Scientific Committee

Prof. Peyami Çelikcan

Prof. Peyami Çelikcan

Head of the Scientific Committee

Background

Prof. Peyami Çelikcan

Head of the Scientific Committee

Peyami Çelikcan was born in Ankara on 25th of December, 1961. He was graduated from the Department of Radio, Television and Cinema, Faculty of Communication, Ankara University in 1986. He started working as a research assistant at Gazi University in 1987. By having YÖK scholarship, he went to the U.S.A for his master’s degree in 1988. He graduated from the Communication Arts Department, University of West Florida in 1990 by having master’s degree in the field of communication arts. He got his Ph.D. in the field of cinema and television, 9 Eylül University in 1994.

He worked as the Dean of Faculty of Communication, Eastern Mediterranean University and Maltepe University between 2003- 2013. Lastly he was appoited as the Dean of Faculty of Communication, İstanbul Şehir University. Çelikcan has been studying on communication sciences, cinema-television, popular culture, media history, and documentary film. He has been also producing documentary films as documentary film maker and script writer.

Prof. Ali Ayten

Prof. Ali Ayten

Member of the Scientific Committee

Background

Prof. Ali Ayten

Member of the Scientific Committee

He was born in 1979 in Konya. He graduated from Selçuk University Faculty of Theology in 2002. He finished his master’s degree with his work titled "The Relation Self-realisation and Piety" In 2009, he completed his doctorate with his thesis titled "The Role of Piety and Emphaty in Prosocial Behaviour". He became an associate professor in 2012. He still works as a faculty member at Department of Psychology of Religion at Marmara University Faculty of Theology. Assoc. Prof. Ayten focuses on the relation between religion and health. He is married and has two children.

Prof. Ayşen Gürcan

Prof. Ayşen Gürcan

Member of the Scientific Committee

Background

Prof. Ayşen Gürcan

Member of the Scientific Committee

She was graduated from Anadolu University Faculty of Communication Sciences in 1986. She earned her master’s degree at the Department of Educational Communication and Planning between 1987-1989. She received her doctorate at the Department of Educational Technology. She worked as a research assistant, lecturer and teaching fellow in the Faculty of Education at Anadolu University between 1990-2005. She served as the general manager for Family and Social Research at the Prime Ministry of Turkey between 2006-2011. She served as the Undersecretary to the Ministry of Family and Social Policies between 2011-2013. She worked as teaching fellow in the Faculty of Arts and Sciences, department of Educational Sciences at Istanbul Commerce University. She was assigned to senior duties such as the Ministry of Family and Social Policies. She has national and international publications in the fields of educational sciences, learning-teaching, educational communication, techno-psychology and family education.
 

Prof. Erkan Ceylan

Prof. Erkan Ceylan

Member of the Scientific Committee

Background

Prof. Erkan Ceylan

Member of the Scientific Committee

Erkan Ceylan graduated from Çukurova University Faculty of Medicine, after which he completed his doctorate studies in the Department of Pulmonary Diseases of Yüzüncü Yıl University. He gained his associate professorship at Harran University in 1998 and was awarded the title of professor at Istanbul Medeniyet University in 2013. 
 
Prof. Ceylan is currently working in the Department of Pulmonary Diseases of Istanbul Medeniyet University. He has published many national and international articles and book chapters, has been recognized with both national and international awards, and has founded many national and international professional and non-governmental organizations. 

Prof. Faruk Aşıcıoğlu

Prof. Faruk Aşıcıoğlu

Member of the Scientific Committee

Background

Prof. Faruk Aşıcıoğlu

Member of the Scientific Committee

Faruk Aşıcıoğlu graduated from Istanbul University- Cerrahpaşa Faculty of Medicine at 1985. He worked at different departments of the Turkish Ministry of Health until 1991. He had specialist degree in Forensic Medicine (1994), Associate Professor (2004), Professor (2014). He also had Ph.D. degree in Medical Biology(2006).

He worked consecutive 22 years at the Council of Forensic Medicine, the Turkish Ministry of Justice, respectively at the Q&D drepartment (1994-2000), Biology Department (2000-2003; as a director) and as a chairman of the 5th Committee (the supreme expertise organ about forensic toxicology, narcotics, alcohol and genetics in Turkey) of the Council between 2003-2014. He works now as a Professor at the Institute of Forensic Medicine, University of Istanbul.

Besides many national and international published articles, he wrote five books in Turkish at the Forensic field. He has active role as a member at many national and international scientific organisation. He is the founder and still president of The Turkish Association of Questioned Document examination, and The Turkish Association of Forensic Biology, Genetics and Gene Law . He is also national expert of Early Warning System of TUBIM which is the Turkish Focal Point of EMCDDA (European Monitoring Center for Drugs and Drug Addiction).

Prof. Hakan Coşkunol

Prof. Hakan Coşkunol

Member of the Scientific Committee

Background

Prof. Hakan Coşkunol

Member of the Scientific Committee

After completing his high school education at the Ankara Science High School and the Faculty of Medicine at the Ege University, completed specialization at Ege University Medical School Department of Psychiatry. He has over than 150 articles published in national and international journals, presented at scientific meetings, and 6 books published. He is the founder of Ege University Child and Adolescent Addiction Substance Center. At 2008, has been the Founding President of the Substance Abuse, Toxicology and Pharmaceutical Sciences Institute. He is continuing his research and graduate studies at Ege University Substance Abuse Center. He works in many science committees at the ministry level in the field of drug addiction. He has lot of cooperation with the international agencies for the prevention and treatment of substance use in Turkey. Development of the professional definition of addiction counseling, creation and dissemination of multidisciplinarity in addiction, and molecular studies in addiction are the main areas of interest. He is married and father of two children.

Prof. Murat Balcı

Prof. Murat Balcı

Member of the Scientific Committee

Background

Prof. Murat Balcı

Member of the Scientific Committee

Murat Balcı graduated from the Faculty of Law of Marmara University in 2002. He completed his master's degree in 2004 and his doctorate studies in 2009 in the field of Public Law at the Institute of Social Sciences of the same university. He worked as a lecturer at Doğuş University Faculty of Law between 2009 and 2013. He was granted the title of associate professor from the interuniversity board in 2014, and since then, has been a faculty member of the Fatih Sultan Mehmet University Faculty of Law. He became a professor in 2019. In 2021, he received his master's degree from the International Banking and Finance Master's Degree Program of Istanbul Commerce University by completing his thesis on "A Comparative Analysis of Istanbul Financial Center with London and Frankfurt as Financial Centers”. His publications in the field of banking law include " Reasoned Banking Law and Related Legislation with the Case-Law", "Commentary on the Capital Markets Law" and "Fundamentals and Theories of Banking". Since 2004, he has been working as a freelance lawyer as the founder and director of the BATU HUKUK Attorney-Consulting Office.

Prof. Mustafa Taşdemir

Prof. Mustafa Taşdemir

Member of the Scientific Committee

Background

Prof. Mustafa Taşdemir

Member of the Scientific Committee

Prof. Mustafa Taşdemir graduated from the Marmara University School of Medicine in 1990. He worked as a general practitioner for three years, and completed his residency training at the Department of Public Health of Marmara University in 1998. He transferred to the private sector, specializing in quality management practices, and in 2001, he began working as an assistant professor at the Department of Health Management of the Faculty of Health Sciences of Marmara University. In 2008, he transferred to the Department of Public Health of the Faculty of Medicine. Between 2004 and 2005, he served as a member of the Steering Committee of the National Healthcare Accreditation System of the Turkish Ministry of Health, and as a senior training and research coordinator in the Turkish Ministry of Health between 2008 and 2009. In 2009, he received his B.A. degree from the Faculty of Business Administration of Anadolu University. Between 2012 and 2014, he was the first Public Health Director of Istanbul, after which he transferred to Bezmiâlem Vakıf University (Foundation University) where he served as the Director of the Institute of Health Sciences and as the Head of the Health Management Department. In 2017, he started to work in the Public Health Department of the Faculty of Medicine of Istanbul Medeniyet University. He is currently working as the Director General for Health Improvement in the Turkish Ministry of Health, a role he was assigned in 2019 while he was the Dean of the Faculty of Medicine.

Prof. Osman Tolga Arıcak

Prof. Osman Tolga Arıcak

Member of the Scientific Committee

Background

Prof. Osman Tolga Arıcak

Member of the Scientific Committee

Prof. Osman Tolga Arıcak graduated from the Department of Psychological Counseling and Guidance of the Faculty of Letters of Istanbul University in 1993, and received his Master's and Doctorate degrees from Marmara University. Arıcak worked in the Psychological Services in Education program of the Faculty of Education of Trakya University as a research assistant between 1994 and 1999, and continued contributing to the program after being granted the title of assistant professor in 1999. From 2006 to 2007 he worked in the Counseling and Educational Psychology Department of Indiana University Bloomington as a visiting fellow, and as a lecturer in the Department of Psychology of Tulane University in New Orleans between 2007 and 2008. He lectured for two semesters in the United States at the undergraduate and graduate levels, and then returned to Trakya University in 2008, where he was granted the title of associate professor of Educational Psychology in 2010. He worked as a researcher in the Youth and Media project of the Berkman Klein Center of Harvard University in the 2013–2014 academic year. He is currently working as a lecturer in the Department of Psychology of Hasan Kalyoncu University. He is a member of the “Turkish Psychological Counseling and Guidance Association” and the “Green Crescent Scientific Committee”.

Prof. Recep Erol Sezer

Prof. Recep Erol Sezer

Member of the Scientific Committee

Prof. Şaziye Senem Başgül

Prof. Şaziye Senem Başgül

Member of the Scientific Committee

Background

Prof. Şaziye Senem Başgül

Member of the Scientific Committee

Prof. Şaziye Senem Başgül graduated from the Faculty of Medicine of Trakya University in 1994. In 2007 she was granted the title of Specialist in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry by the Faculty of Medicine of Kocaeli University. Her career has included periods working in the Bakırköy Training and Research Hospital for Psychiatry, Neurology and Neurosurgery, the Erenköy Training and Research Hospital for Psychiatry and Neurological Diseases, and the Medeniyet University Göztepe Training and Research Hospital, and she has been working as a lecturer in the Department of Psychology of Hasan Kalyoncu University since 2012. She was awarded the titles of associate professor in 2015 and professor in 2020. She established Güneş Children in 2009 and the Güneş Children Academy in 2019, and contributed as an author to the "Impulsivity" and "Sexual Education in the Family" publications. She is the founding president of the Commission for Children with Special Needs of the Turkish Association for Child and Adolescent Psychiatry , and is a consultant doctor in the Down Turkey Association. She is married and has two children.

Prof. Şener Büyüköztürk

Prof. Şener Büyüköztürk

Member of the Scientific Committee

Prof. Toker Ergüder

Prof. Toker Ergüder

Member of the Scientific Committee

Prof. Vedat Işıkhan

Prof. Vedat Işıkhan

Member of the Scientific Committee

Background

Prof. Vedat Işıkhan

Member of the Scientific Committee

Prof. Vedat Işıkhan received his undergraduate degree from the Hacettepe University Social Work Department  in 1990, followed by his Master of Social Work (MSW) degree from the Hacettepe University Graduate School of Social Sciences in 1993 and his Ph.D. degree from the same Institute in 1998. He was granted the title of Associate Professor in 2003, and Professor in 2009.

His fields of expertise are social policy, social work, social assistance, social welfare, social problems, industrial and medical social work, job stress, burnout, productivity, stress management and psychosocial care in cancer. He has published several articles, 11 of which have been presented at SSCI and international congresses. As of 2019, his H-index score is 6, and his publications have been cited a total of 205 times.

In 2010, he started teaching at the Katholieke Hogeschool Limburg – Department of Special Education-Social Care Work in Belgium, under the Erasmus Staff Teaching Mobility Program . In 2011, he worked at Katholische Hochschule für Sozialwesen in Berlin, Germany for a month as a Visiting Professor under the Council of Higher Education (YÖK) scholarship.

He served as the Chair of the Social Services Department for 3 years and as vice dean of the same faculty in the Faculty of Economics and Administrative Sciences of Hacettepe University, and continues to serve as a member of the Ministry of Health's National Cancer Advisory Board. He worked for 8 months as the national coordinator of the Family and Social Support Program (FSSP) that was initiated in 2012 with the support of the Ministry of Family and Social Policies.

His influential publications, researches and practices into stress management at a national and international level have been awarded  by the International Council of Stress Management Professionals (ICSMP) in 2016.

He continues to work as a faculty member in the Faculty of Economics and Administrative Sciences, Department of Social Services of Hacettepe University, and became a member of the Presidency Board of Social Policies with resolution number 2018-196, dated October 8, 2018

Assoc. Prof. Cüneyt Evren

Assoc. Prof. Cüneyt Evren

Member of the Scientific Committee

Background

Assoc. Prof. Cüneyt Evren

Member of the Scientific Committee

He graduated from Istanbul University Istanbul Faculty of Medicine in 1991. He completed his psychiatry specialization in Bakırköy Training and Research Hospital for Psychiatry, Neurology and Neurosurgery in 1996. In the same year, he started working as the head assistant in Alcohol Drug Research, Treatment and Education Centre (AMATEM), and he became Assoc. Prof. in 2006. In 2010, he took over the position of clinic director of AMATEM. He has up to 200 National and International scientific publications and book chapters in the field of alcohol drug addiction. He is still responsible for AMATEM Alcohol department, Editor of Düșünen Adam: Journal of Psychiatry and Neurological Sciences, president of Bakırköy Research and Advanced Education Centre (BARİLEM) and Member of Scientific Meeting Arrangement Board of Turkish Psychiatry Association.

 Assoc. Prof. Esra İşmen Gazioğlu

Assoc. Prof. Esra İşmen Gazioğlu

Member of the Scientific Committee

Background

Assoc. Prof. Esra İşmen Gazioğlu

Member of the Scientific Committee

Assoc. Prof. Esra İşmen Gazioğlu graduated from the Department of Educational Sciences of the Faculty of Letters of Istanbul University in 1990. She received her Master's degree from the Department of Psychological Services in Education of the Institute of Social Sciences of Marmara University in 1993, and her Doctorate from the Department of Educational Sciences of the Institute of Social Sciences of Istanbul University in 1999. She continued her studies in the Ackerman Family Therapy Institute in New York in the United States, from 1999 to 2000. She was granted the title of assistant professor in 2001 by the Psychological Counseling and Guidance Division of the Department of Educational Sciences of the Hasan Ali Yücel Faculty of Education of Istanbul University, and was awarded the title of associate professor in 2010. Her fields of interest in her studies have been child abuse and neglect, theoretical orientation and addiction prevention. 

 Assoc. Prof. H. Volkan Kara

Assoc. Prof. H. Volkan Kara

Member of the Scientific Committee

 Assoc. Prof. Merih Altıntaş

Assoc. Prof. Merih Altıntaş

Member of the Scientific Committee

Background

Assoc. Prof. Merih Altıntaş

Member of the Scientific Committee

Merih Altıntaş graduated from Samsun Anatolian High School, after which, she graduated from the 19 Mayıs University Faculty of Medicine. She completed her psychiatry residency training in the Erenköy Mental and Neurological Disorders Training and Research Hospital, penning a dissertation entitled “Childhood Trauma, Dissociation and Coping Attitudes in Perpetrators”.

She completed her compulsory specialty service in Viranşehir State Hospital, and was appointed as chief resident at the Erenköy Mental and Neurological Disorders Training and Research Hospital in 2013. She has worked in the provision of psychosis services and in the AMATEM (TCASA) clinic, and as a consultant and the person in charge in the ISTKA (Istanbul Development Agency) BADEM project (Addiction Counseling and Education Center for Outpatient Treatment), working on the first implementation of an outpatient treatment and rehabilitation model and in the establishment of the center. She was also in charge of the establishment and implementation of DAN-TE (Addiction Counseling and Treatment Center) – a pilot approach to outpatient treatment in our country.

She served as the secretary of EBAM (Erenköy Scientific Research Center). She was recognized with a research award by the Psychiatric Association of Turkey in 2013. She qualified as an associate professor of psychiatry in 2018. She attended the World Health Organization Gambling Workshop in 2019. She is currently coordinating the Green Crescent Struggle against Addiction (TBM) Gambling Module Project. She provides consultancy in different projects on addiction. She is a member of Addicta Journal Editorial Board. In 2020, she participated in the establishment of the Kartal Dr. Lütfi Kırdar City Hospital Psychiatry Clinic. Her main interest areas are alcohol and substance use disorders, behavioral addictions, family and couple therapies, EMDR and social psychiatry. She is the Istanbul Branch President of the Psychiatric Association of Turkey, and is a member of the Family and Couple Therapy Association, the Addiction Psychiatry Association, and the European Society of Traumatology and EMDR Association.

She is currently working as a lecturer, and is responsible for AMATEM (TCASA) in the Erenköy Mental and Neurological Disorders Training and Research Hospital.

 Assoc. Prof. Muhammet Tayyib Kadak

Assoc. Prof. Muhammet Tayyib Kadak

Member of the Scientific Committee

Background

Assoc. Prof. Muhammet Tayyib Kadak

Member of the Scientific Committee

He graduated from Marmara University Faculty of Medicine in 2005. Between the years 2006-2011, he served as a researcher at the Istanbul University, Department of Child and Adolescent Mental Health and Diseases. He carried out his compulsory service at Van Yüzüncü Yıl University Faculty of Medicine, Department of Child and Adolescent Mental Health and Diseases between 2011-2013.

As of 2013, he conducts his studies as a specialist in the Department of Child and Adolescent Mental Health and Diseases at Istanbul University.

 Assoc. Prof. Murat Şentürk

Assoc. Prof. Murat Şentürk

Member of the Scientific Committee

Background

Assoc. Prof. Murat Şentürk

Member of the Scientific Committee

He received an MA from Istanbul University, Department of Sociology. His MA thesis was entitled “Life Strategies of the Indigent: The Districts of Küçük Mustafa Paşa and Balat (Istanbul) as Cases in Point.” Then, at the same department, he completed his doctoral dissertation that entitled “Urban Intervention in The City of Istanbul (1980-2010).” His research interests include urban interventions, urban and politics, gentrification, housing, poverty, sociology of space, family, media, technology addiction and sociology of aging. He is the co-editor of Addicta: The Turkish Journal on Addictions and Turkish Journal of Business Ethics.

 Assoc. Prof. Ömer Miraç Yaman

Assoc. Prof. Ömer Miraç Yaman

Member of the Scientific Committee

Background

Assoc. Prof. Ömer Miraç Yaman

Member of the Scientific Committee

Ömer Miraç Yaman graduated from Istanbul University, Faculty of Letters, Department of Sociology in 2003. He completed his postgraduate studies in Sociology at the Selçuk University, Faculty of Letters in 2007. He began his doctoral studies in Sociology at the Sakarya University Faculty of Arts and Sciences in 2008 receiving the title of Associate Professor in 2012. He is currently working as a faculty member in the Department of Social Work at Istanbul University.

Assoc. Prof. Perihan Torun

Assoc. Prof. Perihan Torun

Member of the Scientific Committee

Background

Assoc. Prof. Perihan Torun

Member of the Scientific Committee

 Dr. Perihan Torun, MSc Epidemiology, FHEA
Perihan Torun worked as a GP before trained in Public Health Medicine and later specialised in Epidemiology in the UK. She worked with the National Health Service (UK) in public health and with the University of Manchester for a European Commission funded project. Later, she developed and taught online teaching classes at the post-graduate level with the universities of Liverpool and Sheffield, and successfully completed the Fellowship Programme of the UK Higher Education Academy (HEA).

On her return to Turkey, she joined Bezmialem Vakif University to lead policy-oriented research on migration and alcohol consumption and later worked as the manager of the Scientific Studies and Advocacy Department of the Turkish Green Crescent Society. She currently leads the Department of Public Health at the University of Health Sciences, Hamidiye Medical School. She is a member of the Board of the Global Alcohol Policy Alliance.

 Assoc. Prof. Rabia Bilici

Assoc. Prof. Rabia Bilici

Member of the Scientific Committee

Background

Assoc. Prof. Rabia Bilici

Member of the Scientific Committee

She graduated from Istanbul University, Istanbul Medical Faculty in 1999. She completed her psychiatric residency at Bakırköy Training and Research Hospital for Psychiatry and Neurological Diseases between 2002-2007. She worked at Erzurum Palandöken Public Hospital for 2 years, and at Elazığ Hospital for Mental Health and Diseases as the head of Alcohol and Drug Addiction Research, Treatment and Education Center (AMATEM) for 4 years. In 2015, she assumed the title of an associate professor of psychiatry. She is currently working as a chief physician in the AMATEM clinic at Erenköy Training and Research Hospital for Psychiatry and Neurological Diseases where she took charge in the establishment of it.

Assoc. Prof. Selda Mercan

Assoc. Prof. Selda Mercan

Member of the Scientific Committee

Background

Assoc. Prof. Selda Mercan

Member of the Scientific Committee

Assoc. Prof. Selda Mercan received her undergraduate degree from the Department of Biology of Istanbul University in 2003, and received her master's degree in 2006 and completed her Ph.D. in 2012 in the Institute of Forensic Sciences and Legal Medicine, Department of Science of Istanbul University. In 2005, she started working as a research assistant in the Institute of Forensic Sciences and Legal Medicine of Istanbul University, and has been working as an assistant professor within the same institution since 2016.

Asst. Prof. Mehmet İnanç Özekmekçi

Asst. Prof. Mehmet İnanç Özekmekçi

Member of the Scientific Committee

 Asst. Prof. Tuba Topçuoğlu

Asst. Prof. Tuba Topçuoğlu

Member of the Scientific Committee

Background

Asst. Prof. Tuba Topçuoğlu

Member of the Scientific Committee

She received her B.A. in Economics at Koç University in 1999. She studied Economics at University College London and obtained her M.Sc. in 2000. She received her second master's degree in Criminological Research in 2006 and then her PhD in Criminology in 2012 and earned the title of doctor at Cambridge University in the UK. When she was a PhD student, she gave theoretical and applied lectures in statistics to graduate students at the same university for two years. Between 2013-2019, she worked as assistant professor at the Department of Criminal Law and Criminal Procedure Law and head of the Criminology Department at the Faculty of Law, Istanbul University and in the meantime she lectured criminology, crime sociology, comparative criminology, research methods in criminology and applied statistics. She participated in many Max Planck projects as a member of Balkan Criminology Network (BCNet) between 2013-2019, she conducted and completed the Turkey pillar of the study on the International Self-Report Survey of Juvenile Delinquency (International Self-Report Delinquency Study, ISRD-3) between the years 2016-2017. She is currently working as a lecturer at the Department of Sociology of Istanbul University since 2020.

Specialist M.D. Arzu Çiftçi

Specialist M.D. Arzu Çiftçi

Member of the Scientific Committee

Background

Specialist M.D. Arzu Çiftçi

Member of the Scientific Committee

Arzu Çiftçi received her undergraduate degree from the Faculty of Medicine of Ankara University in 1996, and completed her residency in Psychiatry at the Bakırköy Mental Health and Neurological Diseases Hospital between 1996 and 2001.
 
She worked as a consultation liaison doctor at 70. Yıl Physical Therapy and Rehabilitation Hospital between 2002-2009, and has been working as the Clinical Coordinator of Bakırköy Mental Health and Neurological Diseases Hospital ÇEMATEM since 2009.

Spec. Doctor Aziz Mehmet Gökbakan

Spec. Doctor Aziz Mehmet Gökbakan

Member of the Scientific Committee