COVID-19 pandemic AND youth with pre-existing mental health conditions

In 2020, the Child and Adolescent Psychopharmacology Network of the European College of Neuropsychopharmacology (ECNP) initiated a project to survey mental health aspects of children and adolescents with pre-existing mental health conditions over the COVID -19 pandemic across different European and associated countries. As part of that initiative, a study was organized that tested 421 children and adolescents aged 5 – 18 years with various psychiatric disorders over the early phase of the COVID -19 pandemic in 2020 across Georgia, Lithuania, Romania, Serbia, and Turkey. Dejan Stevanovic (Serbia), Burge Kabukcu Basay and Omer Basay (Turkey), Darius Leskauskas (Lithuania), Laura Nussbaum (Romania), and Medea Zirakashvili (Georgia) led the study in these countries.

Pandemic‑related emergency psychiatric presentations: PREP-Kids

In 2020, a team led by Dennis Ougrin (Kings College London, UK) organized a project to assess the impact of the COVID-19 outbreak on children and adolescents’ hospital presentations with self-harm and other mental health emergencies across 23 hospital emergency departments in 10 countries (England, Scotland, Ireland, Austria, Italy, Hungary, Serbia, Turkey, Oman, and the United Arab Emirates). Dejan Stevanovic (Serbia) led the study in Serbia. Details

Autism Spectrum Disorder International Consortium (ASDIC)

In 2018, a kick-off meeting was organized as supported by the Ospedale Pediatrico Bambino Gesu in Rome (Italy) to launch the Consortium ASDIC. The meeting attended Floriana Costanzo (Italy), Valentina Biasone (Italy), Giovanni Valeri (Italy), Stefano Vicari (Italy), Anita Marini (Italy), Francisca Bravo (Chile), Maia Gabunia (Georgia), Noordeen Shoqirat (Jordan), Alejandra Auza (Mexico), Maretha de Jonge (The Netherlands), and Dejan Stevanovic (Serbia). The ASDIC aims to provide more comprehensive knowledge on ASD and help develop sustainable diagnostic protocols and treatment procedures to be administered globally. Dejan Stevanovic, on behalf of the ASDIC, organized the “Validation study of the Modified Checklist for Autism in Toddlers (M-CHAT) and Childhood Autism Rating Scale (CARS) across world regions”. Details

Mental and Somatic Health without borders: MeSHE

In 2018 started the MeSHe an international project assessing mental and physical health such as aggressive, antisocial, and self-harm behaviors, substance use, personality, and physical activity in young people. In addition, the COVID pandemic effects are also evaluated. The principal international leader, Professor Nóra Kerekes (University West, Sweden), has initiated the project. Dejan Stevanovic (Serbia) leads the Serbian team. The first study surveyed 5200 adolescents from Sweden, the USA, Serbia, Morocco, and Vietnam. Details

ESSENCE-Q: Slavic language versions

In 2018’s project, the Early Symptomatic Syndromes Eliciting Neurodevelopmental Clinical Examinations – Questionnaire (ESSENCE-Q) a brief screener for identifying children with neurodevelopmental problems, was developed into the ESSENCE-Q for South Slavic languages, namely, Bosnian, Bulgarian, Croatian, Macedonian, Montenegrin, Serbian, and Slovenian. The project leaders were Dejan Stevanovic (Serbia) & Rajna Knez (Sweden/Croatia), with additional 10 investigators and 451 children from 7 Balkan countries evaluated. Details

Quality of Life Assessment in Children and Adolescents from Iran and Serbia

In 2013, two cross-cultural studies assessed whether Iranian and Serbian children and their parents perceived the meaning of the items in the KINDL and KIDSCRREN quality of life questionnaire consistently. Dejan Stevanovic (Serbia) and Peyman Jafari (Iran) run the studies. Details