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.

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.

Carol Gomez, LCSW

Carol Gomez is the Clinical Director of the Program for Torture Victims in Los Angeles.
She has been involved in violence against women, immigrant rights, human trafficking and social justice community organizing work for the past two decades in the US and in Malaysia. 
 
In 2002, she founded and directed Matahari: Eye of the Day, a national Boston-based organization committed to building solidarity and creating community solutions for social justice and human rights.

Emily Good

Emily Good is a lawyer and human rights advocate based in Minnesota. Ms. Good is currently the Legal Projects Manager at the Minnesota Legal Services State Support agency. Ms. Good was a Staff Attorney for Research, Education & Advocacy at the Advocates for Human Rights from 2012-2015. While at the Advocates, she worked on the One Voice Minnesota Monitoring Project, assessing how welcoming Minnesota is for immigrants and refugees using a human rights framework. Ms.

Kendra Fleagle Gorlitsky

Kendra Fleagle Gorlitsky is Medical Director of LA's Program for Torture Victims.  She is a Family Medicine physician, fellowship trained in Adolescent Medicine, who  serves primarily  low income, immigrant, and homeless individuals in community clinics.   She learned forensic examination from PTV's founder, Dr.

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.

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