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National Representatives

Because we have broadened the scope of the organization in recent years, the STAR Board has appointed the following national representatives to acquaint colleagues in their respective countries with our organization. Please feel free to contact your national representative, the President or the Secretary if you have ideas on how to recruit new members into the organization. If your country does not have a national representative and you would like to suggest someone (including yourself), please contact the STAR President.

The term of a national representative is three years, renewable if agreed upon. The primary role of a national representative is to enhance STAR’s visibility through:

  • Announcement of the “Call for papers” for the STAR annual meetings in Newsletters, Journals, etc.
  • Recruitment of new members who are doing research in the areas of stress, anxiety and coping,
  • Reporting on your activities as national representatives at the annual STAR conference,
  • Distribution of STAR information materials.

National representatives receive multiple copies of the STAR brochure, membership application forms, and annual meeting pamphlets on a regular basis. However, due to budgetary limitations, STAR cannot reimburse national representatives for mailings, advertisements, etc. Hopefully, local universities will be willing to underwrite these expenses.

The current national representatives are

ArgentinaNora B. Leibovich, University of Buenos Aires
AustraliaKate Moore, Federation University Australia
AustriaAnton Laireiter, Universität Salzburg
BelgiumAlexandre Heeren, Université Catholique de Louvain
BrasilClaus Dieter Stobaus, Pontifícia Universidade Católica do Rio Grande do Sul (PUCRS)
CanadaEsther Greenglass, York University
ChinaJian Li, Kunming Medical University
CroatiaNataša Jokić Begić University of Zagreb
Czech RepublicIva Stuchlikova, University of South Bohemia
DenmarkMette Bentzen
Dominican RepublicCecil Hiraldo, Catholic University of Santo Domingo
FinlandJuhani Julkunen, University of Helsinki
FranceLeon-Patrice Celestin, Dept. Child & Adolescent Psychiatry,
C.H.I. Hospital Poissy-Saint German
GermanySonja Rohrmann, Johann-Wolfgang-Goethe-Universität
Petra Buchwald, Bergische Universität Wuppertal
GreeceEleni Vasilaki, University of Crete
Hong Kong, SAR, ChinaWai-Kai Hou, The Education University of Hong Kong
HungaryKornel Sipos, Semmelweis University Budapest
IndiaKrishnan Saraladevi, University of Madras
IrelandSiobhán Howard, University of Limerick
IsraelMoshe Zeidner, University of Haifa
ItalyAnna Laura Comunian, Padova University
CaterinaMesserschmidt–Grandi, Claudiana College of Healthcare Professions
MexicoEmilia Lucio-Gomez, National Autonomous University of Mexico
New ZealandIan de Terte, Massey University, Wellington
Linda Jones, Massey University, Wellington
NorwayTuva Øktedalen , University of Oslo
PakistanSyed Ali Akbar Naqvi, Government Degree College Raiwind
PolandDorota Wlodarczyk, Medical University of Warsaw
Aleksandra Kroemeke, University of Social Sciences and Humanities, Warsaw
PortugalSaul Neves de Jesus, University of Algarve, Faro
Puerto RicoSylvia Fernández Colorado, Carlos Albizu University
RomaniaEva Kallay, Babes-Bolyai University
RussiaVladimir Kuznetsov, Northern State Medical University
SingaporeVivian Ng, National University of Singapore
SlovakiaIvan Sarmany Schuller, Slovak Academy of Science Bratislava
SpainAlbert Sesé, Balearic Island University
SwitzerlandPamela Rackow, University of Zurich; University of Stirling, UK
The NetherlandsJoost Meijer, University of Amsterdam
TurkeyEmine Erktin, Bogazici University of Istanbul
United KingdomMike Rennie
United States of AmericaBrian Hall, New York University Shanghai, China
David Manier, Lehman College – City University of New York
 * if you are interested in becoming a National Representative for your country, please contact
Paulina Landgrave.