Diane Purper-Ouakil is professor of child and adolescent psychiatry at the university hospital of Montpellier, France. Since 2011, she is head of the child and adolescent unit of the Saint Eloi Hospital. This unit has facilities for both inpatient and outpatient care for young patients and has specialized services for children and adolescents with ADHD and eating disorders.
Between 2016 and 2019, she was medical director of a trust of CAMHS and AMHS services within the CHU of Montpellier. She is also vice-president of the faculty college of psychiatry involved in the ongoing reform of the training curriculum of medical studies and is member of the professional college of psychiatrists.
Diane Purper-Ouakil aims to develop the evidence-base of psychological, neurophysiological and pharmacological treatments, especially for children and adolescents with challenging and enduring behavioural and emotional symptoms. She is involved in collaborative treatment studies, some involving parent programs, an important feature of comprehensive treatment plans for young people with complex needs.