Speakers at the 2024 Congress

 
Dr Alan Woodward

Policy Director for Lifeline International

Dr Alan Woodward

Policy Director for Lifeline International

Dr Alan Woodward has worked in mental health, crisis support and suicide prevention for more than 20 years. 

He is an expert on crisis lines and community crisis support services. He established the Lifeline Research Foundation. His personal research interests have been on the experiences of those who call crisis lines.

Dr Woodward is an advocate for policy development for suicide prevention. He is the Policy Director for Lifeline International. He is the Chair of the Advisory Board to the Australian National Suicide Prevention Office. He served as a Commissioner with the National Mental Health Commission and as an elected Board Director with Suicide Prevention Australia. 

Dr Woodward holds a PhD from the University of Melbourne, a Masters Degree in Social Science and Policy (UNSW), a Business Degree in Public Administration (CSU) and a Diploma in Arts/Communication. He is a Fellow of the Australian Evaluation Society. In 2022 he received the National Mental Health Prize and in 2021 received a LIFE Award for Leadership in Suicide Prevention.

Dr. M Tasdik Hasan

PhD Researcher (Digital Mental Health), Monash University, Melbourne, Australia

Dr. M Tasdik Hasan

PhD Researcher (Digital Mental Health), Monash University, Melbourne, Australia

Dr. Tasdik is a medical doctor, a PhD Researcher (Digital Mental Health) at Monash University, Melbourne, Australia, and a Research Scientist at Moner Bondhu [Friends of Mind] in Dhaka, Bangladesh.

Dr. Tasdik co-designed a set of digital mental health interventions for vulnerable communities in Bangladesh as his PhD project at Monash University, Australia, as a FIT Scholar. He holds notable accolades, including the Chancellor’s Award from the President of Bangladesh for academic excellence in his Masters in Public Health course, a Commonwealth Scholarship for his MSc in Global Mental Health from London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine & King’s College London, Vice-Chancellor’s Gold medal and Summa cum laude from American International University-Bangladesh, and global recognitions such as the New Voices in Global Health Award from the World Health Summit, Berlin, the Lancet Prize from the Lancet Psychiatry & University of Oxford, UK, and the Fukuoka Student Award from the World Social Science Forum, Japan.

Tasdik’s expertise includes managing large-scale clinical trials, formative research, mixed-method research, and medical leadership. He significantly contributed to the development of Bangladesh’s National Mental Health Strategic Plan 2020-2030. With a postgraduate diploma in Disaster Management, he authored the action toolkit for community engagement during public health emergencies like COVID-19. As Chair of the Trainee Advisory Committee of the Consortium of Universities for Global Health, he played a crucial role. Currently, Tasdik serves as an Assistant Professor at the State University of Bangladesh and as a Research Scientist at Moner Bondhu [Friends of Mind, one of the leading mental health organizations in Bangladesh]. He recently completed an Honorary Research Associate position at the University of Liverpool and joined the faculty at the Life Sciences Entrepreneurship Academy hosted by ESMT, Berlin, in 2022.

Michel Rodrigue

President and Chief Executive Officer, Mental Health Commission of Canada

Michel Rodrigue

President and Chief Executive Officer, Mental Health Commission of Canada

Michel, who joined the Mental Health Commission of Canada (MHCC) in 2015, brought a wealth of management experience and a unique mix of expertise in performance management, stakeholder relations, finance, accounting, and communications. As the former Vice President of Organizational Performance and Public Affairs at MHCC, he played a crucial role in shaping the organization’s new 10-year strategic plan, Answering the Call.

Driven by his commitment to the principle of mental health for all, Michel advocates for equitable access to recovery-oriented, evidence-based, culturally adapted mental health care. Prior to his role at the Commission, he had a diverse career in management consulting and public affairs, holding positions such as CIO of the Professional Institute of the Public Service of Canada, Press Secretary to the Premier of Ontario, and president of independent firms.

A lifelong learner, Michel holds an Executive MBA from the Université du Québec in Montréal, a CPA, CMA designation (Chartered Professional Accountant/Certified Management Accountant), a graduate diploma in financial accounting and management accounting from the Université du Québec in Outaouais, and a Bachelor of Arts (History) from Laurentian University.

Nicholas Watters

Director of Access to Quality Mental Health Services, Mental Health Commission of Canada

Nicholas Watters

Director of Access to Quality Mental Health Services, Mental Health Commission of Canada

Nicholas leads multiple MHCC portfolios aimed at ensuring that those living in Canada have access to equitable, culturally safe, appropriate, stigma free, and recovery-oriented mental health services and supports — when, where, and how they choose. 

He is also part of the eMHIC (eMental Health International Collaborative) Global Leadership Council and a member of Health Canada’s Digital Health Equity working group. In 2022, Nicholas received eMHIC’s Lifetime Achievement Award for e-mental health development, implementation, and forward-thinking leadership. Prior to joining the MHCC in 2011, he was the Senior Advisor or Knowledge Transfer and Communications at the Chronic Disease Prevention Alliance of Canada. 

Nicholas holds bachelor degrees in Political Science and Communication Studies from the University of Windsor, a Master of Business Administration from the Australian Institute of Business, and a Certified Health Executive designation from the Canadian College of Health Leaders.

Dr. Jill Murphy

Executive Director of the APEC Digital Hub for Mental Health

Dr. Jill Murphy

Executive Director of the APEC Digital Hub for Mental Health

Dr. Jill Murphy, PhD, is the Executive Director of the APEC Digital Hub for Mental Health and is a Research Associate in the Department of Psychiatry at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver, Canada. Her expertise is in global mental health and implementation science research with a focus on leveraging digital mental health technologies to improve access and equity to mental health prevention, promotion and care. Her research has explored the integration of depression care into primary care and community-based settings, workplace mental health, and best practices to promote effective and equitable collaboration in mental health research. She is particularly interested in the meaningful engagement of people with lived experience of mental health conditions in research and in policy engagement to promote mental health systems strengthening. Her work primarily focuses on the Asia Pacific region, and she is currently an investigator on studies seeking to improve access to and uptake of evidence-based digital mental health interventions among adults and youth in China and Vietnam. 

Dr. John Torous

Director of Digital Psychiatry, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center

Dr. John Torous

Director of Digital Psychiatry, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center

John Torous, MD MBI is director of the digital psychiatry division, in the Department of Psychiatry at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center (BDIMC), a Harvard Medical School affiliated teaching hospital, where he also serves as a staff psychiatrist and assistant professor. At a system level, Dr. Torous is the medical director of behavioral health informatics for Beth Israel Lahey Health. He has a background in electrical engineering and computer sciences and received an undergraduate degree in the field from UC Berkeley before attending medical school at UC San Diego. He completed his psychiatry residency, fellowship in clinical informatics, and master’s degree in biomedical informatics at Harvard. Dr. Torous is active in investigating the potential of mobile mental health technologies for psychiatry and has published over 250 peer reviewed articles and 5 book chapters on the topic. He directs the Digital Psychiatry Clinic at BIDMC which seeks to improve access to and quality of mental health care through augmenting treatment with digital innovations.  Dr. Torous serves as editor-in-chief for the journal JMIR Mental Health,  web editor for JAMA Psychiatry, and currently chairs the American Psychiatric Association’s Health IT Committee.

Prof. Daniel Fung

CEO of the Institute of Mental Health (IMF), Singapore

Prof. Daniel Fung

CEO of the Institute of Mental Health (IMF), Singapore

Dr. Daniel Fung is a child and adolescent psychiatrist and the CEO of the Institute of Mental Health in Singapore. He serves as an Adjunct Associate Professor at all three Singapore medical schools.

Dr. Fung holds the position of President at the International Association for Child and Adolescent Psychiatry and Allied Professions, as well as the College of Psychiatrists, Academy of Medicine, Singapore.

With a prolific academic career, Dr. Fung has co-authored over 200 peer-reviewed research papers, books, and book chapters. His active involvement in advancing mental health care is evident through his contributions to the development of telepsychiatry in Singapore. Over the past decade, Dr. Fung has played a pivotal role in creating various digital mental health solutions, including a patented novel treatment for ADHD.

Roger McIntyre

Professor of Psychiatry and Pharmacology, University of Toronto

Roger McIntyre

Professor of Psychiatry and Pharmacology, University of Toronto

Dr. Roger McIntyre, a Professor of Psychiatry and Pharmacology at the University of Toronto, serves as the Executive Director of the Brain and Cognition Discovery Foundation in Toronto, Canada. Additionally, he holds various leadership roles and professorships globally. Dr. McIntyre is the founder of the Canadian Rapid Treatment Centre of Excellence and the CEO of Braxia Scientific Corp.

Recognized as one of “The World’s Most Influential Scientific Minds,” he has authored over 900 articles on mood disorders and is actively engaged in research, particularly focused on innovative treatments and the role of digital psychiatry.

Dr. McIntyre is a distinguished speaker, recipient of teaching awards, and has contributed significantly to clinical practice guidelines. He completed his medical degree at Dalhousie University and underwent residency training and Fellowship in Psychiatric Pharmacology at the University of Toronto.

Nick Titov

Executive Director, Australian MindSpot Clinic

Nick Titov

Executive Director, Australian MindSpot Clinic

Professor Nick Titov is Executive Director of the Australian MindSpot Clinic. MindSpot is a world leading digital mental health clinic serving 30,000 Australian adults each year. MindSpot was established in 2012 and is funded by the Australian Government.

Nick is also a Professor and a clinical researcher at Macquarie University, Australia. His work involves the development and delivery of digital mental health care. He has conducted more than 90 clinical trials of psychological treatments and has more than 250 peer-reviewed publications, including papers on models of implementation of digital mental health care across several countries.

In 2018, Nick established the MindSpot Academy which trains clinical students from across Australia to deliver digital psychological services. He also served as Chair of the Expert Advisory Group to the Australian Commission for Safety and Quality in Healthcare during the development of the Australian National Safety and Quality Digital Mental Health Standards.

Liz Ashall-Payne

Founder and CEO of ORCHA (Organisation for the Review and Care of Health Apps)

Liz Ashall-Payne

Founder and CEO of ORCHA (Organisation for the Review and Care of Health Apps)

Liz Ashall-Payne, Founding CEO of ORCHA, a global leader in digital health accreditation, is a distinguished healthcare leader with a background as an NHS Clinician. She has led transformative healthcare programs, leveraging digital technology for better patient outcomes.

Since its establishment in 2015, ORCHA, under Liz’s leadership, has expanded its services to twelve countries, covering 70% of NHS regions in the UK. Liz has received accolades such as Tech Trailblazer and Entrepreneur of the Year.

Beyond ORCHA, she contributes to healthcare leadership development, coaches for the NHS England Clinical Entrepreneur program, and serves as Vice Chair on the Tech UK Health and Social Care Council, showcasing her visionary leadership and commitment to digital health innovation.

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Keep an eye out for regular updates as we steadily reveal the newest additions to our distinguished lineup. Anticipating an impressive count of over 70 speakers, we encourage you to check back regularly – because some very exciting announcements are just around the corner!

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