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Young Researchers Network

The future of IPA lies in the hands of early career researchers and clinicians who will become the new leaders in the field of mental health for older adults. Therefore, the IPA has created a young researchers’ network (YRN).

Originally aimed at PhD-students or post-doc researchers with less than 5 years of experience in the field, organizers quickly realized the need for this type of program to include early career clinicians interested in research and collaboration as well. This is a multi-disciplinary initiative and those working in all aspects of older adult mental health are welcome.

Formally launched in October of 2020, the YRN is a sub-group of the Membership Committee with guidance from IPA Board members Prof dr Raymond Koopmans and Prof Hilde Verbeek.

Meet the 2021 Chairs:
Sascha Bolt (The Netherlands)
PhD Candidate for the Living Lab in Ageing & Long-Term Care, Maastricht University; Masters in Clinical and Neuropsychology.
Areas of interest: Dementia, Palliative and end-of-life care, Holistic management of symptoms, Psychosocial and person-centered care.
Dr. Tomás León, MD (Chile)
Old Age psychiatrist; Master in psychopharmacology; Atlantic Fellow for Equity in Brain Health at Global Brain Health Institute.
Areas of Interest: Dementia, non-cognitive symptoms, the interaction between psychiatric and neurodegenerative disorders and public policies.
Calvin Swords, PhD (Ireland)
Irish Research Council Scholar; Master of Social Work; PhD Candidate & Part-Time Lecturer, School of Social Work and Social Policy, Trinity College Dublin, the University of Dublin.
Areas of Interest: Social Constructionism, Mental Health and Recovery, Health-Related Social Work, Transitions and Trajectories through the Life Course.

The overall goal of the YRN is to create a robust international network of early career professionals across disciplines, both researchers and clinicians, capable of supporting each other, helping compensate local needs.

Planning for 2021 programming is already underway and we invite you to watch this page for more information or contact the IPA Secretariat to either apply for the YRN or be added to the email list.

Acknowledgements

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