Professor Renee Bittoun is a physiologist who has worked in smoking cessation and nicotine addiction for more than 35 years and is considered a world expert in the field.
- She founded one of the world’s first Smokers’ Clinics in Sydney, Australia in 1979.
- She was Director of the Smokers’ Clinics in the Sydney Local Health District for 15 years to 2018.
- She was Head of the Smoking Cessation Unit in the Faculty of Medicine, Brain Mind Institute, at the University of Sydney for 20 years, where she established the first University course on Nicotine Addiction and Smoking Cessation in any Australian University.
- She was President of AASCP, The Australian Association of Smoking Cessation Professionals for 10 years.
- She is the founder and Editor-in-Chief of the international peer-reviewed Journal of Smoking Cessation published by Cambridge University and Hindawi Press.
- She has published many articles, chapters and books on smoking cessation.
- She is the author of the chapter Tobacco, in “Addiction Medicine”, Oxford University Specialist Handbooks.
- She has recently been a regular visiting Professor to the Salpetriere Hospital in the School of Psychiatry, at the Sorbonne in Paris, France, the University of Leiden, and guest speaker at the Trimbos Drug and Alcohol Institute in Utrecht, The Netherlands.
- She is currently Professor at Notre Dame and Avondale Universities in Australia and guest at the Charles University, in Prague, the Czech Republic.
- Currently she is a consultant and teacher in tobacco treatment to NSW Health, National Indigenous Health groups, mental health groups and drug and alcohol treatment programmes both nationally and internationally.
Tony Bloemendaal, MSc Tony is a Consultant Clinical Psychologist and Psychotherapist. After 10 years as clinical manager of several psychiatric wards, he now holds the position of Director of postgraduate training and Lead specialist on trauma and neglect at Fivoor, a large Dutch forensic and intensive psychiatric care institute. He is currently working on his PhD dissertation, investigating the influence of caregivers’ own personal history on dealing with critical incidents and stress on the work floor. Tony studied at the University of Leiden, receiving his Masters Degree in 1999. From 2004 until 2010 he trained for his Doctorate in Clinical Psychology and Psychotherapy in Rotterdam. In addition, Tony is partner at TeamNEXT and NMT Mentor for Europe. He teaches frequently about the Neurosequential Model principles and regularly gives lectures and workshops at national and international conferences.
Stefan Bogaerts is a full Professor in developmental psychopathology and forensic psychology in the department of Developmental Psychology at Tilburg University, where he is also the chair of the department. He is trained and certified as a psychotherapist (GPP) and is affiliated with the Forensic Psychiatric Center Fivoor. He has published more than 150 peer-reviewed articles and has co-developed multiple forensic treatment programs over the past decade aimed at reducing aggression, improving emotion and aggression regulation, and reducing sexually deviant behavior. His expertise lies mainly in developmental psychopathology and forensic psychology, longitudinal research and single case research into the development and changes of disturbed emotions, cognitions and behavior, risk assessment, effectiveness of treatment, and the rehabilitation of forensic psychiatric patients in society. In his research and clinical practice, innovative technologies, such as virtual reality, neurofeedback, wearables, are important as supportive tools.
Patrick E. Boyle, MSSA, PhD, LISW-S recently retired from the Center for Evidence-Based Practices at Case Western Reserve University, where he oversaw the services since its inception in 2000. The technical assistance included program consultation, clinical consultation, and training for service systems implementing evidence-based and emerging best practices, and other strategies that improve quality of life for people diagnosed with severe mental illness and substance use disorders (https://www.centerforebp.case.edu/).
Dr. Boyle has more than 30 years of teaching and 45 years in the fields of addiction and mental-health services, and employee-assistance programs. He shaped the technical-assistance services of the Center for Evidence-Based Practices to emphasize the importance of organizational and systems change that has assisted service providers in 29 American states, the Netherlands and Australia.
Boyle served as a lead consultant and trainer as part of the National Implementing Evidence-Based Practices Project, sponsored by SAMHSA in 2002. One of his primary messages to all healthcare professionals emphasizes the relationship among systems change, organizational change, and clinical change: the three processes being equally important and interdependent. His dissertation focused on provider optimism about consumer recovery. Dr. Boyle has authored and co-authored numerous publications related to implementation of evidence-based practices, including a chapter about Integrated Dual Disorder Treatment in Evidence-Based Mental Health Practice: A Textbook. He has also authored and co-authored many training and technical-assistance modules and manuals, including “Implementing IDDT: A Step-By-Step Guide to Stages of Organizational Change,”. He was co-investigator of a research study that investigated the impact of evidence-based Supported Employment services for people diagnosed with co-occurring severe mental and substance use disorders who were also receiving evidence-based Integrated Dual Disorder Treatment.
Patrick maintains a private counseling practice in Cleveland Heights, Ohio and earned a master’s degree from the Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences and a doctorate of philosophy at Case Western Reserve University.
Wim van den Brink
Wim van den Brink (1952) received his medical degree in 1981 from the Free University in Amsterdam. After his training as a psychiatric epidemiologist in Groningen (1983-1986) and New York (1986-1987) he received his PhD degree form the State University of Groningen in 1989. Since 1992 he is full professor of Addiction Psychiatry at the Academic Medical Center of the University of Amsterdam. He is also the director of the Amsterdam Institute for Addiction Research (AIAR). In 2014 he received the lifetime achievement award for science from the Netherlands Association of Psychiatry and in 2015 he was granted the status of honorable member of the Spanish Society for Dual disorders. In 2017 he received the European Addiction Research Award from the European Federation of Addiction Societies (EUFAS). In 2020 he became a Doctor et Professor Honoris Causa at the Eötvös Loránd University in Budapest, Hungary. He is a (co)author of more than 600 international peer reviewed scientific papers (HIWoS=74; HIGoogle Scholar=103). He has been a thesis advisor of 75 PhD students. Until recently, he was an associate editor of Drug and Alcohol Dependence and a chief-editor of European Addiction Research. He has been the chair of the Workgroups that developed the Dutch Treatment Guidelines on Alcohol Use Disorders, Opiate Addiction and Drugs other than opioids. He is one of the founders and president of the International Collaboration of ADHD and Substance Abuse (ICASA). He was the chair of the Scientific Program Committee of European College of Neuropsychopharmacology (ECNP). His main scientific interests are related to the neurobiology of substance use disorders and behavioral addictions, the pharmacological treatment of substance use disorders and related comorbidities, and the reduction of stigma regarding patients with an addiction.
Patrick Corrigan is Distinguished Professor and Associate Chairperson for Research in the Department of Psychology at Illinois Tech. Previously, he was Professor of Psychiatry at the University of Chicago where he directed its Center for Psychiatric Rehabilitation. Patrick is the Institute of Translational Medicine’s Illinois Institute of Technology (Illinois Tech) Affiliate Leader. He is principal investigator of the National Consortium for Stigma and Empowerment, a collaboration of investigators and advocates from more than a dozen institutions. NCSE research has been supported by NIH for more than 20 years. He also heads projects examining integrated primary and behavioral health care in a health disparities framework, supported by PCORI and NIMHD. He has written more than 400 peer-reviewed articles, is editor emeritus of the American Journal of Psychiatric Rehabilitation, and editor of a new journal published by the American Psychological Association, Stigma and Health. Corrigan has authored or edited seventeen books, most recently, The Stigma Effect published by Columbia University Press. He also headed the team that developed the Honest, Open, Proud series of anti-stigma programs. He was a 2019 recipient of the Presidential Medal from the UK Royal College of Psychiatrists in recognition of his work.
Geert Dom, psychiatrist and psychotherapist. Full professor of (addiction) psychiatry at the University of Antwerp, vice-chair of the Collaborative Antwerp Psychiatric Research Institute (CAPRI) and Medical director of the psychiatric care-group Multiversum, Boechout Belgium. Research and teaching focuses on ethnology and treatment of addictive behaviours with a special interest in co-morbidity. He has taken roles in several national and international associations. Currently he is president of the Belgian Professional association of Psychiatry, immediate-past president of the European Federation of Addiction Societies (EUFAS) and president-elect of the European Psychiatry Association (EPA). In addition to his work related to addiction he is initiator and promotor of the academic chair “Public Mental Health” at the University of Antwerp, Belgium.
Prof. Dr. C.L. Mulder is a psychiatrist and professor of public mental health. He is program leader of the Epidemiological and Social Research institute at Erasmus University Medical Centre, department of psychiatry, psychiatrist and teacher at Antes/Parnassia Psychiatric Institute. He is involved in research projects concerning help seeking behaviour, recovery, dual diagnosis, victimisation, emergency psychiatry, motivation and compliance, assertive outreach, and coercion and has published over 300 (inter)national scientific articles (see pubmed), chapters and several books on these matters. Prof. Mulder is also the chair of the European Assertive Outreach Foundation and a member of the board of the European Community based Mental Health Service providers Network (EuCoMS).
Arnt Schellekens has been working as a psychiatrist at Radboudumc since 2012 and has been appointed as full professor addiction and psychiatry at Radboud University/Radboudumc in 2020. Moreover, he is researcher at Donders Institute for Brain, Cognition and Behavior. He became Scientific Director of the Nijmegen Institute for Scientist Practitioners in Addiction (NISPA) in 2015. The aim of his current research is to reduce the great societal, psychological, physical and economical impact of addictive behaviors. To do so, his research concentrates on three themes. First, to better understand basic neurobiological and behavioral mechanisms underlying these disorders. Second, to use these insights to explain the impressive co-morbidity of addiction and stress-related psychiatric disorders (e.g. ADHD & depression). Third, to develop new innovative strategies to treat these disorders. Arnt Schellekens created translational and multidisciplinary collaborations between the Nijmegen Institute for Scientist Practitioners (NISPA), the Radboud University Medical Centre, behavioral scientists from the Behavioral Science lnstitute (BSl) and neuroscience colleagues at the Donders Institute for Brain, Cognition and Behaviour, in order to reach his research aims.