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Speaker Bios

Susan J. Young BSc (Hons), DClinPsy, PhD, CSi, AFBPS 

bio_susan_young.jpgDr Susan Young is a Clinical Senior Lecturer in Forensic Clinical Psychology in the Centre for Mental Health, Imperial College London. She has an honorary contract as a Consultant Psychologist at Broadmoor Hospital and is Director of Forensic Research and Development for West London Mental Health Trust. Dr Young has extensive clinical experience in the assessment and treatment of youths and adults with ADHD and in the assessment and treatment of offenders with mental illness and/or mental disorder. Previously, she was employed as a Clinical Neuropsychologist at the Maudsley Hospital, where she set up and developed the neuropsychology service at the first adult ADHD service in the United Kingdom. Dr Young participated in the British Association of Psychopharmacology Consensus Meeting (2007; 2013) to develop guidelines for the management of ADHD in children, adolescents and adults. She was a member of the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE) ADHD Clinical Guideline Development Group (2009; 2013); her main contributions being discussions on psychological treatment of children and adults with ADHD, transition and the provision of expert guidance on the clinical procedures and services required for the diagnosis and treatment of ADHD in adults. Dr Young has acted as a consultant regarding ADHD service development in the UK, Iceland and the Republic of Ireland, in addition to consulting on UK and European ADHD Advisory Boards sponsored by industry. She is President of the UK ADHD Partnership (www.UKADHD.com) and Vice President of the UK Adult ADHD Network (www.UKAAN.org), and a member of the European Network in Adult ADHD.Dr Young has published numerous articles in scientific journals, three psychological intervention programmes and three books. Her work has been translated into Icelandic, Hebrew, Spanish, Chinese and Japanese. Dr Young has acted as a consultant with the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, providing training and technical assistance, aimed to build capacity within the NYC community treatment sector to better serve offenders with mental illness. She is consulting in a similar capacity with the South Florida Behavioral Health Network which is collaborating with the Eleventh Judicial Circuit Criminal Mental Health Project on a $1.23 million grant to develop enhanced service delivery and care coordination for people with serious mental illnesses involved in the criminal justice system.


Professor Peter Hill

bio_peter_hill.jpgProfessor Peter Hill is a consultant child and adolescent psychiatrist with extensive training and qualifications in general medicine, psychiatry, child and adolescent psychiatry and pediatrics. His main work nowadays is at a thriving private practice at 127 Harley Street, London, focusing on neurodevelopmental disorders and mental illness in the young. He has previously headed departments at St George’s, University of London, (where he was foundation professor of child mental health in the University of London and is still visiting professor) and at Great Ormond Street Hospital for Children. Over the years he has advised government departments in the UK and overseas on child mental health issues, particularly service delivery. He has been a key opinion leader in ADHD for some twenty years and has written, lectured or advised on the management of ADHD nationally and internationally. The themes he has most recently been invited to talk on at various international meetings are the manifestations and treatment of ADHD as children mature through adolescence into adulthood, and how treatment interventions can best be targeted, and children’s experiences of psychiatric disorder and its treatment.


Dr Emad Farrag

emad_farrag.jpgDr Emad Farrag (MBBCh, MRCPsych) is a Consultant Psychiatrist who trained as a initially at Guys & St Thomas' hospital and later did his Specialist training in CAMHS at the South London & Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust. There he developed a special interest in ADHD (assessment and treatment). As a Consultant, Dr Farrag worked in the private sector developing services for CAMHS and also was instrumental in setting up and running an Adult ADHD service. Later, in his capacity as locum consultant has contributed to setting up ADHD services in Norfolk & Suffolk NHS Trust for CAMHS and was part of the task force in setting up ADHD pathway for children & Adolescents in the Trust. Dr Farrag has also been keen in advocating early detection and intervention in childhood and was active in improving links between primary care, education and specialist services and has run workshops to increase awareness of ADHD. Dr Farrag has a keen interest in adolescent ADHD and transition into early adult life. Dr Farrag is a strong believer in working with the strengths of those with ADHD and working to improve the quality of life in ADHD clients. He also has a special interest in the impact of ADHD on family life, relationships and co-morbidity associated with ADHD. Dr Farrag lectures abroad in the Middle East and Egypt raising awareness to ADHD. Dr Farrag takes an interest in philosophy, psycho pharmacology of ADHD, risk management and has a role in an NGO based in Egypt consulting and training staff helping acknowledge and intervene in mental health needs of street children in Cairo, Egypt.


Val Ivens

bio_val_ivens.jpgValerie developed her interest in ADHD through working at a Charity within Richmond upon Thames, The Project for Children with Special Needs, (now Three Wings Trust). It was here that she identified ADHD as a misunderstood and unsupported condition speaking out for the condition to be recognised as a disability and for appropriate support to be a right for these children and their families. During this time she developed and now runs the Richmond and Twickenham ADHD Support Groups and has subsequently trained as an ADHD Coach through the REACH training programme in Liverpool. Valerie writes articles and provides coaching strategies to families, children and young people managing ADHD. She works with schools, social services, mental health teams and local Education authorities to promote greater understanding, training and awareness of the condition.


Fintan O’Regan Vice President UKAP

Fin ORegan.jpgFintan O'Regan is one of the leading behaviour and learning experts in the UK and Europe. He was the Head Teacher of the Centre Academy from 1996 -2002, the first specialist school in the UK for students between the ages of 7-19 specialising in issues related to ADHD, ASD and ODD. He is currently a Behaviour and Learning Consultant and Trainer for a number of educational and commercial organisations both nationally and internationally. He is an associate lecturer for Leicester University, the National Association of Special Needs, the Institute of Education, the Helen Arkell Dyslexia Centre and former chairperson of the European ADHD network. He has also written a number of books and published articles on the subject of ADHD, Behaviour and Learning issues.


Professor Gisli Gudjonsson

bio_gisli_gudjonsson.jpgGisli Gudjonsson is an Emeritus Professor of Forensic Psychology at the Institute of Psychiatry, King’s College London, and an Honorary Consultant Clinical and Forensic Psychologist at Broadmoor Hospital. He is a Chartered Clinical and Forensic Psychologist and a Fellow of the British Psychological Society. He is a registered practitioner with the Health Professions Council (HPC). In 2009 his professional body, the British Psychological Society, granted him a Lifetime Achievement Award for his exceptional and sustained contribution to the practice of psychology. He was awarded The European Association of Psychology and Law (EAPL) Life Time Achievement Award for 2012 and was appointed a Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE) in the Queen’s Birthday 2011 Honours List for services to clinical psychology. He has published extensively in the areas of forensic psychology, including violence, sexual offending, psychogenic amnesia, stress, psychological vulnerability, suggestibility, false confession, police interviewing, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, and false/recovered memories.


Professor Maarten Postma

bio_maarten_postma.jpgProf Maarten J Postma (29/01/1960) holds the chair in Pharmacoeconomics at the University of Groningen (Netherlands). Also, he holds an honorary chair in Health Economics at the University Medical Center Groningen. He did his MSc in econometrics and his PhD in health economics. Next to being head of the Unit PharmacoEpidemiology & PharmacoEconomics (30 employees) of the Department of Pharmacy and being in the board of directors of the Department, he specifically leads a team of 20 PhD and post-doc researchers in health- and pharmacoeconomics, contributing to many international research networks (co-operations with the University of London, Mario Negri in Italy, University of Ghent, the University of Munich, University la Rioja) and scientific communications. Research areas comprise cost-effectiveness methods, for example, in vaccinology and personalized medicine. He serves (served) on various committees advising the Dutch government on reimbursement of drugs and vaccines (“Commissie Farmaceutische Hulp” and Health Council). Also, he is advisor to various health-economics consultancy companies and pharmaceutical companies worldwide, Ministries of Health in neighbouring countries, member of editorial boards of scientific journals, on advisory boards for pharmaceutical companies and consultant for WHO. He is specialized in the role of pharmacoeconomics/health economics in the reimbursement process. He has over 200 MEDLINE-publications, an H-factor of 29 (Scholar) and extensive teaching/lecturing experience.