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 12 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.
Dr Anna Keski-Rahkonen, MD, PhD, MPH is a psychiatrist, an epidemiologist, and a sexologist. She currently works as a Professor of Mental Health at the University of Helsinki in Finland. She is board certified in public health, psychiatry, and medical education. She received her medical training at the University of Helsinki and studied public health at Columbia University in New York, USA. She has published over 70 original articles on various aspects of eating disorders and has received many awards for her teaching and mentoring. She has also written several books on eating disorders for the general audience. She is particularly interested in the epidemiology of eating disorders and body image.
Richa Bhatia, MD 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 issue of Current Opinion in Psychiatry. She has also served as an Associate Editor for the journal, Current Psychiatry, and presently serves as a member of its editorial board. She is a former faculty member in the departments of psychiatry at Harvard Medical School, USA, and Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth, USA. She completed her child and adolescent psychiatry fellowship from Children's National Medical Center / George Washington University in Washington, DC, USA.
Dr Bhatia has been the recipient of Marian Butterfield Award by the Association of Women Psychiatrists, and has been recognized as a Fellow of the American Psychiatric Association. She is the author of two books on psychiatry: Demystifying Psychiatric Conditions and Treatments and 65 Answers about Psychiatric Conditions. She has been an active member of the Anxiety and Depression Association of America and the American Psychiatric Association. She has chaired and lectured at workshops at various psychiatric conferences. Some of her areas of interest are global mental health, compassion cultivation, and integration of psychotherapy and psychopharmacology into clinical practice. Her expert professional opinions have been quoted in prominent news media such as CNBC, The Guardian, US News and World Report.