Keynote Speakers

Director of Translational Research,
Institute of Cognitive and Clinical Neurosciences
Professor, Monash School of Psychological Sciences
Monash University

An internationally recognized expert in cognitive-behavioural therapy, Professor Norton has authored nearly 140 research studies; has delivered many presentations and workshops for the scientific community, therapists, and the general public; and sits on the editorial board of two scientific journals. Dr. Norton is the coauthor of three books, including The Anti-Anxiety Workbook: Proven Strategies to Overcome Worry, Phobias, Panic, and Obsessions, and Group Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for Anxiety: A Transdiagnostic Treatment Manual. Dr. Norton has also received early awards and grants from the U.S. National Institute of Mental Health and National Institute for Drug Abuse, University of Nebraska-Lincoln, University of Houston, Anxiety Disorders Association of America, and American Psychological Association. Professor Norton’s research has been focused on developing and evaluating transdiagnostic and diagnosis-specific factors across anxiety and other emotional disorders, and translating these factors into efficacious and efficient interventions. This work involves a combination of basic and experimental research to better understand common and unique aspects of affective psychopathology, and clinical outcomes research to develop and evaluate new or modified interventions to target these core features. As a result, Norton’s research and treatment are at the forefront of an international movement toward transdiagnostic models of psychopathology.

Professor Joop de Jong
Emeritus Professor of Cultural
and International Psychiatry at VU University

Joop de Jong, MD, PhD, is Emeritus Professor of Cultural and International Psychiatry at VU University, and Emeritus Visiting Professor of Psychology at Rhodes University, South Africa. He is Adjunct Professor of Psychiatry at Boston University School of Medicine, and senior researcher at the Amsterdam Institute for Social Science Research (AISSR). He was the founder and director of the Transcultural Psychosocial Organization (TPO), which provided mental health and psychosocial services in Africa, Asia, and Europe. Programmes of TPO often operated in armed conflict areas and gave special attention to the prevention of mental health problems and human rights violations. Joop de Jong worked part-time with immigrants and refugees in the Netherlands. Over the past decades he was involved in global mental health by integrating insights from public mental health, psychotherapy, psychiatry, anthropology and epidemiology in community interventions in a variety of cultures, on which he (co)authored and (co)edited 290 papers, chapters and books.

Dr. Suraj B. Thapa
MD, MPhil, PHD
Associate Professor at the University of Oslo,
Senior Consultant Psychiatrist at Oslo University Hospital

Dr Suraj B. Thapa, MD, MPhil, PHD is Associate Professor at the University of Oslo and Senior Consultant Psychiatrist at Oslo University Hospital. He is the Head of the research group- Traumatic Stress Forced Migration and Global Mental Health at the University of Oslo and the Board of Transcultural Psychiatry, Norwegian Psychiatric Association. He is currently leading the research project- Study of Outcome of Trauma (SHOT Study) in Norway and Nepal. He is also a CBT and EMDR therapist.

Dr. Sekhar Seshadri
Professor and Head, Department of Child and
Adolescent Psychiatry, (NIMHANS), Bangalore

Sekhar Seshadri MD is a graduate of Maulana Azad Medical College, Delhi and a postgraduate in Psychiatry from National Institute of Mental Health and Neurosciences (NIMHANS), Bangalore. He is currently Professor and Head, Department of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, (NIMHANS), Bangalore. Besides  Working with child and adolescent mental health including developmental disabilities, he is actively involved in the areas of gender and sexualities, violence/trauma and abuse, children in difficult circumstances, juvenile justice, experiential methodologies, school programmes/teacher training in life skills education, Community and school mental health programmes, forum theatre and qualitative research.