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      Noreen TEHRANI  

 Noreen is the Chair of the Crisis, Disaster and Trauma Section of the British Psychological Society and has worked with various aspects of trauma for a long time.  She was directly involved in dealing with 9/11 and 7/7 terrorist attacks and more recently has worked on the Shoreham air crash, the Westminster and London Bridge terrorist attacks and the Grenfell Tower disaster. She has also supported first responders and victims of a wide range of other traumatic incidents including child abuse, murders, rapes, fatal accidents and road crashes. 

Currently she is working with several police forces to reduce the incidence of primary and secondary trauma in police officers and staff involved in working in undercover operations, firearms, road deaths and child abuse.

 Noreen has written many articles, papers and book chapters including two books on trauma Workplace Trauma – concepts, assessment and intervention and Managing Trauma in the Workplace

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      Banu YILMAZ

 The Turkish representative is a clinical psychologist and psychotherapist. She has been a member of the Standing Committee since 2015.

She has started her academic career as research assistant at Ankara University Psychology Department in 1999, and continued working first as Assistant Professor, then as Associate Professor until 2016, at the same department. She joined the Aberdeen Center for Trauma Research at the Robert Gordon University, UK, as visiting scholar for six months in 2008, within the framework of the International Postdoctoral Research Scholarship Programme of Scientific and Technological Research Council of Turkey.

She has been expelled from Ankara University in 2017 as she was one of the “Academics for Peace” who signed the petition titled “we will not be a party to this crime” which was declared publicly on January 11th 2016.

Banu has been working in the field of psychological trauma since 1999; a member of Trauma, Disaster, and Crisis Unit of Turkish Psychological Association, and one of the founders of Union of Disaster Psychosocial Services.

She has been providing consultation and training to various governmental institutions such as Ministry of National Education, Ministry of Health, General Command of Gendarmerie, Turkish Coast Guard Command, Ministry of Family and Social Policies, and nongovernmental organizations such as UNICEF, Turkish Red Crescent Society, Association for Solidarity with Asylum Seekers and Migrants, and Turkish Psychological Association. She has also taken part in field work in the aftermath of various natural and man-made traumatic incidents, such as Marmara Earthquakes, Pakistan Earthquake, Van Earthquake, İstanbul Terrorist Attacks, Soma Mine Disaster, and Ankara Bombings.

Her main research interests both in psychotrauma and in other areas of clinical psychology are psychosocial consequences of natural and man-made traumas, ripple effect of trauma, transgenerational transmission of trauma, collective trauma, continuous traumatic stress, grief, migration, early maladaptive schemas, parental emotional availability, and emotion regulation. 


         Štěpán VYMěTAL

The Czech representative is an expert in forensic psychology, crisis, disaster and trauma psychology, psychosocial crisis assistance, and crisis management. He has been published (Crisis and risk communication, Tragedies and journalists, Field crisis work etc.); cooperates with domestic and international expert working groups (EU projects: NMFRDisaster, EUTOPA, TENTS, EUNAD); lectures at Charles University (Crisis and disaster psychology); and prepares Czech diplomats, police officers and Czech airlines staff for crisis work.  He is experienced in the coordination and provision of psychosocial crisis assistance to those directly affected  persons in the Czech Republic or abroad.

He is psychologist at the Ministry of the Interior of the Czech Republic (MoI) - Security Policy Dpt., Security Threats and Crisis Management Unit. He is responsible for the development of crisis and disaster psychology as well as the psychology of crisis management in relation to Integrated Rescue System (IRS).

He is is an officially appointed expert in the field of psychology of crisis, disaster and  terrorism.  He is a member of presidium of the Czech Association of Forensic Psychologists, member of Ethical Commision and task force on Crisis, Disaster and Trauma Psychology of The Czech-Moravian Psychological Society. He is a member of Psychosocial task force of World Association of Disaster and Emergency Medicine and peer reviewer of Journal of Prehospital and Disaster Medicine. Web:



The Danish representative is Head of the Unit of Crisis Psychology at Rigshospitalet, Copenhagen University Hospital. Anders is a specialist and supervisor in Psychotraumatology, and has been at the Unit for the last 20 years. Anders Korsgaard has been active in The Danish Psychological Association in creating and setting standards for the postgraduate training to become a specialist in Psychotraumatology..

He does extensive teaching and workshops in Psychotraumatology both on a graduate and post graduate level. Anders has for several years been teaching Crisis and Disaster psychology at Copenhagen University. Unit of Crisis Psychology at Rigshospitalet offers help to traumatised individuals and groups, who have been exposed to sudden and often life threatening events. The trauma can be workplace trauma or sudden serious illness, often as a result of accidents or major incidents.

Debriefing of the helper professions is also an integrated part of the work in Unit of Crisis Psychology. Unit of Crisis Psychology has a special obligation on a national level in case of disasters in Denmark or disasters concerning Danish citizens affected by disasters outside Denmark.


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 Sandra Pitzl

Flag Austria         Sandra PITZL

Representative for Austria at EFPA Standing Committee for Crisis, Disaster and Trauma

Representative for Emergency Psychology at the Austrian National Association of Psychologists (Berufsverband österreichischer PsychologInnen, BOEP)

Member of the national platform for psychosocial support in crisis and disaster


Clinical and Emergency Psychologist

Currently Education in Psychotherapy


Psychosocial support in crisis and disaster, psychotraumatology, suicide prevention, psychological support of emergency dispatch stuff


144 Notruf Niederösterreich (Emergency Dispatch Center of Lower Austria)

Responsible for leading a psychosocial support team, recruiting/human resources and science issues


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The Serbian representative Irena Stojadinović MSc is working as clinical psychologist in an NGO, Psychosocial Innovation Network ( in Belgrade where her work is focused on providing refugees with psychological and psychosocial support during the ongoing refugee crisis in Serbia. She is experienced in working with people from different cultural backgrounds as well as trauma survivors. She is a body psychotherapist in training.

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      Marc STEIN 

The representative for Luxembourg is a clinical and organizational psychologist working for Luxembourg Police. Beside supporting police officers experiencing psychological problems in general or after traumatic events, he is called to intervene during acute crisis situations such as suicides or major disasters.

He is also giving training about conflict & stress management and victim aid at Luxembourg Police School.

Since 1997, he developed together with Luxembourg Civil Protection a national disaster plan called SAI (Service d’Accueil des Impliqués) which aim is to supply psychological first aid to relatives, unwounded victims and intervention teams after a major disaster. This plan revealed its effectiveness after a hostage taking in a children day care centre in 2000 and an air crash in 2002.

Member of the National Psychology Association board (SLP), Marc has been elected President of the SLP for the mandate 2018-2021.


      Yuliya SHOIGU 

 Shoigu Yulia - candidate of Psychological Sciences, Associate Professor, Head of the Department of Extreme Psychology, Faculty of Psychology, Lomonosov Moscow State University, director of the Center for Emergency Psychological Aid EMERCOM of Russia.

Under the leadership of Yulia, the psychological service of the Ministry of Emergencies of Russia was established and passed its formation. Currently, she is the head of the Center for Emergency Psychological Aid EMERCOM of Russia, a unit that provides organizational and methodological guidance to the service.

Yulia repeatedly took part in emergency rescue and other urgent work related to the elimination of the consequences of major emergencies in the territory of the Russian Federation and abroad, leading the work on organizing and providing emergency psychological assistance to the victims.

Yulia has created an original practice-oriented direction in the field of extreme psychology - "Emergency Psychological Aid."

Yulia teaches at Lomonosov Moscow State University, is the head of the Department of Extreme Psychology of the Faculty of Psychology of Lomonosov Moscow State University. She is leadership of the specialization "Psychology of Extreme and Emergency Situations". She also developed and successfully introduced the training program "Extreme Psychology", "Emergency Psychological Aid", "Psychology of Public Service" in the educational process.

Yulia is the vice-president of the Russian Psychological Society, the chairman of the Public Council of the Society of Psychologists of the Security Agencies and the head of the section of the Russian Psychological Society "Psychology of Disasters and Emergencies". 




     Heidi WITTRUP DJUP 

Our Norwegian representative, Heidi Wittrup Djup, graduated as a clinical psychologist in 2010 and is an authorized specialist in community psychology. She works at the Center for Crisis Psychology, University of Bergen, with treatment of traumatized and bereaved patients. She gives lectures and trainings to health personnel and social workers and is involved in crisis management and follow-ups after traumatic events. Furthermore, she provides expert assessments within the child welfare system and the legal system. She is an appointed member of the Norwegian Psychologist Association’s Human Rights Board, and has a special interest in children’s rights and the rights of unaccompanied refugee minors. As a member of the Nordic Centre of Excellence on Resilience and Societal Security (NORDRESS), she is involved in a current research project regarding natural hazards and its impact on children’s risk perceptions and resilience factors. 

Djup has years of clinical training within the field of trauma, crisis, disasters and bereavement. She has been involved in developing preventive and health promoting strategies for refugees and asylum seekers in Norway, both through community-based programmes and trauma group interventions. 










         Nathalie GARCIA MANITZ

The Andorran representative (observing member) is a psychologist working at private practice in Andorra la Vella, and member of the intervention team at the Crisis Center of Barcelona. She is accredited as an expert in emergency management, crisis and disaster psychology. Nathalie is specialized in clinical and health psychology.

She is the coordinator of the Psychological Emergency Service in Andorra (private practice) and involved in the Andorran Psychological Emergency Commission of the Andorran Psychological Association.  


  Anna ROMEU       

 Anna Romeu Mateu is a clinical psychologist, specialist in Trauma, Bereavement, Emergencies and Addictions. She works in private practice as well as in a therapeutic centre for people with behaviour and addiction disorders, and she's a trainer and counselor for different companies and the Catalan Association of Psychologists.

She's been working in the field of the Psychology of Emergencies since 2004, when she started as a member of the team of psychologists of the Medical Emergencies System (SEM/061). She's been working with people involved in some of the important disasters that have occurred in Spain these last years, like the Madrid and Barcelona attempts, the plane accidents of Spanair and Germanwings and other less-known traumatic incidents. She also works with some bereavement associations and offers individual as well as group therapy and counselling. She's been a member of the Section of Emergencies in the Catalan Association of Psychologists since 2016.


Romania Flag   Vasile MARINEANU

The representative of Romania is a clinical psychologist working for Romanian Ministry of Defense. He has been trained in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and has certification in Virtual Reality Prolonged Exposure Therapy as well as in SERE (Survival, Evasion, Resistance, Escape) Psychology. He is a graduate of the Romanian Air Force Academy, the University of Bucharest, and the European Centre for Strategic Security Studies “George C. Marshall”, Germany.

Currently Dr. Marineanu is the Head of the Romanian National Military Center for Psychology and Behavioral Health, the President of the Romanian Society for Military Psychology, member in the Board of the Romanian College of Psychologists, and Adjunct Professor at the University of Bucharest.

Dr. Marineanu has conducted intensive international activities in mental health operational focused activities during five NATO deployments, as field psychologist, in Bosnia and Herzegovina, Kosovo or Afghanistan.  Consequently, he planned, coordinated, and executed, together with Civil Affairs Teams, and local community agents, psychological support for war victims, refugees and displaced persons, offering mainly psychological first aid and crisis intervention.

He has been actively involved in professional regulation of the field of crisis intervention and trauma support within NATO Science and Technology Organization and the Romanian Ministry of National Defense, especially in the development of several national standard operating procedures (e.g. resilience training and operational stress control, critical incidents management, crisis and disaster intervention, operational trauma and stress support, SERE psychology training and reintegration etc.).



       Florian STOECK

In addition to his Bachelor's and Master's degree in psychology with an emphasis in clinical and rehabilitation psychology and a postgraduated degree in Criminology, Florian Stoeck, born 1983, completed a variety of trainings in crisis management, crisis and disaster psychology and stress and trauma prevention.

 He is working as a lecturer in Psychosocial Support and Crisis and Disaster Psychology at a german university, two police academies and other specialised training institutions. He is also working as self-employed crisis and disaster psychologist and for a counseling service for people in suicidal crises. Since 2012 Florian Stoeck is a board member of the standing committee of crisis and disaster psychology of the German Psychologists`Association. He is chairman of the Department of Psychosocial Crisis and Disaster Support at the Bavarian Red Cross of Bad Kissingen County and also one of the appointed crisis and disaster manager in the district (commanding function in major incidents).

From 2005 to 2009 he was involved in the implementation, the expansion and networking of Psychosocial Disaster and Emergency Support in Bavaria and in charge of the operational implementation in Lower Franconia as a member of the Steering Committee Fachdienst PSNV of the National Association of the Bavarian Red Cross. Later this was followed by scientific activities in Harburg Alliance Against Depression (Hamburg) and at Middlesex University London.

Florian Stoeck was invited as a speaker to several national and international conferences and symposia and is author of a paper about status quo of crisis and disaster psychology in Germany (in press).


   Annamária V.KOMLÓSI

The Hungarian representative Annamária V.KOMLÓSI, PhD health promotion psychologist, Hon. prof. Personality and Health Psychology Department, works at the Faculty of Education and Psychology Eötvös Lorand University Budapest.

She is  co-President of the Disaster Psychology Section of Hungarian Psychological Association. She worked as professional volunteer at flood in North-Hungary in 2010, and 2010-2013 at the scene of Red sludge disaster.  At time of Hungarian Red sludge disaster she had the mandate from the Scientific Council of Governmental Coordinating Committee for Disaster Management to coordinate the psychological part of crisis-management from short-term to long-term aftercare. 

From 1980 to 2000 she was member of  Ethical Committee of Hungarian Psychological Association

Her research interest:

  • different characteristics and determinants of healthy vs. pathological (depressive) personality
  • impact of disaster (and other trauma) on personality processes
  • personal and community resilience
 Miroslava Zimanyiova Slovakia

  Miroslava ZIMANYIOVA 

The Slovak representative Miroslava Zimanyiova is a clinical psychologists and psychotherapist. She works as a clinical psychologist for the University Hospital in Bratislava and as an assistant Professor at the Faculty of Medicine at Commenius University. She has been certified in EMDR Therapy, Gestalt Therapy, Solution Focused Brief Therapy and Emotion Focused Therapy. In her private practice she works with adult clients with various conditions (trauma, anxiety, depression, …).


She has been working in the field of psychological trauma since 2010, she is appointed by the Slovak Psychological Association in the Unit of Psychology of Trauma, Disaster and Crisis. She provides trainings in crisis intervention and psychosocial support.















   Vitalii KLYMCHUK 

The Ukrainian representative Vitalii Klymchuk Sc.D. is working both as senior researcher in the Institute of social and political psychology and as an expert in the mental health for the Ministry of Healthcare in Ukraine. His main responsibility is managing of the National PTSD Action Plan’s development.

Additionally he is the co-creator of the unique for Ukraine educational program “Mental Health in Organizations” that provide to psychologists competencies in the area of mental health screening, mental health policy making , economic evaluation of mental health intervention etc.

Primarily at the position of the executive director of the Institute of Mental Health of the Ukrainian Catholic University he managed a Center of Mental Health and Traumatherapy “Space of Hope” that served for the war veterans and IDPs, lead a research project for assessment of the PTSD symptoms among school students and evaluation of the efficacy of the therapeutic programs for them. 

Okeksandr KOCHARIAN  (corresponding member)

Doctor of Science in Psychology and Professor, is a chief of the Department of Psychological Counseling and Psychotherapy of Kharkov University. 

He is engaged in process-experiential client-centered therapy. His main area of work is infantile trauma, infantile neurotic and psychosomatic disorders, less with actual traumas. He teaches client-centered therapy and is engaged in scientific work in the field of experiential processual therapy.



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EMDR Representative    Dr. Lucia FORMENTI 

Psychologist, psychotherapist, EMDR therapist, expert in Psychotraumatology and Early EMDR Interventions. Graduated in psychology at the San Raffaele University of Milan-Vita-Salute, specialized in the Quadriennale Specialization School of the Center for Psychological Psychology of Padua and EMDR Practitioner.

Lucia attended an annual Emergency Psychology Master and debriefing and defusing courses. From October 2015 she is the representative of EMDR Europe in the Standing Committee on Crisis, Disaster and Trauma Psychology of EFPA.

During the last 15 years she has actively participated in several emergency interventions in the aftermath of mass disasters such as earthquakes, terroristic attacks, plane/bus crashes and several cases of infanticides/suicides.

Currently she works as a psychotherapist in her private practice in Milan. She works with both adults and children, dealing specifically with complex trauma and dissociation.

For years she has also worked as a consultant at various school institutes. Lucia has written many articles dealing with Early EMDR Interventions in the aftermath of a mass disaster and intervened in many Symposia and Congresses.

 Kristina Mozūraitytė

 EC Liaison    Koen LOWET 

Koen Lowet is a clinical psychologist and CBT – trained psychotherapist. He is currently the CEO of the Flemish Association of Clinical Psychologists and member of the Executive Council of EFPA. His main interests are the organisation of effective mental health care and the accessibility of psychological services within health care systems. Koen started his clinical career as a clinical psychologist – psychotherapist in a residential observation – and treatment centre for children and adolescents with severe behavioural problems. He was the chief of therapeutical services. He also founded MuDiCo, a multidisciplinary group practice that focuses on evidence – based mental health care for children with developmental problems. He specialised in children with ADHD and trauma. Recently, he stopped all clinical activities to focus entirely on his policy work.


 Kristina Mozūraitytė

 EFPSA Representative    Kristina Mozūraitytė 

Kristina is a student representative for the European Federation of Psychology Students' Associations (EFPSA). She received her bachelor’s degree in psychology in 2018 and a master’s in Health Psychology with emphases on rehabilitation psychology in 2020 from Lithuanian University of Health Sciences. In her master’s thesis, she explores Lithuanian general practitioner’s experiences in providing psychological first aid to people with suicidal risk factors. Kristina is currently involved in the national suicide prevention project called “Supreme Aim”, that targets to implement suicide prevention models in Lithuania’s municipalities and train front line institutions and local communities of suicide prevention. As a research assistant, she is collecting and analyzing data on the impact of the project. She is also an active member and former board of management member of the Lithuanian Psychology Students' Association (LiPSA) and a former executive board member of EFPSA.


  ESTSS Representative    Heidi DEKNUDT