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Board of Directors

IPA Officers (Executive Committee)

William Reichman, MD, Canada
President (2019-2021)

Dr. William E. Reichman, an internationally-known expert in geriatric mental health and dementia care, is President and Chief Executive Officer of Baycrest, one of the world’s premier academic health sciences centers focused on aging, seniors care and brain function. Dr. Reichman is also... [READ MORE]
Manabu Ikeda, MD, PhD, Japan
President Elect (2019-2021)

Dr. Ikeda has been a professor in the Department of Psychiatry and Neuropathobiology, Faculty of Life Sciences at Kumamoto University since 2007. Much of his work has dealt with the clinical research in old age psychiatry and neuropsychology. His main interest is in behavioral and... [READ MORE]
Tzung-Jeng Hwang, MD, MPH, PhD, Taiwan
Secretary (2019-2021)

Dr. Tzung-Jeng Hwang is currently the President of the Taiwanese Society of Geriatric Psychiatry and the Director and Associate Professor of the Division of General/Geriatric Psychiatry of the National Taiwan University Hospital. He got his MD and PhD degree from National Taiwan University and MPH degree from Harvard University. After... [READ MORE]
Kate Zhong, MD, United States
Treasurer (2019-2021)

Dr. Kate Zhong is the former Chief Strategy Officer for the Global Alzheimer’s Platform (GAP), a foundation devoted to improving and accelerating clinical trials for Alzheimer’s disease.  Dr. Zhong led the organization’s strategic planning, drove patient recruitment and engagement initiatives, cultivated collaborations and fostered... [READ MORE]
Mary Sano, PhD, United States
Immediate Past President (2019-2021)

Mary Sano, PhD is a professor of psychiatry and Director of the Alzheimer’s Disease Research Center at Mount Sinai School of Medicine. She also serves as Director, Research and Development at the James J. Peters Veterans Administration Medical Center. A neuropsychologist by training, Dr. Sano has been involved in designing... [READ MORE]


IPA Board of Directors

.   Term Ending 2021   .
John Brennan, BSS, CQSW, BA, MSocSc, Ireland

Mr. Brennan is an independent registered social worker located in Dublin, Ireland. He currently serves as Vice-Chairperson and Director of the Board of the Irish Association of Social Workers (IASW - The National Social Work Organisation of Ireland CLG) as well as the Vice-President of...[READ MORE]
Lia Fernandes, MD, PhD, Portugal

Dr. Fernandes is currently an Associate Professor with Aggregation in the Department of Clinical Neuroscience and Mental Health of the Faculty of Medicine - University of Porto (FMUP), Portugal. In charge of Psychiatry and Mental Health in FMUP and also teaching...[READ MORE]
Kiran Rabheru MD, CCFP, FRCP, DABPN, Canada

Dr. Kiran Rabheru is a Full Professor of Psychiatry at the University of Ottawa.  He is certified as a subspecialist in Geriatric Psychiatry by the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada (RCPSC). He is also Board Certified as a Geriatric Psychiatrist by the...[READ MORE]


.   Term Ending 2023   .

Dawne Garrett, PhD. BIA. RN. MA. BSc (Hons) PGCE (Research Training), PGDipTHE, United Kingdom

Dr. Garrett has committed her thirty four year nursing career to working with older people through a variety of clinical, academic and entrepreneurial roles. Her experience has spanned acute hospital care, community nursing, integrated services and...[READ MORE]
Venu Gopal Jhanwar, MBBS, MD, India

Dr. Venu Jhanwar is senior consultant of Psychiatry and Director of the Deva Institute of Health Care and Research (DIHR), a multi-specialty neuropsychiatric clinic, in the ancient city of Varanasi, India. Dr. Jhanwar also gives voluntary service to...[READ MORE]
Maria Lapid, MD, United States

Maria I. Lapid, M.D. is a Professor of Psychiatry at the Mayo Clinic Department of Psychiatry and Psychology. Born and raised in the Philippines, Dr. Lapid has an undergraduate degree in BS Pharmacy from the University of the Philippines, and Doctor of Medicine degree...[READ MORE]
Hilde Verbeek, PhD, The Netherlands

Dr. Verbeek is an Associate Professor at the Department of Health Services Research, within the Care and Public Health Research Institute of Maastricht University, the Netherlands. She is the Scientific Director of the Living Lab in Ageing and Long-Term Care. [READ MORE]


.   Term Ending 2024   .

Daisy Acosta, MD, Dominican Republic

Daisy Acosta is a Medical Dr, graduated in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic at Universidad Nacional Pedro Henriquez Ureña (UNPHU) in 1977. After graduation, she worked the year required by the government in order to obtain the license to practice medicine... [READ MORE]
Diego de Leo, MD, PhD, Australia

Prof. Diego De Leo, Doctor of Science, is Emeritus Professor of Psychiatry at Griffith University in Brisbane. Professor De Leo is Past President of the International Association for Suicide Prevention and co-founder and Past President of the International Academy for Suicide Research, of which he co-founded the journal...[READ MORE]
Raymond Koopmans, MD, PhD, The Netherlands

Prof. dr. Koopmans has a chair in Elderly Care Medicine, especially long-term care. Elderly care Medicine is a unique specialty in the world with a three-year specialty training program. He is affiliated to the Department of Primary and Community Care: Centre for Family Medicine, Geriatric Care...[READ MORE]

Ex Officio

Kate Filipiak, CAE, Executive Director, United States

Past Presidents

Manfred Bergener, Germany, Founding President (1982-1987)
Gosta Bucht, Sweden (1987-1989)
Kazuo Hasegawa, Japan (1989-1991)
Sanford I. Finkel, United States (1991-1993 and 1994-1995)
Bertil Steen, Sweden (1993-1994)
Raymond Levy, England, United Kingdom (1995-1997)
Barry Reisberg, United States (1997-1999)
Edmond Chiu, Australia (1999-2001)
Alistair Burns, England, United Kingdom (2001-2003)
George Grossberg, United States (2003-2005)
Joel Sadavoy, Canada (2005-2007)
Helen Fung-kum Chiu, SAR PR China (2007-2009)
Masatoshi Takeda, Japan (2009-2011)
Jacobo Mintzer, United States (2011-2013)
Henry Brodaty, Australia (2013-2015)
Raimundo Mateos, Spain (2015-2017)




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