Significants reasons why to participate to the 9th IOPTMH 2022 Conference.

Emma Stokes,
World Physiotherapy President

Prof. Daniel Catalán - Matamoros

President of the International Organization of Physical Therapy in Mental Health (IOPTMH), Daniel has been actively involved in the field for almost 20 years having a strong record of scientific research and academic postgraduate programs. He is the founder of the Spanish Association of Mental Health Physiotherapy, member organization that was founder of the IOPTMH in his official recognition as the World Physiotherapy subgroup back in 2011. 

He has also supported a wide range of countries in their development of the field and achieved a broad international experience having worked in the World Health Organization and the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control.

Prof. Michel Probst

Michel Probst, PhD, PT, is professor emeritus at the KU Leuven, Department of Rehabilitation Sciences, Belgium. He is founder and past president of the “International Organization of Physical Therapy in Mental Health” (WCPT-subgroup). He has published
more than 225 articles in 10 different languages. See more here.

Ellen Lake

IOPTMH Executive Committee Member

As a member of the Executive Committee of the IOPTMH, it gives me great pleasure to endorse the 9th International Organisation of Physical Therapy in Mental Health Conference, a joint collaboration of the Greek Scientific Section “Physiotherapy in Mental Health” of the PanHellenic Physiotherapists’ Association and the IOPTMH. The last few years have been challenging for many people and organisations, including the IOPTMH. We have had to adapt, embrace uncertainty and be willing to adjust well-made plans. Recovery continues to be negotiated both personally and collectively.

The 9th IOPTMH Conference, being held during May 4-6, in Athens Greece, is supportive of this recovery, asking “Physiotherapy in Mental Health: What’s next?” The hybrid nature of the Conference offers real-time and online opportunity for networking, collaborating, learning and sharing and coming together as community. Come join us and help shape the future of Physiotherapy in Mental Health.

Prof. Davy Vancampfort

Davy Vancampfort is assistant professor at the University of Leuven, Belgium. He is head of the research group Adapted Physical Activity and Rehabilitation Sciences. With over 500 articles, chapters and books, Prof. Dr. Vancampfort is a prolific, highly cited researcher (Clarivate Analytics 2018, 2019, and 2020), ranking among the top 1% in the field of psychology and psychiatry. 

His current work focuses on investigating the underlying mechanisms for the beneficial effects of exercise on coping with traumatic experiences, exploring the added value of technology in physiotherapy programs for people with a major neurocognitive disorder, and implementation of mental health physiotherapy interventions in community mental health care settings in low- and middle-income countries.

Prof. Norma Elisa Gálvez

IOPTMH Executive Committee Member
President of the Mexican Association of Physiotherapy in Mental Health.

Degree in Physiotherapy, Master in Educational Awareness, Postgraduate in Basal Body Awareness Therapy by HØskulen på Vestlandet, Bergen, Norway. Speaker at national and international conferences of Physiotherapy. Organizer of the First International Congress of Physiotherapy in Mental Health of the American Continent. 

President and founder of the Mexican Chapter of Physiotherapy in Mental Health, subgroup of the National College of Physiotherapy and member of the International Organization of Physiotherapy in Mental Health (IOPTMH and WCPT). She is a founding member of the American Network for Physical Therapy in Mental Health. Teaching in different subjects in the physiotherapy degree (from 1994 to 2016). Organizer of the First Diploma in Physiotherapy in Mental Health, Mexico City (2017).

Prof. Marco Garrido-Cumbrera

Dr. Marco Garrido-Cumbrera is a professor at the University of Seville and an international expert on health-related issues from a social and psychosocial perspective. Marco has completed university studies in Spain, Italy and France and has been a visiting professor at Maynooth University (Ireland), Columbia University (USA) and the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro (Brazil). 

He has participated in more than 50 research projects, applying different methodologies for the evaluation of health services and the measurement of health indicators. As a result, he has co-authored more than 100 scientific publications (including several articles in high impact journals). Previously, he worked for the World Health Organization (WHO) in Geneva as project manager of global studies in different areas, including: Disability, Mental Health and Neurological Disorders. Currently, he is a member of the Board of Directors of the Spanish Spondyloarthritis Federation and leads the Health and Territory Research group at the University of Seville, where he is in charge of research projects such as the International Map of Axial Spondyloarthritis (IMAS) and the REUMAVID studies.