Current Opinion in Psychiatry was launched in 1988. It is one of a successful series of review journals whose unique format is designed to provide a systematic and critical assessment of the literature as presented in the many primary journals. The field of psychiatry is divided into 13 sections that are reviewed once a year. Each section is assigned a Section Editor, a leading authority in the area, who identifies the most important topics at that time. Here we are pleased to introduce the Journal's Section Editors for this issue.
Hans W. Hoek
Dr Hans Wijbrand Hoek is Professor of Psychiatry at University Medical Center Groningen, the Netherlands and has an adjunct position as Professor of Epidemiology at Columbia University, New York, USA. He is based in The Hague where he is director of the psychiatric residency program and chair of the Parnassia Academy, part of Parnassia Psychiatric Institute, a large mental health institute with branches throughout the Netherlands.
Dr Hoek received his medical degree from Groningen University, the Netherlands, and completed his psychiatric residency at University Medical Center Groningen and followed a psychiatric epidemiology training program at Columbia University, New York. He has a long term interest in both schizophrenia and eating disorders. In the schizophrenia field he was involved in studies on the chronically mentally ill and completed a PhD on the classification of intellectual and other psychological impairments in 1987. Together with Dr Ezra Susser he studied schizophrenia spectrum disorders after prenatal exposure to the Dutch famine. Together with Peter van Harten he conducted epidemiological studies of drug-induced movement disorders in Curaçao. Dr Hoek's main publications in the eating disorder field relate to the epidemiology of eating disorders in the Netherlands, other European countries and Curaçao, but he also co-edited a comprehensive handbook on Neurobiology in the treatment of eating disorders. He is an editorial board member for four international journals on eating disorders and Editor-in-Chief for a Dutch website for psychiatrists, http://www.psychiatrienet.nl.
Dr Hoek participated in the revision of DSM-5 as member of both the DSM-5 Eating Disorders Work Group and the DSM-5 Impairment and Disability Study Group. Dr Hoek has been consultant for the World Health Organization and the development of the WHO-DAS (Disability Assessment Schedule). He is past president of the Eating Disorder Research Society and was the recipient of the Academy of Eating Disorders Research Award 2011.
Ruth M. Benca
Dr Ruth Benca is a professor in the Departments of Psychology and Psychiatry at the University of Wisconsin- Madison, USA. Research studies in Dr Benca's laboratory use behavioral, neurophysiologic, and neuroanatomic techniques to elucidate mechanisms for sleep abnormalities in psychiatric disorders.
Active in several professional societies, she is a past president of the Sleep Research Society and the Associated Professional Sleep Societies. She is a frequent invited speaker in the area of sleep disorders and is the author or coauthor of more than 100 journal articles, book chapters and abstracts on the effects of sleep and sleep deprivation on mood and mood disorders. She is director of the new University of Wisconsin Sleep Program.