Executive Committees

Prof. François Ferrero

Honorary Professor at the University of Geneva, Switzerland

He was trained in psychiatry and psychotherapy in Geneva, Paris and in the USA. He has served as Chairman of the Department of Adult Psychiatry at the University Hospital of Lausanne, (Switzerland) (1991-1996), and Geneva, (1996-2010), Vice-Dean of the Faculty of Medicine and Director of the WHO Collaborative Centre for Research and Training in Mental Health.

Principal Investigator of studies on schizophrenia and bipolar disorders, funded by the Swiss National Science Foundation. He published about 250 scientific publications and 5 books.

Currently, he is working in private practice and is a Member of the Administrative Council of the University Psychiatric Clinics of Basel, Switzerland. He is active in various Foundations and Associations, including the World Psychiatric Association (Honorary fellow), the World Association of Social Psychiatry, (Honorary fellow), the European Society of Social Psychiatry, (Founding member), the Foundation Geneva Prize for Human Rights in Psychiatry (President), the Swiss-Rwanda Association for Mental Health (Founding member), and the University of Seniors (Uni3), Geneva, (Board Member).

Prof. Luigi Janiri

Born in Rome, Italy, April 22th 1956.

Home: Via F. Paulucci de’ Calboli 1 – 00195 Rome, Italy

Specialized in Neurology and Psychiatry, Luigi Janiri is currently Associate and qualified Full Professor of Psychiatry, and Director of the Psychiatry Residency Training at the Catholic University in Rome, Italy. He is also Head of the Unit of Liaison Psychiatry at the Gemelli University Hospital in Rome and Professor of Psychopathology at the LUMSA University in Rome, after teaching at the European and Urbanian Universities of Rome.

He obtained his Degree in Medicine in 1980, specialized in Neurology in 1984 and in Psychiatry in 1989 at the Catholic University in Rome. He was Research Fellow at the Max-Planck-Institute for Psychiatry, Munich, in 1983 for preclinical studies, and Visiting Professor at the University of Buenos Aires-UBA.

Prof. Janiri has been invited member of the European College of Neuropsychopharmacology, Chair of the World Psychiatric Association Section on Ecology, Psychiatry and Mental Health (2008-2014) and President of the Italian Society of Psychiatry, Regional Section (2006-10). He is currently Chair of the WPA Section on EP&MH, Vice-Chair of the WPA Section on Mass Media and Mental Health, Vice Chair of the Italian Society of Addiction Psychiatry and a foreign member of the Société Médico-Psychologique. Prof. Janiri has been member of the governmental Committee on Alcohol and Alcohol-Related Problems at the Italian Welfare Ministry (2004-2010) and has served as coordinator of the work group on education. He is a member of the International Psychoanalytical Association.

The scientific activity of Prof. Janiri consists of 358 full articles and book chapters, and in particular more than 170 international peer-reviewed papers. The main topics of his interest are: addictions, affective disorders, impulsivity, anhedonia, post-traumatic syndromes, social psychiatry, treatments including pharmacotherapies, psychotherapies and rehabilitation.

Prof. Yasser Khazaal

Yasser Khazaal is associate professor of psychiatry at the University of Geneva, Faculty of medicine. He is associate researcher at the Research Center, Montreal University Institute of Mental Health, Montreal, Canada. He is involved in the promotion of new models of patient care aiming to promote empowerment and recovery, including via the development of games and computer.based treatments .

He is also involved in studies related to e-mental health such as the specific opportunities and challenges associated to the digital age. He is the author of more than 160 peer reviewed papers.

He is active in various Associations, including the World Psychiatric Association, the World Association of Social Psychiatry (Honorary fellow), the European Association of Social Psychiatry, (Founding member), the Swiss Society of Social Psychiatry (vice president), The Swiss Association for Cognitive Psychotherapy (president).

Dr. Lieselotte Mahler

Dr. Lieselotte Mahler works as a senior physician at the Medical University Charité of Berlin, Department of Psychiatry and Psychotherapy. She developed the Weddinger Modell, a psychiatric care model based on the principles of recovery. She is co-leading the research group "Social psychiatry" at the Charité, that focus on concepts improving the quality of psychiatric care and on structures and attitudes that contributes to reduce aggression and coercion on acute psychiatric wards. Foundation and Leadership of the DGPPN Section "Sexual Orientation and Gender Identities" by her. Part of the Executive Committee of the European Society of Social Psychiatry.