ESCAP Board 2019-2023

Meet our new ESCAP board members

At the General Assembly held at the ESCAP congress in Vienna, five new board members were selected, Anne Marie Räberg Christensen - Denmark, Joerg Fegert - Germany, Konstantinos Kotsis - Greece, Manon Hillegers – The Netherlands, Eniko Kiss – Hungary. We welcome them to the board. We also saw the exchange of the ESCAP presidency, Stephan Eliez after 8 years of being in the board, 4 of which were as president, hands the reigns over to Dimitris Anagnostopoulos. The new board will meet in Berlin in November.


From left to right: Andreas Karwautz, Stephan Eliez, Jean-Philippe Raynaud, Joerg Fegert, Eniko Kiss, Dimitris Anagnostopoulos, Maeve Doyle, Milica Pejovic-Milovancevic, Konstantinos Kotsis, Manon Hillegers, Johannes Hebebrand, and insert Anne Marie Räberg Christensen.

To find out more about some of our board members visit the 'Board Members'

Congress Report
Did you attend the meeting and want to recap on what happened? Or were you unable to attend but want to find out more? ESCAP have put together a small congress report to summarise the key events, lectures, board meeting outcomes for everyone to appreciate.
Click to read the Congress Report.

September issue online now! Early interventions for parent-child emotional interactions  

This month’s editorial revisits the notion that parents are the most influential at facilitating and promoting a child’s ability to develop effective strategies to regulate their emotions. The authors discuss the importance of emotion dysregulation and early intervention for these child-parent relationships, by referring to the findings by Joseph et al. in this issue, who showed increased levels of depressive symptoms are already present in children with ADHD as young as 6 years. Early intervention, even despite the heighten genetic risks, can improve the circumstances of young offspring at risk of developing ADHD, and prevent the symptoms manifesting into the full extreme. More studies, development of appropriate intervention programs for parent-child emotion regulation and early screening are needed to achieve this. Read the editorial.



The 18th International Congress of European Society for Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, Vienna, Austria, 30/06/2019-02/07/2019 has been accredited by the European Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (EACCME®) with 18 European CME credits (ECMEC®s). Each medical specialist should claim only those hours of credit that he/she actually spent in the educational activity. For more information about obtaining your credits, complete the evaluation form and send to
  • ESCAP 2019 Vienna: president interview, registration & scholarships

    ESCAP 2019 Congress
    The ESCAP Vienna congress president Andreas Karwautz provides us with two video interviews on the organisation of the event and reasons why you should come to Vienna, as if you need any more. ESCAP is interviewing keynote and state of the art speakers about their upcoming lectures, check out the latest interviews. The congress is under the responsibility of the Austrian ESCAP member, ÖGKJP. Find out more on the official website.

  • ESCAP 2019 speaker

    Anke Hinney interview

    Anke Hinney is a professor of molecular genetics working in the field of child and adolescent psychiatry at the University of Duisburg-Essen, Germany. In her latest interview with ESCAP, she describes the techniques behind genome-wide association studies and how her research team are using them to screen DNA or genomes markers in patients suffering with eating disorders and body weight regulation disorders. Read more.


    Psychotherapy: compulsory for every psychiatrist

    Professor Franz Resch pleads for a key role for psychotherapeutic skills in the psychiatric practice. “Psychotherapy must be a standard part of the training of every psychiatrist”, he says.
    View all of his arguments, or read the Franz Resch interview on adolecents at high risk. Resch is a keynote speaker at the 2019 ESCAP Congress in Vienna.


    Prof Kizilhan: the impact of extreme trauma and terror

    Prof KizilhanProfessor Jan Ilhan Kizilhan (University of Baden-Württemberg, Germany), psychologist and trauma expert, gave a keynote lecture on the damage of IS violence against Yazidi women and their community at the 2018 IFP World Congress of Psychotherapy in Amsterdam. He explained what happens when individual violence adds up with genocide and oppression over generations, and how he organized treatment for women and children, suffering from extreme trauma. Read more.


    Prevention of suicidal behaviour in adolescents

    “The idea is to try and encourage adolescents and children to feel more free about asking for help”, says Dr Alan Apter of Schneider Children's Medical Center, Petach Tikva (Israel). Read the exclusive Alan Apter interview on ESCAP’s research pages, including abstracts and original presentations, backgrounds, and publications.


    High prevalence of mental disorders in Austrian adolescents

    A large sample epidemiological study to assess the prevalence of mental disorders in Austrian adolescents between 10 and 18 years has now been published in ECAP, the official ESCAP journal. The Austrian and British investigators conclude that "DSM-5 mental health disorders are highly prevalent among Austrian adolescents" and recommend that "early access to effective interventions for these problems is needed to reduce burden due to mental health disorders." Read the article (open access) or download the pdf.

  • Trilingual interview

    Growing up poor: a high-risk transition

    Maria Melchior, keynote at ESCAP 2017

    Inequality is related to the onset of mental health problems, confirms Maria Melchior, member of ERES, the prominent social epidemiology research team of the collaborating Paris universities. Melchior was the opening keynote lecturer at the ESCAP 2017 Congress about Social inequalities in children’s mental health. Read the interview in English, French or German and learn about her answers to the high risks of low socioeconomic status (SES). 

  • Fonagy: ESCAP Expert Article on borderline personality disorder

    Professor Peter Fonagy wrote an ESCAP Expert Article on borderline personality disorder in adolescence. This "research review with implications for clinical practice" was published in the November issue of the ECAP Journal.
    View Peter Fonagy's 100+ slides presentation, read the interview or watch his comments on video.

  • Mood problems: the person-centred approach

    Professor Patrick Luyten (Leuven, London), pleads for a more person-centred approach of mood problems in young people, a greater focus on developmental factors and underlying vulnerability, and less parent blaming. Luyten was a keynote speaker at the 2017 ESCAP Congress in Geneva. Read the interview.