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Professor Kate Fitz-Gibbon (Monash University, AUSTRALIA)
Children and young people’s experiences of domestic violence: Findings from two Australian studies


Professor Sonja March (University of Southern Queensland, AUSTRALIA)
Addressing childhood mental health from all angles: Prevention, detection, support and intervention across education, community and clinical contexts

Dr Jennifer Sie Hee Kiing (National University of Singapore, SINGAPORE)
Supporting resilience in children through understanding and promoting the parenting - child relationship


Associate Professor Noor Azimah Muhammad (Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia, MALAYSIA)
Obesity in adolescents – Malaysians’ perspective

Dr Nadzirah Ahmad Basri (International Islamic University Malaysia, MALAYSIA)
Well-being matters: The dynamics of mental health and well-being in young people

Dr Abdul Rahman Ahmad Badayai (Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia, MALAYSIA)
Integrating virtual reality in mental health

Assistant Professor Bernice Vania L. Mamauag (University of the Philippines Visayas, PHILIPPINES)
The Masayang Pamilya Program: Evidence-based parenting support intervention for Filipino families


Dr Fatanah Ramlee (Universiti Pendidikan Sultan Idris, MALAYSIA)
Sleep, physical activities and food intake in the young

Nor Firdous Binti Mohamed (Universiti Pendidikan Sultan Idris, MALAYSIA)
What and why these happen to our kids? Understanding emotional, behavioral and psychiatric disorders in kids and adolescents


Dr Umar Toseeb (University of York, UK)
Autism and learning disorders

Dr Blossom Fernandes (London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, UK)
Adolescent mental health, self-esteem and coping during the COVID-19 pandemic

Dr Kartini Ilias (Universiti Teknologi MARA, Cawangan Selangor Kampus Puncak Alam, MALAYSIA)
Parents as resources for kids to stay well

Dr Pui Meng Choi & Associate Professor Dr Mariam Aljunied (Ministry of Education, SINGAPORE)
Creating sustainable ripples: Strengthening Support for
Students with Social-behavioural difficulties in Singapore mainstream schools through TRANsition Support for InTegration (TRANSIT)

Dr Patricia Simon (De La Salle University, PHILIPPINES and The University of Hong Kong, HONG KONG)
Hope, resilience and growth of young people and their families in the face of adversities

Dr Evelyn Tan (National University of Singapore, SINGAPORE)
From research to implementation to practice: Charting a new course for early childhood development in Singapore


Research Program Chair: Associate Professor Suzaily Wahab (Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia, MALAYSIA)
Substance use among Malaysian youths: Prevalence, prevention and intervention



Invitation to Participate

The Scientific Committee of the 15th International Conference on Child and Adolescent Psychopathology (ICCAP2023) invites you to submit proposals for symposia, paper and poster presentation, for the congress to be held in Kuching, Sarawak (on Borneo Island), Malaysia on 7 – 9 August 2023.  

Call for Papers, Posters, and Symposia
All abstracts must be submitted before March 31, 2023. 

(Note: The submission deadline has been extended to June 19, 2023)

Abstract Submission
Please submit all abstracts to Professor Cecilia Essau at: 
no later than 11:59 pm on May 15
, 2023, using the ABSTRACT FORM (download here).
The attached file(s) should be in word document (.docx or .doc). 
Text should be single-spaced, Times New Roman, 12-pt font.
The email subject line should be “ICCAP2023 Abstract”.

Refereed Abstracts
All abstract submissions are reviewed
 by members of the Scientific Program Committee. 

All submissions must be in English. Submissions will be accepted in three forms: symposia, individual papers, and poster presentations.  

Oral Presentation
Each individual paper will consist of a 15–minute presentation (including Q&A). The Scientific Program Committee will integrate sets of individual papers into thematic sessions of one and a half hours’ duration. 
The submission must include the name and contact information for the individual responsible for presenting the paper together with an abstract (maximum of 250 words) that will include the following information: background, method, results, and conclusion. 


Presenters are required to be present at their poster display at the time scheduled by the conference organisers in order to discuss their findings with interested delegates. 

The submission must include the name and contact information for the individual responsible for presenting the paper together with an abstract (maximum of 250 words) that will include the following information: background, method, results, and conclusion.
The size of the poster board: 150 cm (height) x 75 cm (width). Pins and tape will be available on-site.


Each symposium will consist of up to five presentations, which are expected to be thematically linked. The symposium convener should forward the submission form (together with an abstract of for each individual paper) on behalf of all the presenters. 

Each delegate may be first author/presenter on only one submission, however, there is no limit on co-authorship.


Themes and Topics
ICCAP2023 invites you to submit an abstract(s) for poster or oral presentations under the following theme and topic areas:

Mental Health Problems in Children, Adolescents and Young People

• Anxiety Disorders
• Depression
• Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder 
• Conduct and Oppositional Defiant Disorder
• Autism Spectrum Disorders 
• Disruptive Mood Dysregulation Disorder
• Feeding and Eating Disorders
• Specific Learning Disorder
• Intellectual Disability and Mental Retardation
• Trauma- and Stressor-Related Disorders
• Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder 
• Somatic Symptom and Related Disorders 
• Gambling Disorder
• Substance Use Disorders
• Attachment Disorder
• Sleep Disorders

Health-related Problems among Young People

• Nutrition and Physical Activity
• Chronic Illness
• HIV and AIDS
• Self-Harm Behaviour/Suicidality
• Sexual Health/Infectious Diseases
• Teenage Pregnancy
• Physical and Sexual Assault
• Youth Homelessness

Prevention and Intervention of Mental Health Problems


• Cognitive Behavioural Therapy
• Family Therapy
• Counselling
• Psychotherapy
• Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) 
• Interpersonal Therapy (IPT) 
• Play Therapy 
• Arts Therapy
• Drama Therapy
• Psychodynamic Psychotherapy
• Mindfulness-based Therapies
• Emotion-Focused Therapy
• Counselling 
• Sensory integration therapy
• Psychopharmacology
• e-Health Interventions


Cross-cultural Research

• Culture and Mental health
• Culture Bound Disorders
• Indigenous healing systems
• Mental Health Literacy
• Migration and Refugees
• Mental Health Services Provision 
• Training of Mental Health Professionals across Cultures

Education and School-related Issues


• Early Literacy Development
• ICT Technologies for Learning and Teaching 
• Gifted Education and Creativity Development
• Special Needs Education
• Inclusive Education
• Life Skills and Career Development 
• Collaborative Learning
• Strategies to Combat Academic Underachievement
• Strategies to Help Schools to Become Effective Learning Environments
• Teacher Training
• Parent Training for Caregivers with Special Needs Children
• Educational Assessment and Interventions
• Guidance and Counselling
• Bullying in Schools

Biology and Neuroscience


• Stress Regulation
• Brain and Behaviour 
• Genetic and Epigenetics
• Psychobiology
• Executive Functioning


Developmental Issues 


• Moral Development and Behaviour 
• Social, Emotional and Personality Development
• Social Relationships (e.g., peers, romantic relationships)
• Free Time Activities, Lifestyle of Children and Young People
• Technology and Media (e.g., social media)
• Child Abuse and Neglect
• Child Protection
• Parenting and Parent-child Relationships 
• Family Structure
• Children of Parents with Mental Disorders
• Domestic violence
• Adoption, Extra-Familiar Care
• Strategies to promote effective practice in parenting


General Issues


• Psychiatric Classification and Assessment
• Crime and Delinquency
• Psychopathic Traits
• Role of the Legal System in Youth Mental Health


Important Dates

• Submission Deadline for Abstracts:  March 31, 2023 (Note: Extended to June 19, 2023)

• Notification of Abstract Acceptance:  April 6, 2023* (Notified by: June 26, 2023)


• End of Early Bird Rate for Registration: April 30, 2023 (Note: Extended to June 30, 2023)

• Programme Book Download: August 1, 2023

• Conference Dates: August 7 - 9, 2023

* Should you need an earlier notification, please let us know.*

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