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Dr. Laura Murray is Assistant Professor and Clinical Psychologist, Department of International Health, Center for Refugee and Disaster Response, Johns Hopkins University School of Public Health. A clinical psychologist by training, Dr. Murray studies the transportability, adaptation and training of these in low-income countries with a focus on youth and families. Dr. Murray is highly trained in numerous evidence-based treatments, with a particular specialty in researching and treating trauma and grief.
Assistant Professor and Clinical Psychologist, Department of International Health, Center for Refugee and Disaster Response, Johns Hopkins University School of Public Health; Laura has expertise in multiple evidence-based treatment models, and studies the transportability, adaptation and training of these in low-income countries with a focus on youth and families. Her most recent work is with traumatized youth populations in Zambia and Cambodia.
Dr. Melba Sullivan comes to the Program for Survivors of Torture after living in Nigeria, and completing a Global Mental Health Certificate with the Harvard Program for Refugee Trauma. She provides supervision, clinical assessment, group and individual therapy and regularly facilitates trainings in managing workplace stress and working with trauma survivors. Dr. Sullivan is a graduate of Howard University, and earned her PhD from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.
Dr. Northwood has worked at CVT since 1995, where she has served as a clinical psychologist providing psychological evaluation and psychotherapy to survivors of politically motivated torture and their family members, including children and adolescents. Since 2006, she has been responsible for supervising client services staff in program work; providing overall management of the clinic; directing and implementing the development, delivery, and evaluation of services to clients and overseeing the performance and functioning of the client services program.
Josepha Ntakirutimana is a Community Health Promoter at the International Rescue Committee (IRC) in Tucson. A native of Rwanda, Josepha came to the U.S. as a refugee in 2013 and was resettled in Tucson. Josepha was a nurse in Rwanda for 21 years. After the 1994 genocide, she and her husband and four children were displaced within Rwanda. Her husband was falsely accused for participating in the genocide and placed in prison for nine years. Upon his release in 2004, the family fled to Malawi and spent the next nine years living in refugee camps.
Favour Olumofin is the Lead Case Manager for the Survivor of Torture Program at the International Institute of Connecticut (IICONN). She has eight years of experience providing comprehensive, client-focused services designed to educate and empower individuals and families from culturally diverse populations. She received her BA in Social Development Studies and Bachelor of Social Work from the University of Waterloo in Ontario, Canada.
Dr. Paul Orieny, PhD, LMFT, works as an International Services Clinical Advisor at the Center for Victims of Torture (CVT) where he is responsible for supervising field expatriate psychotherapists, and providing clinical oversight to CVT’s international clinical programs operations in Kenya, Ethiopia, and Uganda. He spent over five years working full time as a CVT psychotherapist, where he worked in individual, couples, family, and group psychotherapy formats with clients from a wide range of cultural and national backgrounds.
Ms. Pearson received her Bachelor of Science in Social Work and Sociology from Augsburg College in Minneapolis, Minnesota, and her Master of Social Welfare from the University of California, Berkeley. She has been a member of the New Tactics in Human Rights team from 2003 to the present, serving as the Project Manager from 2006 through 2011, and the New Tactics Training Manager since 2012. Ms. Pearson has provided extensive trainings – face-to-face as well as virtual online courses – using the New Tactics Strategic Effectiveness Method to strengthen and build the strategic and tactical
Lauren Pesso, LMSW, MPA, is the Program Director of the Human Rights Clinic (HRC) at HealthRight International, where she is responsible for overseeing the HRC’s work providing forensic and case management services to immigrants fleeing torture and other severe human rights abuses. Lauren has worked for over a decade to address the health and wellbeing of vulnerable populations in the United States and abroad.