Advisory Board

HOPEnDialogue Principal Investigator

Raffaella Pocobello

Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology. Researcher at the Institute of Cognitive Science and Technologies, National Research Council, Italy.

- Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology. Researcher at the Institute of Cognitive Science and Technologies, National Research Council, Italy.

- Principal investigator in projects aimed to evaluate innovative approaches in mental health, such as Open Dialogue, Recovery Houses, and co-produced experimental centres. These interventions are based on the assumption «nothing about us without us», promoted by the international movement of mental health services users. Her main research activity aims at understanding and evaluating the outcomes of these interventions, with a focus on the analysis of cognitive, emotional and social processes underlying the recovery of people with experience of severe mental health issues.

HOPEnDialogue Coordinator of the Advisory Board

Giuseppe Salamina

MD. Director of the Public Health Service of the City of Turin - Turin Local Health Agency, Italy

- Giuseppe Salamina, MD. Director of the Public Health Service of the City of Turin - Turin Local Health Agency, Italy
- Epidemiologist, postgraduate degree in Public Health, trained in biostatistics and data analysis. He has introduced the Open Dialogue in Italy and coordinated from 2015 to 2017 the Italian Open Dialogue Pilot Project. In 2017, he has started the promotion of an international multi-centric research on Open Dialogue, linked to ODDESSI trial, by involving the most relevant contributors in this field. That idea has now resulted in the HOPEnDialogue project.
HOPEnDialogue Co-Investigator

Jaakko Seikkula

Professor of psychotherapy at the University of Jyväskylä, Finland.

-Professor of psychotherapy at the University of Jyväskylä, Finland.

- Jaakko is a founder of Open Dialogue. He is an advanced specialist level family therapist; he also works as a trainer in psychotherapy. His main interests are in developing and analyzing family- and social network-centered practices in the most severe psychiatric crises, such as psychosis and depression. His research has been focused both on analyzing the effectiveness of open dialogues in psychosis and depression, and on developing the analysis of dialogues in family therapy and network therapy sessions.

HOPEnDialogue Co-Investigator

Steve Pilling

Director of the National Collaborating Centre for Mental Health (NCCMH), UK, which produces the NICE mental health guidelines. He is also the Director of the Centre for Outcomes Research and Effectiveness at University College London, UK.

He is the Chief Investigator of the UK ODDESSI trial. His research interests include: health services research, including trials of complex interventions such as crisis intervention teams and implementation studies of health service policy initiatives; psychological treatment, in particular treatments for depression and the competences required to deliver effective interventions for all psychological treatments and disorders; systematic reviews in mental health and their use in clinical guidelines; clinical guideline development and implementation in mental health.
HOPEnDialogue Project manager

Maria Elisa Rosati

Technologist at the Institute of Cognitive Science and Technologies, National Research Council, Italy.

-Technologist at the Institute of Cognitive Science and Technologies, National Research Council, Italy.

- She is responsible and coordinator of the Project Management Office at The Institute for Cognitive Science and Technologies of the National Research Council of Italy. The Office is in charge of active contracts/agreements and external funds for research projects. It supports researchers in preparing and submitting research proposals, in drafting and supervision of active contracts/agreements and their negotiations, and it carries on the management and financial reports of the running research projects.

Volkmar Aderhold

Currently member of the Institute for Social Psychiatry at the University of Greifswald, Germany.

- Currently member of the Institute for Social Psychiatry at the University of Greifswald, Germany.
- As a freelance worker he developed appropriate teaching practices for in-house-trainings of multiprofessional teams on the Open Dialogue approach. He is also a consultant for the structural development of psychiatric organizations. He has a long experience in the training of many teams, mostly in Germany and Switzerland. He has several other interests and experiences in treatment approaches for people with psychotic experiences, from pharmacological to human rights aspects. Because of all this, he would like to introduce his somewhat eccentric view and expertise.

Tomi Bergström

Department of Psychiatry, Western Lapland healthcare district; and Department of Psychology, University of Jyväskylä, Finland

- Department of Psychiatry, Western Lapland healthcare district; and Department of Psychology, University of Jyväskylä, Finland

- He is working as a clinical psychologist at Keropudas hospital where Open Dialogue approach originated. Alongside his everyday work, he is researching mental health services in Western Lapland catchment area and long-term outcomes of the Open Dialogue approach in the treatment of first-episode psychosis at the group and individual level.

Chris Gordon

Chief Medical Officer, Emeritus, Advocates, Inc, Framingham, Massachusetts, USA; Associate Professor of Psychiatry, Part-time, Harvard Medical School, Boston, Massachusetts, USA; Psychiatrist, Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston, Massachusetts, USA; Adjunct Associate Professor of Psychiatry, University of Massachusetts Medical School, Worcester, Massachusetts, USA.

- Chris Gordon, Chief Medical Officer, Emeritus, Advocates, Inc, Framingham, Massachusetts, USA; Associate Professor of Psychiatry, Part-time, Harvard Medical School, Boston, Massachusetts, USA; Psychiatrist, Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston, Massachusetts, USA; Adjunct Associate Professor of Psychiatry, University of Massachusetts Medical School, Worcester, Massachusetts, USA.
- He was a founding leader of the Collaborative Pathway and Open Dialogue programs at Advocates, Inc, starting in 2011, and has been engaged continuously in the provision of OD services since that time. He is a certified Open Dialogue practitioner, having completed two years of training with Dr. Mary Olson at the Institute for Dialogic Practice. In 2016, their team published the first feasibility study of adapting OD to the US healthcare environment. He is very interested in promoting the broader implementation of Open Dialogue as a progressive, holistic, person-centered psychiatric practice.

Mark Steven Hopfenbeck

Anthropologist and assistant professor at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology.

- Mark Hopfenbeck is an anthropologist and assistant professor at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology.
- He is director of the postgraduate program in Open Dialogue at his University and he also teaches Norway’s first post-graduate program in mindfulness. He is lead trainer for the UK peer-supported Open Dialogue Project together with psychiatrist Russell Razzaque and family therapist Val Jackson. He is co-investigator for the ODDESSI Open Dialogue trial in the UK.

Vegard Høgli

MD, MPH, District medical officer, Norway

- Vegard Høgli, MD, MPH, District medical officer, Norway
- He is a District medical officer in the city of Skien, Norway. He has also served as a senior medical adviser for the South-Eastern Norway Regional Health Authority. He is disturbed by the amount of suffering due to mental problems, and how current treatment often fails. In search of better strategies, he seeks to promote Open Dialog as a means of understanding and as a tool for change.

Martijn Kole

Among the initiators of Peer supported Open Dialogue in The Netherlands; teacher at the POD practitioners course.

Martijn Kole has extensive experience with suffering from psychiatric challenges and recovering from them. He is one of the initiators of Peer supported Open Dialogue in The Netherlands. He also is one of the teachers at the POD practitioners course.
As the founder of Enik recovery college, in partnership with Tom Verspoor, he is a peer leader in the Netherlands and abroad. Enik RC is a 100% peer-run, self-help peer support environment in the Netherlands.

Mia Kurtti

Mia Kurtti is a nurse MSc and a trainer and supervisor in Family Therapy and Open Dialogue.

Mia Kurtti has been working in mental health services as a nurse in Western Lapland, Finland since 2002 with individuals and their networks. During the last decade, she has been a trainer on several international Open Dialogue/ Collaborative training programs. A crucial part of her work during the last years has been developing the role of peer specialists in the Western Lapland healthcare district, together with peer specialist trainers and other colleagues.

Antonello Leogrande

Family member, with a background on mental health and charities regulatory frameworks

Antonello Leogrande is a family member, with a background on mental health and charities regulatory frameworks thanks to his personal and professional experience. The mixture of expertise as care giver and lawyer, qualified in Italy and the United Kingdom, enabled him to be of support on fostering arrangements between private and public services, on planning methods of cooperation between families and organisations, as well as on facilitating the implementation of innovative approaches to mental health. One of his main goal is to promote fundraising and philanthropy, being linked to Italian and international business networks.

Hannele Mäkiollitervo

Hannele Mäkiollitervo is a peer specialist from Tornio, Finland, and currently, she is involved in training and research processes in the Western Lapland health care district.

Hannele Mäkiollitervo is a peer specialist from Tornio, Finland, and currently, she is involved in training and research processes in the Western Lapland health care district. Hannele has studied Leadership Psychology at the University of Lapland and graduated with a Master of Administrative Sciences, M.Sc. (Admin). In her Master's thesis, she studied peer-training in Western Lapland Finland /Open Dialogue context.

Gina Nikkel

PhD, former President and CEO of the Foundation for Excellence in Mental Health Care (EXCELLENCE), Wilsonville, OR, USA; Executive Director, Association of Oregon Counties; Associate Clinical Professor of Psychiatry at Oregon Health and Sciences University.

- Gina Nikkel, PhD, President and CEO of the Foundation for Excellence in Mental Health Care (EXCELLENCE), Wilsonville, OR, USA; Associate Clinical Professor of Psychiatry at Oregon Health and Sciences University.
- She served as Executive Director of the Association of Oregon Community Mental Health Programs before taking the helm of EXCELLENCE. She has worked extensively in mental health and addictions policy, leadership and management, health care financing and political advocacy. As a Community Mental Health Therapist, Adolescent Program Director and Clinical Supervisor, she brings experience in all aspects of community mental health. She has a BA in Theatre and Dance and an MS in counseling from Portland State University and a PhD in Education focusing on Social Public Policy and Leadership from the University of Oregon.

Seanna O' Callaghan

President and CEO of Open Excellence

Since September 2019, Seana O'Callaghan has served in the role of President and CEO of Open Excellence, the Foundation for Excellence in Mental Health Care. Seana spent many years working as a research assistant, grant writer and project manager at mental health research and service organizations including the Nathan Kline Institute for Psychiatric Research and the Center to Study Recovery in Social Contexts, and Pathways to Housing, and as an independent consultant and business owner. In 2011, in collaboration with innovators within the State and City of New York governments, and along with independent collaborators from around the world, Seana helped to develop the Parachute NYC project, a large-scale Affordable Care Act demonstration project believed to be the first program to integrate peers and persons with lived experience into Open Dialogue-like practice teams.

Mary Olson

PhD, is the founder and director of the Institute for Dialogic Practice in the U.S. She is Clinical Assistant Professor of Psychiatry at the Yale University School of Medicine; a Senior Fulbright Scholar in Clinical Psychology; and a member of the American Academy of Family Therapy.

- Mary Olson, PhD, is the founder and director of the Institute for Dialogic Practice in the U.S. She is Clinical Assistant Professor of Psychiatry at the Yale University School of Medicine; a Senior Fulbright Scholar in Clinical Psychology; and a member of the American Academy of Family Therapy.
- In 2001, she was awarded a Fulbright to do research on Open Dialogue in Finland while teaching at the University of Jyväskylä. From 2011-2017, she co-led the first US Open Dialogue study at the University of Massachusetts Medical School, USA. Since 2011, she has focused on developing dialogical training and research programs in the US. She is also a senior Open Dialogue trainer/supervisor in the UK, the Netherlands, Japan, and Mexico, and the lead author of the “Key Elements of Dialogic Practice in Open Dialogue” (2014), which has been translated into 11 languages. She published various papers on Open Dialogue and Dialogic Practice, including the first autoethnographic study in Family Process (2015).

Sebastian von Peter

Professor for Mental Health Service Research, Medical School Brandenburg, Germany.

- Sebastian von Peter, Professor for Mental Health Service Research, Medical School Brandenburg, Germany.
- He is working as a (critical) psychiatrist, leading a home treatment team at Hospital Rüdersdorf in Brandenburg/ Germany. In addition, he is in charge of a research team on mental health service research, aiming at evaluating psychiatric services and alternatives to them. Within this context, he increasingly uses participatory and collaborative approaches and methods.

Nick Putman

Founder, Open Dialogue UK

- He is the founder of Open Dialogue UK and an Open Dialogue trainer and practitioner who has, over the last 20 years, specialised in working with individuals and families affected by psychosis in a variety of settings. He originally trained as a psychotherapist at The Philadelphia Association in London and then, in 2013, formed Open Dialogue UK in order to support the development of a dialogical approach to delivering public mental health services, based in human relations and meaning making. He works with a team of international trainers to deliver Open Dialogue trainings internationally.

Russell Razzaque

Consultant Psychiatrist, Associate Medical Director and Director of Research and Development at North East London NHS Foundation Trust; Honorary Senior Lecturer at University College London; Visiting Professor at London South Bank University

- Russell Razzaque, Consultant Psychiatrist, Associate Medical Director and Director of Research and Development at North East London NHS Foundation Trust; Honorary Senior Lecturer at University College London; Visiting Professor at London South Bank University
- He initiated the first training in Open Dialogue in the UK National Health Service in 2015, which runs to this date. He has published several research papers on Open Dialogue and related practices in international peer reviewed journals and he is an initiator and Principal Investigator of the UK ODDESSI trial.

Tomasz Rowinski

Professor at the Institute of Psychology, Cardinal Stefan Wyszyński University
in Warsaw, Poland.

Tomasz Rowiński, Ph.D. is the deputy director in Institute of Psychology, Cardinal Stefan Wyszynski University in Warsaw, Poland. His research is focused on clinical psychology - personality disorders and behavioral addiction. Moreover, he is interested in Herman's dialogical self and valuation theory. Due to personality and mental health research he got a grant to develop and implement community-based mental health centers for children and adolescents. He is director of the first Center in Warsaw, Bielany district, in which Open Dialogue approach is the common framework in psychological and psychiatric support for families' recovery. Actually, he is engaged in psychiatric reform in Poland. He and his colleagues promote OD approach in his scientific and practical work in mental health services in Poland.

Tarek el Sehity

Researcher and lecturer at the Sigmund Freud University in Vienna, Austria; associated researcher at the Institute of Cognitive Science and Technologies, National Research Council, Italy.

- Researcher and lecturer at the Sigmund Freud University in Vienna, Austria; associated researcher at the Institute of Cognitive Science and Technologies, National Research Council, Italy.

- He has been trained as a psychologist in the field of economics and finance and he researches the psychology of money, family businesses and wealth. Together with Raffaella Pocobello, he offers scientific consultancy and evaluation of projects in innovative mental health services. They found an interesting field of research on the cross-section between mental health services, organizational studies and the impact of economic conditions and money on it.

Sandra Steingard

Clinical Associate Professor of Psychiatry at the University Of Vermont Larner College of Medicine. She recently retired as Chief Medical Officer, Howard Center, Burlington, Vermont after 30 years of working in public sector psychiatry.

Sandra Steingard, M.D. is Clinical Associate Professor of Psychiatry at the University Of Vermont Larner College of Medicine. She recently retired as Chief Medical Officer, Howard Center, Burlington, Vermont after 30 years of working in public sector psychiatry.
- Chair of the Board of the Foundation for Excellence in Mental Health Care;
- Member of the board of the American Association of Community psychiatrists on the advisory board of Mad In America Continuing Education;
- Associate of the International Institute for Psychiatric Drug Withdrawal;
- Editor-in-chief of Community Mental Health Journal and editor of the book, Critical Psychiatry: Controversies and Clinical Implications.

Alita Taylor

MA, LMFT; Trainer, Supervisor, Psychotherapist, Open Dialogue Pacific, USA.

- Alita Kathryn Taylor has been a mental health practitioner since 1992, receiving a Master of Arts in Clinical Psychology with an emphasis in marriage and family therapy from Pepperdine University in 1995, licensed as a Marriage and Family Therapist in California (LMFT#43665, 2006) and in Washington (LMFT#60785809, 2017).

- Currently, she is amidst certification in the International Certificate in Collaborative-Dialogic Practices (ICCP) through Taos and Houston-Galveston Institutes, and she holds a certificate to train and supervise couple and family dialogical practices recognized under Finnish law (valtioneuvoston asetus terveydenhuollon ammattihenkilöistä annetun asetuksen muuttamisesta 1120/2010) trained by Jaakko Seikkula, PhD through Dialogic Partners and the University of Jyväskylä (2018.)

Douglas Ziedonis

Tenured professor of Psychiatry and associate vice chancellor for health sciences at University of California San Diego (UC San Diego) and Executive Director for the UC San Diego Center for Mindfulness.

- Douglas Ziedonis, MD, MPH, is a tenured professor of Psychiatry and serves as associate vice chancellor for health sciences at University of California San Diego (UC San Diego) and Executive Director for the UC San Diego Center for Mindfulness. He leads a multi-disciplinary group through the Open Dialogue Center at UC San Diego which is collaborating with other programs in the USA and globally. His research team is the lead Center on creating and using the fidelity instruments and method for assessing adherence to the “Key Elements of Dialogic Practice in Open Dialogue” (Olson, Seikkula, and Ziedonis, 2014). Some of their current focus is on College Mental Health and also co-occurring mental illness and addiction which is very common in First Episode Psychosis. His team is using Dissemination and Implementation Science research methods in trying to better understand barriers to implementing Open Dialogue in the USA and how to address those barriers in further implementation studies. Dr. Ziedonis is the PI (2011-2020) on the first US Open Dialogue study at the University of Massachusetts Medical School which relocated with him in 2017 to UC San Diego. In 2016, Dr. Ziedonis collaborated with Chris Gordon as they published the first feasibility study of adapting OD to the US healthcare environment. He is internationally recognized for his research in co-occurring mental illness and addiction, including recovery oriented approaches. He has been a PI on 28 research grants and Collaborator on an additional 94 research grants (over 50% from the National Institute of Health). He has published over 315 publications, including behavioral therapy manuals and practice guidelines.

Andrea Zwicknagl

Peer support specialist in Switzerland and she is part of the Swiss Hearing Voices Network.

- Andrea Zwicknagl is a peer support specialist in Switzerland and she is part of the Swiss Hearing Voices Network.
- She started working at the psychiatric services in Interlaken, Switzerland. She attended the first Open Dialogue training in Switzerland in 2015/16 and she helped to spread the word on this approach in the German-speaking area. She collaborates with the International Institute for Psychiatric Drug Withdrawal and works within the Expert Committee for Psychiatric Drugs of the German Society for Social Psychiatry. In January 2017, she co-founded the first trialogue specific to the topic of reducing and stopping neuroleptics, based in Bern.