Joerg Fegert, MD, PhD
Department of Chlid and Adolescent Psychiatry/Psychotherapy,
University Hospital Ulm,
"I have been on the board of the German Society of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, Psychosomatics and Psychotherapy (DGKJP) for more than 10 years, holding the presidency and congress president roles. I am chariman of the Academic Advisory Board on Family Affairs of the German Federal Government. I declared my interest to the German society that I would be willing to be a candidate as an ESCAP board member. I immediately got the support from the German society board and was nominated and now I am happy to be elected.
Policy issues and interdisciplinary work are important for a better understanding of the situation of children with mental illness and families with these children. My personal field of interest is care of traumatized children and child protection issues in medicine and in an interdisciplinary background.
I think that everybody on the board should have clinical experience and working with patients and their families is a priviledge that allows us in child and adolescent psychiatry to detect changes in society that we have to address through policy and research. Given my experience in different boards and in interdisciplinary groups, I think my cooperation could be most useful in the policy divisions and in the research division of ESCAP. At the first board meeting, I was appointed as the head of the policy division following Fusun Cuhadaroglu that I know well from previous contacts".