clinic, Danville, PA. He also holds appointments at Mount Sinai School of Medicine (Pediatrics and Internal Medicine) and at Temple University School of Medicine (Psychiatry). His current research includes assessing the genetics of addiction and mental disorders among pain, PTSD, and other at-risk populations. In addition, he is studying the impact of PTSD among patients seen in Level-I Trauma Centers. He was also recently funded by NIH to develop the next generation of PTSD prediction tools and is using this tool to develop new treatment interventions for both PTSD and addiction disorders. In addition, he is also investigating the role of PTSD in the onset and course of ischemic heart disease and rheumatoid arthritis and is conducting research related to health status of deployed US veterans. Dr. Boscarino is also the site PI for the Chronic Hepatitis Cohort Study, funded by the CDC. He has also recently served as a co-investigator for pain and addiction studies funded by Pfizer and Janssen and his research team is currently assessing the health impact of Hurricane Sandy at the Jersey Shore. In 2004, he was awarded a Lifetime Membership in Vietnam Veterans of America for his veterans work. In 2009, he was elected to Fellow Status by the American Psychological Association and in 2010 he was given a Lifetime Achievement Award for his PTSD research by the International Society of Traumatic Stress Studies (ISTSS). In addition to the APA, he also is a member of ISTSS, the Society of Biological Psychiatry, and the American Psychosomatic Society. In 2011 he was appointed to serve as a committee member for the Institute of Medicine, National Academy of Sciences, Washington, DC.

Research Interest :

Post-traumatic stress disorder Addictions Mood/Anxiety disorders Behavior genetics

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Chief of Psychiatry & Medical Director, Psychiatry
Yale University of Medicine , USA
Biography :

Dr. Azeem is Chief of Psychiatry & Medical Director of Albert J. Solnit Children's Center, one of the premium Psychiatry Teaching Facility for children and adolescents in the country. He is an Associate Clinical Professor at Yale Child Study Center / Yale University School of Medicine as well as Associate Residency Training Program Director for Yale Child Study Center/ Solnit Center Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Fellowship. Dr.Azeem is Distinguished Fellow of American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry (AACAP) as well as Distinguished Fellow of American Psychiatric Association (APA). Dr. Azeem's primary clinical and research interests include Autism Spectrum Disorders and Developmental Disabilities, Global Mental Health and Child & Adolescent Psychiatry Training. He has presented on these topics nationally and internationally and published in peer reviewed journals. In addition, he collaborates with psychiatry professionals and various medical schools in Pakistan and Middle East on different projects including autism spectrum disorders and developmental disabilities, psychiatric co-morbidity in medical conditions, child and adolescent psychiatry training as well as improving child and adolescent mental health services.

Research Interest :

Post-traumatic stress disorder Addictions Mood/Anxiety disorders Behavior genetics

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Professor, Nursing
University of Kentucky , USA
Biography :

Dr. Patricia Howard received her undergraduate degree in nursing from the University of Louisville and her masters degree in nursing from the University of Kentucky. In 1992, she completed the Doctor of Philosophy in nursing at UK. The focus of her doctoral research, partially funded by an American Nurses Foundation grant, was maternal caregiving of adult children with schizophrenia. This research was extended in a University of Kentucky Chandler Medical Center grant in which she investigated the extent to which fathers participated in caregiving for their adult children diagnosed with schizophrenia. Dr. Howard is a member of the University’s Graduate School. In the College of Nursing, she is associate dean of the Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) and Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) programs. She also teaches in the PhD, DNP and MSN programs. Since 1996, she has been engaged in research funded by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) and the Kentucky Department for Mental Health and Mental Retardation Services. Currently, she is co-principal investigator of the SAMHSA-funded Kentucky Medication Algorithm Project (KyMAP). The overall goal of the KyMAP initiative is to implement, train, and evaluate the evidence-based practice called medication algorithms. In addition, Dr. Howard participated in a national study designed to evaluate the psychometric properties of KyMAP research instruments. Her previous research included funded projects that investigated consumer and family satisfaction with mental health services in Kentucky’s public mental health system, part of Kentucky?s development of a statewide plan for measuring outcomes of mental health care. She was also an investigator in a SAMHSA-funded study designed to implement the Trauma Informed Care model to reduce use of section and restraints in Kentucky?s public psychiatric hospitals. Dr. Howard?s research has been published in Archives of Psychiatric Nursing, International Psychiatry, Issues in Mental Health Nursing, and Psychiatric Services. She has presented the results of her research at regional, national and international levels, including Sigma Theta Tau International, the American Nurses Association Council of Nurse Researchers, the International Society for Psychiatric Mental Health Nursing (ISPN), the Southern Nursing Research Society, and the National Association of Mental Health Program Directors Research Institute. In 2005 she was appointed to a three-year term on the editorial board of Archives of Psychiatric Nursing.

Research Interest :

Post-traumatic stress disorder Addictions Mood/Anxiety disorders Behavior genetics

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Head of Department, Psychosomatic
Cliniques universitaires , Belgium
Biography :

Christine Reynaert currently working as a Head of Department of Psychosomatic in Cliniques Universitaires. She served as a professor in the Department of Medical Psychology at the University Hospital Lausanne, Switzerland, from May to July 1985. In 1993, she worked as Professor of Clinical. In 1996, she worked as a Lecturer Academic in part time and as a Clinical Lecturer.

Research Interest :

Post-traumatic stress disorder Addictions Mood/Anxiety disorders Behavior genetics

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Director, Neurology
University of Florida , USA
Biography :

Dr. Michael F. Waters is an Assistant Professor of Neurology and Neuroscience, University of Florida College of Medicine, present Director, Stroke Program and Vascular Neurology Fellowship, University of Florida College of Medicine.

Research Interest :

Post-traumatic stress disorder Addictions Mood/Anxiety disorders Behavior genetics

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Professor, Psychology
University of Rijeka , Croatia
Biography :

Ivanka Zivcic Becirevic is a full Professor of clinical Psychology at Department of Psychology, Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences, University of Rijeka, Croatia. She is the head of a postgraduate specialist program in psychological counseling, head of the University Counseling Center at University of Rijeka and President of Croatian Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies. She has published 44 scientific and professional papers and 6 book chapters

Research Interest :

Post-traumatic stress disorder Addictions Mood/Anxiety disorders Behavior genetics

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Vice President, Mental Health
Chonbuk National University , South Korea
Biography :

Myeong-Sook Yoon is the Founder of Korean Addiction Forum and now Co-President of the Korean Addiction Forum. She is also a Committee Member of Korean National Gambling Control Commission. She has been working in addiction field since 1987, as a pioneer in Korea and has worked for many national projects. She is a former President of the Korean Association of Social Work Practice and Research and Korean Academy of Mental Health Social Work, Korean Association for Psychosocial Rehabilitation. She is a certified Mental Health Social Worker (Level 1) and certified Drug and Alcohol Therapist, certified Addiction Supervisor and certified Addiction Social Worker (Level 1).

Research Interest :

Post-traumatic stress disorder Addictions Mood/Anxiety disorders Behavior genetics

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Head of Research and Development, Biochemistry
Ashkelon Academic College , Israel
Biography :

Jacob Barg graduated from the Kaplan Medical Center. He completed his Ph.D. at the Weizmann Institute of Science in 1989. He performed a two-year postdoctoral research in the Department of Biochemistry at St. Louis University. Following that, he joined the Department of Biochemistry as an assistant research professor and then Head of Research and Development at Wolfson Medical Center. He joined the Ashkelon Academic College, Department of Criminology to continue his contribution for the scientific welfare. Dr. Jacob Barg is a member of Israeli Olympic Committee for the Prevention of Sports Doping & also Presiding Judge of the Israeli National Committee and the Israeli Olympic Committee for the Prevention of Sports Doping

Research Interest :

Post-traumatic stress disorder Addictions Mood/Anxiety disorders Behavior genetics

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Professor & Director, Division of Geriatric Medicine
The University of Texas , USA
Biography :

Dr. Mukaila Raji is a tenured Professor and Chief of Geriatric Medicine at the University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston. He received his medical degree from the University of Ife in Nigeria. He then completed an internal medicine residency at Washington Hospital Center in Washington, DC, USA, a geriatric fellowship at Duke University in Durham, NC, USA, and a Master of Science Degree in pharmacology at the University of Alberta in Canada. Dr. Raji is board certified in geriatrics and internal medicine. He has published over 50 peer-reviewed articles in the areas of pharmacology, cognitive aging, and disability. He is a recipient of the 2002-2006 Geriatric Academic Career Award from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and the 2006 Sir William Osler Excellence in Clinical Teaching Award. He teaches students, residents, and fellows and serves as attending faculty on the Acute Care for the Elders Unit and Geriatric Clinic Service.

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Professor , Health Services Research and Department of Family Medicine
Maastricht University , Netherlands
Biography :

Jos M.G.A. Schols, MD, PhD is professor of Old Age Medicine. He works at the Department of Health Services Research and the Department of Family Medicine of Maastricht University, The Netherlands.

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Director, Medicine and the Healthy Aging Center
University of Verona , Italy
Biography :

Andrea P Rossi, MD, Ph.D. works in the Geriatric Division of the Department of Medicine and the Healthy Aging Center of the University of Verona, directed by Prof Mauro Zamboni. Dr. Rossi studies body composition methods with particular attention to Sarcopenia diagnosis, nutritional interventions and consequences on health related outcomes. Dr. Rossi, since 10 years is in the staff of the Nutrition and Obesity Center of the University of Verona and he is the referent for DXA, BIA, CT and MRI techniques for muscle mass and fat mass measurements and ectopic fat deposition evaluation. Dr. Rossi's primary research is in the definition of Sarcopenic Obesity and Dynapenic Visceral Obesity in order to identify elderly subjects at higher risk for unfavourable health consequences. He has recently received the “Fellow in Geriatrics” instituted by the Italian Geriatrics and Gerontology Society (SIGG), awarded to the most outstanding young investigator in Italy in the field of Aging. Dr. Rossi has published over 50 peer-reviewed papers, review articles and book chapters, has served on Editorial Boards for the Journals of Gerontology, Obesity, European Journal Clinical Nutrition, Age and Ageing, J Nutr Health Aging, J Parenteral and Enteral Nutrition and International Journal of Obesity. Dr. Rossi participated as speaker and chairman to the most important national and international meeting on Nutrition, Geriatrics and Obesity (ESPEN, SIGG, EUGMS, NAASO, ICO, EASO and SIO). Dr. Rossi obtained specialization in Geriatrics and Gerontology at the University of Verona, Italy, and after completing a past scholar at Division of Endocrinology and Metaboilism of the University of Pittsburgh, PA, in the United States in 2006, received his Ph.D. in Science of Life and Health from the University of Verona in 2011.

Research Interest :

Geriatrics Endocrinology Nutrition

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Professor, Psychology
Payame Noor University(PNU) and, University of Applied Science and Technology (U.A.S.T) , Iran
Biography :

Prof. Dr. C.P Abdolrasoul Aleezaadeh completed his Post Doctorate in (Psychology) at Approach of Applied Clinical Cognitive Neuropsychology from the USA. Prof. Dr. Aleezaadeh Completed his Ph.D. Degrees in Psychology at the USA. He completed his Master's Degree in Clinical Psychology at I. R. of the IRAN and Bachelor's Degree in General Psychology at I. R. of the IRAN. He is Full Expert International Faculty Professorship Member in the Brooklyn Central University, the USA, Associate Expert International Faculty Professorship Member in the University of Pacific Albion, the USA and, Associate Expert International Faculty Professorship Member in the Green Lake (GreenLake) University, the USA. Now he is working as an Assistant Professor at P.N.U and, U.A.S.T Universities; I.R. of IRAN.

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Founder and CEO , Telepsychiatry Research and Innovation Network
Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujib Medical University , Bangladesh
Biography :

Dr Tanjir Rashid Soron received his MD in Psychiatry and MPH after his MBBS. He is currently working as Head of MindTale which provide as a nationwide mental health service by phone in Bangladesh. He is the founder of the “Telepsychiatry Research and Innovation Network” that gives a perfect ground for telepsychiatry researchers and others to explore and share various ideas. Dr. Soron is playing a key role in research on technlogy based interventions for Neurodevelopmental Disorders in Bangladesh. He is also leading few childhood development and mental health screening and severity assessment tools. Dr. Soron is exploring the impact of Facebook on mental health of child and adollocent. He is also working as a member of editorial board of several international journals.

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Professor, Psychology
Lebanese American University , Lebanon
Biography :

Dr. Diala F. Ammar is a professor of Psychology at LAU Beirut. She has graduated with a PhD in kinesiology from Texas A&M University.

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