NordCAP 2018 program has been updated! The preconference and two conference days offer lectures, workshops and poster presentations on innovative and timely research projects, including global child and adolescent mental health, large-scale epidemiological studies, and digitalized interventions preventing and treating mental health problems or promoting mental health. It also provides an excellent opportunity to share knowledge and network with academics and other professionals working in the field of child and adolescent mental health.

We are warmly welcoming to NordCAP 2018 the academics of the Scandinavian Child and Adolescent Psychiatry departments, social and health care professionals working with children in different fields of mental health and all other professionals interested in our program! The NordCAP 2018 aims at bridging the gap between research and practice expertise.

Preliminary program

Wednesday 29/8/2018, 12.00–17.00

Opening: Prof. Andre Sourander, University of Turku, Finland
Chair: Prof. Norbert Skokauskas, Norwegian University of Science and Technology, Norway

12.00–14.15    SESSION I

Perspectives on global child and adolescent mental health
Prof. Norbert Skokauskas, Norwegian University of Science and Technology, Norway

Keynote speaker 1: Interventions for Syrian Refugee Children
and Adolescents: Opportunities and Challenges
Prof. John Fayyad, University of Balamand, Lebanon

Keynote speaker 2: Towards Developing School Mental Health Services in Kenya – Why School Mental Health
Prof. David Ndetei, University of Nairobi, Kenya

Keynote speaker 3: Child Psychiatry in the Arabian Gulf Country:  Challenges and Future Perspective
Prof. Ahmed Malalla AlAnsari, Arabian Gulf University, Bahrain

14.15   Break

14.45–17.00   SESSION II

Keynote speaker 4: Does mental health in low income countries contribute to the achievement of the  SDGs?
Prof. Lars Lien, Inland Norway University of Applied Sciences &
University of Tromsø, Norway

Keynote speaker 5: Overview of the developments in child and adolescent psychiatry in Lithuania
Prof. Sigita Lesinskiene, Vilnius University, Lithuania

Prevalence and predictors of bullying and cyber bullying among
school children in several Asian and European countries – the
Eurasian Child Mental Health Study (EACMHS)
Adjunct Prof. Roshan Chudal, University of Turku

Psychiatric symptoms of 2015 earthquake-affected adolescents
in Nepal
Researcher Sanju Silwal, University of Turku


18:00   Get-together hosted by the City of Turku



Thursday 30/8/2018 08.30-17.00

8.30–8.50 Registration

8.50         Opening: Prof. Andre Sourander, University of Turku

9.00         SESSION I

Keynote speaker 1: Gestational Exposure to Selective Serotonin Reuptake Inhibitors and Offspring Psychiatric Disorders
Adjunct Prof. Heli Malm, University of Turku

Keynote speaker 2: KiVa antibullying program: Bullying prevention and mental health promotion
Prof. Christina Salmivalli, University of Turku, Finland

10.20    Break

10.45–12.15    Parallel session 1: Oral presentations (15 minutes each)

Interventions for emotional and behavioral problems

The effect of adding Coping Power Program – Sweden to Parent Management Training. Two year follow up of effects and moderators in a randomised controlled trial. Maria Helander

A Naturalistic Effectiveness Study of the Cool Kids Programme in Outpatient Psychiatric Clinics for Children in Southern Jutland, Denmark. Ida Drejer Djurhuus

Neuro-scientifically based treatment of adolescent depression – preliminary efficacy and proof of concept. Eva Henje Blom

Disseminating Internet-delivered CBT for Children in an Outpatient Clinic in Rural Sweden – an ongoing study. Sarah Vigerland


Parallel session 2: Oral presentations (15 minutes each)
Promoting mental health in developing countries and in the face of traumatization

MEGA – Building capacity by developing and implementing mobile application for youths mental health assessment. Heikki Ellilä

Assessment of children entering out-of-home care – A model evaluation. Einar Heiervang

Development and implementation of a group based mental health intervention for unaccompanied minors: a pilot study. Ferdinand Garoff

Treating children and adolescents with multiple traumas – A pragmatic randomized controlled trial of Narrative Exposure Therapy. Samuli Kangaslampi


Parallel session 3: Oral presentations (15 minutes each)
Interventions for neuropsychiatric disorders

Psychiatric Live Animotion Intervention (PLAI) – an eMentalHealth Intervention for young children with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). Nadia Rønn Nørgaard

Organizational Skills Training for Children with ADHD. Aida Bikic

Organizational Skills Training for Children with ADHD. Kristoffer Dalsgaard Olsen

Diet interventions in children with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) and comorbidities: review and results from an Icelandic pilot intervention study. Bertrand Lauth

12.15  Lunch break

13.15    SESSION II: Workshop: Population based prevention and

APEX consortium, Transferring child and adolescent mental health treatment to awareness, prevention and early intervention
Prof. Andre Sourander, Senior Researcher Marjo Kurki, Research Coordinator Terja Ristkari, Researcher Tarja Korpilahti-Leino, Dr. Terhi Luntamo, University of Turku, Finland

Keynote speaker 2: KiVa antibullying program: Bullying prevention and mental health promotion
Prof. Christina Salmivalli, University of Turku, Finland

14.00    Coffee + poster presentations

15.00–17.00    SESSION III: New innovations in clinical interventions

Keynote speaker 3: Tourette’s syndrome research in Sweden: from genetic epidemiology to remote behavioural interventions
Prof. David Mataix-Cols, Karolinska Institutet, Sweden

Keynote speaker 4: Internet-delivered cognitive behaviour  therapy for children and adolescents – experiences from clinical trials in Sweden
Adjunct prof. Eva Serlachius, Karolinska Institutet, Sweden

Keynote speaker 5: Social Skills Training in Autism Spectrum Disorder
Prof. Sven Bölte, Karolinska Institutet, Sweden

19:00   Conference Banquet at restaurant Koulu



Friday 31/8/2018 09.00-16.30

9.00-12.15     SESSION I

Opening: Importance of Birth cohort studies for Child and Adolescent Psychiatry
Prof. Hans-Christoph Steinhausen

Keynote speaker 1: Prenatal Origins of neuropsychiatric disorders
Prof. Alan Brown, Columbia University, New York, USA


Keynote speaker 2: Brain imaging in child psychiatry: novel toy or cool tool?
Prof. Henning Tiemeier, Harvard University, USA


12.15   Lunch break

13.15   SESSION II

Parallel session 1: Oral presentations (15 minutes each)

Neuropsychiatric disorders – perspectives on etiology, assessment and treatment

Early Medical Adversity in Twins and Environmental Etiologies of Autism. Torkel Carlsson

Patterns of psychiatric comorbidity and genetic correlations may inform etiologic research in attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder and autism spectrum disorder. Berit Skretting Solberg

School success in childhood and subsequent psychotic-like symptoms and diagnoses in the Northern Finland Birth Cohort 1986. Jouko Miettunen

The development of WHO ICF Core Sets for ADHD and ASD -results from the preparatory studies. Soheil Mahdi

Prescribed stimulant use for ADHD rises steadily among children and youth in Finland. Miika Vuori


Parallel session 2: Oral presentations (15 minutes each)

Mental health of mothers and children – focus on diet, stress and depression

Meals, Microbiota and Mental Health of Children and Adolescents – An Observational Longitudinal Case Control Study. Birna Asbjornsdottir

Parents’ divorce in childhood and adolescence and prenatal depression. Elviira Porthan

The Role of Hair Cortisol Concentration (HCC) as a Biomarker for Prenatal Psychological Distress. Paula Mustonen

Prenatal stress and postnatal maternal depressive symptoms and their association with offspring preschool emotional symptoms at age 2-3 years. Rikke Wesselhoeft

Trends in childhood and adolescent internalizing symptoms: results from nationwide population based twin cohorts. Linda Halldner Henriksson


Parallel session 3: Workshop:  Integrating and harmonizing Finnish birth cohorts: example for future Nordic collaboration

  • Overview of the Finnish PSYCOHORTS consortium. Prof. Andre Sourander, University of Turku
  • Specific Symptoms in Adolescence Predict Onset of Psychosis in the Northern Finland Birth Cohort 1986. Prof. Juha Veijola, University of Oulu, Finland
  • Topic to be confirmed. Research Prof. Mika Gissler, Senior Researcher Tiina Ristikari, Institute of Health and Welfare, Finland
  • Will data-driven methods advance our knowledge about early risk factors for schizophrenia? Adjunct Prof. David Gyllenberg, University of Turku; Institute of Health and Welfare Finland
  • Maternal biomarkers in PSYCOHORTS. Adjunct Prof. Heljä-Marja Surcel, University of Oulu, Finland
  • Data harmonisation in PSYCOHORTS – theory in practice. Data manager and Data Harmonisation.

14.45   Break

15.00–16.30    SESSION III

Keynote speaker 3: Risk factors for Neurodevelopmental Disorders.
Data from the Odense Child cohort (OCC)
Prof. Niels Bilenberg, University of Odense, Denmark

Keynote speaker 4: Omega-3 Fatty Acids in Youth with ADHD: Biological and Clinical Aspect
Dr. Jane Chang, King’s College London, UK & China Medical University, Taiwan

Closing discussion

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