About us

  • The ISPS Executive Committee (ISPS EC) is composed of eight members who are elected by ballot, by the ISPS membership, at least every three years. The current chairperson is Ludi van Bouwel. 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

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 and is the current Chairperson of ISPS.

  • Belgium
  • Email: ludi.vanbouwel@skynet.be
Cecilie Brøvig Almås

Cecilie Brøvig Almås

- Clinical Psychologist


Cecilie Brøvig Almås is a clinical psycholgist working in a FACT-team in the addiction unit, Sorlandet hospital in Kristiansand, Norway. Cecilie is the current chairperson of the Norwegian chapter of ISPS and joined the ISPS International Executive Committee in September 2019.


  • Norway
  • Email: Cecilie.Brovig.Almas@sshf.no
Dag Söderström

Dag Söderström

- Psychiatrist and Psychoanalyst

Dag Söderström is a psychiatrist and psychoanalyst, researcher on City and Psychosis and co-founder of ISPS Switzerland. He has a clinical practice and is an academic teacher, individual and team supervisor. He has been involved in ISPS since 1994 and became a member of the ISPS International Executive Committee in September 2019.

  • Switzerland
  • Email: dsoderstrom@bluewin.ch
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.

  • New Zealand
  • Email: Debra.L@xtra.co.nz
Jen Kilyon

Jen Kilyon

- Family Member

Jen Kilyon has campaigned for many years for more compassionate and family friendly mental health services. She has been a trustee of ISPS UK since 2007 and is also a trustee of Soteria Network UK. She joined the ISPS International Executive Committee in September 2019.

  • United Kingdom
  • Email: empathywithcarers@yahoo.co.uk
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 and has been ISPS Treasurer since 2017.

  • USA
  • Email: julie_kipp@me.com
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, and Chaired the Congress organising committee of ISPS Rotterdam 2019.

  • The Netherlands
  • Email: margreet.depater@ziggo.nl
Marjaana Karjalainen

Marjaana Karjalainen

- Nurse and Family Therapist

Marjaana Karjalainen is an advanced practice registered nurse and a family therapist. She works as a head nurse in Early Intervention Center for young adults and Outpatient Clinic for adults with psychosis in Helsinki University Hospital, Finland. She is a founding member of ISPS Finland and joined the ISPS International Executive Committee in September 2019.

  • Finland
  • Email: marjaana.karjalainen@hus.fi

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ISPS Book Series

Open Dialogue for Psyc...

This highly readable book provides a comprehensive examination of the use of Open Dialogue as a treatment for psychosis. It presents the basic prin...