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.

Elzbieta M. Gozdziak

Dr. Elzbieta M. Gozdziak is the Director of Research at the Institute for the Study of International Migration (ISIM) and Editor of International Migration, a peer reviewed, scholarly journal devoted to research and policy analysis of contemporary issues affecting international migration. Formerly, she held a senior position with the Office of Refugee Resettlement (ORR) and the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) in the US Department of Health and Human Services.

Amber Gray

Amber Gray is a licensed mental health professional and psychotherapist, board certified dance movement therapist, authorized Continuum Movement teacher and public health professional with extensive experience in clinical service provision, program development and management (including evaluation) and training.

She has worked clinically with survivors of organized violence, torture, war and combat related trauma, ritual abuse, domestic violence, and community violence for over twenty years.

Michael Grodin

Michael Alan Grodin, M.D., the descendant of four generations of Rabbis and Jewish Educators, is Director of the Medical Ethics and Human Rights Programs at Boston University Schools of Medicine and Public Health, where he is also a Professor of Psychiatry, Family Medicine, Health Law, Bioethics and Human Rights. He is Co-Director of the joint project in Jewish Legal Bioethics of the Institute of Jewish Law at the Boston University School of Law.

Ellen Silver Highfield

Ellen Silver Highfield has over 30 years experience as an acupuncturist. She is the Director of Acupuncture Programs and Assistant Research Professor in the Department of Family Medicine at Boston Medical Center. She is also an Associate in Pediatrics at Harvard Medical School, and Adjunct Professor at the New England School of Acupuncture. She was instrumental in the inception of four free-care clinics at Boston Medical Center and has worked on NIH-funded projects to evaluate the efficacy and safety of acupuncture in various populations. 

Craig Higson-Smith, MA

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

Joan Hodges-Wu

Joan Hodges-Wu, MA, serves as the Program Advisor to the International Institute of Connecticut’s Survivors of Torture program.  With ten years experience providing direct and non-direct services to low-income, limited English, vulnerable immigrant populations, Joan is also responsible for two case management training series as part of Center for Victims of Torture’s National Capacity Building Project.  Joan holds a Masters in Refugee Care from the University of Essex in England and is currently a MSW candidate at The Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C.

Sarah Holliday

Sarah Holliday is the Clinical Therapist and Supervisor of the Center for Well-Being at the International Rescue Committee (IRC) in Tucson.  She obtained her B.A. in Peace, Conflict, and Global Studies from Northland College in Ashland, Wisconsin in 2006 with a Field Emphasis in Counseling and Conflict Resolution.  After volunteering and living in inner city Chicago for a few years, she earned her M.A.

Michael Hollifield

Dr. Michael Hollifield recently joined the staff at Long Beach VA as medical director of the Program for Traumatic Stres. Previously, Dr. Hollifield held positions at the University of New Mexico and the University of Louisville where he was medical director of biobehavioral oncology and the anxiety disorders program. Most recently he was a research scientist at the Behavioral Health Research Center of the Southwest. Dr. Hollifield received his M.D.

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