Mental Health: Global Challenges of XXI Century

Keynote Speakers - 2018

MHGC21 - 2018

Dr. Elena V. Syurina


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. Dr Syurina’s expertise lies in the fields of inter- and transdisciplinary approaches to health-related decision making and participatory research methods. Prior to her current post, she has been a practicing children’s psychologist.

Prof. Vitaly Klymchuk

Doctor in psychology

The director of Mental Health. Solutions

The official expert of Ministry of Health (Ukraine) (the area "Mental Health")

The member of Scientific-methodological Council of the Ministry of Health (Ukraine) (Sector of Higher Education)

The leading Research Fellow, Institute of Social and Political Psychology, National Academy of Educational Science of Ukraine

Dr. Maureen P. Flaherty

Associate Professor, Peace and Conflict Studies (University Manitoba, Canada)

Areas of specialization/interest:

Gender and peacebuilding, interpersonal violence, intimate partner abuse, participatory research as empowerment, feminist methodologies, indigenous methodologies, narrative, visioning, community mental health, community development, youth and democracy.

Dr. Maureen Flaherty has been a front-line social worker, therapist, consultant, and educator specializing in the areas of crisis and trauma recovery, intimate partner abuse, and community development.

Dr. Evangelos Fradelos


Adjunct Professor, Nursing Department of the University of Thessaly, Larissa, Greece. Clinical teacher in mental health and psychiatric nursing. Special interest: development of critical thinking in clinical nursing, mental health in various populations and also spirituality and religiosity and its relation to health parameters

Scientific societies: The American Association for Science and Technology; Hellenic Nurses Association

Dr. Daniela Dumitru


Associate Professor at The Bucharest University of Economic Studies and Head of the Teacher Training Department. Research interests are concentrating on critical thinking, education for sustainable development, educational psychology, communities of inquiry / practice and cognitive psychology

Prof. Ioanna V. Papathanasiou

Associate Professor of Community Psychiatry Nursing, University of Thessaly, Greece

Associate Professor of Nursing - Community Psychiatry University of Thessaly

Adjunct Academic Staff of the Hellenic Open University

Speciality: Nursing; Mental Health Nursing; Community Nursing; Nursing Education; Nursing Research and Evidence Based Practice

Prof. Pavel Gornostai

Professor, Doctor in psychology

Chief Scientist of the Laboratory of Psychology of Small Groups and Intergroup Relations of the Institute of Social and Political Psychology of the National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine

Prof. Pavel Gornostai is actively engaged in advisory, psychotherapeutic and training practice, trains psychologists-consultants from different cities of Ukraine under the author's curriculum.

He develops integrative approaches in modern psychotherapy, in particular - such a direction as transactional psychodrama. Carries out methodological substantiation of role and dramaturgical approaches in psychological science and practice, as well as introduction of them into practice of social and educational reforms.

He is the founder and editor in chief of the journal "Psychodrama and modern psychotherapy"

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