Invited Speakers

Keynote Speakers – Opening Session

Jose Palma-Oliveira, CICPSI, Faculty of Psychology, University of Lisbon, Portugal

Predicting Communities Resilience in a changing climate: A human history of stress and coping

Angela Gordon Stair, UWI Jamaica; Head of Red Cross, Jamaica

Caribbean Resilience: The Response of Caribbean Professionals to Natural and Man-made Disasters in the Region

Plenary: Caribbean Psychology Education and Training

Hector Adames, Institution, Country


Carlos Hernandez, Institution, Dominican Republic


Plenary: Enhancing Caribbean Health and Wellbeing

Katija Khan, Trinidad & Tobago

Eliseo Pérez-Stable, National Institutes of Health, United States


Plenary: Facing New Challenges in Psychology

Matthew Smith, University of the West Indies, Jamaica

Gone: Violence, Memory, and Mental Health in Jamaica’s History

Carla Bakboord, Suriname

Women’s Issues New Challenges

Plenary: Multiculturalism / Multilingualism in the Caribbean



Serge Madhere
Howard University
United States / Haiti

Resilience and Cultural Leverage: Toward a Psychology for Nation Building

This presentation discusses resilience within a core-and crust model of psycho-social development. It underscores the impact of stress and adversity on psycho-physiological well-being, particularly their effects on the brainstem, the limbic system, and cellular reproduction. It then highlights cultural leverage as one of the protective factors that can sustain resilience.


Yovanska Duarte-Velez
Bradley Hospital and Brown University, USA

Working with Latinx Youth with Suicidality: Navigating Cultures and Languages

The experience of working with Latinx youth with suicidality and their families in Puerto Rico and USA will be present. Cultural differences are evident between caregivers and children based on generation, country of origin, language, and context. Challenges and lessons learn on providing psychological treatment will be discussed.

Plenary: Historical and Current Perspectives in Caribbean Psychology

Tregenza Roach, Institution, US Virgin Islands


Maysa Akbar, Urban Trauma, USA
Short Biography

Urban Trauma in The Caribbean

Urban Trauma is a framework that was discovered by Dr.Maysa Akbar. The framework highlights the three areas that have contributed to the trauma POC’s have due to racism.The Urban Trauma framework sets out a path for people to break the generational cycle of trauma and begin their journey towards healing.

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