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Loraine Barnaby

Dr Loraine Barnaby, Jamaica

Dr. Loraine Barnaby MB.BS*. DM Psych (UWI) MPH (Hons) (Yale) is a Consultant Psychiatrist from Jamaica who is retired but working at this time on a part-time basis at the Cayman Islands Hospital. In that capacity, she works with children and adolescents in the hospital’s Out-patient Clinic. Before her retirement, she had been a lecturer in the Department of Community Health and Psychiatry, Faculty of Medical Sciences, at the University of the West Indies (UWI), Mona, Jamaica, West Indies. Concurrently, she had held a consultant clinical position at the University Hospital of the West Indies, also at Mona.

She received her undergraduate and psychiatric training at the UWI and later pursued her MPH (Masters in Public Health) in Epidemiology and Health Services Administration at Yale University, New Haven, USA, completing it with honours.

Dr. Barnaby has been the recipient of several awards, including two PAHO fellowships, (studies in Alcoholism) the W.K. Kellogg fellowship (for MPH studies), a British Council fellowship (studies in Epidemiology at Cambridge University); an Israeli Fellowship (HIV education), and a special Fulbright Fellowship enabling her to observe and interact with researchers and clinicians in Substance Abuse at treatment centres such as the South Bronx Substance abuse Treatment Centre, the Lincoln Recovery Centre, New York University (Bellevue Hospital), Columbia University, and the New York State Psychiatric Institute (NYSPI). In October of 2010, she joined a select group of past recipients of US State Dept program grantees on the International Visitor Leadership Program. Participants included persons from thirty nations.

Dr Barnaby has wide-ranging clinical experience. She spear-headed the first Drug Abuse Education and prevention programme in Jamaica, based on the findings of her research (KAP studies) on students at secondary level in Jamaican schools. This project, which was funded by the United Nations Fund for Drug Abuse Control (UNFDAC), now called the United Nations Drug Control Programme (UNDCP) was the first demand reduction programme funded anywhere in the world by UNFDAC, and spear-headed the work of this organization in the Caribbean.

She has also worked extensively in Community Psychiatry, and was at one time the Director of the Ministry of Health’s Community Mental Health Services island wide.

During that period, she has published on Hyperkinesia, Mental Health in Small Caribbean States and Substance Abuse.

Dr. Barnaby has also worked abroad as a Short-term Consultant , for a number of international organisations, viz., PAHO; UNESCO-CARNEID; UNESCO (Regional Office Barbados); CICAD, the substance abuse arm of the OAS; and the Caribbean Economic Community CARICOM (mainly in the area of Substance abuse, but also in HIV education.)

She was a consultant psychiatrist with the Ministry of Health in New Providence, Bahamas, before joining the staff of the UWI. At the UWI, she has done research and presented papers locally and internationally on suicide, suicidal behaviour and on substance abuse treatment issues. Her most recent assignment is psycho-geriatrics, and she has presented papers on dementia in patients attending a psychiatric clinic at the UWI.

Dr. Barnaby is trained in neurofeedback and is also a National Acupuncture Detoxification Association (NADA-certified auricular acupuncturist. Auricular acupuncture is used as adjunctive treatment in the management of substance dependence. She is a member of the visiting faculty teaching annually at the Caribbean Institute on Alcoholism and other Drug problems (CARIAD) in Trinidad and Tobago.

Dr Barnaby has worked with patients suffering from Dementia and this has enabled her to be on the Board of the Alzheimer and Dementia Association of the Cayman Islands (ADACI) and serves as chair of their recently formed Education Committee.

She is a member of the Jamaica and the Caribbean Psychiatric Associations, the American Psychiatric Association, the International Federation for Psychiatric Epidemiology, the International Federation for ADHD, the AAGP (American Association For Geriatric Psychiatry) She was a member of the Board of the World Association for Psychosocial Rehabilitation (WAPR until 2011) and has been National Representative for Jamaica for the International Association for Suicide Prevention (IASP) for several years.

Outside of work, Dr Barnaby is a Past President of the Jamaica Fulbright Alumni Association, a Past President of the Soroptimist International Jamaica (Kingston) Service Club, an art collector, amateur potter, creative writer and exponent of a variety of dance styles, including Classical Ballet, Modern Contemporary, Liturgical and Folk forms. She is an Anglican and attends St. George’s Church, where she is an acolyte.

Work with IASP

Dr Barnaby first attended IASP in 2003 in Stockholm, Sweden and has made presentations at all the IASP conferences which she has attended.

She was a member of an International Expert panel collaborating with the World Federation for Mental Health (WFMH) and the World Health Organisation (WHO) ahead of World Mental Health Day 2006. Arising from the deliberations, a Monograph echoing the theme was produced and disseminated. “Increasing Awareness Reducing Risk: Mental Illness and Suicide.”

She is a member of the Suicide and the Media Special Interest Grouo and collaborated with the team in the preparations for the booklet Preventing Suicide: a Resource for Media Professionals.

She is also a member of the Special Interest Groups on Culture and Suicidal behaviour and Suicidal Behaviour in Adolescents.

Dr Barnaby is planning to organise a symposium on “Culture and Suicide Research and Prevention” for the next IASP conference in Canada.

*MB.BS [British] = MD [American]


Thomas Niederkrotenthaler

Prof. Thomas Niederkrotenthaler, Austria

Prof Thomas Niederkrotenthaler is a suicide researcher and currently works as an associate professor at the Medical University Vienna, where he received independent teaching qualification for Public Health in 2013 (Habilitation Title: Public Health Perspectives on Suicide Risk Factors and Prevention Strategies).

Thomas Niederkrotenthaler's main areas of research interests include:

He is also interested in the assessment of the societal impact of research to complement the assessment of scientific impacts.


Thomas Niederkrotenthaler graduated as a medical doctor in 2007 and as a Ph.D. in Mental Health & Behavioral Medicine in 2010 (with distinction; both at Medical University of Vienna). He then graduated as Master in Suicide Prevention/ Public Health Sciences (Karolinska Institute, Stockholm). From 2011–2012 Thomas served as an Epidemic Intelligence Service Officer at the U.S. Centers for Disease Control (CDC) with focus areas on injury, suicide and violence prevention. Since 2013, he is an Associate Professor at the Center for Public Health, Medical University of Vienna. Since 2014, he is the head of the Suicide Research Unit at the Center for Public Health.

Thomas Niederkrotenthaler has been affiliated/ associated with Karolinska Institutet, Stockholm / Division of Insurance Medicine since 2007, and has worked as an independent contractor for the Lifeline Crisis chat evaluation, United States since 2015.

In his role as the founding chairman of the interdisciplinary network of suicide researches in Austria (Wiener Werkstätte for Suicide Research, Thomas has been awarded with the Erwin Ringel Award (Austrian Society for Suicide Prevention ÖGS) and Hans Rost Award (German Association for Suicide Prevention) , for the description of a suicide-protective Papageno effect.


Thomas Niederkrotenthaler has been the co-chair of IASP’s Media & Suicide Special Interest Group for several years. In that role, Thomas has collaborated on several important research and prevention projects with TF /SIG members (see

In his role as the co-chair of the Council of National Representatives Thomas wants to enhance communication about how to make IASP’s services more attractive for old and new members and help implement services that work towards this goal.

Interested parties are very welcome to contact Thomas via Email or Phone:

Email; Phone: +43-1-40160-34611

Council of National Representatives 2015- 2019

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CountryTitleFirst NameLast Name Year
ArgentinaDrErnesto RubenPaez2013-2017
AustraliaDrJo Robinson2015-2019
BelgiumProfKeesVan Heeringen2013-2017
FinlandProf.ErkkiIsometsa2015 -2019
GreeceDrKyriakos KatsadorosKLIMAKA2014-2017
Hong KongDrFrances Yik WaLaw2015-2019
IndiaProfR SateeshBabu2015-2019
IranDrSeyedKazem Malakouti2013-2017
IrelandMrGerry RaleighNOSP2014-2017
IsraelDr Avshalom Aderet2015-2019
JapanDr ChiakiKawanishi2011-2019
KenyaMissMerabMulindi2015 - 2019
MexicoDrAna-MariaChavez Hernandez2009-2019
MoldovaDrLiubuCeban2015 - 2019
NetherlandsDrRFPDe Winter2011-2019
New ZealandProfAnnetteBeautrais2013-2017
French PolynesiaDrStephaneAmadeo2013-2017
QatarDr LayachiAnser2013-2017
South AfricaDrJasonBantjes2015-2019
SpainMrAndoni AnscanRamos2015 - 2019
Sri LankaChairmanAnura WijemanneSri Lanka Sumithrayo2015-2019
SwitzerlandGeneral SecretaryBarbara Weil2014-2017
TrinidadDr GerardHutchinson2015 -2019
UruguayDrSilvia MPelaez Remigio2003-2019