Plenary Sessions' Speakers

Jane Fisher

Jane Fisher

Gender-informed approaches to mental health promotion, what distinguishes them and do they work?

Jane Fisher, an academic Clinical and Health Psychologist, is Finkel Professor of Global Public Health and Professor of Women’s Health in the School of Public Health and Preventive Medicine at Monash University. She is Immediate Past President of the International Marcé Society for Perinatal Mental Health. Jane has longstanding interests in gender-based risks for women’s reproductive health and mental health and of how these can be addressed in psychologically-informed clinical practices and health promotion strategies

Helen Herrman

Helen Herrman

Dealing with the challenges of social adversity and clinical care

Helen Herrman is President of the World Psychiatric Association (WPA, 2017-2020), Director of the World Health Organization (WHO) Collaborating Centre in Mental Health, Melbourne and immediate past president of the International Association of Women’s Mental Health. She has received the award of Officer of the Order of Australia.
She is Professor of Psychiatry at Orygen, National Centre of Excellence in Youth Mental Health, and the Centre for Youth Mental Health at The University of Melbourne, Australia. She is a practitioner fellow of the Australian National Health and Medical Research Council, and a member of The Lancet Commission on Global Mental Health and Sustainable Development. She chairs a new Lancet -WPA Commission on depression.
In the past, as Professor and Director of Psychiatry in St. Vincent’s Health Melbourne she led the development of an integrated area mental health service under Australia’s national reform of mental health care. For one year she acted as regional adviser in mental health for the WHO’s Western Pacific Region, based in Manila. Her research and practice interests include community mental health care and promoting mental health. She has past and present research programs in the mental health of marginalised groups, including homeless people, prisoners, and young women and men living in out-of-home care. She is now leading the WPA’s action plan that is concerned with supporting the contribution of psychiatrists to global mental health.

Jayashri Kulkarni

Jayashri Kulkarni

Women's Mental Health - So Much More To Do

Jayashri KULKARNI commenced her appointment as Professor of Psychiatry, The Alfred and Monash University in 2002. She directs a large psychiatric research group, the Monash Alfred Psychiatry Research Centre (MAPrc), with approximately 150 staff and students. The Centre is dedicated to discovering new treatments, new understanding and new services for people with a range of mental illnesses. An expert in Women’s Mental Health, Jayashri was elected the President of the International Association of Women’s Mental Health, a role she commenced in 2017.

Maria Muzik

Maria Muzik

Motherhood in the Face of Trauma: Vulnerability, Resilience and Therapeutic Interventions

Dr. Muzik is an Associate Professor of Psychiatry, and Obstetrics & Gynecology at the University of Michigan Medical School in Ann Arbor, Michigan, United States. She is the director of Zero To Thrive and the Women and Infants Mental Health Program, a translational research initiative to support families with young children living with adversities including exposure to toxic stress or parental mental illness to heal and regain their full potential. Dr. Muzik is also the medical director of a large Perinatal Psychiatry Service, providing integrated psychiatric care in obstetrics, family medicine and pediatrics. Dr. Muzik’s research focuses on the study of stress, trauma and mental illness in the context of childbearing, its influence on parenting and the developing parent- infant relationship, and how to implement evidence-based, relationship-focused interventions in the community.

Anita Riecher-Rössler

Anita Riecher-Rössler

Menopause and women s Mental Health

Anita Riecher-Rössler, MD PhD, is Professor of Psychiatry and Head of the Center for Gender Research and Early Detection at the Psychiatric University Clinics in Basel, Switzerland. She has specialised in psychiatry, psychotherapy and psychoanalysis as well as in consultation and liaison psychiatry and in gerontopsychiatry. In 1998, she was the first woman to be appointed to a full chair for psychiatry in a German speaking country.

Simone Vigod

Simone Vigod

Intimate Partner Sexual Violence (IPSV): under-recognized, with distinct consequences

Dr. Simone Vigod is an Associate Professor in the Department of Psychiatry at the University of Toronto, and Lead of the Reproductive Life Stages (RLS) Program at Women’s College Hospital. Her background includes an Honours BSc in Psychology from McGill University (1999), an MD from the University of Toronto, UofT (2003) and psychiatric residency at UofT (FRCPC, 2009). To build her research program, she undertook a Masters of Science in Clinical Epidemiology from the UofT Institute for Health Policy, Management and Evaluation (IHPME) and is now a faculty member therein.