Conference Speakers

Keynote Address

Dr Keith Dobson

Depression and COVID- 19: What the global pandemic has taught us about models of risk, resilience, and treatment

5 July 2021, 9.30am-10.00am (UTC+8)


Dr. Keith S. Dobson, PhD, is a Professor of Clinical Psychology at the University of Calgary in Canada, where he has served in roles such as Head of Psychology and Director of the Clinical Psychology program. His research has focused on both cognitive models and mechanisms in depression, and the treatment of depression, particularly using cognitive-behavioural therapies. Dr. Dobson’s research has resulted in over 270 published articles and chapters, 15 books, and numerous conference and workshop presentations in many countries.

In addition to his research in depression, Dr. Dobson has recently been engaged in the examination of psychological approaches and treatments in primary care. He is also a Principal Investigator for the Opening Minds program of the Mental Health Commission of Canada, with a focus on stigma reduction related to mental disorders in the workplace. Further, he has written about developments in professional psychology and ethics and has been actively involved in organized psychology in Canada, including a term as President of the Canadian Psychological Association.

Dr Keith Dobson

Among other awards, Dr. Dobson has been given the Canadian Psychological Association’s Award for Distinguished Contributions to the Profession of Psychology, the Donald O. Hebb Award for Distinguished Contributions to the Science of Psychology, and the Award for Distinguished Contributions to the International Development of Psychology.

Special Appearances

Dr Judith S. Beck & Dr Aaron T. Beck

Training in CBT: A Pilot Study of a New International Training Program

6 July 2021 8.30pm (UTC+8)


Dr Debbie Joffe Ellis
Dr Aaron T. Beck and Dr Judith S. Beck

Dr Debbie Joffe Ellis

REBT: History, Impact on CBT Development, and Relevance during the COVID-19 Pandemic

5 July 2021 8.30pm (UTC+8)

Case Supervisions

Case Supervisions involve discussion of challenging cases that are sent in by conference participants for our experts, Dr Freedom Leung and Dr Lata K. McGinn to provide their insights and suggestions problem-solving. For details on case submissions, please click HERE.

Dr Freedom Yiu Kin Leung

Dr Freedom Y.K. Leung, PhD, is a Professor and Head of Shaw College, at the Chinese University of Hong Kong (CUHK). Dr Leung also serves as the senior consulting clinical psychologist for the Office of Student Affairs and the Human Resources Office of CUHK. His research expertise includes eating disorders, borderline personality disorder, self-harm behavior and mindfulness therapy.

Dr. Leung graduated from Concordia University, Montreal, Canada with a PhD in Clinical Psychology. He spent three years working as the clinical research associate at the world renowned Douglas Hospital Centre in Montreal before returning to Hong Kong in 1992. He has taught clinical psychology at the Chinese University of Hong Kong for over 25 years. His research expertise includes eating disorders, borderline personality disorder, self-harm behavior and mindfulness therapy.

Dr. Leung has received numerous Best Teaching Awards, including the Best Teaching Award of the Faculty of Social Science (2004), the Vice-Chancellor’s Exemplary Teaching Award (2005), and the General Education Best Teaching Award of Shaw College (2019).

Dr Freedom Leung

Dr. Leung was the past president of the Hong Kong Psychological Society (1996 – 1997), and the senior advisor for the Society of Clinical Psychology in China and Taiwan (2004 – 2014). He is also a committee member of the Asian Cognitive Behavior Therapy Association (2018 – 2021). Besides serving as the Head of Shaw College, Dr. Leung also serves as the senior consulting clinical psychologist for the Office of Student Affairs and the Human Resources Office of CUHK

Dr Lata K. McGinn

Dr Lata K. McGinn, PhD is a tenured Professor of Psychology and Director of the Clinical Program and CBT training program at the Ferkauf Graduate School of Psychology,Yeshiva University and is the co-founder of Cognitive and Behavioral Consultants (CBC), an evidence-based center in New York. She specializes in the prevention and treatment of stress, anxiety, trauma, OCD, depression, and related disorders.

Her extensive publications span peer-reviewed journal articles, chapters, and her co-authored books, “Treatment of Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder” and, “Treatment Plans and Interventions for Depression and Anxiety Disorders.” She is the associate editor of the peer-reviewed journal Cognitive Therapy and Research, serves on the editorial board of the International Journal of Cognitive Therapy, and Cognitive Behavioral Practice and is on the advisory board of the Journal of Cognitive Behavior Psychotherapy.

In recognition of her achievements in the field of CBT, Dr. McGinn has earned the title of Beck Scholar and was appointed a Fellow of the Association of Behavioral and Cognitive Psychotherapies (ABCT). She won the Outstanding Service to ABCT award in 2020 and was awarded a certificate of appreciation by ABCT in recognition of her professional contributions made on a Trauma Taskforce following September 11, 2001.

Dr. McGinn is a founding fellow and certified trainer of the Academy of CBT, serves as Representative-at-Large on the Board of Directors of the International Association for Cognitive Psychotherapy (IACP), and is the Chair of the international Associates Committee of the Association of Behavioral and Cognitive Psychotherapies (ABCT).

Dr Lata K. McGinn

In 2019, Dr. McGinn spearheaded a global initiative to found the World Confederation of Cognitive and Behavioral Therapies (WCCBT) and currently serves on its Board of Directors.  Dr. McGinn also helped found the Indian Association of CBT (IACBT) and presently serves as its honorary president. She is also a founding fellow of the New York CBT (NYC-CBT) association. Dr. McGinn is the Past President of the Academy of CBT (A-CBT) and the International Association for Cognitive Psychotherapy (IACP), and has served on the Board of Directors of the Association of Behavioral and Cognitive Psychotherapies (ABCT) as Representative-at-Large.

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