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Early Career 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 an Early Career Network (ECN).

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

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

Meet the Chairs:
Sascha Bolt, PhD (The Netherlands)
Senior researcher & Knowledge broker for Academic Collaborative Center Older Adults, Tranzo, Tilburg 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 ECN 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. Watch the Online Education page for upcoming events and Apply to Join the ECN here.


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