Paivi TERVAMAA



   Antonella POSTORINO 

Dr. Lucia FORMENTI (EMDR representative)

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.




     Vassiliki BOUKOUVALA 


      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

Noreen Tehrani Associates Ltd




      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:


          Nikolai ROITMANN  



         Nida ŽEMAITENÉ


        Charlotte THERUP SVEDENLÖF


       Márcio SIMÃO PEREIRA

The Portuguese representative is a clinical psychologist, psychotherapist (CBT) and emergency psychologist. He works at INEM (National Institute for Emergency Medicine), in CAPIC (Centre for Psychological Support and Crisis Intervention). The CAPIC, works linked to emergency medical services, in emergency situations like suicide attempts, accidents, sudden dead, rape, traumatic events and disasters, giving support for the first responders and general population.

He is involved in the training (psychological aspects) of emergency medical staff and gives also lectures in the field of emergency psychology in post-graduate courses.

He is an appointed expert in the field of crisis and disaster by is national psychological association (Ordem dos Psicólogos Portugueses), and he developed a training program for training volunteers for a major disaster. He is also the coordinator of the book “Intervenção Psicológica em Crise e Catástrofe”.




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.

      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.


      Yuliya SHOIGU 

  Julia Shoigu is our russian representative. She graduated from the Moscow state University and has the scientific degree of the candidate of psychological Sciences.

Since 1999 she works in the Centre for emergency psychological aid of the EMERCOM of RUSSIA and is the head of the Centre since 2002.

J. Shoigu is rightfully considered one of the founders of modern direction in applied psychology the Psychology of security, areas of psychological practice - emergency psychological aid. Under her direction was established and held its formation psychological service of EMERCOM of Russia. Currently, J. Shoigu is headed by the head institution of the psychological service of EMERCOM of Russia, which provides organizational and methodological guidance.

She has participated in the rescue and other urgent works associated with the liquidation of consequences of major emergencies on the territory of the Russian Federation and abroad, leading the work of the organization and provision of emergency psychological aid to victims.

Julia teaches in the Moscow State University, provides General guidance specialization "Psychology of extreme and emergency situations". She developed also and successfully implemented in the educational process training program for Federal public servants "Psychology public service".

J. Shoigu is Vice-President of the Russian psychological society at the same time Chairman of the public Council of the society of psychologists power structures.



     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. 

Anette CLAUSEN (corresponding member)





        Dominique SZEPIELAK  

 The French representative Dominique Szepielak Ph. D is working as a clinical psychologist, trauma expert and head of psychology department in French Association of Victims of Terrorism (AFVT). He is also engaged in employee assistance programs (EAP) for several companies and organizes psycho-therapeutic programs for Bataclan victims, Nice city victims.

He has been trained in a trauma debriefing at National Institute of Victims Help and Mediation (INAVEM,  is a member of French Association in Study of Stress and Trauma in French language (ALFEST) and  a member of European Rorschach Association (ERA) and Zulliger test expert.

He worked for twelve years at Versailles hospital. He offered consultations for traumatized and pain patients, many of them referred by insurances companies. Dominique has served in French army, and has assimilated field experience in different units (submarine, Special Forces and psychological unit), partly in war situation.

He has organized several congresses about debriefing and trauma in French and writes notably articles in the « Journal des Psychologues », « Fédérer » and « The conversation and is giving lectures at Paris X Nanterre University.

Dominique is also part of RAN « Radicalisation Awarness Network » and intervenes notably in prison for radicalisation problems.


         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, she is specialized in clinical and health psychology.

She is involved in the Andorran Psychological Emergency Commission of the Andorran Psychological Association. They are working together with the Government in particular with the Ministry of Health for developing The National Disaster Plan


  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.



       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














   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


 EFPSA Representative    Ana Škeljo

Ana is a student representative from European Federation of Psychology Students' Associations (EFPSA). She received her Bachelor's degree in psychology from University of Zagreb and is finishing her Master's degree in general psychology at University of Rijeka in Croatia in 2018. In her Master's thesis she explores the effects of emotional literacy programme on emotional and academic self-efficacy in early adolescents.She has worked as a field interviewer after floods that happened in 2014 in Vukovar Srijem county of Croatia, collecting data for a research investigating psychosocial impacts of the flooding. She is active in student organizations on local, national and European level. She is also a member of EFPSA Ethics Committee.