Egypt ACAMH Hub

We are delighted that Egypt is the first International ACAMH Hub, launching in 2020. We meet regularly online, and are planning a series on new initiatives for the region, together with links with ACAMH other branches.

Sharing of evidence-based research to improve practice is the key to our operations. We will endeavour to make this as accessible as possible in order that individuals, groups, and associations, in the region, can benefit from the wide range of resources ACAMH has to offer.

 

  • Meet the branch

    Professor Suaad Moussa

    Professor of Psychiatry, Head of Child Psychiatry Unit, Cairo University; Consultant in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, Founding President of Egyptian Child & Adolescent Psychiatry Association ECAPA, member of IACAPAP. Graduated from American University in Cairo (AUC) with a BA in Psychology in February 1984 and from Cairo University, Faculty of Medicine in November 1984. She received her training in psychiatry in both Egypt and UK. She had her Master Degree MSC in Psychiatry & Neurology November 1988, Doctorate Degree in Psychiatry May 1994 from Faculty of Medicine, Cairo University & Postgraduate Certificate in Applied Systemic Theory from the University of East London and the Tavistock Clinic in 1998. Main interests in child psychiatry are the disruptive disorders, child safeguarding, infant psychiatry and infant/child-maternal dyad problems. 2004 – 2007: WHO Temporary Adviser for Child & Adolescent Psychiatry. 2007 – 2009: member of executive committee in charge of Child and Adolescent Units of the General Secretariat for Mental Health- Ministry of Health & Population. 2008 – 2009: member of the WPA taskforce for setting the guidelines for the Protection & Promotion of Mental Health in Children of Persons with Severe Mental Disorders. 2012 Founded the Egyptian Child & Adolescent Psychiatry Association ECAPA. 2013 – till present: member of the scientific committee for the promotion of professors and assistant professors in field of psychiatry. Supreme Council of Universities, Ministry of Higher Education. 2018 Deputy General Secretary of the Egyptian Child & Adolescent Psychiatry Fellowship. 2019 Member of the committee of child & adolescent psychiatry for the Arab Board of Medical Specialization.

    Aicha Wassef

    Director of a co-educational school in Cairo- Egypt (since 1992 to-date); our school was the first school in Egypt to mainstream children with Autism, Dyslexia, ADHD and hearing impairment. Developed and implemented educational programmes for children and young learners with special focus on improving and sustaining physical, mental and emotional health. Provided parent advocacy through “Mindful Parenting” Seminars and Workshops which apply a holistic approach to support parents in understanding their children’s social, mental and emotional needs. The content also includes primary recognition of learning disorders, as well as guidelines for healthy mental development, psychological stability and physical coordination. Founder of “Rays of Joy” peace culture programme which offers tools to enhance self-awareness. This programme is designed for children and adolescents. The modules integrate social skills and values and nurture personality growth through experiential modalities. Accredited H.I. Diploma Holistic Therapies & Natural Health Sciences (S.N.H.S., United Kingdom) Certified International Wellness Coach (I.A.W.P.).

    Dr. Azza El Bakry

    Dr. Azza El Bakry

    MB.BCh, Msc Neurology & Psychiatry, MD Psychiatry Professor of Psychiatry, Cairo University Head of Child Psychiatry Unit, from 2006 to 2015. Head of Psychiatry Department, Cairo University, from 2015 to 2018 Dr Azza El Bakry is a professor of Psychiatry in Kasr Al Ainy, Cairo Universiry. She was formerly the head of child psychiatry unit, Kasr Al Ainy Hospital, Cairo University from 2006 until August, 2015. Her work activities include teaching, training and research in child and adolescent neurodevelopmental and psychiatric disorders. Development of career work with children and adolescents started in 1984 and has been going on since then. Her early training in Kasr Al Aini School of psychiatry which emphasizes integrated psychotherapeutic and pharmacological approach to management had the main impact on her clinical practice, research and development in the field. Areas of interest in teaching and research include childhood disruptive behaviour, anxiety and mood disorders, special interest in related biological and family factors. She managed to establish and directed the development of special clinics of ADHD and disruptive behaviour, elimination disorder clinics attached to child psychiatry clinic. She has many publications in Egyptian and international journals in the field. She conducted and tutored a number of training courses, workshops and conferences along her career. Special interest in community services includes training of trainers (TOT) for young psychiatrists, psychologists, social workers, NGOs and teachers to deal with children and adolescents. Community work includes conducting a treatment team to outreach clinics, in different governorates in Egypt and with orphanages. In addition to affiliation to Egyptian Psychiatric Association (EPA), Dr El Bakry is a member of ISAM and The Egyptian Medical Association for the Study of Obesity (EMASO) that worked to develop psychiatric guidelines for treatment of obesity in children and adolescents. She is vise president and one of the founders of the Egyptian child & adolescent psychiatry association ECAPA. She has been a member of the Egyptian Universities Promotion Committees (EUPC) from 2008 to 2016.

    Dr. Samaa El Abd

    Dr. Samaa El Abd

    MB. BCh., MSc., MRCPsych (UK), Consultant Child and Adolescent Developmental Neuropsychiatrist Dr. EL ABD is a British Egyptian Child and Adolescent Consultant Psychiatrist. She has been practicing medicine in the UK since 1985. She had the position of Consultant Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist since 1998 in the UK, where she worked at St George’s Hospital London and at the Maudsley Hospital (South London and Maudsley NHS Trust. She continues to work at the Cromwell Hospital London to date. Dr El Abd has also worked at the University of Cairo and the University of Zurich. At the South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust, she had a particular responsibility for the management and the running of a community service for neurodevelopmental disorders. She has a special interest in the interaction between developmental and behavioral disorders and in psychopharmacology. Dr El Abd’s main emphasis is in empowering adults, maximizing the potential of children, adolescents and their parents - in particular those with special needs. She obtained the degrees of MSc (ped) and MRCPsych (London) and has completed her CCST (Certificate of Completion of Specialist Training) in London. Dr El Abd has been leading in her role in developing psycho-education groups for parents and teachers and running parenting workshops (empowering parents through implementing positive behavior management strategies to get the best behavior from their children and to help treat their behavior problems). Dr El Abd combines her clinical / academic skills with day-to-day clinical work. She lectures both Nationally and Internationally at conferences and has published widely. Dr Samaa El Abd has been involved in the teaching and examination of medical students (Undergraduates and PostGraduates), at King’s College London and St George’s Hospital Medical Schools (University of London). Dr El Abd has a passion for teaching and has been an approved trainer by the Royal College of Psychiatrists in the UK and has been in charge of training and mentoring many trainee child and adolescent psychiatrists. Dr El Abd developed together with colleagues on the committee of the Child and Adolescent Psychiatry division of the Arab Board, the accreditation training program for Child and Adolescent Psychiatry. Dr El Abd has a particular interest in teaching and has been an undergraduate and postgraduate teacher, trainer and supervisor of junior doctors. Dr El Abd is a Director in Child and Family Training (C&FT) which is a not-for-profit organisation that aims to help professionals help children and families by: promoting children’s and young people’s health and development, building on children, young people and families’ strengths helping children, young people and families overcome difficulties and using evidence-based approaches. Four of the training guides of the C&FT have now been translated into the Arabic language, with training being undertaken in Oman, Cairo and Dubai.

    Dr. Josette Abdalla

    Dr. Josette Abdalla

    Dr. Josette Abdalla is an Egyptian licensed clinical psychologist, with a background in university teaching, clinical practice, and organizational consultations. Dr. Abdalla earned her BA (74) at the American University in Cairo (AUC), and completed her Masters (81) and PhD (88) at Ain Shams University, Cairo, Egypt. Her teaching expertise includes 20 years at AUC (1988-2008) in addition to teaching psychology in several national and private universities in Cairo . She has over 30 research publications, including a book, and has participated in numerous national and international conferences, workshops, and seminars. As a clinical and developmental psychologist, Dr. Abdalla is qualified in assessments and cognitive behavioral therapy, with both children and adults. Dr. Abdalla was affiliated with the AUC Student Counseling Center for several years, and has been is in private practice since 2000, covering diversified clinical and problematic life issues. Moreover, she has headed the Counseling Department at the Learning Resource Center since 2007. Her particular focus of expertise since 2007 is on ADHD, Executive Functions and the running of ADHD/Social Skills Groups. Dr. Abdalla also has professional expertise in the domain of organizational psychology. She has headed several consultancies in private and multinational companies in which she conducted assessments to identify basic personality profiles, working styles, and organizational dynamics of persons occupying middle and upper managerial positions, to optimize individual as well as organizational performance. Dr. Abdalla has participated in founding a number of establishments for children and adults with special needs, and has tailored training programs for the personnel in charge of these institutions. She is member in several national and international psychological associations, has received awards in recognition of her work, and is frequently hosted on television programs.

    Eman Abd Elmoniem Gaber

    Dr. Eman Abd Elmoniem Gaber

    Consultant of Psychiatry Egyptian Board of Psychiatry (2011), Master Degree of Neuropsychiatry (2009) Ain Shams University, Faculty of Medicine and Surgery, MBBCH Medicine and Surgery-Very Good grade (2003) Ain Shams University, Faculty of Medicine and Surgery Head of the psychological support team responsible for Psychosocial Support Response during COVID 19 pandemic in Egypt March 2020 till now Head of Child & Adolescent psychiatric administration - General Secretariat of Mental Health and addiction treatment - Ministry of Health November 2013 up till now co-director of Child & Adolescent psychiatric administration - General Secretariat of Mental Health and addiction treatment - Ministry of Health April 2011 -l November 2013 Head of safety and occupational health Department - General Secretariat of Mental Health and addiction treatment - Ministry of Health September 2009- April 2011 Resident Psychiatrist in Child and adolescent unit Abbassia Mental Health Hospital September 2008- September 2009 Resident in Neuropsychiatry Department - Police Hospital August 2005- August 2008 Temporary adviser in WHO Regional Training of Trainers on School Mental Health Package 2016, 2017, 2019 Member of scientific committee of Egyptian child and adolescent psychiatric fellowship Treasurer of Egyptian Child & Adolescent Psychiatry Association North Africa representative in African association of Child & Adolescent Mental Health Special interest in school mental Health, strategic planning and implementation research in child psychiatry.

    Professor Maha Emadeldin

    Professor Dr. Maha Emadeldin

    Professor and Head of Psychiatry Department , Bani Suef University. Dr Maha is a Professor of Psychiatry, Faculty of Medicine, Beni suef University. She is the Head of Psychiatry Department from August 2016.Dr Maha has a broad range of child and adolescent mental health experience She was the head of Child and Adolescent psychiatry unit from 2013 till 2017. She worked as a director of the Child and Adolescent Unit of the General Secretariat for Mental Health- Ministry of Health & Population from 2010-2013. During her work in ministry of health she was interested of capacity building of mental health providers in different areas of Egypt. She worked in several projects with national and international organizations. Currently she is working with UNICEF in creating a national program for positive discipline. Qualifications of her are M.B.B.Ch., December 1997 and signed up excellent with honors, faculty of medicine Cairo University. Master degree in Psychiatry and Neurology , November 2003, Doctorate degree (MD) May 2008. Dr Maha obtained the Master Degree of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry in Cairo University at 2012. Certified consultant Child & adolescent psychiatry at 2013. She is the General Secretary of the Egyptian Child & Adolescent Psychiatry Association (ECAPA) and the Head of the scientific committee of ECAPA annual conference. Maha has always been active in medical training and teaching. She is a board member of scientific committee of Egyptian fellowship of child and adolescent psychiatry. She has special interests in working with children at risk and trauma. She is also interested in infant and preschool stages and psychotherapy. She participated in several presentation in numerous national and international conferences and had some publications in the field of child psychiatry.

    May Elrakhawy

    Dr. May Elrakhawy

    My name is May Elrakhawy is a psychologist, Ph.D., member of Egyptian Psychological Association and member of " Ordre Des Psychologues Du Québec" in Canada. More than 30 years of experience in clinical work with child and adult. Senior and consultant psychologist in Dayman Ashab Center (Friends Forever Centre) since 2006 for children suffering from mental health difficulties. I worked as clinical a psychologist in Dar ElMokattam for Mental Health for 20 years. I work in a private clinic with children suffering from psychiatric disorders (most of them ADHD and ASD since 1992 till now).

    Dr. Nahla Radwan

    Dr. Nahla Radwan

    Dr. Nahla Radwan is Consultant of child and adolescence in child clinic in Abbasia Hospital for mental health. She has worked as head of child clinic in Abassia hospital for mental health in 2013. Qualifications of her are M.B.B.Ch., December 2006, faculty of medicine Ain Shams University. Master degree in Psychiatry and Neurology, May 2011. Fellowship in psychiatry in December 2015. She has special interest in dealing with children with anxiety and OCD. She also has special interest in psychotherapy.

    Professor Nermin Shaker

    Professor Nermin Shaker

    Prof. Nermin Shaker is a Professor of Psychiatry in Faculty of Medicine, Ain Shams University, Cairo, Egypt and Deputy Chair of Research Unit, General Secretariat of Mental Health & Addiction Treatment. She has been specialized as Consultant in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry since 2003 till now. She had Master of Science in Neuropsychiatry from Ain Shams University, Cairo (1999), Diploma in Psychiatric Practice (DPP) from conjoint board of Guy’s, King’s and St Thomas’ School of Medicine, London (2002) and MD degree in Psychiatry from Ain Shams University, Cairo (2003). She is a member of Egyptian Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Association (ECAPA), World Psychiatric Association (WPA), Egyptian Psychiatric Association (EPA) and Egyptian Association Cognitive Behavioral Psychotherapy (EACBT). She has more than 25 publications in the field of child and adolescent Psychiatry in eminent regional and international journals. Contact nerminshaker@med.asu.edu.eg

    Professor Nermine Amr

    Professor Nermine Amr

    Professor Nermine Amr is a Professor of Paediatrics and Paediatric Endocrinology at Ain-Shams University in Cairo, Egypt. She is a Fellow of the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health, and an examiner at the MRCPCH exam. She also has a diploma in diabetes from Cardiff University, UK. Professor Amr had her training in the United Kingdom and in Ireland as well as in Egypt. She has twenty seven scientific papers in different fields of paediatric endocrinology. She is also a reviewer in a number of scientific journals. Professor Amr is involved in many aspects of undergraduate and postgraduate education including training and supervision of masters’ and PhD research projects. Her research interests include adrenal gland disorders, disorders of sex differentiation, and growth disorders. Contact nerminehamr@hotmail.com

    Dr. Sherine Ramzy

    Dr. Sherine Ramzy

    Dr. Sherine Ramzy is a licensed psychologist and affiliate Assistant Professor at the American University in Cairo, who has over 20 years of experience in family and child psychology research, neuropsychological assessments, performance improvement, supporting students with disabilities and problems with cognitive functions; including 18 years of experience in teaching and psychotherapy. She is also a senior psychologist at Okasha Mental Health Resort. Dr. Ramzy has a Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology; as well as Masters in Practice Based Play Therapy. She recently received her credentials as a School Neuropsychology Diplomate. Key areas of expertise include cognitive behavior therapy, play therapy, filial therapy, social psychology, psychotherapy, child cognitive development, psychometric assessments, educational psychology, capacity building, performance and evaluation. She specializes in psychotherapy and psychometric assessments, as well as personal/interpersonal communication development. She is also a trained Dialectical Behavior Therapist, as well as a certified play therapist. Contact sheramzy@aucegypt.edu

    Professor Soha Ibrahim

    Professor Soha Ibrahim

    Details and bio to follow soon.

    Professor Mohamed Nasr

    Professor Mohamed Nasr

    Dr. Mohamed is a Professor of Psychiatry, Faculty of Medicine, Cairo University starting from August 2012 until now. He is the director of the adolescent psychiatry unit faculty of medicine Cairo University, since 2015. In addition starting from March 2011 till July 2012 he was the director of the Cairo University Psychiatry and addiction hospital. He has publications in national and international in recognized journals. Qualifications of him are: M. B. B. Ch., December 1993 and signed up excellent with honors Faculty of Medicine, Cairo University. Master Degree in Psychiatry and Neurology, November 1997. Faculty of Medicine, Cairo University. Doctorate Degree (M.D) May 2002 in Psychiatry, Faculty of Medicine, Cairo University. Certified professional skills in hospital management Cairo University 2006. He was awarded for researches.

    Professor Adel Naguib

    Details and bio to follow soon.

  • Opportunities for you

    We want to hear from a range of professionals, at all stages of their career, who focus on child and adolescent mental health. We are in the formative stages of developing ACAMH’s first International Hub and are keen to hear what you want. Please take a look at the ‘Meet the branch’ section, and contact one of the members, and let us know how you would like to be involved.

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