Joan E. Broderick, PhD Appointed to WHO Expert Working Group on Somatic Distress and Dissociative Disorders

The World Health Organization (WHO) appointed Joan E. Broderick, PhD to the International Advisory Group for the Revision of the International Classification of Diseases (ICD). The WHO plans to issue ICD-11 in 2014. The current version was compiled in 1990.

Dr. Broderick will serve as a member of the Expert Working Group on Somatic Distress and Dissociative Disorders, two blocks in the section on Mental and Behavioral Disorders. These blocks include dissociative or conversion disorders, amnesia, psychosomatic or somatoform disorders, and hypochondria, among others.

The first meeting of the working group, which consists of 17 behavioral health experts from around the world, will be held in June 2011 in Madrid, Spain.

The World Health Organization was established as an agency of the United Nations in 1948 with headquarters in Geneva, Switzerland. The ICD is the international standard for classifying diseases and other health problems. WHO’s 193 member states use it to classify information for scientific research, vital statistics, and medical care. In the United States, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) announced that as of October 2013, ICD-10 codes must be used for all services billed to Medicaid or Medicare.

Dr. Broderick is Associate Professor in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Science at Stony Brook University.