Keynote Speakers


Zhao Xudong, M.D.


Saturday Plenary Address

Joyce Ma, Ph.D., a professor of marriage and family therapy in the Department of Social Work at the Chinese University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong, China, has a long-held interest in multiple family therapies.  She recently published an article on multiple family therapy with Chinese families whose children had attention deficit hyperactive disorder.  Her recent work was just published in Family Process

A member of the IFTA Board of Directors since 2011 and now the President-Elect (2019-2021), she is also co-director of the Academy of Family Therapy (Hong Kong).  Dr. Ma is a Clinical Fellow of Asian Academy of Family Therapy and a Clinical Fellow and Approved Supervisor of the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy. 


Zhao Xudong,  M.D.

Thursday Plenary Address

Dr Xudong Zhao is Professor of Psychiatry and Psychology and Director of the Division of Medical Humanities at Tongii University School of Medicine in Shanghai, China.  In addition to his dues at Tongii, he is President of the Mental Health Center of Pudong New Area, affiliated with Tongii University. Dr. Zhao is also the Director of the Department of Psychosomatic Medicine at Shanghai East Hospital, affiliated with Tongii University.

Involved in many professional associations, Dr. Zhao is Vice-Chairman of the Chinese Association of Mental Health and President of its Section for Psychotherapy and Psychological Counseling.  He is also Vice-president of the Psychosomatic Medicine Section of the Chinese Medical Association, Vice-president of the World Council of Psychotherapy, and Executive board member of the Urban Mental Health Section of the World Psychiatry Association.