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.

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.

Christine M. Hyland, CFRE

Director of Development


Chris Hyland has raised millions of dollars for social service programs, faith-based organizations, educational institutions, and arts groups. She has spent her professional career working on behalf of various social justice issues and with diverse communities. She has a personal commitment to working with the poor and marginalized. Chris was the first director of resource development for Catholic Charities in the Archdiocese of Los Angeles and has consulted at Catholic Charities USA.

Marianne Joyce

Marianne Joyce, LCSW, is a licensed clinical social worker and serves as the social services manager, primarily responsible for conducting clinical evaluations, supervising and training graduate student interns, providing psychotherapy for clients, providing consultation for volunteer therapists, writing psychological affidavits and testifying in court to support asylum claims of survivors. Additionally, she provides education about torture treatment in various university and community settings in Chicago.

Abbey Kanzer, PsyD, LP

Abbey Weiss Kanzer, PsyD, LP is a psychotherapist and trainer at The Center for Victims of Torture. Dr. Kanzer obtained her Doctorate of Psychology in Clinical Psychology from the Minnesota School of Professional Psychology at Argosy University/Twin Cities. She is licensed by the Minnesota Board of Psychology as a Licensed Psychologist. At the Center for Victims of Torture (CVT), Dr. Kanzer has a position as a psychotherapist providing psychological evaluation and treatment services for clients. This includes clients from more than 10 different countries.

Tim Kelly

Tim Kelly serves as the Program Manager for the Survivors of Torture Program in the Division of Refugee Health, at the Office of Refugee Resettlement.  Tim began working with refugees and immigrants in 1992 at NH Catholic Charities where he managed the Immigration and Refugee Services program. In 2000, he completed an MSW at the University of New Hampshire with a focus on refugee mental health.

David Kinzie

Dr. David Kinzie is Professor of Psychiatry, clinician, and researcher at the Oregon Health & Science University, where he founded the Intercultural Psychiatric Program (IPP) in 1977. He currently treats survivors of torture from Bosnia, Somalia, Ethiopia, Vietnam, and Cambodia in the Torture Treatment Center of Oregon, a part of the IPP. Dr. Kinzie is a distinguished fellow in the American College of Psychiatrists and has published widely on the effects of trauma and torture on refugees and immigrants, effective treatment and outcomes.

James Lavelle

James Lavelle, LICSW, is the Co-Founder of the Harvard Program in Refugee Trauma (HPRT). As the Director of the Indochinese Refugee Mental Health Program from 1978-1981, his work established a strong foundation in New England for the future success of HPRT. He started HPRT in 1981 with Richard Mollica M.D., and has spent the past 39 years working as a clinician, educator, researcher, and community organizer pioneering the field of Refugee and Global Mental Health.

Mckenna Mary Longacre

Mckenna Mary Longacreis a clinical and research assistant at the Boston Medical Center Complementary and Alternative Medicine Clinic for Refugees, as well as a pre-medical student at Boston University.  She holds B.A. and M.A. degrees in classical music. 

Laura S. Lorenz

Laura S. Lorenz is a Visiting Scholar at the Institute for Behavioral Health of the Schneider Institutes for Health Policy. Prior assignments have include serving as a member of teams studying a) payment incentives on patient adherence to medical treatment, b) health of combat veterans, c) harm reduction for problematic drug use, and d) lived experience with transitions to community living for individuals with chronic brain injury.