Salli SAARI 

The Finnish representative Salli Saari Ph.D, is working as clinical psychologist in Student Health Service in Helsinki. She has worked among university students and taking care of their preventive mental health more than 30 years.

Nowadays she is concentrated only in acute crisis among students, such as suicides of parents, friends, boy- or girlfriends, different kind of accidents, violence, for example rape or former traumatic experiences like sexual abuse in childhood, bulling, violence among parents etc. She is teaching disaster, crisis and trauma psychology in universities for students of psychology and leading also the postgraduate training in this field for psychologists. She gives a lot of training in the field in hospitals and in public health care organisations. She also works as supervisor for many local crisis teams and different organisations working in the field of disaster and crisis psychology. She is still leading the special team of crisis psychologists in Finnish Red Cross for large disasters and she has in this role organised psychosocial support and services in all more than 20 major disaster which have happened in Finland since 1993, when this team was grounded. M/S Estonia disaster and tsunami have been the greatest catastrophes she has worked with.

She has been 11 years president of Finnish Psychological Association and four years a member of EFPA Executive Council. She has been convenor of EFPA Task Force on disaster and crisis psychology since 1997. She has written a book on disaster, crisis and trauma psychology, published in Finnish 2000 and in English 2005. The name of the book is “A Bolt from the Blue; Coping with Disasters and Acute Traumas”.


   Antonella POSTORINO 


The Austrian representative Mag. Eva Muenker-Kramer is clinical psychologist, organizational psychologist, psychotherapist (BT, EMDR, traumatherapy), disaster and emergency psychologist. She works in a private practice and is head of EMDR-Institute Austria.  She lectures in the fields of clinical psychology, psychotraumatology, disaster and emergency psychology, traumatherapy, EMDR e.g. in the Academy of further Education of the Professional Association of Austrian Psychologists, in courses of the University of Vienna in cooperation with the Academy of Further Education in the General Hospital Vienna, in Webster University Vienna, in the Austrian Federal Railways Association, in the Austrian Fire Brigade Association, in the Austrian Red Cross, at Danube University Krems, the general hospital Vienna, and in numerous other areas.

 She is also author of journal and book articles in the above mentioned fields and co author in a book on PsychoSocial acute care (Psychosoziale Notfallhilfe, 2009, Stumpf & Kossendey, togehter with Prof. Frank Lasogga).

She is chair-person of the Austrian Association of EMDR since 2004, member of the EMDR Europe Board and an EMDR Europe approved EMDR trainer. She was co-founder and headed the Austrian Association of Disaster and Emergency Psychology (2000-2003) and was in the executive committee of the Professional Association of Austrian Psychologists (1993-2001).

 She is one of the founders of the Psycho-Social Team for Disasters and Emergencies Lower Austria, is member of the scientific committee of the post-graduate Academy of the Professional Association of Austrian Psychologists, member of the task force “Acute Trauma” of the German-speaking Association of Psychotraumatology and member of the Lower Austrian Ethics Committee by order the Lower Austrian Government.


     Vassiliki BOUKOUVALA 

William Yule

      William YULE  

The British representative retired in October 2005 after 36 years continuous work at the Institute of Psychiatry where he was Professor of Applied Child Psychology and Consultant Clinical Psychologist to the Bethlem and Maudsley Hospital. In that time he worked with and wrote on many diverse topics including training parents, foster carers and classroom teachers in managing children’s behaviour, the effects of lead pollution on children’s development, the epidemiology of childhood disorders, specific reading disorder, school, refusal, autism and many other childhood disorders.

He has been Chair of the Association for Child Psychology and Psychiatry, a founder member of the Society for the Study of Behavioural Phenotypes, and is currently Chair of the Foundation for Children and War. He has published over 300 scientific papers and 10 books. Since 1987, he has been involved in studies of traumatic stress in children.

He was an advisor to UNICEF in Bosnia, and the manuals written with the Foundation for Children and War have been used in many war and disaster affected countries in recent years. He was a member of the Guideline Development Group for the UK National Institute for Clinical Excellence’s Guidelines for the treatment of PTSD. In 2005, he was awarded the Lifetime Achievement Award of the International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies for his work with PTSD in Children.




      Banu YILMAZ



         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:

Anders Korsgaard Christensen


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.


         Nida ŽEMAITENÉ

Eva Håkanson

           Eva HåKANSON

The Swedish representative is working at the Unit for Traumatic Stress and Disaster Psychology at Stockholm County Council, Sweden. She is a clinical psychologist and psychotherapist working in the field of crisis, trauma and disaster psychology since more than 20 years. In 1984 she together with colleagues started an outpatient and consulting clinic for traumatized people, their relatives and medical staff at Huddinge university hospital, Stockholm County. In 1996 the unit became a regional centre for training and research in crisis, trauma and disaster psychology for the Stockholm County Council.

 In 1988 she initiated the establishment of an organization for the County Council concerning psychological and social care in case of disaster. This psychological disaster management organization as integrated into the medical disaster preparedness became a model for the health care system in Sweden 1991 through guidelines from the National Board of Health and Welfare. She has been a member of the task force group writing the guidelines and revising them in 1995 and 2004-2005. As a member of the regional medical disaster management team she has been leading the psychological organization working in connection with disasters which have affected the Stockholm area of which the tsunami was the latest. She has designed educational and training programs of various levels for people working with crisis support and psychological disaster preparedness and lectures in the Stockholm area as well as in other regions of Sweden.

She has worked as a consultant to different groups and institutions in the Stockholm County Council and to public authorities having responsibilities in case of disaster. She has written several information pamphlets about bereavement as well as traumatic stress reactions and is involved in several research projects concerning traumatic stress, methods for supporting survivors of accidents and disasters and bereaved, work strain and development of supportive methods to medical staff.


       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”.

Marc Stein

      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.

Marianne Straume

     Marianne STRAUME 

The Norwegian representative is a clinical psychologist working at the Center for Crisis Psychology, Bergen. She specialized in clinical child and youth psychology and was from till 1995 responsible for the psychosocial follow up of children and adolescents with cancer and their families at University Hospital of Bergen, Department of Pediatrics.

At the Centre for Crisis Psychology, Marianne works with with children, adolescents and adults after emergency situations, disasters, crisis, grief, complicated grief,suicide, serious illness, trauma, complex trauma and dissociation.

She proposes furthermore supervision for professionals lile nurses & doctors in palliative care, foster parents and emergency units. For UNICEF, she realized teaching assignments related to war and disasters: after the civil war in Yemen, after earthquakes in Iran & Turkey.

She participated in the follow-up of  victims and survivors of disasters in Norway: Helicopter accident at Norne oilfield 1997, Boat disaster, Sleipner 1999, Train accident at Aastad 2000, Acts of terror and mass-killing on Utøya 2011

She carried out groups interventions for children who escaped from war, children and adults who have lost parents, siblings or children of cancer and participated in a 6 year program as part of a team of three that had nationwide monitoring in refugee centers.

Teaching and publications: Extensive teaching experience in Norway and Sweden, focusing on children, youth and adults with life-threatening diseases, crisis, grief, complicated grief, trauma, disasters, complex trauma, domestic violence, genetic diseases and safeguarding helpers. Freelance author of book chapters and articles.


        Catalin LUCA


        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.

He 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


        Ingeborg PORCAR BECKER  

The Spanish representative is a clinical psychologist working at the Crisis Center of Barcelona. In addition to be accredited as an expert in emergency management, crisis and disaster psychology, she is a specialist in conflict management and in clinical and educational psychology, as well as graduated mediator and family therapist.

Ingeborg Porcar co-manages, as the Technical Director, the Crisis Center of Barcelona, dedicated to the care provision, training and research for critical situations, devoted to society, public administration, professionals, social agents, society, and companies, who are or can be affected by a crisis, a critical incident, disasters and/or conflict. 

She is associate professor of the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona (UAB) and has wide experience in training in subjects of crisis, grief and trauma, as well as in conflict and stress management. She has a Master degree in Research in Clinical Psychology (UAB).

As for teaching and publications, Ingeborg Porcar has extensive teaching experience in Spain and through e-learning platforms, focusing on critical incidents management, psychological first aid and acute and posttraumatic stress prevention. 
Main publications: Subclinical Posttraumatic Stress Symptoms in Children After Exposure to Low-Magnitude Stressors: A Two Sample Study. European Journal of Posttraumatic Stress, in press. Gestión y prevención de crisis en las organizaciones. En Cantera, L.M., Pallarés, S. & Selva, C. (Comp.). Del malestar al bienestar laboral (pp.51-76).Barcelona: Amentia Editorial.



       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