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2022 ICPM World Congress Presenters


Kyung Bong Koh, MD, PhD

Professor Emeritus of Psychiatry Yonsei University College of Medicine, Seoul, Korea

Kyung Bong Koh, M.D., Ph.D. is a professor emeritus of psychiatry at Yonsei University College of Medicine, Seoul, Korea. He graduated from Yonsei University College of Medicine (M.D.). He is the author of the book ‘Stress and Somatic Symptoms: Biopsychosociospiritual Perspectives’ (Springer, 2018) and editor of the book ‘Somatization and Psychosomatic Symptoms’ (Springer, 2013). His many published articles concentrate primarily on psychosomatic medicine, especially psychoneuroimmunology, somatization and stress. He has developed a number of psychological instruments, including the Stress Response Inventory (SRI). He played a leading role in founding the Korean Society of Psychosomatic Medicine (1992) and also served as president of the Society. In addition, he served as chairperson of the Organizing Committee of the 21st World Congress on Psychosomatic Medicine (2011) held in Seoul, Korea. He is currently president of the ICPM.


Chiharu Kubo, MD, PhD

Professor & Chairman of the Department of Psychosomatic Medicine, Kyushu University

Dr. Kubo is currently Professor & Chairman of the Department of Psychosomatic Medicine, Kyushu University. His main research interests are: Psychosomatic Medicine (Psycho-Neuro-Endocrino-Immunology); Internal Medicine; Allergology. He is President of the Asian College of Psychosomatic Medicine and Member of the Board of Directors of Japanese Society of Psychosomatic Medicine, Japanese Society of Internal Psychosomatic Medicine, Japanese Society of Autogenic Training, Japanese Society of Fasting Therapy, Japanese Stress Society, Japan Transactional Analysis Association, Japanese Society of Mood disorders, Japanese Society of Naikan Therapy, Japanese Society of Fatigue. He received the Ishikawa Award (Japanese Society of Psychosomatic Medicine) in May, 1993 and the JMI Award (Japanese Society of Autogenic Training) in September, 2007.


Susan H. McDaniel, PhD

Dr. Laurie Sands Distinguished Professor of Families & Health, Director of Institute for the Family, and Chief of Psychology, URMC
Director of the Institute for the Family in the Department of Psychiatry, Vice Chair of the Department of Family Medicine, and Director of the URMC Physician Communication Coaching Program.

Dr. McDaniel’s career is dedicated to integrating psychological and relational science and practice into healthcare. She has won many awards and is the author of over 100 journal articles and 17 books, including Medical Family Therapy, Family-oriented Primary Care, and The Shared Experience of Illness. Her 18th book is In Press, titled Systemic Integrated Care, with Nancy Ruddy PhD. For 12 years, Dr McDaniel was Co-Editor with Tom Campbell MD of the interdisciplinary journal, Families, Systems & Health, Associate Editor for 10 years of the American Psychologist, and is a frequent speaker at national and international medical and mental health meetings.

Dr. McDaniel has served in many leadership positions in primary care and mental health associations. Among them, she served as the President of the American Psychological Association in 2016, and currently serves on their Council representing the Society for Health Psychology. She is President of the Practice Division (17) of the International Association of Applied Psychology, and she serves on the policy-focused, interprofessional Board of the Primary Care Collaborative in Washington DC.


Thomas G. O’Connor, PhD

Professor, Department of Psychiatry and Director of the Wynne Center for Family Research, URMC

Thomas G. O’Connor is Professor in the Department of Psychiatry and Director of the Wynne Center for Family Research; he also has appointments in the Departments of Psychology, Neuroscience, and Obstetrics and Gynecology. An alumnus of the University of Rochester (BA 1989), he received his PhD in clinical psychology from the University of Virginia (1995) and completed his clinical training at the George Washington University Medical Center (1995). His first academic post, from 1995-2003, he was at the Institute of Psychiatry (now the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology, and Neuroscience) in London. He has been at Rochester since 2003.

Professor O’Connor’s research seeks to identify the mechanisms by which early stress exposures, including those in the prenatal period, shape children’s long-term health and development. He is equally interested in how best to promote health and well-being. For these studies he employs observational, longitudinal, clinical and randomized trial designs. He is a co-author on over 200 research papers and a wide variety of other scholarly works. A clinical psychologist by training, Professor O’Connor’s research seamlessly crosses and integrates many disciplines. Although always focused on child and family processes, his current projects also employ technologies and techniques from neuroimaging, immunology, genetics, and microbiology. Consistent with his broad research interests, his research is funded by six separate institutes within the NIH.

He received distinguished awards for his research, which has been has been funded by the major health research councils in the UK, Canada and the US. He has served as a standing member on several NIH review councils and has served in numerous roles on editorial boards, including as joint editor. He remains actively involved in multiple international collaborations, and continues to be a mentor of undergraduate and graduate students, post-doctoral fellows, and junior faculty.

Among his current projects, Professor O’Connor is leading a Rochester effort that is part of the nationwide NIH program to understand early environment influences on child health outcomes (“ECHO”). This project integrates extensive accounting of prenatal exposures, close interrogation of the placenta, detailed studies of early parent-child interactions, and careful consideration of social and environmental factors that shape children’s health and development.


Maryland Pao, MD

Clinical Director and Deputy Scientific Director of the National Institutes of Mental Health Intramural Research Program, National Institutes of Health

Dr. Pao is Clinical Director and Deputy Scientific Director of the National Institutes of Mental Health Intramural Research Program at the National Institutes of Health. She served as Acting Clinical Director for the National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health from 2020-2022. She was Chief of the Psychiatry Consultation Liaison Service in the NIH Hatfield Clinical Research Center 2008-2019 and still serves as an Attending. Dr. Pao served as co-Chair of the Trans-NIH Covid-19 Mental Health Response Team for 18 months and now co-Chairs the NIH-Wide Mental Health and Well-being Action Team.

A native of Bethesda, Dr. Pao attended Wellesley College before completing a BA/MD program at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. She completed Pediatric and Psychiatric Residency training as well as a Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Fellowship at Johns Hopkins Hospital. She is board certified in Pediatrics (1994, 2001), General Psychiatry (1994), Child and Adolescent Psychiatry (1994) and Consultation Liaison Psychiatry (2008, 2018).

Dr. Pao’s core research interests are in the complex interactions between medical and psychiatric symptoms in pediatric oncology, pediatric HIV and other primary immunodeficiencies. She studies distress and its correlates including suicidal thoughts and behaviors in medically ill children. She has published more than 150 research articles and chapters and co-edited the Quick Reference for Pediatric Oncology Clinicians: The Psychiatric and Psychological Dimensions of Pediatric Cancer Symptom Management, 2nd ed, Oxford University Press in 2015.

Dr. Pao helped develop the ASQ (Ask Suicide-Screening Questions), a validated suicide risk screening tool, as well as clinical pathways for use in youth and adults in medical settings. The ASQ has been translated into 16 languages. The ASQ toolkit is on the NIMH website for public use. Dr. Pao also developed Voicing My CHOICES™, an advance care planning guide for adolescents and young adults. An educator and leader in promoting the field of pediatric consultation liaison psychiatry and integrated care for children, she is a recipient of the 2012 AACAP Simon Wile Award. A member of the Academy of Psychosomatic Medicine since 1994, she is President-Elect of the Academy of Consultation Liaison Psychiatry. She is a Clinical Professor on the faculty at Georgetown University, George Washington University and Johns Hopkins University Schools of Medicine.


Stephan Zipfel, MD

Professor, Psychosomatic Medicine and Psychotherapy at the University of Tübingen and Department Head of University Medical Hospital Tübingen

ICPM 2024 President Elect; Professor and Chair of the Department of Psychosomatic Medicine and Psychotherapy; Dean of the Medical School and Vice Dean of the Medical Faculty University Medical Hospital in Tuebingen, Germany; University of Tuebingen

Stephan Zipfel, MD completed his specialization and training as an internist and specialist in psychosomatic medicine and psychotherapy at the University Hospital in Heidelberg/Germany, London/UK and Sydney/ Australia. He is Professor and chair of the Department of Psychosomatic Medicine and Psychotherapy at the University Medical Hospital in Tuebingen, Germany. He is also Dean of the Medical School and Vice-Dean of the Medical Faculty of the University of Tuebingen. He is past-president of the German College of Psychosomatic Medicine and Co-director of the German Centre of Mental Health at the Tuebingen site. His research interests are eating disorders across the weight spectrum and obesity research, somatoform disorders and medical education research.


Giovanni Fava

Giovanni Andrea Fava

Clinical Professor of Psychiatry State University of New York at Buffalo

Giovanni Andrea Fava got his medical degree from the University of Padova in 1977, with electives at McMaster University, Rochester, NY (Engel) and Dartmouth (Lipowski) . In Padova he also completed his residency training in psychiatry in 1981. After working for several years in the US (Albuquerque and Buffalo, N.Y.), he came back to Italy in 1988, where he established an Affective Disorders Program in the Department of Psychology of the University of Bologna. He was first Associate Professor of Psychosomatic Medicine and then Professor of Clinical Psychology there until the end of 2018.

He is currently Clinical Professor of Psychiatry at the State University of New York at Buffalo. He has authored more than 500 scientific papers and performed groundbreaking research in several fields. He has introduced a novel psychotherapeutic approach for increasing psychological well-being (Well-Being Therapy,, which he has recently manualized) the sequential model for combining pharmacotherapy and psychotherapy, the concept of staging in psychiatry, a new method of classification of psychosomatic distress (the Diagnostic Criteria for Psychosomatic Research), the concept of oppositional tolerance with antidepressant treatment and the clinimetric approach to psychiatric evaluation.

Since 1992, he is editor-in-chief of Psychotherapy and Psychosomatics, a journal published by Karger that, with its current impact factor of 17.66 ranks third among the SCI psychology journals (but it is the first of those publishing original research), and fifth in the psychiatry ranking. His current h index is in the upper sixties, with more than 16,000 citations.