Dainius Puras
Nationality Lithuania
Committee Committee on the Rights of the Child
Date First Elected 02/21/2007
Date Term Expires 02/28/2011
Position on Committee Committee member
Professional Background Academic, clinical and managerial activities in the following fields: child mental health, early intervention and special education of disabled children and children at risk, transition from institutionalized to community based and family oriented system of services for vulnerable groups. Leadership in developing models of community based services for children at risk in Lithuania. Pioneer and consultant for parents raising mentally disabled children to start the first National organisation of parents with mentally disabled children. Pioneer of developing National Telephone Helpline for Children and Children’s Crisis Intervention Service in Lithuania, organizer of the first National Conference on Awareness Raising and Prevention of Sexual Child Abuse. Working as a consultant with governmental institutions and NGO’s on implementation of modern approaches in services for children and families at risk in the region of Eastern and Central Europe, Caucasus and Central Asia. Scientific leader of EU funded project “Child Mental Health in Enlarged Europe: Development of Effective Policies and Practices”.
Educational BackgroundGraduated from Vilnius University in 1981, diploma of physician (medical doctor). Internship and specialisation in child and adolescent psychiatry (1981-1983). Doctor’s thesis “Mental Retardation in Urban Population of Vilnius”; PhD since 1988. Training courses and study visits in the fields of child mental health, management of health systems, special education.
Current occupation Head and Associate Professor, Centre of Child Psychiatry and Social Pediatrics at Vilnius University. Head of Clinic, Child Development Center, Vilnius University Children’s Hospital. National coordinator of WHO Mental Health Program. Member of Vilnius city council and municipal Health Care Committee. Adviser of Parliamentary Committee of Health Care.
LanguageLithuanian (native), English, Russian
Working LanguageEnglish