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Speakers Confirmed

I International Conference on Deaf People and Personality Disorders: The Need for a Careful Diagnostic Process and Special Treatment Facilities 

Dr. Tiejo van Gent, Phd is a consultant child and adolescent psychiatrist specialized in mental health for deaf and hard of hearing children. He co-founded one of the first specialized inpatient and outpatient mental health services for deaf and hard of hearing children and young people worldwide. His research concerns the prevalence of mental health problems in deaf and hard of hearing children and adolescents, and associations between intrapersonal factors such as self-concept and ego development, putative chronic stressors and emotional and behavioral health disorders.

Stefannia Fadda, Phd is a Psychologist specialized in the field of Mental Health and Deafness and is a certified CBT Psychotherapist. She actively collaborates with the Association of Cognitive Psychology (APC) and the School of Cognitive Psychotherapy (SPC). Since 2008, she has been the Director of Centro Assistenza per Bambini Sordi e Sordociechi (CABSS) where she set up the first mental health service in Italy for deaf and deafblind children and their families.

Dr. Margaret du Feu was qualified in medicine in Cambridge and London. In 1991 she was appointed in Birmingham to develop the third service in England (after Manchester and London) for Mental Health and Deafness. In 2003 she started working half the week in Northern Ireland and in 2005 left Birmingham to include the Republic of Ireland in her work. Special interests include mental health prevention work and enduring mental illness. Special interests include mental health prevention work and enduring mental illness.

Dr. Ines Sleeboom is consultant psychiatrist in mental health and auditive disorders. She has more than 28 years experience in Mental Health and Auditive Disorders, training in Forensic Psychiatry, 30 years’ experience as a consultant in Mental Retardation and multi handicapped people. Dr. Sleeboom is president of the European Society for Mental Health and Deafness since 2007. She has many publications  in different languages on: Mental Health services for the Deaf (in Dutch, Spanish, English and French books), Psychopharmacology and Auditive Disorders, Mental health and Brain damage, cognitive disorders and brain damage (chapter, co-author books for professionals, co-editor books),  Deafblindness (Dutch, English) and others.

Dr. Nora Olazabal is a psychiatrist, working in Basurto Hospital. She did part of her training in USMS. Since 2012 she is part of the specific mental health clinic for deaf population.

Dr. Manjit Gahir is a Consultant Forensic Psychiatrist and Lead Consultant at Rampton's High Secure Deaf Service.  Dr Gahir has had involvement with SignHealth for some years through specialist Deaf services meetings and the TEA-funded Deaf prison In-reach project.  He has a strong drive for advocating for deaf patients.

Dr. Alexander Hamilton is the Consultant Forensic Psychiatrist with the St. Andrew’s Medium Secure Deaf Service in Northampton, England. His father is Deaf and he is the only CODA working as a consultant psychiatrist in Mental Health and Deafness in the UK. Dr Hamilton is a trustee of the British Society of Mental Health and Deafness