The Organizational Committee

Coordinator of the Conference

Dr. Viktor Vus


PhD in Psychology, Associate Professor. Laboratory of Community Health (LPNU), NDSAN Network. 17+ years experience of conducting psychological trainings (in the area of psychosomatic); rehabilitation programs; psychological rehabilitation and support of combatants and ex-combatants. Researches in the field of Mental Health Care Systems developing. The author of educational course "The organization of Mental Health Care in transition countries". He joined Movement for Global Mental Health in June 2018. Areas of specialization/interest: personality socialization in the context of globalization; mental health.

Heads of the Organizational Committee

Dr. Mykola Sliusarevsky


PhD in psychology, Corresponding Member of the Ukrainian National Academy of Educational Science (1999), Honoured Researcher of the education of Ukraine (1999), Commander of the 2 Orders of Merit (2008 i 2013). The foundator of Ukrainian research school of promotional psychology. The author of relative theory of information space; conception of etno-and mental- genesis of Ukrainian people

Dc. Silvia Prati


President of MFC - Maendeleo for children, coordinator of NDSAN Network, Italy

Vice-Heads of the Organizational Committee

Marta Pyvovarenko


Chairman of the Board of the NGO Development Foundations and graduate of Yale University's School of Medicine program initiative for preparing Ukrainian specialists in the field of traumatic stress and PTSD treatment and prevention. In 2014 she developed PTSD Training Programs US-UA Psychological First Aid. 2015-2018 Marta Pyvovarenko worked as supervisor for Mental Health Providers in the Donbass and in other regions of Ukraine. In 2017 to 2018 from International Organization for Migration. These activities included trainings for psychologists, social workers, doctors, volunteers, and community activists, as well as assistance programs therapy classes for veterans and their families, and Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) affected by PTSD. In 2017 Marta's awarded with the merit badges of the Ukrainian President "For Humanitarian Participation in the Antiterrorist Operation". She promotes new standards for providing psychological assistance and rehabilitation at the legislative level, cooperates with the National Guard and the Armed Forces of Ukraine. In July 2018 she joined Movement for Global Mental Health. She's engaged in psychological research at post-traumatic growth, and implementing Evidence-Based Informed Post Disaster Interventions Methods in Diverse Field Settinzs.

Dr. Yuliya Shutyak



Members of the Organizational Committee

Chairs of the section

Dr. April Naturale


Chairs of the sections:

MHC systems in the context of global social challenges.

April Naturale, PhD, is a traumatic stress specialist with 30 years of experience as a health/mental health care administrator, and a clinician specializing in response to traumatic events. Dr. Naturale directed the mental health response to the 9/11 terrorist attacks in NY, spent several years_providmg disaster management consultation and training in over 45 disasters in the U.S. and across 9 countries. She directed the 9-1110• Anniversary program, and the BP Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill Distress Helpline, now the national Disaster Distress Helpline. Dr. Naturale helped launch SAMHSA's National Suicide Prevention Lifeline and was the lead architect of the Boston Marathon bombings behavioral health response. Dr. Naturale helped develop the Training of Trainers curriculum for FEMA's Crisis Counseling Assistance and Training Program and the Boston Medical Center for Multicultural Mental Health's Responder Resiliency program. She has provided in-person training on Psychological First Aid for the humanitarian aid workers for the European Union and for the National Guard and emergency response clinicians in Ukraine, as well as consultation and crisis intervention services in the U.K., Brussels, Portugal, Dubai, Cyprus, Uganda, Sierra Leon and video based services m India, Southern Sudan, Madrid, and Indonesia.

Bruce H. Young


Chairs of the sections:

Mental health in times of military conflicts.

Bruce H. Young, LCSW. 29 years experience in the field of disaster mental health/emergency response & over 46 years experience in crisis intervention. Bruce H. Young helps develop, guides, evaluates & teach disaster mental health practices & national emergency behavioral health systems in the U.S. & since 2014, Ukraine; works with federal agencies, state depts of mental health, NGOs, & educational institutions. Areas of Expertise: (1) Teach allied mental health practitioners & administrative decision-makers about disaster mental health/emergency behavioral health services based on evidence-based practices & field experience; (2) Develop disaster mental health-related operational & clinical guidelines, policies, national & community field training exercises, workshops, online courses, & phone apps. Principal developer of conceptual & clinical framework for adult Psychological First Aid.

Galina Itskovich


Chairs of the sections:

Specific issues of MHC: child neuropsychiatry; support of disabled people, elderly age people; MHC in rural areas; addictive behavior

Galina Itskovich, MSW, L•CSW-R (New York, USA), Clinical Consultant at the ICDL Institute, has more than 20 years of experience in the field of psychotherapy. One of the key professional interests - early development and autism. In the experience, clinical and administrative supervision at JBFCS (Jewish Board of Family and Children's Services), and also the foundation and leadership of the Early Intervention program G & Y KidsPower. Since 2001, provided Psychological First Aid (to 9/11 victims and families in various community settings, to victims of natural disasters such as hurricanes andy and Maria); considerable experience in accompanying families with a child with post-traumatic stress, a member of the committee of specialists working and severe consequences of psychological trauma, Since 2003, a certified family therapist. In 2014, pioneered DIRFloortime approach in Ukraine and has trained many clinicians since. A regular contributor to several journals; writes and lectures on the subject of parenting.

Dr. Maureen P. Flaherty


Chairs of the sections:

Mental health and community

Maureen P. Flaherty, MSW, PhD is Associate Professor in Peace and Conflict Studies at the University of Manitoba, Canada. She has more than 35 years of experience in the front lines of human service as a social worker, therapist, consultant and educator specializing in the areas of crisis and trauma recovery, intimate partner abuse, and community development. Her work has taken her to Russia where she facilitated workshops on community mental health and Ukraine where she initially worked for the CIDA-funded project, Reforming Social Services: Canada-Ukraine, working with partners to develop the Department of Sociology and Social Work at Lviv Polytechnic National University and facilitating workshops for practitioners in community social service development. She continues to collaborate with her Ukrainian partners and others focusing largely on participatory research, using a variety of tools such as narrative and visioning for empowerment, bridging differences and building community in both Canada and Ukraine. Her main research interests relate to gender and empowerment, peacebuilding through personal empowerment, collaborative community development.

Dr. Elena Syurina


Chairs of the sections:

Higher Education and MHC: Research and Innovations

Dr Syurina is an Assistant Professor in the field of Global Mental health at the Athena Institute, VU University, Amsterdam, with specialisations in prevention and (develop)mental disorders. She has a multidisciplinary background, with degrees in neuropsychology and policy analysis. Prior to her current post, she has been a practicing children's psychologist. Currently is the coordinator of the Research Masters Global Health. After completing her PhD in Child & Youth Healthcare at Maastricht University, Dr. Syurina was awarded a visiting researcher grant for the University of Oxford, where she researched the available biological measurements to identify stress levels in children in primary care. Since 2015 she has conducted research on the utility of Brain Blocks (a Dutch psycho-education and therapy toolkit). Projects she has contributed to include: LTWV-commissioned research to investigate prospective innovations that can help people with mild intellectual- disability to find and retain employment, investigation into the occurrence and aetiology of the new disordered eating pattern (Orthorexia Nervosa), a review of current practices supporting people with mental health disabilities in sub-Saharan Africa, investigation of cross-sectional stigma and positive deviance in Indonesia, and research into practices that contribute to the empowerment of mothers of autistic children in India. Dr Syurina's expertise lies in the fields of inter- and transdisciplinary approaches to health-related decision making and participatory research methods. She has wide experience of sociological field research and ethnographic data collection, and is experienced in managerial and analytical tasks, as well as events organisation and market analysis. She has been co-manager of several large projects, including EU projects

Dr. Andrew J. Jones


Chairs of the sections:

Interdisciplinary and transdisciplinary approaches in MHC

Andrew Jones, MPH is the Child Protection/Psychosocial Support Specialist for International Medical Corps in Ukraine. In this role, he provides technical guidance and support to mobile teams providing integrated protection programming through the lens of psychosocial support. This includes conducting, Mental Health and Psychosocial Support (NII-IPSS) and Child Protection (01P) needs assessments, building staff capacity and overseeing project implementation and evaluation. Andrew is also the co-chair of theiRraine /v11L-WSS WG at the national and sub-national levels. Mr. Jones has over 10 years of experience in the development, implementation, management and evaluation of psychosocial support activities and case management services for children and families in Haiti, Ecuador, Peru, Uganda, and Egypt. Other accomplishments include provision of counselling and group support services for homeless populations and drafting proposals and recommendations to Federal, State and City government organizations to improve access and quality of health care for immigrant and other undersexved communities within New York City. Specializing in MBPSS and Child Protection during pursuit of his Masters in Public Health within the Program on Forced Migration at the Mailman School of Public Health (Columbia University), he continues to be interested in exploring how to improve well-being at the individual and community levels while also fostering collaborative community development and resiliency. His research interests include examining the associations between human rights violations and health outcomes, child and adolescent health and impact of migration on mental health of individuals and communities