Standing Committee on Psychology and Health

Maria Karekla












Licensed clinical psychologist, peer-reviewed Acceptance and Commitment Therapy trainer, and Associate Professor, University of Cyprus is heading the clinical psychology “ACTHealthy: Clinical Psychology and Behavioral Medicine” laboratory. She received her doctorate degree in Clinical Psychology from the University at Albany, SUNY. She completed her residency at the University of Mississippi Medical Center and Veterans Administration Hospital. Her research focuses on areas of health promotion and the investigation of individual difference factors (especially psychological flexibility parameters) as they relate to the development and maintenance of various behavioural difficulties (especially anxiety, eating, and health related problems). Additionally, she examines the treatment of these difficulties utilizing Acceptance and Commitment-based principles and innovative delivery methods (e.g., digital interventions, virtual reality). Her research received numerous local, European and international grants, and awards by (among others) the European Council and Pompidou’s group, the Society of Behavioral Medicine, and the Association for the Advancement of Behavior Therapy. She is currently the chair of the Clinical Psychology Doctorate committee, University of Cyprus.


Anne Plantade











Assistant professor in psychology and psychologist, member of the French Federation of Psychologists and Psychology, President of the French EuroPsy National Accreditation Committee. 


Christopher Schütz















Represents the Federation of Swiss Psychologists FSP ( in the efpa. He is working in the field of addiction treatment for 28 years and has specialized in the outpatient treatment of cocaine addiction. He is president of the swiss association of clinical psychologists SVKP ASPC ( and vice-president and founding member of the association addiction psychology switzerland ( Besides clinical work, he is a specialist in clinical data management, clinical information systems and privacy. He lives and works in zurich switzerland


Borrik Schjødt











Representing the Norwegian Psychological Association since 2017. He is a clinical psychologist (1980) - specialist in adult clinical psychology, and in community psychology. Norwegian Psychological Association: Chair – board on Clinical Health Psychology (2014- ). From 2010-2016 Member of board on Ethics. Member/chair board of Community psychology 1990-2000. Deputy head of Centre for Pain Management and Palliative Care, Haukeland University Hospital, Bergen, where he has been working as a clinical psychologist since 1993. His primary clinical interests are: Clinical health psychology, pain treatment, palliative care. Founding member of Norwegian Pain Association (NOSF), board member from 2005-2018. Representing EFPA in The European Pain Forum (EFIC/European Pain Federation).


Daniel David








Professor, Ph.D. of clinical cognitive (neuro)sciences, is Director of Research and Diplomate/Supervisor at the Albert Ellis Institute (AEI), New York, USA and president/director of the International Institute for the Advanced Studies of Psychotherapy and Applied Mental Health. He is also a supervisor in the Academy of Cognitive and Behavioral Therapies. After his graduate (Babeş-Bolyai University) and postgraduate (Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai) studies, he got a professorship position at the Babeș-Bolyai University, Cluj-Napoca, Romania and an adjunct professorship position at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, New York, USA. He is one of the world leaders in promoting evidence-based approach in clinical psychology/psychotherapy and technology-based clinical psychology/psychotherapy. His current research is focused on the role of cognitive mechanisms, both explicit (e.g., autobiographical memory) and implicit (e.g., implicit memory; priming) in generating subjective/emotional (cognition-emotion relation), behavioral, and psycho-physiological human responses, more specifically, on the role of (a) rational/functional and irrational/dysfunctional beliefs and (b) response hopes and/or expectancies on various psychological and medical outcomes related to mental health and cancer, often in a technology-informed framework (e.g., virtual reality, robotherapy). 


David Dias Neto














Assistant professor at ISPA – Instituto Universitário and a member of APPsyCI - Applied Psychology Research Center Capabilities & Inclusion. He concluded his doctoral degree in 2011, jointly awarded by the University of Lisbon and University of Sheffield. He was the former president of the clinical and health psychology division of the Portuguese Order of Psychologists (2017-2020). He has published several papers -and books on the fields of psychotherapy research, clinical and health psychology and psychopathology.


Jo Hart














Jo Hart is Professor of Health Professional Education and a Health Psychologist based at the University of Manchester, UK where she is Deputy Head of the Division of Medical Education. She studies and implements interventions focused on education and training of healthcare professionals. Jo is health professional education lead for The Change Exchange ( ), in which health psychologists volunteer to work with health partnerships between UK and low income country healthcare organisations. She works with Health Education England and Public Health England, influencing the use of behavioural science in education and training. She is a Past Chair of the British Psychological Society Division of Health Psychology and is interested in the development of health psychology in the UK and globally.


Julia Scharnhorst










 Julia is the chair of the Health and Environment Section of the German Association of Psychologists. In EFPA she represents the Federation of German Association of Psychologists. Health psychology is Julia’s main field of expertise, she is a psychotherapist as well. She has been working for many years as a self-employed psychologist, mainly in occupational health. She works as trainer, author and speaker. Julia has also been teaching at several universities, e. g. the Medizinische Hochschule Hannover. Her main areas of interest are stress prevention and resilience in adults and organizational resilience.


Rūta Sargautytė











Representative from Lithuania and she has been a member of EFPA Standing Committee since 2018. She is also a member of the Committee of Clinical and Health Psychology  at the Lithuanian Psychological Association. She is working as an Associate Professor at Vilnius University, Institute of Psychology. Her research interests are   pain psychology, chronic disease self-management, rehabilitation and cross-cultural psychology. She practiced as medical psychologist in the Lithuanian health care system for a considerable time. More recently,  she participated in multidisciplinary project on the implementation of functional independence assessment in health care. In collaboration with patient organizations, she introduced the Stanford Arthritis Self-management Program in Lithuania.


Stefan Höfer