Experts

HealTorture draws experts from across the country and around the world to speak and write on topics in the field of torture rehabilitation. Click on an expert's name to learn more about them and check out their presentations and/or articles.

Deborah Boehm

Deborah Boehm, RN, CNP, MPH, is Nurse Practitioner at the Hennepin County Medical Center. Primary care provider Boehm has 30 years of experience with culturally diverse populations in both Minnesota and California. Her practical approach to the delivery of health care adapts western allopathic methods to the needs of specific populations, especially by addressing individual needs within the context of family and community. She has published on HIV/AIDS in women and has produced videos on approaches to domestic violence in the Somali community.

Annemarie Brennan

Annmarie Brennan is Associate Legal Advisor in the National Security Law Section of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement. She provides guidance on various aspects of immigration law, including national security issues, removal of foreign fugitives, claims to U.S. citizenship, practice before immigration courts, appeals, and the role of human rights law in immigration law. She collaborates in this work with the Office of the Principal Legal Advisor, which is the largest legal program at DHS.

John Briere

John Briere, Ph.D., is an Associate Professor of Psychiatry and Psychology at the Keck School of Medicine and the Dana and David Dornsife College of Letters, Arts and Sciences, University of Southern California, and Center Director of the USC Adolescent Trauma Training Center of the National Child Traumatic Stress Network. A past president of the International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies (ISTSS), he is recipient of the Award for Outstanding Contributions to the Science of Trauma Psychology from the American Psychological Association, the Robert S.

Thomas Buckley

Dr. Buckley is Associate Clinical Professor of Pharmacy Practice at the University of Connecticut School of Pharmacy, where he coordinates the Public Health & Healthcare Policy course and co-coordinates the Introductory Pharmacy Practice Experience program. He is a clinical consultant and evaluator for the Khmer Health Advocates, a Cambodian-American healthcare organization in West Hartford, CT, where he also is a preceptor for students on clincial healthcare rotations.

Mary Bunn

Mary Bunn is a licensed clinical social worker with expertise in international mental health, trauma and resilience in immigrant and refugee communities and trauma-informed, cross-cultural programming for communities impacted by chronic violence, trauma and stress. Previously Associate Director of Heartland Alliance Marjorie Kovler Center, Ms. Bunn now works as a consultant to national and international organizations addressing the mental health and psychosocial needs of displaced and violence-affected communities.

Paul Chandler, JD, MS.

Paul is a volunteer Data Analyst at the Advocates for Survivors of Torture and Trauma, Baltimore, Maryland.   He has taught statistics for social sciences at the University of Baltimore, where he also worked as research assistant for the Law School and Law Clinic. In addition to the webinar Paul did for us listed below, he was the key expert consulted in creating our Evaluation section.

Maggie Cheng

Maggie Cheng is a staff attorney in the Asylum Unit of the Northwest Immigrant Rights Project (NWIRP). She is also the dedicated attorney of the Northwest Health and Human Rights program, a partnership between NWIRP, Harborview Medical Center, and Lutheran Community Services Northwest to provide medical, mental health, and legal services to survivors of torture in Washington State. Prior to joining NWIRP, she was an Attorney Advisor with the U.S. Department of Justice, Executive Office for Immigration Review.

Besma Coda

Besma Coda is the co-founder and Chief Operation Officer at Chaldean Middle Eastern Social Services in El Cajon, CA. She is a cultural counselor who helps lead one of the first non-profit social services for Chaldeans and Arab communities in the United States. Ms. Coda was born and raised in Basra, Iraq, and educated at the Baghdad University.

Ed Cohen

Dr. Ed Cohen is Associate Professor in the School of Social Work at San Jose State University, and frequent consultant with the National Capacity Building Project of the Center for Victims of Torture on the subject of evaluation. Dr. Cohen received his M.S.W. and Ph.D. in Social Welfare at the University of California at Berkeley. He has taught research methods (UC Berkeley) courses in managed care (UC Davis) and has provided training to mental health agencies in improving agency performance through the use of data and evaluation.

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