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Our Keynote Speakers:

 Ms Lucy Jamieson |
s a senior researcher at the Children's Institute, University of Cape Town. She has a BA (Hons) in Politics, an MA in Democratic Governance and is a PhD candidate in Sociology. She has 2 decades of experience in political campaign management, communications co-ordination and public consultation. Her areas of expertise are child rights, participatory democracy; governance; law reform & policy development and child protection.

•  Dr Anusha Lachman | Is the C&A consultant at the adolescent inpatient unit at Tygerberg Hospital and the Head of the Clinical Unit at Tygerberg Child Psychiatry.​ She is also the program convener​​ for the MPhil in Infant Mental Health. Dr. Lachman's research interests include maternal and infant mental health, adolescent neuropsychiatry, and paediatric consultation-liaison psychiatry.

•  Dr Heidi Matisonn | Trained as a philosopher, I received my PhD from the London School of Economics in 2012 and am now a Senior Lecturer in Ethics based in the Ethics Lab, Department of Medicine, at the University of Cape Town. I am also an executive member of the SARETI (South African Research Ethics Training Initiative) programme and an honorary research associate in Philosophy at the University of KwaZulu-Natal.  My current research focuses on building moral resilience among healthcare professionals.   

Dr Anna E. Ordóñez, M.D., M.A.S. |
Is the Director of the Office of Clinical Research at the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH). She received her M.D. from the Pontificia Universidad Javeriana, in Bogotá, Colombia and her Adult Psychiatry and Child and Adolescent Psychiatry training at the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF). She is board certified both in adult and child & adolescent psychiatry. She has also completed postdoctoral research fellowships both at the NIMH and UCSF, and a master’s degree in Advanced Sciences in Clinical Research (M.A.S.) at UCSF. Prior to returning to NIMH, she held a faculty position at UCSF, where among other duties, she was the Medical Director of the Division of Infant, Child and Adolescent Psychiatry. She has also engaged in research studies of typical and atypical brain development and of evidence based psychosocial interventions to enhance psychological resilience in the United States, Costa Rica and Colombia. In addition to her current work at NIMH, Dr. Ordóñez is co-chair of the NIH UNITE E committee that is charged with evaluating and changing NIH policies, cultures, and structures to promote diversity in research. She is also an Associate Editor of IACAPAP’s official journal, Child and Adolescent Psychiatry and Mental Health and serves as liaison between IACAPAP and the journal.

•  Prof Luis A Rohde, MD, PhD | Is Professor of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry in the Department of Psychiatry at the Federal University of Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil, Director of the Program for Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder at the Hospital de Clinicas de Porto Alegre, and Vice-Coordinator of the National Institute of Developmental Psychiatry for Children and Adolescent, Brazil. He is currently. He served as Associate Editor of the Journal of Attention Disorders (2018-2022), International Editor of the J Am Acad Child and Adolescent Psychiatry (2008-2017) and as Co-Editor of the European Child and Adolescent Psychiatry (2004-2013).
He is Immediate Past President of the World Federation of ADHD and was former Vice-President of the International Association of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry and Allied Professions. He was also a member of the American Psychiatric Association working group for defining ADHD diagnosis in the DSM-5.
Dr. Rohde’s research interests include different ADHD facets, neurodevelopment, and child and adolescent mental health epidemiology. He has published extensively in peer review international and journals (460 papers) and has been an author or co-author in over 50 book chapters and editorials. He is editor or organizer of 8 books addressing child and adolescent mental health published in Brazil, UK, Germany, and the US. He has almost 40000 citations per doc and an H index = 85 (google scholar). In 2020, 2021 and 2022, he was included as a “Highly Cited Researcher” in Psychiatry and Psychology for the last decade by Clarivate – Web of Science (top 1% in these fields).