Board members

Eniko Kiss, MD, PhDEniko Kiss, Hungary

Child and adolescent psychiatrist
Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Unit,
Pediatric Clinic, University of Szeged, Hungary.
 
"Becoming an ESCAP board member is very important to me. On the one hand, I’m thankful to represent my country and association, and on the other to have the opportunity to cooperate in an international society within Europe. I think it is crucial to help Eastern European countries be involved more in the professional context within Europe, and I will aim to help represent this aspect in the ESCAP board.
My areas of expertise currently lie in a long-term research project with childhood-onset depression, and its long-term effects. We have generated a huge database with the research team, as we’ve been following children with and without depression who are now young adults. I hope to continue this research to follow up on prognosis, comorbidity, and long-term functionality into adulthood. Since I am more actively involved in research, I am joining the academic division of the ESCAP Board at present. I would like to inspire and help child psychiatrists in Eastern Europe to participate in European research projects actively and successfully".
 

Anne Marie Råberg Christensen, MDAnne Marie Räberg Christensen, Denmark

Child and adolescent psychiatrist
Child and Adolescent Psychiatric Center.
Capital Region Denmark. B205
Nordstjernevej 21.
2600 Glostrup, Denmark
 
"I’ve been attending the ESCAP congresses for several years and always been interested in its organization. It is a pleasure that I can now become more involved in ESCAP and future congresses.
Child and Adolescent psychiatry is a very important medical specialty. I believe that it's necessary to improve the validity of our diagnosis, we need to give evidence-based treatment, and we need to develop further the theories of developmental psychopathology. I’d like to contribute to discussions on these topics within the ESCAP board.
Denmark is a privileged country due to our welfare and public healthcare system, but social differences can still mean variations in referral to care. We have seen a rising number of referrals, as has most of Europe, and there have been various myths about what is happening; many groups suggest various causes. What I think is happening in Denmark is that we are not always seeing the right child at the right time. Children and adolescents are sometimes referred for the wrong reasons, not being referred at all, or being referred too late. The Danish media often express the view that we over-medicate, which is harmful. Child and adolescent psychiatrists are not only interested in the medical aspect; we strongly believe in psychosocial interventions and psychotherapy.
I am a clinician and have experience in policymaking as well, so I hope to offer my expertise in these ESCAP divisions. Psychotherapy is one of my main areas of expertise. Another topic of interest is how genetics and our environment influence each other during the development of children. Teaching is also a passion of mine. I was for many years the head of the program for postgraduate psychiatric training in child and adolescent psychiatry in Denmark. And although medical students are choosing our specialty postgraduate training it could still be improved".
 

Konstantinos Kotsis, MD, MSc, PhDKonstantinos Kotsis, Greece

Assistant Professor of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry
Department of Psychiatry
Faculty of Medicine, School of Health Sciences
University of Ioannina, Stavrou Niarhou Av., Ioannina 455 10,  Greece
 
"I want to be part of the European joint efforts and collaborate with other child and adolescent psychiatrists in Europe. Each country has its own experiences. The Greek/Hellenic society would like to continue to bring its experiences to the ESCAP board and share with other countries to build a more stable European network. 
In Greece, we have a long-standing experience of various mental health policies. From the official psychiatric reform started in 1984 (with the European Community Regulation 815) that shifted the psychiatric care to a community-oriented psychiatry, to the changes that we were obliged to perform in the last years due to the financial and humanitarian crisis. In these difficult years (no funding, lack of personnel, expenditure cuts, loss of income, unemployment), we managed to overcome these barriers and not only help children of our country but also to cover the mental health needs of the refugees and to advocate through certain policies for an equal and fair position in Greek society. Therefore, we want to share these experiences and the knowledge that we have gained through these difficult years with other countries and vice versa.
As a new Board member, I want to share my enthusiasm and my thoughts about our young colleagues, which I believe are the future of European CAP. We need to invest in young clinicians to increase our networks and generate new initiatives. We need to establish through collaboration similar training programs for all countries (Greece follows the UEMS curriculum and recently updated it according to the latest UEMS suggestions). Moreover, we should take advantage of the new technologies in CAP and as a board member, I will try to contribute to this.
I believe that investment in young colleagues (and in technologies) can empower and ensure the future of CAP in Europe in order to be able to support the children of  Europe".
 

Joerg Fegert, MD, PhDJoerg Fegert, Germany

Child psychiatrist
Department of Chlid and Adolescent Psychiatry/Psychotherapy, 
University Hospital Ulm, 
Germany
 
"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".
 

Milica Pejovic-Milovancevic (Serbia).

Milica Pejovic-Milovancevic, MD, PhD

Child psychiatrist
Faculty of Medicine, University of Belgrade
Institute of Mental Health, Belgrade, Serbia
milica.pejovic@imh.org.rs

“My mission will be connected to the better recognition of ESCAP in Balkan countries, where we need to foster knowledge and skills in child and adolescent psychiatry. One of the ways how we can do this is to propose and promote international research programs, promote training to young child and adolescents psychiatrists through the ESCAP Research Academy or by offering exchange programs – for young colleagues from Balkan countries to visit developed centers for child and adolescent psychiatry in western countries, or by organizing research seminars or schools in our region. We should use science and research to increase the reputation of ESCAP and also to promote the publishing activities in this region in order to improve recognition of work in Balkan countries. I also believe that ESCAP need to promote public health implications in child and adolescent psychiatry, to be better recognized by policy makers in the EU, but also to use its reputation and influence for better recognition of youth mental health issues in local regions.”

Maeve B. Doyle, MD, PhD (Board Secretary)

Consultant child and adolescent psychiatrist
Department of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry
Cavan/Monaghan Mental Health Service,
St Davnet's Hospital, Rooskey, Co. Monaghan, Ireland.
MaeveB.Doyle@hse.ie

Andreas Karwautz (Austria).

Andreas Karwautz, MD, PhD

Professor of Child and adolescent psychiatry,
Department of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry,
Medical University of Vienna, General Hospital of Vienna,
Vienna, Austria.
andreas.karwautz@meduniwien.ac.at

"For the next four years I will try to get as much as possible into the access ESCAP takes to the promotion of prevention and treatment of mental health problems in young people in Europe. This is important to promote a very successful ESCAP congress from June 30 to July 3 2019, to be held in Vienna."