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 W. 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 Dean of the Parnassia Academy, part of Parnassia Psychiatric Institute, a large mental health institute with branches throughout the Netherlands.
Dr Hoek has a long-term interest in both schizophrenia and eating disorders. In the schizophrenia field he has been involved in studies on schizophrenia spectrum disorders after prenatal exposure to famine and on first episode psychosis among immigrants in The Netherlands, with research ongoing in rural South Africa. Dr Hoek's main publications in the eating disorder field relate to the epidemiology and treatment of eating disorders.
Dr Hoek has been chair of the work group that developed the recent Dutch practice guideline for the treatment of eating disorders. Dr Hoek participated in the revision of DSM–5 as member of both the Eating Disorders Work Group and the Impairment and Disability Study Group. He has been consultant for the development of the WHO Disability Assessment Schedule (WHODAS 2.0). He is past president of the Eating Disorders Research Society and was the recipient of the Academy for Eating Disorders Leadership Award in Research 2011.
Richa Bhatia, MD, FAPA is a Child, Adolescent and Adult psychiatrist, dual board certified in Child, Adolescent and General Psychiatry by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology. She serves as Section Editor for the Child and Adolescent Psychiatry section of Current Opinion in Psychiatry and as an Associate Editor for Current Psychiatry. In addition, she serves on the editorial board of other psychiatry journals such as Culture, Medicine and Psychiatry. She is the author of two books on psychiatry: Demystifying Psychiatric Conditions and Treatments and 65 Answers about Psychiatric Conditions. She is a former faculty member in the Departments of Psychiatry at Harvard Medical School, USA and Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth, USA, where she served as Medical Director for residential and inpatient psychiatry programs respectively. She is an active member of the American Psychiatric Association and the Anxiety and Depression Association of America. She serves as a Councillor on the Executive Council of the Association of Women Psychiatrists. Some of her areas of interest are childhood depressive and anxiety disorders, differential diagnosis, global mental health, compassion cultivation, and integration of psychotherapy and psychopharmacology into clinical practice.