• Keynote Speakers

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    David Stillwell

    Cambridge University Business School - UK

    Dr David Stillwell is Deputy Director of the Psychometrics Centre at Cambridge University's Judge Business School, and is a lecturer in Big Data Analytics & Quantitative Social Science.

    In June 2007, between obtaining his first degree and embarking on his Masters, David began a personal side project designing applications for social networks. The result was the myPersonality Facebook application that allows users to take real psychometric tests and receive feedback on their results. Today myPersonality has collected data from more than six million people and the resulting database has become a priceless academic resource used by numerous researchers all over the world.

    Since these early successes, the influence of David's work has expanded considerably, so that today its impact ranges from targeted online advertising, psychometric adaptive test development, ipsative techniques in test design, the real-time analysis of online digital footprints, behavioural prediction and state-of-the-art school examinations.

    Laurence Claes

    University of Leuven - Belgium

    In March, 2004, I obtained my Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology at the Faculty of Psychology and Educational Sciences, KU Leuven, Belgium, entitled Non-suicidal Self-Injury in Eating Disorders. From 2004 till 2006, I worked as a post-doctoral fellow (PDM) for the KU Leuven, Faculty of Psychology and Educational Sciences, Belgium. In 2006, I got appointed a full-time position as an assistant professor at this same Faculty (2006-2009) and got promoted to associate professor (2010-2013) and professor (2015 till now). Additionally, I’m also appointed a 10% position as a professor at the Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences, University Antwerp (2014-2017). In 2009, I have worked at the University of North Dakota in close collaboration with Jennifer Muehlenkamp (6 months funded by FWO), and in 2011 I have worked at the University of Fargo and the Neuropsychiatric Research Institute (NRI), Fargo, ND, USA in close collaboration with Jim Mitchell (funded by FWO).Up till now, I published approximately 100 journal articles and 10 book chapters, co-edited (together with Jennifer Muehlenkamp) a state-of-the-art book on Non-Suicidal Self-Injury in Eating Disorders (2014, Springer), and authored or co-authored more than 100 conference presentations to date. I have also given a number of invited key addresses and symposia on conferences hosted by the European Association for Cognitive and Behavioural Therapy, the International Conference on Eating Disorders, the Eating Disorder Research Society, and the International Society for the Study of Non-Suicidal Self-Injury. With respect to PhD-students, I currently act as a supervisor for Annabel Bogaerts, Lies Depestele, Els Pauwels, Tim Bastiaens, Amerendra Gandhi (DBOF) and as a co-supervisor for Margaux Verschueren (Supervisor: Koen Luyckx), Dave Smits (Supervisor: Nele Stinckens), Ellen Sleuwaegen (Supervisor: Bernard Sabbe), Els Santens (Supervisor: Geert Dom), Tineke Vandenbroucke (Supervisor: Frédérique Amant), Fulya Ozcanly (Supervisor: Badja Mesquita), and Fortesa Kadriu (Supervisor: Julie Krans). With respect to postdoctoral students, I act as supervisor for Imke Baetens (FWO). Further, I am associate editor for the European Journal of Psychological Assessment, Psychologica Belgica, and Eating Disorders: The Journal of Treatment and Prevention and member of the editorial advisory board for European Eating Disorders Review. I have functioned as a reviewer for more than 25 different journals. Finally, besides my scientific work, I’m trained and licensed as a Cognitive Behavioural Therapist. I’m supervising therapist trainees and clinicians as well as treating patients with personality disorders, non-suicidal selfinjury and eating disorders.

    Paul R. Sackett

    University of Minnesota - USA

    Paul R. Sackett is the Beverly and Richard Fink Distinguished Professor of Psychology and Liberal Arts at the University of Minnesota. His research interests revolve around various aspects of testing and assessment in workplace, educational, and military settings. He has served as editor of two journals: Industrial and Organizational Psychology: Perspectives on Science and Practice and Personnel Psychology, as president of the Society for Industrial and Organizational Psychology, as co-chair of the committee producing the Standards for Educational and Psychological Testing, as a member of the National Research Council's Board on Testing and Assessment, as chair of APA's Committee on Psychological Tests and Assessments, and as chair of APA’s Board of Scientific Affairs.

    Ralf Schwarzer

    Freie University of Berlin - Germany

    Ralf Schwarzer is Professor Emeritus of Psychology at the Freie University of Berlin, Germany, and Professor of Psychology at the University of Social Sciences and Humanities in Wroclaw, Poland.He has received his Ph.D. in 1973 (Kiel), and was appointed Professor of Education in 1974, and Professor of Psychology in 1982 (FU Berlin). After sabbatical leaves at the University of California, Berkeley (1985), and Los Angeles (1990-1991), he was Visiting Professor at The Chinese University of Hong Kong (1994-1995), and at York University, Canada (1998) where he served as Adjunct Professor. He has published more than 500 papers, and has co-founded three journals: (a) Anxiety, Stress, and Coping: An International Journal, (b) Zeitschrift für Gesundheitspsychologie, and (c) Applied Psychology: Health and Well-Being (currently Editor-in-Chief). He is Past-President of the Stress and Anxiety Research Society (STAR), Past-President of the European Health Psychology Society (EHPS), and Past-President of the Health Psychology Division of the International Association for Applied Psychology (IAAP). His research focus lies on stress, coping, social support, self-efficacy, psychological assessment, and health behaviours. In 2007, he received the German Psychology Award. He was one of the organizers of the International Congress of Psychology (ICP) in Berlin 2008. In 2010, he received the Award for Distinguished Scientific Contributions of the International Association of Applied Psychology (IAAP).

    Roger Azevedo

    North Carolina State University - USA

    Roger Azevedo is a Professor in the Department of Psychology in the area of Human Factors and Applied Cognition at North Carolina State University. His main research area includes examining the role of cognitive, metacognitive, affective, and motivational self-regulatory processes during learning with advanced learning technologies (e.g., intelligent tutoring systems, hypermedia, multimedia, simulations, serious games). More specifically, his overarching research goal is to understand the complex interactions between humans and intelligent learning systems by using interdisciplinary methods to measure cognitive, metacognitive, emotional, and motivational processes and their impact on learning, performance, and transfer. To accomplish this goal, he conducts laboratory, classroom, and in-situ (e.g., medical simulator) studies and collects multi-channel data to develop models of human-computer interaction; examines the nature of temporally unfolding self- and other-regulatory processes (e.g., human-human and human-artificial agents); and, designs intelligent learning and training systems to detect, track, model, and foster learners, teachers, and trainers’ self-regulatory processes. He has published over 200 peer-reviewed papers, chapters, and refereed conference proceedings in the areas of educational, learning, cognitive, educational, and computational sciences. He is the editor of the Metacognition and Learning journal and also serves on the editorial board of several top-tiered learning and cognitive sciences journals (e.g., Educational Psychologist, International Journal of AI in Education). His research is funded by the National science Foundation, Institute of Education Sciences, and the Social Sciences and the Humanities Research Council of Canada. He is a fellow of the American Psychological Association and the recipient of the prestigious Early Faculty Career Award from the National Science Foundation.

    Wendy Johnson

    The University of Edinburgh - Scotland

    Wendy Johnson grew up in Tacoma, Washington, graduating in mathematics from Occidental College in Los Angeles. She spent many years as a consulting casualty actuary in the San Francisco Bay Area before entering the doctoral program in psychology at the University of Minnesota, completing her degree in 2005. She has two offspring. Wendy researches individual differences in mental abilities, personality, academic achievement, and later-life health, emphasizing transactions between genetic and environmental influences. She is currently in the Department of Psychology and Centre for Cognitive Ageing and Cognitive Epidemiology at the University of Edinburgh.