Keynote speakers

Marie Rose Moro


Marie Rose Moro, MD, PhD, is a psychiatrist working with children and adolescents and a professor of child and adolescent psychiatry at University Paris Cité. After completing a degree in philosophy, she obtained degrees in medicine and psychology. A doctor in medicine and in human sciences, she is also a psychoanalyst and writer. For 30 years, first at Avicenne Hospital in the suburbs of Paris, and now in the center of Paris, at Cochin Hospital (Maison de Solenn), she has been developing a transcultural clinic that tries to adapt our mental health care settings, techniques, and research methods to immigrant families and their children. She is also developing a new multidisciplinary way of caring for adolescents. Head of the Department of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry of Cochin Hospital, Former Technical Advisor for Doctors Without Borders, director of a research team in transcultural psychiatry at the National Research Center (INSERM), Editor-in-Chief of the journal L’autre, she is a international leading figure in transcultural field.

Psychiatrist and Professor of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, University Paris Cité.

Head of the Department of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry (Maison de Solenn), Cochin Hospital.




Dr. Jean-Claude Metraux, MD, PhD, (1955) psychiatrist and child and adolescent psychotherapist. His activity is mainly oriented towards migrant families living in precarious conditions. He is co-founder of the association Appartenances (Belongings) in Lausanne, Switzerland, and currently has a psychiatric private practice.
From 1997 to 2021 he teached Health and Migration at the University of Lausanne, Switzerland.  Early in his career, he worked with war victims in Nicaragua and Bosnia-Herzegovina. He is the author of several books related to his practice among them: 'La migration comme métaphore' (Migration as a metaphor), translated into Dutch (Migratie als Metafoor).

Psychiatrist and Child and Adolescent Psychotherapist

Association ‘Appartenances’, University of Lausanne


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Joop de Jong


Emeritus Professor of Cultural Psychiatry and Global Mental Health
Amsterdam UMC
The Netherlands
Boston University School of Medicine

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Annemiek Richters


Annemiek Richters, MD, anthropologist, is emeritus professor culture, health and illness Leiden University Medical Center and staff member of the Amsterdam School for Social Science Research, University of Amsterdam, the Netherlands. From 2005 onwards she has contributed in a number of leadership capacities to the development of community-based sociotherapy Rwanda. The majority of her publications over the past years focus on research addressing themes that emerged from the practice of sociotherapy in a post-conflict society.

Amsterdam Institute for Social Science Research.

Community Based Sociotherapy


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Emeritus Professor in Psychiatry and Transcultural Psychiatry
Radboud University Nijmegen

The Netherlands

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M'charek, Amade


Amade M’charek, PhD, is Professor of Anthropology of Science at the Department of Anthropology, University of Amsterdam, where she acts as the director of the research group Health, Care and the Body. M’charek is PI of the RaceFaceID project (, an ERC-consolidator project on forensic identification and the making of face and race, and co-PI of the NWA project Pressing Matter: Ownership, Value and the Question of Colonial Heritage in Museums. Her work has centred on the ir/relevance of race in science and society focusing on genetics and forensic practice, exploring issues of post_coloniality, temporality and identity. Through her recent research on migrant death, she has developed an interest in forensic methods for studying (post)colonial relations, circulations and extractions.

Professor Anthropology of Science

Department of Anthropology University of Amsterdam

The Netherlands


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Laurence J. Kirmayer, MD, FRCPC, FCAHS, FRSC is James McGill Professor and Director, Division of Social and Transcultural Psychiatry, Department of Psychiatry, McGill University. He is Editor-in-Chief of the journal Transcultural Psychiatry and directs the Culture & Mental Health Research Unit at the Institute of Community and Family Psychiatry, Jewish General Hospital, in Montreal, where he conducts research on culturally responsive mental health services, the mental health of Indigenous peoples, psychiatric anthropology, and the philosophy of psychiatry. His publications include the co-edited volumes, Cultural Consultation: Encountering the Other in Mental Health Care (Springer, 2013); Re-Visioning Psychiatry: Cultural Phenomenology, Critical Neuroscience, and Global Mental Health (Cambridge, 2015) and Culture, Mind and Brain: Emerging Concepts, Methods, and Applications (Cambridge, 2020). He is a Fellow of the Canadian Academy of Health Sciences and the Royal Society of Canada.

James McGill Professor and Director

Division of Social and Transcultural Psychiatry

Department of Psychiatry

McGill University



Forugh Karimi


Forugh Karimi is a psychiatrist, psychotherapist and author.  She is currently the president of the department Transcultural Psychiatry of the Dutch Association of Psychiatry (NVvP).  She writes literary fiction, and her debut novel The Mothers of Mahipar (De moeders van Mahipar) is a family epic with a multi-generational story about the war in Afghanistan, refugees and survival in a new country.

President Transcultural Psychiatry Department of the Dutch Psychiatric Association.




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Roberto Lewis-Fernández MD is Professor of Clinical Psychiatry at Columbia University; at New York State Psychiatric Institute, he is Director of the NYS Center of Excellence for Cultural Competence and the Hispanic Treatment Program, Research Area Leader for Anxiety, Mood, Eating, and Related Disorders, and Co-Director of the Anxiety Disorder Clinic. His research develops culturally congruent interventions and instruments to enhance patient engagement, reduce misdiagnosis, and help overcome disparities in the care of underserved cultural groups. He led the development of the DSM-5 Cultural Formulation Interview, a standardized cultural assessment protocol, and was the Principal Investigator (PI) of its international field trial. He has been PI or co-Investigator of 25 National Institutes of Health-funded studies and other research, and published over 225 articles, chapters, and books on culture-related topics in mental health. He is president of the World Association of Cultural Psychiatry, president-elect of the American Psychopathological Association, chair of the Group for the Advancement of Psychiatry Cultural Committee, and chair of the DSM Review Committee for Internalizing Disorders.  He was chair of the DSM-5-TR Culture-Related Issues Review Committee as well as co-chair of the DSM-5-TR Work Group on Ethnoracial Equity and Inclusion and the ICD-11 Working Group on Culture-Related Issues. 

President World Association of Cultural Psychiatry.