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Meet our Speakers


Manfred Beutel

Manfred Beutel


Trained in Psychology (Dipl. Psych.) and Medicine in Freiburg, Heidelberg and Amherst/ Massachusetts (scholarship) and obtained a doctoral degree (Dr. med.) at the University of Freiburg/Brsg, Manfred Beutel worked as an assistant at the Institute of Rehabilitation Psychology in 1986. He was a resident and lecturer at the Clinic for Psychosomatic Medicine and Psychotherapy, Technical University and Municipal Hospital Harlaching, Munich from 1986 to 1995, where he obtained my medical specialty (Psychosomatic Medicine and Psychotherapy) and psychotherapeutic training (Psychoanalysis, DPV, IPA) and his vena legendi in Psychosomatic Medicine and Psychotherapy and Medical Psychology. He was director of the Psychosomatic Clinic in Bad Neustadt/Saale until his appointment as a Professor of Psychotherapy Research at the University Clinic in Gießen in 1997. He was a Fulbright Scholar and Visiting Professor at the Weill Medical College, Neuroimaging lab, Cornell University NY and a visiting professor at the University College of London (from 2001 onwards). Since 2004 He has been Director of the Clinic for Psychosomatic Medicine and Psychotherapy, University Medicine Mainz, including the Postgraduate Training Program for psychodynamic psychotherapy (since 2010). His goal is to develop new and interdisciplinary approaches to describe and understand the evolvement and function of narration as an important part of psychodynamic psychotherapy. His project is understanding narration in the treatment of trauma and online discourse between patient and therapist in guided self-help.

Robert Boland

Robert Boland

MD is the Director of the Brigham and Women’s/Harvard Medical School Psychiatry Residency and Co-Director of the Harvard Longwood Psychiatry Residency Training Program. Dr. Boland joined the Harvard Longwood Psychiatry Residency Training Program in 2014, after many of on the faculty of Brown University. Dr. Boland graduated from Georgetown University and Georgetown School of Medicine, completed a residency at the Institute of Living in Hartford and a fellowship in Psychosomatic Medicine at Georgetown/Fairfax Hospital.

Dr. Boland has more than 70 scientific publications and is currently on the editorial board for the journals most related to his interests (psychiatry education and the interface of medicine and psychiatry), including Academic Psychiatry, Psychosomatics, FOCUS (the APA’s journal of continuing education) and Psychiatric Times and is Assistant Editor for the American College of Psychiatry's Psychiatry Residents in Training Examination (PRITE). He has had leadership roles in a number of organizations, including past President for the Association for Academic Psychiatry and the American Association of Directors of Residency Training, and he is the Chair for the Psychiatry Residency Review Committee for the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education and is President of the Academy of Psychosomatic Medicine.

In addition, he has served on various NIH study sections (grant review committees) for the last decade, and has chaired a number of special emphasis panels for NIH.

Graça Cardoso

Graça Cardoso

Graça Cardoso, researcher in Lisbon Institute of Global Mental Health, is also Professor and Member of the Chronic Diseases Research Centre (CEDOC), NOVA Medical School | Faculdade de Ciências Médicas, Universidade Nova de Lisboa (FCM/UNL). Currently participates in and has carried out international and national research projects on epidemiology, assessment of services for severe mental patients, and psycho-oncology.

Francis Creed

Francis Creed

Francis Creed MD, FRCP, FRCPsych, F Med Sci is Emeritus Professor of Psychological Medicine at the University of Manchester, UK. He has been European Editor of Journal of Psychosomatic Research (1999-2011) , President of the European Association of Consultation-Liaison Psychiatry and Psychosomatics (2001-4) and a member of the DSM V and WHO ICD-11 Working Groups on the Classification of Somatic Symptom Disorders.

His research interests include depression in developing countries and the aetiology and treatment of bodily distress and other psychological disorders associated with medical disorders.

Per Fink

Per Fink

Per Fink is an MD from Aarhus University, Denmark and a specialist in psychiatry. He has authorization in dynamic psychotherapy and cognitive psychotherapy and basic training in group therapy and ACT therapy. He is PhD (Psychiatric and somatic comorbidity, 1993) and DMSc (Persistent somatization, 1997). In 1999, he started and also became director of the Research Clinic for Functional Disorders at Aarhus University Hospital; a clinic with an interdisciplinary approach to functional disorders.

The clinic first and foremost focuses on research in functional symptoms or medically unexplained symptoms, but also on developing treatment programs for patients with these symptoms. In 2000, he became associate professor, and in 2009 Professor of functional disorders.

He has intensive experience in teaching at all levels, is member of several editorial boards, and has published around 150 papers, books and book chapters.

His last book, Functional disorders and medically unexplained symptoms – assessment and treatment (by Per Fink & Marianne Rosendal) can be downloaded for free through this link

Elspeth Guthrie, MSc

Elspeth Guthrie, MSc

Elspeth Guthrie, MSc, MD, FRCPsych
Professor Guthrie is a Consultant Liaison Psychiatrist and Honorary Professor of Psychological Medicine at the University of Manchester. She runs a busy, inner city, consultation-liaison service to a large teaching hospital and conducts research into the relationship between physical and psychological health.

Her main areas have included the development of psychological treatments for people with persistent physical symptoms and the role of depression in the overall outcome of patients with long term conditions.

She has written and co-edited several text books in liaison psychiatry and has published widely in the field. She is a former Chair of the Faculty of Liaison Psychiatry, Royal College of Psychiatrists and is an Executive Council member of the EAPM.

Timothy J. Hoff, Ph.D.

Timothy J. Hoff, Ph.D.

Timothy Hoff is a professor of management, healthcare systems, and health policy with appointments of 25% in the School of Public Policy and Urban Affairs and 75% in the D’Amore-McKim School of Business. He is a nationally recognized organizational and medical sociologist in the study of U.S. health reform implementation, health care quality, primary care, and physician behavior. In addition, he is a leading voice on the use of qualitative methods in health services research. He has published over 45 articles, several book chapters, and a full-length, award-winning book entitled Practice Under Pressure: Primary Care Physicians and Their Work in the 21st Century.

His health care research, which examines the sociological dynamics of health care workers and work settings and how they influence system performance, has won national awards from the American Sociological Association, Academy of Management, and Society for Applied Anthropology. In 2012, he was named as one of the “100 Most Influential Professors of Public Health” by MPHProgramsList.com, an online service for public health student education.

He currently is a visiting associate fellow at Oxford University’s Green-Templeton College, and will serve as the Patrick and Helen Walsh Research Professor for the D’Amore-McKim School of Business during 2015-17. He is on several health care journal editorial boards.

Dr. Hoff has consulted with numerous agencies and organizations including the American Cancer Society, Veterans Health Administration, and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. He also leads and participates in executive education for the healthcare industry.

Dr. Hoff is currently co-PI on a grant from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation examining how physicians adapt to payment reform. Hoff earned his PhD in public administration from the University at Albany.

Jeff Huffman

Jeff Huffman

Jeff Huffman is the Director of the Cardiac Psychiatry Research Program at Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston, Massachusetts and an Associate Professor of Psychiatry at Harvard Medical School. He has served as PI on numerous single- and multi-site trials, including those examining the effects of collaborative care models for depression and/or anxiety disorders in patients with heart disease.

Dr Huffman’s team has also focused on the study of positive psychological well-being and its beneficial effects on cardiovascular health. This more recent work includes NIH- and foundation funded trials of positive psychology-based interventions for patients with heart disease or other medical illnesses. Dr. Huffman has numerous peer-reviewed publications, including nearly 100 papers on which he is first author or senior author, and is the Editor in Chief of General Hospital Psychiatry.

Arno Kumagai

Arno Kumagai

Dr. Arno Kumagai is Professor of Medicine and Vice Chair for Education, Department of Medicine at the University of Toronto. He also holds the F.M. Hill Chair in Humanism Education at Women’s College Hospital. Arno’s clinical interests are focused on working with individuals with type 1 diabetes mellitus. Dr. Kumagai received his B.A. in Comparative Literature from U.C. Berkeley and his M.D. from UCLA School of Medicine.

He completed a residency in Internal Medicine and an Endocrine fellowship and postdoc at UCLA. He was on faculty at the University of Michigan Medicine from 1996 to 2016, where he was director of the Intensive Insulin Therapy Clinic. Dr. Kumagai joined the University of Toronto’s Department of Medicine in April 2016.

Currently, his clinical practice is based at Women’s College Hospital.

Javier Labad

Javier Labad

Javier Labad obtained his Bachelor’s Degree in Medicine at Universitat Rovira i Virgili (Reus, Spain) in 1999. He completed residencies in Psychiatry (2000–2004) and Endocrinology and Nutrition (2004–2009) at the Hospital Universitari de Bellvitge (Barcelona). After finishing his endocrinology training, he completed training as a clinical fellow at the Endocrinology Unit from the University of Edinburgh/British Heart Foundation Centre for Cardiovascular Science, where he studied the effects of glucocorticoid hormones on the brain.

Since October 2009 he has worked as a psychiatrist, initially at the Early Intervention Service for Psychosis in Reus (Hospital Universitari Institut Pere Mata) and since 2015 as the Head of the Adult Psychiatric Inpatient Unit at Parc Taulí Hospital Universitari (Sabadell, Barcelona). He is associate professor of Psychiatry at the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona.

His research interests are focused on psychoneuroendocrinological issues of mental disorders, including the role of hormones on cognitive aspects of patients with psychotic disorders, major depression and endocrinological disorders.

Brjánn Ljótsson

Brjánn Ljótsson

PhD, psychologist and Associate Professor at Karolinska Institutet in Sweden, is a researcher within the psychological treatment and e-Health fields. He has conducted and published numerous studies of internet-based psychological treatments for somatic and psychiatric disorders.

He specializes in investigating the effect of internet-based cognitive behavior therapy for chronic pain conditions, including irritable bowel syndrome and fibromyalgia.

He has published 93 peer-reviewed papers and has an H-index of 21.

Antonio Lobo

Antonio Lobo

Dr. Antonio Lobo is Emeritus Professor in the Department of Psychiatry, Faculty of Medicine, University of Zaragoza, Spain (previously Chairman and Chief Psychiatrist at the University hospital). He graduated and completed his thesis in the same University of Zaragoza and his residency training at the New York Hospital Cornell Medical School in the U.S.A. Then, he was Attending Psychiatrist and member of the Faculty at the Johns Hopkins Hospital and Medical School in Baltimore.

His research is mainly related to Psychosomatic Psychiatry and psychiatric co-morbidity in medical diseases; and to the epidemiology of dementias and depression in the elderly. He has been principal investigator in Spain, and member of the Executive Committee of European Union research projects in both fields (BIOMED Studies, etc.). He was the first president of the European Association for Consultation-Liaison Psychiatry and Psychosomatics. He is now a member of CIBERSAM, the Biomedical Research Consortium of Mental Health in the National Institute of Health Carlos III.

In addition;

Coordinator for the program of Neurosciences and Mental Health in the Instituto de Investigación Sanitaria de Aragón (IIS-Aragón); and Editor-in-Chief, The European Journal of Psychiatry.

Jose R. Maldonado

Jose R. Maldonado

Dr. Jose R. Maldonado is Medical Director of Psychosomatic Medicine and Chief of Psychiatric Emergency Services and Transplant Psychiatry at Stanford University Medical Center. He is board certified in Adult Psychiatry, Psychosomatic Medicine, Forensic Psychiatry, Addiction Medicine, and Forensic Medicine. He is Chair of the Stanford School of Medicine – Faculty Senate and President of the American Delirium Society.

His research interests include: diagnosis, neurobiology, prevention and management of delirium; psychosocial aspects of solid organ transplantation; management of alcohol withdrawal in the medically-ill; and the medical use of hypnosis.

Judith Rosmalen

Judith Rosmalen

Prof. Dr. Judith G.M. Rosmalen is appointed as a professor in psychosomatic medicine at the departments of Psychiatry and Internal medicine of the University Medical Center Groningen. She studied medical biology (University of Utrecht 1995) and psychology (University of Leiden 1998, cum laude), and obtained her PhD on interactions between immune and endocrine system (Erasmus University Rotterdam 2000). Her multidisciplinary research focusses on interactions between biomedical and psychosocial aspects of health problems, with a focus on medically unexplained symptoms.

Christiane Waller

Christiane Waller

Prof. Christiane Waller studied at the Medical University of Hanover and since 2016 is Professor (apl. Prof.) for Psychosomatic Medicine and Psychotherapy at the University of Ulm (since 2012 she is the Chief senior physician at the Medical University of Ulm, Department of Psychosomatic Medicine and Psychotherapy).

Before, she worked as Specialist for Psychosomatic Medicine and Psychotherapy, Additional qualification Psychotherapy, Specialist for Cardiovascular Medicine, Specialist for Internal Medicine.

Her research topics are: Clinical and translational stress and trauma research, attachment related research, biological psychosomatic research, cardiovascular medicine.