International Women’s Day (IWD) is a global day celebrating the achievements of women, and serves as a call to action for accelerating women’s equality. The theme of this year’s International Women’s Day global campaign is #BreakTheBias.
This International Women’s Day, ACAMH presented this panel discussion celebrating women’s achievements in CAMH, and exploring how gender bias affects CAMH professionals. Plus do please take a look at the FREE learning resources from leading academics, clinicians, and researchers to raise awareness of this issue that we have collated.
About the event
This International Women’s Day, ACAMH is proud to present a FREE event celebrating women’s achievements in CAMH, and exploring how gender bias affects CAMH professionals. A panel, chaired by Professor Bernadka Dubicka, will explore the challenges women have faced in the CAMH profession, examine how gender bias affects CAMH professionals, and celebrate women’s achievements. Panel; Dr. Gordana Milavić, Professor Kathy Sylva OBE, Professor Francesca Happé CBE, Dr. Rhonda Boyd, Dr. Praveetha Patalay, Bethany Cliffe, Clara Faria, and Gloria Cheung.
Implicit bias in academia: A challenge to the meritocratic principle and to women’s careers – And what to do about it by LEAGUE OF EUROPEAN RESEARCH UNIVERSITIES
Eliminating the Glass Ceiling in Academic Psychiatry by Jeffrey A. Lieberman & Anke A. Ehrhardt & H. Blair Simpson1 & Melissa R. Arbuckle & Abby J. Fyer1 & Susan M. Essock, published in Acad Psychiatry (2018) 42:523–528
Researching While Black (and Female) by Nicole Buchanan, published in Women & Therapy, November 2019
Sexism in Medicine by the British Medical Association, 2021
The Future of Women in Psychological Science by June Gruber, Jane Mendle, Kristen A. Lindquist, Toni Schmader, Lee Anna Clark, et al., published in Perspectives on Psychological Science, 2020
Women outnumber men in psychology, but not in the field’s top echelons by Rebecca A. Clay, published in American Psychological Association, 2017
Women in Psychological Science: Ideas, Research, and Action, published by the Association for Psychological Science, 2020
Scientific Eminence: Where Are the Women?, by Alice H. Eagly & David I. Miller, published in Perspectives on Psychological Science, 2016
Women in Academic Science: A Changing Landscape, by Stephen J. Ceci, Donna K. Ginther, Shulamit Kahn, et al., published in Psychological Science in the Public Interest, 2014
About the speakers
Professor Bernadka Dubicka qualified in medicine and psychology at University College London and completed her training in child psychiatry in Manchester, alongside her MD on adolescent depression. She has been a consultant for an adolescent unit for over a decade, and recently moved to a new post in Greater Manchester where she is helping develop intensive community and crisis services for young people and is also a research lead. In 2015 she was elected vice-chair of the RCPsych Child and Adolescent faculty, and became chair in June 2017. She has campaigned actively for improved CAMHS since taking up this post. In August 2021 she became an Honorary Professor at the University of Manchester.
Dr. Milavić is Chair of ACAMH. She is a Consultant Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist at the Maudsley Hospital, London. She has over 40 years of experience in acute clinical practice, teaching and training. During her career she has been at the forefront of the organisation of mental health services for children and adolescents in southeast London. She is a Trustee and medical advisor of a number of mental health charities in the UK and internationally. She was Co -Chair of the Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Section of the World Psychiatric Association (2010-2017). She is President Elect and member of the Psychiatry Council of the Royal Society of Medicine.
Francesca Happé is Professor of Cognitive Neuroscience at King’s College London, and has, for the last 30 years, focused her research on autism. Her work has explored the nature of social understanding in neurotypical development and ‘mentalising’ difficulties in autism. She is also actively engaged in studies of abilities and assets in autism, and their relation to detail-focused cognitive style. Her most recent work focuses on mental health on the autism spectrum, and under-researched subgroups including women and the elderly. Her research methods have spanned cognitive experiments, functional neuroimaging, exploration of acquired brain lesions, and behaviour genetic approaches. She is a Fellow of the British Academy and the Academy of Medical Sciences, past-President of the International Society for Autism Research (INSAR; 2013-2015), and recipient of the British Psychological Society Spearman Medal and President’s Award, the Experimental Psychology Society Prize and the Royal Society Rosalind Franklin Award. Francesca was awarded a CBE in December 2020 for services to the study of autism.
Kathy is Professor of Educational Psychology and Honorary Research Fellow at the University of Oxford. She has had many roles in ACAMH including chair of the Board, President, and member of the editorial team on CAMH where she led on the ‘Measurement Review’ section. Her research focuses on early childhood, and she has carried out large scale, longitudinal studies on the effects of Early Childhood Education and Care on children’s development. She has also carried out interventions to support parents with their children’s learning and development at home. A dominant theme throughout her work has been the impact of education and care not only on academic knowledge but also on children’s behaviour, self-regulation, and disposition to learn. A related theme in her research is the impact of early intervention on combating social disadvantage in both high and low income countries. Kathy has been specialist advisor to Select Committees in the House of Commons and the House of Lords. Currently she is ACAMH’s Honorary Treasurer, a role she enjoys because it involves her in a broad range of activities across the Association. Her current interest within ACAMH is in engaging with schools to support mental health and well-being in children and adolescents.
Dr. Rhonda C. Boyd is an Associate Professor in the Department of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP) and the University of Pennsylvania Perelman School of Medicine. Additionally, she is researcher at CHOP PolicyLab. She is the Associate Director of the CHOP’s Child and Adolescent Mood Program in the outpatient clinic where she practices as a licensed psychologist specializing in evaluation and treatment of youth with depression and suicide risk. She has served as a Principal Investigator and Co-Investigator on multiple federal grants including those from the National Institutes of Health and the Maternal and Child Health Bureau. She has clinical and research expertise in maternal depression, Black youth and families, prevention interventions, adolescent depression, and youth suicide risk.
Bethany Cliffe is a final year PhD student at the University of Bath. Her current research focuses on self-harm among university students, and digital interventions for self-harm in particular. Previously, she has worked on projects investigating a digital intervention for sleep difficulties among children and young people, and CAMHS clinicians’ attitudes towards digital interventions.
Clara is a junior doctor, graduated from the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro (UFRJ) working as a Research Assistant at the Laboratory of Panic and Respiration. She has presented her research at International Conferences numerous times, has active involvement in international research in translational neuroscience and joins advocacy efforts towards ending stigma against mental disorders on social media. Clara, alongside her studies, has been an active member of the Global Mental Health Think Tank within which she is now leading a new project on neurodevelopmental disorders. Clara has been described by her Research Mentor as a “lit candle of hope for global child and adolescent mental health in and from Brazil.
Gloria is a 4th year medical student of the Hull York Medical School. She intercalated in Developmental Cognitive Neuroscience MSc at the University of York and achieved distinction. She is currently working as a research affiliate at the Child Oriented Mental Health Intervention Centre at the University of York and has been appointed as Psych Star by RCPsych for the 2021-2022 academic year. Her research interest is around adverse childhood experiences (ACEs).