About us

  • The ISPS Executive Committee (ISPS EC) is composed of eight members who are elected by ballot, by the ISPS membership, every three years. The current chairperson is Jan Olav Johannessen. The ISPS EC is made up of people with a wide range of interests and experience, all of whom donate their time voluntarily, and all of whom are highly committed to the common aim of advancing education, training and knowledge of mental health professionals in the treatment and prevention of psychotic mental disorders for the public benefit.

ISPS Executive Committee

Debra Lampshire

Debra Lampshire

- Experience-based Expert

Debra Lampshire is an experience-based expert at the University of Auckland and project manager for Auckland District Health Board in New Zealand. Debra is the current chairperson of ISPS-NZ and joined the ISPS Executive Committee in May 2012.

  • P.O. Box 163-172 Lynfield
  • 1041
  • Auckland
  • New Zealand
  • Tel: 64 9 626 4946, 6427268 6676
  • Fax: 64 9 626 4946
  • Email: Debra.L@xtra.co.nz
Jan Olav Johannessen

Jan Olav Johannessen

- Chief Psychiatrist

Jan Olav Johannessen is Professor of Psychiatry at the Faculty of Social sciences at University of Stavanger, Norway. He is chief psychiatrist at the Division of Psychiatry, Stavanger Universtity Hospital. Jan Olav is the current chair of the ISPS Executive Committee and past chair of the ISPS Norway Executive Committee.

  • PO box 1163 Hillevåg
  • 4095
  • Stavanger
  • Norway
  • Tel: +47 51515211, +47 90998595
  • Fax: +47 51515205
  • Email: jojo@sus.no
Julie Kipp

Julie Kipp

- Clinical Social Worker

Julie Kipp is a Clinical Social Worker/Therapist from the USA who works with people who have been given challenging diagnoses including psychotic disorders. She co-chaired the ISPS 2015 congress in New York. Julie joined the ISPS Executive Committee in March 2015.

  • USA
  • Email: julie_kipp@me.com
Ludi Van Bouwel

Ludi Van Bouwel

- Psychiatrist and Psychotherapist

Ludi Van Bouwel has been a psychiatrist and psychotherapist since 1987. She is the head psychiatrist for an inpatient ward for young adults with psychosis at the University Psychiatric Hospital of the Catholic University of Leuven, Belgium. Ludi joined the ISPS Executive Committee in September 2017.

  • Email: ludi.vanbouwel@skynet.be
Margreet de Pater

Margreet de Pater

- Family Therapist

Margreet de Pater specialises in work with families. As a member of the Executive Committee (2006-present) she is involved in the development of the ISPS website learning tools pages and the email discussion groups.

  • Buitenwatersloot 120
  • 2613SV
  • Delft
  • The Netherlands
  • Tel: +31152122094 (Mondays & Wednesdays)
  • Fax: 003115 2840911
  • Email: mdepater@planet.nl
Melissa Connell

Melissa Connell

- Clinical Psychologist

Melissa Connell is a clinical psychologist working in the area of psychosis research in young people. She also works in private practice and as a senior psychologist on the Early Psychosis team at a public mental health service in Brisbane, Australia. Melissa is also a founding member and chair of ISPS Australia. She joined the ISPS Executive Committee in September 2017.

  • Tel: +614 1693 8265
  • Email: melissatconnell@gmail.com
Michael Garrett

Michael Garrett

- Psychiatrist and Psychoanalyst

Michael Garrett is a psychiatrist and psychoanalyst with a long-standing interest in the psychotherapy of psychosis.  He is Clinical Professor of Psychiatry and Director of Psychotherapy Training at SUNY Downstate Medical Center in Brooklyn, NY.  Michael joined the ISPS Executive Committee in September 2017.

  • Email: mgarrett50@aol.com
Rachel Waddingham

Rachel Waddingham

- Survivor

Rachel Waddingham is a survivor who manages Mind in Camden's London Hearing Voices Project and is also an independent trainer, speaker at conferences and trustee for the UK National Hearing Voices Network. Rachel joined the Executive Committee in March 2015 and is also Vice Chair of ISPS UK.

  • 9 Kings Road
  • Faversham
  • Kent, ME13 8RE
  • United Kingdom
  • Tel: +44 (0)7472 102208
  • Email: raiwaddingham@gmail.com

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ISPS Journal


The ISPS Journal Psychosis accepts personal and institutional subscriptions. All Individual Members of ISPS and members of regional ISPS groups receive quarterly issues of the journal as a membership benefit.

The ISPS Journal has recently been accepted by Web of Science

ISPS Book Series

Personal Experiences o...

For those struggling with experiences of psychosis, therapy can be beneficial and even life changing. However, there is no single type of therapy, ...