Dr. Ana María González Roldán

Dr.-Ana-Maria-Gonzalez-RoldanDr. Ana María González Roldán is a psychologist and neuroscientist working in the field of chronic pain. In 2008, she obtained a Master of Neuroscience, in the University of Balearic Islands and joined the Department of Neurodynamicsand Clinical Psychology, at the Research Institute on Health Sciences (IUNICS), University of Balearic Islands, Spain. In 2013, she obtained a PhD in Neuroscience from the same University under the supervision of Professor Dr. Pedro Montoya. Her thesis and her main interests involve behavioural, electrophysiological and neuroimaging experiments investigating the neural mechanisms underlying the affective, cognitive and social modulation of pain perception and chronic pain.

Prof. Denis Mellier

Denis Mellier, Ph.D., is a Professor of Clinical Psychology and Psychopathology at the University of Franche-Comté, in France. He is a psychologist, psychotherapist, An E. Bick trainer for infant observation. He practices psychoanalysis in institutions and in private practices at Lyon. He is a member of the Société Française de Psychothérapie Psychanalytique de Groupe (SFPPG), of the World Association for Infant Mental Health Francophone-French Group (WAIMH-francophone). He serves on the editorial board of Frontiers in Psychoanalysis and Neuropsychoanalysis, Devenir, Dialogue, and the Revue de psychothérapie psychanalytique de groupe. He is the author of numerous articles and  books in French, mainly “The unconscious in the nusery”(“L’Inconscient à la Crèche”, Eres publisher), “Babies and helplessness. A theory on the containing function” (“Les bébés en détresse. Une théorie de la fonction contenante”, PUF publisher), he is co-editing “The relational life of the baby” (“La vie psychique du bébé”, Dunod pubisher). My research focuses on understanding the primitive relationships and anxieties in infants, according to the works of W.R. Bion and the paradigm of intersubjectivity. I explore the emergence of representations and the construction of the “Skin-Ego”, of the psychic apparatus before the establishment of language: how non-verbal communication is a step to verbal communication. Might pain and suffering have a common origin?

Website: {lab} Prof. Denis Mellier

Website: Prof. Denis Mellier

Book Project: Does individual Pain or Suffering exist?

{Co-writing with Dr. Otniel Dror }

Workshop 2009: Link to the video

Prof. Onno van der Hart

Onno van der Hart, PhD, is a psychologist, adult psychotherapist, trained family therapist and researcher.

He is Emeritus Professor of Psychopathology of Chronic Traumatization at the Department of Clinical and Health Psychology at Utrecht University, the Netherlands, and a psychologist/psychotherapist at the Sinai Center for Mental Health, Amstelveen. He is a clinical consultant of the Center for Post-trauma Therapy and Trauma Education, Helsinki and Oulu, Finland. Until recently he was Chief of Research at the Cats-Polm Institute—a research institute in the area of childhood abuse and neglect—in Zeist and a lead psychotherapist, specialized in the treatment of clients with complex trauma-related disorders, at the Mental Health Center Buitenamstel in Amsterdam. He is also a scholar in Pierre Janet Studies. Both nationally and internationally, he is a clinical consultant on diagnosis and treatment of complex trauma-related disorders and he presents lectures and workshops on complex PTSD, dissociative disorders, phase-oriented treatment of chronic traumatization, and formerly he presentend workshops on hypnosis, strategic psychotherapy, and family therapy. Among his clinical and research achievements, he has twice been the recipient of the Milton Erickson Award for Excellence in Scientific writing from the American Society of Clinical Hypnosis, three times the Pierre Janet Writing Award for best writing on dissociation from the International Society for the Study of Trauma and Dissociation (ISSTD), and the Lifetime Achievement Award from ISSTD. Onno van der Hart is a Past-President of the International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies (ISTSS), a former Vice-President and Fellow of the International Society for the Study of Dissociation and Fellow of the American Society of Clinical Hypnosis (ASCH). He has published several books in the area of trauma and dissociation, loss, and bereavement, and over 100 articles in peer-reviewed scientific journals (several of which can be found at  www.onnovdhart.nl.) He has co-authored with Ellert Nijenhuis, PhD, and Kathy Steele, MN, CS, “The Haunted Self: Structural Dissociation and the Treatment of Chronic Traumatization” (New York/London: W.W. Norton & Co, 2006), which has been, and is in the process of being, translated into several languages including French. With Suzette Boon, PhD, and Kathy Steele, hMN, CS, he wrote “Coping with Trauma-related Dissociation: Skills Training for Patients and Therapists” (New York/London: W.W. Norton & Co, 2011).

Website: Prof. Onno van der Hart

Book Project: How the attitudes towards the sufferer differ?

{Co-writing with Dr. Sandra Kamping }


Dr. Sandra Kamping

Dr. Sandra Kamping is a psychologist, adult therapist and neuroscientist working in the field of chronic pain. In 2006, she joined the Department of Cognitive and Clinical Neuroscience working with its scientific director Professor Dr. Herta Flor, at the Central Institute of Mental Health in Mannheim, Germany. Her main research interest lies in the area of chronic pain comprising a wide range of chronic pain disorders (i.e. chronic back pain, fibromyalgia, chronic widespread pain and phantom limb pain). Specifically, she is interested in how pain can be modulated by emotional and cognitive factors and how our understanding of these factors can increase the effectiveness of psychological therapies for chronic pain