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

  • Patricia J.M. van Wijngaarden-Cremers
    MD PhD | Chair IAMWH 2022
    The Netherlands
  • Prof. Rutger Jan van der Gaag
    MD PhD | Secretary IAWMH 2022
    The Netherlands
  • Nienke Hagenbeek
    MSc | Treasurer IAWMH 2022
    The Netherlands
  • Prof. Florence Thibaut
    MD PhD| IAWMH, President; Dept of Psychiatry/Addictology University Hospital Cochin-Tarnier, University of Paris, INSERM U1266, Institute of Psychiatry and Neuroscience Paris, France
  • Prof. Prabha Chandra
    FRCPE, FRCPsych, FAMS | IAWMH, President-elect;
    Professor of Psychiatry National Institute of Mental Health and Neurosciences, Bangalore, INDIA
  • Debra Tucker
    IAWMH Executive Director

Scientific program committee

  • Cynthia L. Battle, PhD
    Professor of Psychiatry & Human Behavior
    Alpert Medical School of Brown University
    Assistant Director, Butler Hospital Psychosocial Research
    Women & Infants' Hospital of Rhode Island
    Division of Women's Behavioral Health
    Providence, RI, USA
  • Marrie Bekker
    The Netherlands
  • Didi Braat
    MD PhD
    The Netherlands
  • Alessandra Bramante, PsyD, PhD
    Cognitive Psychotherapist, Clinical Criminologist and PhD in Neuroscience
    PolicentroDonna ambulatory
    Milan, Italy
  • Prof Brigit Broekman
    MD PhD
    The Netherlands
  • Dr Gihan ELNahas, MD
    Prof of Mental Health
    Member of International Assoc Women Mental Health
    Member of APA
    Institute of Psychiatry-Ain Shams University
    Cairo, Egypt
  • Silvia Gaviria Arbelaez, MD
    Physician, specialist in psychiatry, Magister in Higher Education in Health
    Professor and researcher at the CES University and Antioquia University,  Medellin Colombia
    Advisor in perinatal mental health of NACER, Department of Gynecology and Obstetrics.  Antioquia University
    Former IAWMH Secretary
    Former WPA Zonal Representative
  • Professor Helen Herrman, AO, MD, MBBS, BMedSc, FRANZCP, FFPH, FAFPHM
    Professor Emeritus of Psychiatry, Center for Youth Mental Health
    The University of Melbourne
    Strategic Advisor, Orygen Global
    Director, WHO Collaborating Centre for Mental Health
    Melbourne, Australia
  • Manon Hillegers
    MD PhD
    The Netherlands
  • Professor Jayashri Kulkarni AM, MBBS MPM FRANZCP PhD FAHMS
    Director, Monash Alfred Psychiatry research centre (MAPrc)
    Head, Central Clinical School Department of Psychiatry
    Melbourne, Australia
  • Prof Toine Lagro Jansen
    The Netherlands
  • Bertine Lahuis
    MD PhD
    The Netherlands
  • Josyan Madi-Skaff, MD
    Chair - Women's Mental Health Section - World Psychiatric Association
    Commissioner - National Human Rights Commission - Lebanon
    Head - Psychiatry Department - The Lebanese Hospital Geitawi -
    Beirut, Lebanon
  • Tessa Magnee
    The Netherlands
  • Samantha Meltzer-Brody, MD, MPH
    Assad Meymandi Distinguished Professor & Chair
    Director, UNC Center for Women’s Mood Disorders
    Department of Psychiatry
    Chapel Hill, NC, USA
  • Maria Muzik, MD, MSc
    Associate Professor, Departments of Psychiatry, Obstetrics & Gynecology
    Co-Director, Zero To Thrive & Women and Infant Mental Health Program
    Medical Director, Perinatal Psychiatry Service
    Medical Director, MC3 Perinatal Psychiatry Assess Program Michigan
    President, NASPOG
    Ann Arbor, MI, USA
  • Jodi Pawluski, PhD, HDR, RPC-C
    Neuroscientist / Therapist
    L'Université de Rennes 1
  • em. Dr. med. Anita Riecher-Rössler
    Medical Faculty, University of Basel
  • Aicha Hind Rifai, MD
    Assistant professor of Clinical Psychiatry
    Weill Cornell Medicine-Qatar (WCM-Q)
    Consultant, Division of Perinatal Mental Health
    Sidra Medicine-Doha, Qatar
  • Marta B. Rondon, MD, MSc
    Consultant in Psychiatry, Instituto Nacional Materno Parinatal
    Lima, Peru
  • Veena Satyanarayna, PhD
    Associate Professor in Clinical Psychology, NIMHANS, Bangalore, India
  • Floortje Scheepers
    MD PhD
    The Netherlands
  • Heddeke Snoek
    MD PhD
    The Netherlands
  • Iris Sommer
    MD PhD
    The Netherlands
  • Donna E. Stewart CM, MD, FRCPC
    University Professor University of Toronto
    Depts of Psychiatry, Ob-Gyn, Medicine, Surgery, Anesthesia, Family Medicine and Community Medicine
    Head of Research and Academic Development Centre for Mental Health,
    University Health network, Toronto, Canada
  • Anne-Laure Sutter-Dallay, MD, PhD
    Perinatal Psychiatrist, Head of the Perinatal Psychiatry Network, University Department of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, Charles Perrens Hospital and Bordeaux University, BPRHC INSERM 1219
  • Judith Usall i Rodié, MD, PhD
    Senior Psychiatrist and Research Coordinator for the Severe Mental Disorders Group (MERITT) in the Research and Development Unit at Parc Sanitari Sant Joan de Déu (Sant Boi, Barcelona)
  • Therese van Amelsvoort
    MD PhD
    The Netherlands
  • Rutger Jan van der Gaag
    MD PhD
    The Netherlands
  • Andrea van der Meer
    PhD | Netherlands Institute for Psychology
    The Netherlands
  • Diane van Rappard
    MD PhD
    The Netherlands
  • Ariette van Reekum
    MD | Netherlands Psychiatric Association
    The Netherlands
  • Patricia J.M. van Wijngaarden-Cremers
    MD PhD
    The Netherlands
  • Petra Verdonk
    The Netherlands
  • Simone Vigod, MD, MSc, FRCPC
    Chief of the Department of Psychiatry, and Shirley A. Brown Memorial Chair in Women’s Mental Health Research, Women’s College Hospital
    Professor, Department of Psychiatry, Temerty Faculty of Medicine, University of Toronto