International advisory board meeting at CFBUPH2013-09-05
Child and adolescent mental health was the focus of the two-day advisory board meeting when researchers from Australia, England, Canada, Germany and Sweden gathered at Karlstad University at the end of August.
The purpose of the meeting was to discuss the research programme on the impacts of changed living conditions on child and adolescent mental health that was granted long-term funding from the Swedish Research Council for Health, Working Life and Welfare, FORTE (previously FAS) earlier this year. The Centre for Research on Child and Adolescent Mental Health at Karlstad University and the Department of Education and Special Education at the University of Gothenburg are behind the programme.
- The meeting was successful and will provide great support in the start-up of the programme, says Professor Curt Hagquist, Principal investigator.
- International experiences were shared with us and we had a stimulating discussion with many constructive opinions and suggestions for our continued work.
- It was also valuable to gather the two collaborating research groups in Karlstad and Gothenburg.
The next time the advisory board will convene will be in Gothenburg in one year’s time.
Sitting (from left to right):
Sir Michael Rutter (Institute of Psychiatry, London)
Magdalena Janus (McMaster University, Kanada)
Ulrike Ravens Sieberer (University Clinic Hamburg)
Joanna Giota (GU)
Maria Souza Nilsson (KaU)
Standing (from left to right):
Jan-Eric Gustafsson (GU)
Daniel Bergh (KaU)
Michael Hansen (GU)
Curt Hagquist (KaU)
Steve Zubrick (University of Western Australia)
The international advisory board consists of seven members, out of which four participated in the meeting in August:
• Sir Michael Rutter, Professor of Developmental Psychopathology, Institute of Psychiatry, London, UK.
• Magdalena Janus, Associate Professor and Ontario Chair in Early Child Development, Offord Centre, McMaster University, Canada.
• Ulrike Ravens Sieberer, Professor and Head of Research for Child Public Health, University Clinic Hamburg, Germany
• Steve Zubrick, Professor and Head, Division of Population Sciences Telethon Institute for Child Health Research, Perth, Australia.
The remaining three members of the advisory board are:
• David Andrich, Chapple Professor, Graduate School of Education, The University of Western Australia, Perth, Australia
• Candace Currie, Professor and Director, Child and Adolescent Health Research Unit (CAHRU), Medical School, University of St Andrews, UK
• Doug Willms, Professor and Director of the Canadian Research Institute for Social Policy at the University of New Brunswick (UNB), Canada.
The programme in short:
• 6 million SEK in program grant 2013-2015 from FAS (The Swedish Council for Working Life and Social Research) to study the impacts of changed living conditions on child and adolescent mental health with the option for extension of another three years.
• Collaboration between the Centre for Research on Child and Adolescent Mental Health at Karlstad University and the Department of Education and Special Education at the University of Gothenburg.
• Programme management: Curt Hagquist (Principal Investigator) and Jan-Eric Gustafsson.