First official European Congress on Clinical Psychology and Psychological Treatment of EACLIPT

Keynote Speakers

Dr. Claudi L.H. Bockting – Professor of Clinical Psychology in Psychiatry at the Department of Psychiatry, UMC, Academic Medical Center, University of Amsterdam

Dr. Claudi L. H. Bockting is professor of Clinical Psychology in Psychiatry and clinician at the Department of Psychiatry (UMC, Academic Medical Center at the University of Amsterdam, the Netherlands). Her research program focuses on common mental health disorders (depression, anxiety). She studies potentially modifiable etiological factors of onset, mainentenance and recurrence using an interdisciplinary complexity approach. She further works on increasing accessibility of effective psychological interventions using technology (for instance mobile interventions in low-, and middle income countries). Dr. Bockting serves on several advisory and editorial boards (e.g., PlosOne, EACLIPT, the journal Clinical Psychology in Europe). She received several fellowships (WHO fellowship APA/IUPS, Beck Institute, Institute for Advanced Studies), and has won numerous grants, and prices, including a teaching innovation award.



Dr. Maria Karekla - Assistant Professor at the Department of Psychology, University of Cyprus.

Dr. Maria Karekla received her doctoral degree in Clinical Psychology from the University at Albany, State University of New York (USA). Currently, she is an assistant professor at the department of Psychology at the University of Cyprus (Nicosia, Cyprus) and a licensed clinical psychologist and supervisor. Her research focuses on areas of health promotion and the investigation of individual difference factors (especially psychological flexibility parameters) as they relate to the development and maintenance of various behavioural difficulties (especially anxiety and health related problems). Additionally, she examines the treatment of these difficulties utilizing Acceptance and Commitment-based principles and innovative delivery methods (e.g., digital interventions, virtual reality). Dr. Karekla's research received numerous local, European and international grants, and awards by (among others) the European Council and Pompidou’s group, the Society of Behavioral Medicine, and the Association for the Advancement of Behavior Therapy. She is currently the chair of the Clinical Psychology Doctorate committee, University of Cyprus. She is also the chair of the Cyprus Bioethics Committee on Biomedical Research, and of the European Federation of Psychology Associations’ Psychology and Health committee and a member of the e-health task force. She serves as a member of the Cyprus Psychologist Licensing Board, and is the treasurer/secretary of the Association for Contextual Behavioral Science. In 2018 she was nominated as Cyprus “Woman of the Year: Academic/Researcher category.”



Dr. David Millar Clark - Professor of Experimental Psychology at the University of Oxford

Dr. David M Clark is professor and chair of Experimental Psychology at the University of Oxford (UK). He has co-founded the Oxford Center for Anxiety Disorders and Trauma and is NHS England’s National Clinical and Informatics Advisor on Improving Access to Psychological Therapies (IAPT). His clinical research and practice has mainly focused on cognitive approaches to the understanding and treatment of anxiety disorders. His research has led to the development of new and effective cognitive therapy programs for three different anxiety disorders: panic disorder, social phobia, and posttraumatic stress disorder, each of which are recommended as first line evidence-based treatment options in England. Dr. Clark has won numerous national and international awards.



Dr. Stefan G. Hofmann – Professor of Psychology and Director of the Psychotherapy and Emotion Research Laboratory at Center for Anxiety and Related Disorders at Boston University.

Dr. Stefan G. Hofmann is a professor in the clinical program, where he directs the Psychotherapy and Emotion Research Laboratory at the Center for Anxiety and Related Disorders at Boston University (USA). His research focuses on the mechanism of treatment change, translating discoveries from neuroscience into clinical applications, emotions, and cultural expressions of psychopathology. He is former president of the Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies, and the International Association for Cognitive Psychotherapy. He is also editor in chief of Cognitive Therapy and Research and is Associate Editor of Clinical Psychological Science. Dr. Hofmann is a highly cited researcher and has been recognized as one of the foremost experts in cognitive behavioral therapies.



Dr. Susan Bögels - Professor of Developmental Psychopathology at the University of Amsterdam

Dr. Susan Bögels is a clinical psychologist and psychotherapist, specialized in Cognitive Behaviour Therapy and mindfulness for children and their families. She works as professor in Developmental Psychopathology at the University of Amsterdam (UvA; the Netherlands) and was the founder and for the first 10 years the director of UvA minds, an academic treatment clinic for parents and children in Amsterdam. Her main research themes are the intergenerational transmission of internalizing psychopathology, and particularly the role of the father, and mindfulness in parents and children. She has received many grants concerning RCTs on prevention and treatment programs for childhood anxiety disorders, and for implementation of these programs. She was member of the anxiety disorders workgroup of the American Psychiatric Association preparing the DSM-5.