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.

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.

Ana Deutsch

Ana Deutsch is the co-founder and clinical director of the Los Angeles-based Program for Torture Victims. Founded in 1980 as the first program of its kind, the nonprofit organization provides medical, psychological and case management services to survivors of torture who find their way to California. Program for Torture Victims was founded to help the healing process and to inform the public about torture and its consequences. Through the program, Ana has helped thousands of victims rebuild their lives and contribute to society.

Denise Dreher

Denise Dreher was in the Technology department at the Center for Victims of Torture and worked as a part of the National Capacity Building Project's team to help agencies with their technological and data-collecting needs.

Eh Taw Dwe

Eh Taw Dwe is the Vice Chair of the Board of Directors of the Karen Organization of Minnesota and played an integral role in its development. Eh Taw came to the United States in 2004 as a political refugee. Shortly after arriving in Minnesota, Eh Taw was hired by the St. Paul Ramsey County Department of Health, where he is currently employed. Eh Taw has been a tireless advocate for the Karen people in Minnesota. He has been asked to speak before numerous government, civic, and business associations regarding the Karen people.

Liyam Eloul

Liyam Eloul is a Clinical Advisor for Mental Health at the Center for Victims of Torture. Ms. Elouil is a trauma therapist with a specialization in complex emergencies and urban refugees in the MENA region. She received her postgraduate diploma from the American University in Cairo on Psychosocial Interventions for Refugees and Forced Migrants, and her Master's Degree in International Disaster Psychology from the University of Denver. She has worked with refugees both prior to and following resettlement in the United States.

Jennifer Esala, PhD

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.

Mary Fabri

Dr. Mary Fabri is a clinical psychologist and has worked with torture survivors for more than 25 years.  She was Senior Director of Torture Treatment Services and International Training at Heartland Alliance Marjorie Kovler Center in Chicago for 12 years where community-based integrated care is provided.  She served as President of the National Consortium of Torture Treatment Programs for 5 years and has been on the Board of Directors of Torture Abolition & Survivors Support Coalition (TASSC) since 2005 and is currently serving as the Chair. Dr.

Beth Farmer, LICSW

Beth Farmer, LICSW directs Northwest Health and Human Rights, a torture treatment collaborative located in King County, WA. Beth has been a social worker for over twenty years, with the past eight years spent in the field of refugee mental health. She is a trained clinician and also manages an outpatient mental health clinic for refugees and asylum seekers called International Counseling and Community Services.

Regina Germain

Former Legal Director of the Rocky Mountain Survivors Center, where she managed the legal services and pro bono lawyer referral program; supervised volunteer attorneys and law student interns; conducted outreach to the legal community and general public on issues impacting survivors of torture; and provided comments on proposed legislation, regulations and immigration policies to NGOs, the Department of Homeland Security and other relevant stakeholders.

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