Margarida Gaspar de Matos, PhD
Universidade de Lisboa, ISAMB, Portugal

Flexible preparadeness: Showcasing action in portuguese schools targeting pupils and teachers anxiety, after pandemics

Clinical and Health Psychologist; Chartered CBT Psychotherapist.

Full Professor at ISAMB (Environmental Health Institute) Medical School / University of Lisbon. ISAMB / University of Lisbon

Represents the Portuguese Order of Psychologists at EFPA, Board of Promotion and Prevention European Federation of Psychologists’ Associations (EFPA)

Steering Committee of Children and Adolescents Public Health (CAPH)/ EUPHA European Public Health Association (EUPHA)

EMCDDA’s Scientific Board

Clinical Work at CENC/ Lisbon

Extensive Experience of Research and of PhD and Post Doc supervisions, in Portugal and Europe/ South America/ Africa.

Extensive track of international level publications ResearchGate | ORCID | ResearchID | Ciência Vitae | DeGóis | Lattes

Nataša Jokić-Begić, PhD
University of Zagreb, Croatia

Does Dr. Google know better than my physician? – cyberchondria as a new anxiety phenomenon

Full professor of Clinical Psychology at the University of Zagreb’s Department of Psychology, where she is Head of Postgraduate Specialist Studies in Clinical Psychology.

She is a licensed cognitive-behavioral therapist and actively works in both the research and clinical settings of clinical psychology.

Her scientific area of interest is oriented toward research on the etiological factors of anxiety, the different manifestations of anxiety disorders and their treatment, and the psychological manifestations of stress.

Recently, she has been researching the influence of the Internet on health anxiety. Additionally, she also focuses on clinical work with transgender individuals and does research on transgender issues.

She leads multiple scientific projects and has published 70+ scientific manuscripts in clinical psychology and 10+ chapters in various books and textbooks (  

She receives several awards from the Croatian Psychological Chamber and the Croatian Psychological Association.

She is the President of The Stress, Trauma, Anxiety, and Resilience Society (STAR Society). She is also the national representative for Croatia to the European Association of Clinical Psychology and Psychological Treatment.

Alvin Lai Oon Ng, PhD
Sunway University, Malaysia

Flood trauma and recovery: Systemic lessons from flood-prone Malaysia

Clinical psychologist by training and is a Professor of Psychology at the Department of Psychology, School of Medical and Life Sciences, Sunway University, Malaysia.

He is the Founding President of the Malaysian Society of Clinical Psychology that he helped establish in 2010, and now the Secretary of the Asian Cognitive Behavioral Therapies Association.

His areas of interest include public mental health literacy, cross-cultural psychometric validation, mindfulness-based interventions and mental health professional development.

Dr Ng has honorary academic positions at the University of Exeter, University of East Anglia and Monash University Malaysia.

Alvaro Sanchez Lopez, PhD
Complutense University of Madrid, Spain

New cognitive-affective trainings to promote adaptive emotion regulation and stress resilience

Assistant Professor at Complutense University of Madrid (Spain) and Principal Investigator of the research group, E-Motion Lab (

His scientific production has been disseminated into > 55 articles, 3 book chapters and 1 book, and he has participated in > 15 funded research projects, collaborating with several international renowned teams (Prof. J. Joormann, Yale University; Prof. De Raedt and Prof. Koster, Ghent University).

In his research, he uses multiple approaches to delineate the neural, cognitive, and behavioral mechanisms underlying emotion regulation, resilience, and affective disturbances, either in laboratories, clinical settings, and real-life situations.

The ultimate goal of this research is developing personalized interventions for affective and anxiety disorders based on neuroscience-informed cognitive-affective training procedures.

In 2021, he was recipient of the Rising STAR Award.