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News from ESSPD President

Ueli Kramer, PhD
ESSPD President

May, 2024

Dear members of the ESSPD, dear Colleagues and Friends,

Welcome to « Treating Personality Pathology in a Time of Change », this year’s international meeting on personality disorders! The European Society for the Study of Personality Disorders (ESSPD) is delighted to invite you to Antwerp, Belgium, to our 7th congress, from September 23 to 25, 2024.

The preliminary program is published, early bird registration ends May 31st, 2024, so register now! We encourage everyone interested to get the much-needed update on personality disorders research and treatment to join us in unique Antwerp. The organizing and scientific committees of the ESSPD have joined forces to deliver a cutting-edge program, embedded in a vibrant Belgian city, a hub for creativity in 2024!

In Antwerp, we will learn about the developmental pathways of personality disorders. We will hear from experts about the evolution of our diagnostic systems. We will appreciate the effects of treatments and how treatments can be delivered in even more powerful ways, so they can reach those who need them the most. We will learn about the mechanisms of our treatments and how they can be studied in deeper ways. We will explore areas of personality pathology that have been under-researched and under-treated so far.

The 7th ESSPD conference will bring together expert clinicians and top researchers in a light-hearted and welcoming atmosphere. We will host an interactive poster session with exciting new data from all five corners of the world, and in particular from early career researchers. The ESSPD will honor the best work with our signature awards. We will humbly learn about the welcomed involvement of users and families, experts by lived experience on how to make our work even more fitting and relevant to them. Don’t miss the Social Dinner experience! Antwerp 2024 will be a lively and decontracted meeting where we exchange cutting-edge knowledge, and where the field may move a bit closer together in the striving of leaving a lasting impact.

Don’t miss this year’s ESSPD conference!

Ueli Kramer, PhD
ESSPD President

Dear colleagues, friends and ESSPD members,

We are happy to invite you to watch interviews and the presidential discussion from our last congress, the 6th International Congress on Borderline Personality Disorder and Allied Disorders which was held online from 10–12 October 2022.

The overarching theme of the conference was:

“Change for a better future: Perspectives beyond symptoms“

Babette Renneberg, PhD
ESSPD Past President

Scientific Journal

Borderline Personality Disorder and Emotional Dysregulation edited by Martin Bohus, Christian Schmahl and John M. Oldham is the official journal of the ESSPD. The open access journal focuses on the psychological, social, and neurobiological aspects of emotion dysregulation. It covers the whole range of BPD research including epidemiology, phenomenology, pathophysiology, psychological, and pharmacological treatment, neurobiology, genetics, and animal models of BPD. The journal recently received an impact factor of 2.067. The ESSPD donates three Waivers for Article Processing Charges (APC) primarily to members from Eastern European countries.

ESSPD webinar

Those that didn’t have the chance to attend the webinar “The ICD-11 Classification of Personality Disorders – Challenges and Opportunities” can now purchase access to the recording.

ESSPD Announcement

 Special Section: Personality and Mental Health

A Call for Research to Understand and Ameliorate Personality Disorders Stigma

 Lead Guest Editor: Sara Masland, Ph.D., with co-editing by Carla Sharp, Ph.D.


Call for Papers – Dimensional constructs of personality disorders. Implications for psychotherapy integration

Journal: Journal of Psychotherapy Integration

Submission deadline: December 31, 2024.


Questions related to the call for papers, email Joost Hutsebaut, PhDCarla Sharp, PhD, or Ueli Kramer, PhD.


Call for Papers – Psychopathology. A Mechanistic Approach to Psychotherapy

Journal: Psychopathology 

Submission Deadline: September 30, 2024


Special Section: Journal of Psychopathology and Clinical Science

Revitalizing the Future of Personality Disorders Science and Practice: A Call for Innovation

Co-Editors: Christopher J. Hopwood, Ph.D., Aleksandra Kaurin, Ph.D., Aaron L. Pincus, Ph.D.

ESSPD Research Update

The quarterly newsletter is focused upon the theme of borderline personality disorder, physical health, morbidity and mortality as well as BPD, trauma and PTSD, and contains a review of the five most innovative contributions to the literature in the recent months. The corresponding scientific writer is Sophie Liljedahl, PhD.

Deaths by suicide and other causes among patients with borderline personality disorder and personality-disordered comparison subjects over 24 years of prospective follow-up

Borderline personality disorder and self-directed violence in a sample of suicidal army soldiers


Stimulates and supports

scholarship, clinical experience, international collaboration and communication of research on all aspects of personality disorders including epidemiology, etiology, diagnosis and assessment, course and treatment in Europe.

Society with a European signature

which will address the specific needs of the European personality disorder field and actively will expand it to countries in which it is less developed.

Actively seeks contact and cooperation

with family and users organizations and is open to professionals who are actively involved or interested in the study, assessment and treatment of personality disorders.

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