Sections

ESSPD Sections

Sections have been established to promote collaboration between ESSPD members and provide platforms for work on specific contents and long-term themes. As such they are the driving forces of the society. The sections provide the opportunity to integrate more ESSPD members into the work of the society on the long-term and provide a platform for international cooperation.

Currently two sections have been formed:

Section for for the study and treatment of Antisocial personality disorder and psychopathy

Section founders and chairs

Carlo Garofalo & Luna Centifanti

Aims and Objectives

This Section aims to bridge clinical psychological science with forensic and correctional practice and the criminal justice system, by fostering research and dissemination of knowledge on the forms of personality pathology that are more closely linked to antisocial behavior and crime. Specifically, this Section pursues the following objectives among others in continued evolution:

  • Aligning the often-separate scientific literatures on antisocial personality disorder, dissocial personality disorder, and psychopathy (or related constructs), across different sub-disciplines spanning psychology, psychiatry, criminology, and law
  • Elucidating the developmental pathways contributing to these severe forms of personality pathology as well as their cognitive, emotional, and behavioral constituent and their interaction
  • Leveraging such knowledge to bridge the gap between science, practice, and society, by informing prevention and treatment efforts, and educating the general public on the science of antisocial personality and behavior

Activities

The Section aims to provide an intellectual forum to foster exchange among researchers at all career stage, clinicians, and societal stakeholders. Specific activities towards this goal include developing collaborative research projects, joint congress sessions and editorial initiatives, as well as supporting the clinical and academic growth of young scholars in the field.

How to apply to become a member

Whoever is interested in becoming a member can just send an email to c.garofalo@tilburguniversity.edu. There is no formal application or selection process. Members do not need to be ESSPD members or European citizens.

Current members

Gwen Adshead (United Kingdom), Stefan Bogaerts (Netherlands), Inti Brazil (Netherlands), Luna Centifanti (United Kingdom), Elien De Caluwé (Netherlands), Carlo Garofalo (Netherlands), Steven Gillespie (United Kingdom), Ushna Mian (United Kingdom), Kasia Uzieblo (Belgium/Netherlands), Jessica Yakeley (United Kingdom).

For further information regarding the section please see October 2018 Newsletter (pages 7-8)

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Section for the Study of Interpersonal Functioning and Social Cognition in PD

Section founders and chairs

Chiara De Panfilis, Stefanie Lis, Zsolt Unoka

Aims and Objectives

This section aims to further understand the mechanisms underlying social and interpersonal dysfunction of patients with Personality Disorders and, thus, to identify potential foci of intervention. To do that, the Section is particularly interested in clarifying the social-cognitive styles of individuals with personality disorders – their unique ways to perceive, interpret and respond to others’ attitudes and behaviors.

In this effort, the section is committed to bring together contributions from both researchers and clinicians of different theoretical orientations.

Activities

The section promotes joint research projects as well as clinical and research symposia and papers on the topics of social functioning and social cognition. Because one major goal of the Section is to bridge the gap between empirical research and clinical practice and theory, it welcomes both research and clinical contributions on interpersonal functioning in PD.

How to apply to become a member

Whoever is interested in becoming a member can just send an email to chiara.depanfilis@unipr.it. There is no formal application or selection process. Members do not need to be ESSPD members or European citizens.

Current members

Chiara De Panfilis (Italy), Eric Fertuck (USA), Stefanie Lis (Germany), Patrick Luyten (UK), Emanuele Preti (Italy), Fiona Ng (UK), Zsolt Unoka (Hungary)

For further information regarding the section please see February 2019 Newsletter (pages 10-13)

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