Keynote Speakers

Dr. Debbie Joffe Ellis
Columbia University

Dr. Debbie Joffe Ellis was born and raised in Melbourne, Australia. New York City has been her home base for the past two decades. She is a licensed psychologist (Australia), licensed mental health counselor (New York), presenter, writer and adjunct professor at Columbia University in New York City where she teaches Rational Emotive Behavior Therapy and Comparative Psychotherapies. For years she worked with her husband, the brilliant and renowned pioneer of modern cognitive therapies: Dr Albert Ellis, giving public presentations and professional trainings in his approach of Rational Emotive Behavior Therapy (REBT), as well as collaborating with him on writing and research projects until his death in 2007. Before his passing he stated and wrote that he entrusted her to continue his work. She is recognized as a world-renowned expert on REBT, and regularly presents, throughout the USA and in countries around the world, to students, academics, practitioners in the helping professions, and to members of the general public. She wrote the second edition of the book Rational Emotive Behavior Therapy (published 2019) that she co-wrote with her husband in its first edition. She is also featured in a DVD produced by the American Psychological Association (APA) demonstrating and discussing the REBT approach. She has written chapters for various text books, articles, and has reviewed publications for APA’s PsycCritiques Journal. In 2014 she was named “Legend in Counseling” at the American Counseling Association annual conference, and has received various other awards and acknowledgments for her work. She joyfully and passionately continues her mission of informing as many people as possible - through her presentations, teaching, writing, and the ways she strives to ‘walk her talk’ - that each one of us has the power to create our emotional destinies despite and including challenging circumstances, and through teaching the ‘how-to’s’ of doing so!

Dr. Tom Van Daele
Thomas More University

Dr Tom Van Daele is the head of the Expertise Unit Psychology, Technology & Society at Thomas More University of Applied Sciences (Antwerp, Belgium). He is also a research fellow at the Centre for the Psychology of Learning and Experimental Psychopathology at KU Leuven (Leuven, Belgium), a visiting scholar at Queen’s University Belfast (Belfast, United Kingdom) and the convenor of the Taskforce on E-health of EFPA, the European Federation of Psychologists’ Associations. As a clinical psychologist, he primarily conducts research in mental healthcare, where he focuses particularly on the added value of technology.

Professor Dr. Simon Crowe
La Trobe University

Simon Crowe is Professor of Neuroscience and Clinical Neuropsychology in the School of Psychology and Public Health, La Trobe University. Professor Crowe is the inaugural Chair of the Asia Pacific Psychology Alliance (2019-2023). He is also past Chair of the Australian Psychology Accreditation Council (2016-2018). He is a past President of the Australian Psychological Society (APS: 2010-2012) and is currently a member of the Board (2020-2023) and current Vice President of the APS. He is an Honorary Fellow of the APS, and a Fellow of the National Academy of Neuropsychology (US) and the Australian Institute of Company Directors. He is a member of the APS Colleges of Clinical Psychology, Clinical Neuropsychology and Forensic psychology and has area of practice endorsement in each of these areas. He is a past editor of the Journal, Australian Psychologist (2001-2005). Professor Crowe maintains strong research programs into the neuropsychology of neuropsychiatric disorders and a variety of neuropsychological assessment issues. He has published three monographs, more than 140 refereed journal articles and numerous book chapters, conference presentations, notes, and commentaries. He has supervised more than 40 doctoral degree candidates (PhD and DPsych) as well as numerous Masters and fourth year theses. He continues to conduct and extensive practice in the area of medico-legal disputation and is an independent neuropsychological examiner for the Victoria, Workcover Authority, Corrections Victoria, the Children’s Court Clinic, and the Transport Accident Commission in Victoria.

Professor Dr. Shukran Abdul Rahman
International Islamic University Malaysia

Prof. Shukran Rahman, current Professor at Department of Psychology, International Islamic University Malaysia (IIUM). He holds Doctor of Occupational Psychology degree from Murdoch University, Australia. He lectures in Personnel Psychology, Psychometrics, Organizational Change and Development, Career Development, and Issues in Personnel and Organizational Psychology.

Prof. Shukran had served as Deputy Dean of Admission and Record Division, Director of Alumni and Career Services Division, Deputy Dean in the Office of Corporate Strategy and Quality Assurance, and Director of Centre of Professional Development. Currently he is the Dean of the Kulliyyah of Islamic Revealed Knowledge and Human Sciences.

He was a Visiting Academic in the Department of Educational Psychology at Taibah University, Al-Madinah Al-Munawwarah, Saudi Arabia (2008) and Visiting Academic IPPTN, USM (2017). He is also the Coordinator for Graduateness Research Unit, IIUM, and Associate Research Fellow at the National Higher Education Research Institute (IPPTN). Besides, he is also a Distinguished Associate Fellow at the Institute for Psychotherapy, Correctional and Rehabilitation (iPSYCORE), a team member of Signature Leadership Program For Asean Higher Education Institutions which is a project by Higher Education Leadership Academy AKEPT and SEAMEO RIHED.