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Military Psychology: The strength of an army is not in its weapons, its strength is in its people
Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina – May 6th – 10th, 2019
Keynote Speakers


Dr. Mihai FIFOR

Dr. Mihai FIFOR
Minister of National Defence

Tuesday May, 8th: Change Leadership: From Performance to Values

Dr. Mihai-Viorel Fifor is currently Minister of National Defense and Senator of the Romanian Parliament. He holds a PhD in Social Anthropology (MAGNA CUM LAUDE) from the University of Craiova (2003), a MA in Romanian Literature (1995), a BA in Letters and History from the same University (1994), and a MA in Public Institution Management from the National School of Political and Administrative Studies in Bucharest. Since 2003, he has been an Associate Professor at the Faculty of Letters of the University of Craiova. He was involved in research, as Senior Scientist and Director, with the “Regional Center for Conservation and Promotion of Traditional Culture” and with the Romanian Academy’s Social Studies Research Institute in Craiova. His political career, also, includes positions such as State Secretary at the Ministry of Administration and Interior (2009-2012), Minister of Economy (from June to September 2017) and interim Prime Minister (January 2018).



Professor and Director, USC Center for Innovation and Research on Veterans and Military Families

Tuesday May, 8th: Resilience and Risk Behaviors in Post-Deployment Environment

Dr. Carl Castro is currently Professor and Director of the Center for Innovation and Research on Veterans and Military Families in the Suzanne Dworak-Peck School of Social Work at the University of Southern California. Dr. Castro is one of the leading military health theorists in the world today. Dr. Castro received his Ph.D. from the University of Colorado in 1989. He began his military career as an infantryman in 1981, and completed two tours in Iraq, as well as serving on peacekeeping missions to Saudi Arabia, Bosnia and Kosovo. He conducted the first-ever behavioral health assessment of service members while they were still conducting active combat operations, setting a new standard of care for service members during combat. He retired from the Army at the rank of colonel after serving for more than 30 years. He is currently Chair of a NATO research group on Military Veteran Transitions, a Fulbright Scholar and member of several Department of Defense and Veteran Affairs advisory boards. His current research efforts focus on assessing the effects of combat and operations tempo (OPTEMPO) on soldier, family, and unit readiness, and evaluating the process of service members’ transition into the military, as well as from military back to civilian life.


Dr. Daniel DAVID

Dr. Daniel DAVID
Professor and Director, Babes-Bolyai University and Albert Ellis Institute

Thursday May, 10th: Evidence-Based Treatments in Clinical and Operational Applications of Military Psychology

Dr. Daniel DAVID is Director of Research and a Diplomate/Supervisor at the Albert Ellis Institute (AEI). He holds the Aaron T. Beck Professorship at Babeş-Bolyai University, Cluj-Napoca, Romania. Dr. David is the President/Director of the International Institute for the Advanced Studies of Psychotherapy and Applied Mental Health, as well as an adjunct professor at the Mount Sinai School of Medicine, Department of Oncological Sciences, in New York. Dr. David is the founding editor of the Journal of Cognitive Behavioral Psychotherapies, and the founding director of the ”Babes-Bolyai – PsyTech” Psychological Clinic. He is the President of Romanian Psychological Association and vice-rector for research, competitiveness - excellence, and scientific publications at the Babes - Bolyai University.


Dr. Dragoş ILIESCU

Dr. Dragoş ILIESCU
Professor and President, University of Bucharest and International Test Commission

Wednesday May, 9th: Behavioral Assessment in the Military Selection Process

Dr. Dragoş ILIESCU is a Professor of Psychology with the University of Bucharest. He has been active as a scientific consultant for the past 15 years, being involved in and having led important consultancy projects in Romania and other countries, mainly in Eastern Europe. In Romania, he has founded the Psyence Group, a group of scientific researchers active in several applied domains, such as test publishing, consumer psychology, management consultancy, educational testing, and occupational and vocational counselling. His research interests group around two large domains: applied psychology in the occupational and human resources area, and psychological assessment, tests and testing (with an important cross-cultural twist). Dragoş Iliescu is the President of the International Test Commission (ITC), having also served in time in other capacities for the International Test Commission.

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