Center for Victims of Torture Research Associate
Dr. Esala received her Ph.D. in Sociology at the University of New Hampshire with a concentration in medical sociology. She has researched and written on issues of mental health, youth violence and victimization, alternative medicine, maternal health practices, and food security in the rural U.S. Additionally, she has conducted evaluation work for programs aimed at developing state-level mental health recovery systems, improving immigrant and refugee youth and adult literacy, reducing rural youth substance abuse, and developing capacity among a collaborative of emergency service organizations. Her approach to evaluation research is broad, including a wide range of both qualitative and quantitative methods. As a Monitoring and Evaluation Advisor at CVT, Jennifer works with international torture rehabilitation centers to support them in effectively managing and using client information and to assist them in assessing the efficacy of their mental health interventions. Her writing has appeared in TORTURE: Asian and Global Perspectives, a bimonthly magazine published by the Asian Human Rights Commission.