Staff from the Bellevue/NYU Program for Survivors of Torture

Allen Keller

Allen Keller, MD is Associate Professor of Medicine at New York University School of Medicine and Director of the Bellevue/NYU Program for Survivors of Torture and Director of the NYU School of Medicine Center for Health and Human Rights. He co-chairs the Bellevue Hospital Bioethics Committee and is a visiting lecturer at Princeton University, where he has taught a course on “Health and Human Rights” for more than 10 years..

Since 1995, nearly 3,000 men, women and children from over 80 countries have received comprehensive and multidisciplinary care through the Bellevue/NYU Program. The Program has developed an international reputation for excellence in its clinical, educational and research activities. Dr. Keller is recognized internationally as an expert in the documentation, evaluation and treatment of victims of torture and other human rights abuses.

Dr. Keller is on the Advisory Board of Physicians for Human Rights. Dr. Keller has received several awards for his work, including the Barbara Chester Award from the Hopi Foundation, The Humanism in Medicine Award from NYU School of Medicine, and the NYU distinguished Alumnus Award. He is the 2008 recipient of the Eclipse Award from the Center for Victims of Torture.

Melba Sullivan

Staff Psychologist

Melba Sullivan, Ph.D. is a graduate of Howard University, and earned her Ph.D. from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in clinical/community psychology with a specialization in developmental psychology. She completed her clinical internship and postdoc at Duke University where she started working with children, couples, and families negotiating histories of neglect, abuse and trauma. At Northwestern University, she directed the Family Institute's Community Outreach Program, taught in the Marital and Family Therapy and Counseling Psychology programs, and served as Resource Director for the law school's Cook County (Chicago) Juvenile Court Clinic. She created youth development programs in North Carolina and Illinois, and was a member of the School Age and Cultural Competence Committees for the Illinois Children's Mental Health Partnership. The partnership was charged wih developing a comprehensive state plan that addresses the social and emotional needs of children. She regularly facilitates parent and professional trainings in developing emotion management and cross-cultural relational skills.

Dr. Sullivan comes to the Program for Survivors of Torture after living in Nigeria and completing a Global Mental Health Certificate with the Harvard Program for Refugee Trauma. As a Staff Psychologist, she provides trainee supervision, clinical assessment, group and individual therapy. She is curious about the healing effects of hope.

Nancy Murakami

Director of Social Services

Nancy Murakami, LCSW received her masters in social work from Columbia University, with a concentration in international social welfare and program development and evaluation. She received specialized clinical training in therapeutic methods of addressing the impact of psychological trauma on children, adults and families while at the Anti-Trafficking Program and Counseling Center of Safe Horizon, a New York City advocacy and assistance agency for victims of crime and abuse. Prior to joining PSOT, Nancy was the director of counseling training for the non-profit foundation Burma Border Projects, based on the Thai-Burma border at Dr. Cynthia Maung’s Mae Tao Clinic in Mae Sot, Thailand. She provided clinical and administrative training and supervision, program and resource development, and capacity-building to Mae Tao Clinic as well as other community based organizations providing services to the displaced Burmese communities inside Burma and in Thailand.

Prior to becoming a licensed clinical social worker, Nancy taught secondary school and led health and gender-based initiatives in rural communities in Malawi, Africa. Nancy currently serves on the board of directors for Burma Border Projects, an organization addressing psychosocial consequences of torture and trauma among displaced Burmese.