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.

Selena S. Besirevic

Selena Besirevic is an attorney practicing in Denver, CO, where she is heavily involved in human rights advocacy. She is on the Board of Directors for Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Services (LIRS) and she is on the Planning Committee for the LIRS Leadership Academy where she also teaches every year. At least once a year she participates in hill visits in Washington, DC to meet with legislators and advocate for human rights and gives her time wherever it's needed to continue the fight for all humans.
 

Andrea Blanch

Andrea Blanch, PhD, is President and Director of the Center for Religious Tolerance (link is external), a non-profit organization devoted to building interfaith tolerance and peace in areas of global conflict.  She graduated with honors from Cornell University and has Master’s and Doctorate degrees in psychology from the University of Vermont.  A former mental health commissioner, Andrea is widely known for her efforts in consumer empowerment, psychiatric rehabilitation, conflict management, and recovery from trauma.

Michael Blyth

Director, Risk Consulting

RSM Corp

Mike Blyth is the Director of Risk Strategies for RSM Consulting, and has held various corporate Vice President appointments for international security and risk management companies, within both operational risk management and business strategies, combining a wealth of international experience and knowledge with a Masters Degree in Security Management.

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.

Eleanor Bramwell

Eleanor is known for creating sacred space, powerful facilitation, and weaving self growth inquiry into all that she does. Her academic education in psychology, trauma, extensive yoga training, and experience as a Board Certified Structural Integrator were ignited by an earnest desire to understand the body/mind continuum. A radical visionary and conscious entrepreneur, she is the CEO of BodyWise Institute. Eleanor founded the BodyWise Foundation, a nonprofit and sister organization, dedicated to serving trauma survivors.

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.

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