Plenary speakers - EPPC2018

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Plenary speakers

Ann Davis (USA)
E-health and the use of technology in the context of pediatric psychology:
examples from healthy lifestyles research

Ann McGrath Davis received her undergraduate degree in Psychology and English from the University of Kansas, her PhD in Clinical Psychology from Western  Michigan University, and her Master’s in Public Health from the University of Kansas Medical Center.  She completed her internship at Father Flanagan’s Boys Home and a two year postdoctoral fellowship at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital  Medical Center.  She began her current academic position at the University of Kansas Medical Center in 2001 where she is currently a Professor, Director of the Healthy Hawks pediatric obesity program, and Director of the Center for Children’s Healthy Lifestyles & Nutrition, a joint center between the University of Kansas Medical Center and Children’s Mercy Hospital focused on pediatric obesity and other nutrition related issues in childhood. Dr. Davis is a board certified pediatric psychologist, an elected member of the Society for Pediatric Research, a Fellow of the American Psychological Association and President Elect of the Society of Pediatric Psychology, Division 54 of APA.

Adrienne Kovacs (USA)
Transition from pediatric to adult health care: an opportunity for psychology

Adrienne Kovacs earned a PhD in Clinical Psychology from the University of Memphis with a specialization in Behavioral Medicine. She began working with adults with congenital heart disease as a post-doctoral fellow at the University of Florida. From 2004 to 2015, she was the psychologist with the Toronto Congenital Cardiac Centre for Adults at the Peter Munk Cardiac Centre, University Health Network in Toronto, Canada. She was also Associate Professor in the Department of Psychiatry, Faculty of Medicine at the University of Toronto. In 2016, she moved to Portland, Oregon to establish and direct the Behavioral Cardiovascular Program at the Knight Cardiovascular Institute at Oregon Health & Science University. She divides her time between clinical work and research and remains focused on congenital cardiology and the transition from pediatric to adult health care.

Rikard Wicksell (Sweden)
Behavioral flexibility - a key factor in chronic pain management

Rikard Wicksell is director of Medical Psychology at Karolinska University Hospital, and associate professor at Karolinska Institutet, Stockholm, Sweden. As a psychologist in the field of behavioural medicine, he has during the past 15 years developed and evaluated a clinical model for adult and pediatric patients with chronic debilitating pain based on cognitive behavior therapy and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT).
He has authored numerous articles and book chapters in the area of adult and pediatric pain, and his self-help book “Living with pain - ACT as a life strategy” was published in 2014. His current research program includes studies on outcome and change processes in behavioral interventions for e.g. pain and chronic fatigue syndromes; neuropsychiatric comorbidities in chronic pain; training and supervision of health care staff; e-health interventions; the role and influence of biological factors such as brain activity and inflammatory cytokines in chronic pain and treatment.

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