Director of Research, Center for Victims of Torture
As monitoring and evaluation advisory, Mr. Higson-Smith works to strengthen the capacity of Partners in Trauma Healing partner centers to evaluate the effectiveness of their clinical interventions. He brings to the position over 20 years of experience in the torture treatment field including previous work with CVT. In 2005, he began his partnership with CVT as the International Capacity Building African Regional Consultant. More recently, Mr. Higson-Smith has served as the clinical consultant to the Trauma Healing Initiative - Africa project where he has been key in providing close monitoring and tailored technical assistance to the project’s African partner centers during regular site visits and clinical capacity building workshops. He is a founding member of the Sinani Program for Survivors of Violence and the South African Institute for Traumatic Stress. During his career, he has taught at several universities, worked as a senior Research Specialist for the Human Sciences Research Council of South Africa, and authored many articles and books on trauma and torture treatment. Mr. Higson-Smith is a research psychologist with an MA (cum laude) from the University of Natal in South Africa and is currently finishing his PhD exploring contextually appropriate torture counseling models for Sub-Saharan Africa. He works from his home in Johannesburg, South Africa.