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Noshpitz Cline History Lecture: Making Global Child Mental Health a Political Priority

We are all highly motivated by the promotion of child and adolescent mental health. We are all convinced that our specialty is obviously a public health priority and, often, we are frustrated knowing that not everyone shares our position. Why such a discrepancy? Does it come from us (obviously because we are involved we are likely to be biased)? Or does it come from society (child and adolescent mental health would be unfairly neglected)? When reviewing the scientific literature addressing the burden of child and adolescent mental diseases, even if there are technical difficulties the results are clear: mental health is one of the major sources of suffering for children and adolescents. This lecture reviews the steps we must take to improve the lives of our children and families suffering with mental health issues throughout the world.


Bruno Falissard, MD, PhD, President of the International Association for Child and Adolescent Psychiatry and Allied Professions, initially was trained in mathematics and fundamental physics before he engaged in Child and Adolescent medical studies in 1991. He earned his PhD in biostatistics and post doctorate in psychometrics and exploratory multimensional methods. Dr. Falissard was Assistant Professor in child and adolescent psychiatry from 1996 to 1997, Associate Professor in Public Health form 1997 to 2002 and full Professor in Public health from 2002. He is currently the head of the Master in Public Health of South-Paris University (600 students) and the head of the “Center of Epidemiology and Population Health” (500 members). He is co-author of approximately 400 papers and author of 4 books. He has a clinical practice in child and adolescent psychiatry. His personal areas of research focus on the methodology and epistemology of mental health research. Since 2015 he has been the president of IACAPAP (International Association of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry and Allied Professions).

Wednesday, October 28, 2015: 11:15 AM-12:45 PM

Sponsored by the AACAP History and Archives Committee

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