These committee members have ample
experience in organizing international conferences
and are excited to meeting you in November 2022.

Local organizing committee


Nienke Hagenbeek

Patricia van Wijngaarden - Cremers, MD PhD

Patricia J.M. Van Wijngaarden-Cremers is senior consultant psychiatrist specialized in Gender, Developmental Disorders and Addiction at Dimence a large Mental Health Facility in the Province Overijssel.

Patricia van Wijngaarden was involved from the start, in the country-wide networks for psychiatrist and other mental health professionals treating adults with ADHD and Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD). She runs a multidisciplinary clinic for developmental disorders in adolescents and adults.

Her teaching activities include modules on gender differences, developmental disorders in adults  and dual diagnosis for students and residents.

She is a senior research fellow with the department of Developmental Psychiatry at the Radboud University Medical Centre in Nijmegen. Her PhD thesis “Gender, Comorbidity and Autism” (2015) was an eye-opener on the issue of gender sensitive medicine and psychiatry.

She has been active in the International Association for Women’s Mental Health over the past decade. In 2019 she started the Alliance for Gender and Mental Health – IAWMH NL of which she is the chair. The Alliance involves mental health professionals, users / family representatives and organisations for gender equity and women’s rights in the Netherlands.

Prof. dr. Rutger Jan Van der Gaag, MD PhD

Rutger Jan van der Gaag (1950) is emeritus professor of psychiatry (child and adolescent) at the Radboud University Medical Center, where he still practices and acts as ProRector.

He is honorary president of the Netherlands Psychiatric Association and immediate past President of the Royal Dutch Medical Association. He served as Vice-President of the Standing Committee of European Medical doctors CPME.

Currently he holds a variety of positions within the field of (Mental)Health{care} and beyond: he is professor of Psychosomatics and Psychotherapy at the Stradina University in Riga Latvia, president of the Dutch Association of Healthcare Executives (NVZD), president of the Papageno Foundation for Autism (Amsterdam New York), stakeholder at the European Food Safety Authority EFSA (Parma Italy), Member of the Executive Board of the University of Paris (CA Université de Paris), foreign Associate Member of the Académie Nationale de Médecine (Paris), member of the Editorial Board of the Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders… etc.

and he is secretary of the Foundation Alliance for Gender and Mental Health / IAWMH.

Core organizing committee

Debby Tucker

Professor Prabha S. Chandra MD

Other names will be added soon

Prof. Florence Thibaut