Message from the President

Dear ESSPD Members, Colleagues, and Friends,

I hope all of you returned safely from our amazingly enriching and intense conference in Sitges. I have heard from many of you, that this was one of our best conferences with a lot of scientific insight and important discussion as well as socializing and enjoying beautiful Sitges. Thank you to everyone who contributed!

At the end of the conference in Sitges I took over the ESSPD presidency from Lars Mehlum, who did a fantastic job for two years. It is an honor and a pleasure to follow in your footsteps, Lars.
Thank you for your great contribution!

I am very happy to see that our Society is constantly growing since we began to transform it into an Academy of Excellence. The best European researchers, clinical, and organizational leaders in the field of personality disorders are joining in the ESSPD with the aim to promote scientific work and its dissemination in the community, mental health care, and political awareness of our patient´s needs.

For this purpose we organize our biennial conferences since 2010. Starting in Berlin, we went to Amsterdam, Rome, Vienna, and recently to Sitges. With 650-1,000 participants our conferences bring together the most prominent speakers as well as researchers and clinicians from all over the world. Please feel cordially invited to join us at our next conference in 2020 in Antwerp, Belgium. More information can be found here: In the uneven years we began to offer workshop conferences in Eastern European countries with the aim to disseminate empirically based treatments for personality disorders for a comparably low fee; this took place in Tallinn, Cracow, and 2019 in Budapest.

A new focus of the ESSPD is the promotion of young researchers in our field. At our conference in Sitges we initiated the process of the development of a Young Researchers Section within the ESSPD. Moreover, a regular summer school focusing on research in the realm of personality disorders will start in Lausanne in August 2019. More information about this will soon be available on our website.

Very soon we will start to build up Sections within the ESSPD. They will focus on specific research and clinical issues, and can be proposed and chaired by our members, but they will also include non-members who are invited to contribute their specific expertise. Please do not hesitate to provide us with your suggestions for new ESSPD Sections.

You will find more information about our Society on our website (, in the newsletters ( and in our affiliated journal Borderline Personality Disorder and Emotion Dysregulation (

As you can see there are many ways to get engaged in our Society and our work. Please feel invited to contact me, if you have any requests or proposals. I hope to see many of you soon at one of our events or as member of one of are active groups.

It feels great to be part of such a lively and productive Society!

All the best to you!

Stephan Doering,
President of the ESSPD

Current President Stephan Doering