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.

Katherine Porterfield, Ph.D.

Staff Psychologist

Kate Porterfield received her Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from the University of Michigan, where she specialized in child and family treatment. She received the Power Fellowship at the University of Michigan to focus her clinical and research training on the needs of children who have suffered loss, either through death, divorce, or other trauma. Dr. Porterfield was a postdoctoral fellow at the NYU Child Study Center. In her work at Bellevue/NYU Program for Survivors of Torture since 1999, Dr.

Cris Riley

Crystal Riley is Coordinator of Research & Development, Intercultural Psychiatric Program at the Oregon Health & Science University. She received her MA degree from George Mason University in 1982. With a background in clinical psychology, research, and program development, Ms.

R. Richard Sanders, M.S. CCC, M.T.S.

R. Richard Sanders, M.S. CCC, M.T.S. holds the rank of Clinical Expert in Speech-Language Pathology at Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital with interests in the areas of acquired brain injury and counseling. He has a B.A. from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and a Masters in Communication Disorders from Boston University. He completed a Masters in Theological Studies from Harvard Divinity School focusing on counseling individuals and families after difficult life events.

Gary Schoener, M.Eq.

Licensed Psychologist (Minnesota), has been a clinical psychologist for 50 years.  For 37 years he served as Executive Director of the Walk-In Counseling Center which has assisted a large number of torture survivors and produced a training film on assisting survivors. Since 2010 he has served as Director of the Center’s Institute for Consultation & Training. He has done extensive consultation and training during the past five decades including training in many parts of North America, Europe, the Pacific, and Asia.

Daliah Setareh

Daliah Setareh, JD, has been a staff attorney at the Legal Aid Foundation of Los Angeles for 17 years.

While a law student she published a law review article at the UCLA Women’s Law Journal entitled "Women Escaping Genital Mutilation - Seeking Asylum in the United States",  which discusses the practice of female genital mutilation and explains why it should be recognized as a form of torture and viewed as grounds for political asylum in the United States.  

After law school, Ms. Setareh began working on behalf of vulnerable immigrant populations from around the world.  At LAFLA, Ms.

Mmaabo G. Setshwaelo

 Project Coordinator: Street Involved Children Project (UNICEF/MOESD) Hometown: Botswana Quote: “Overcoming poverty is not a task of charity, it is an act of justice. Like Slavery and Apartheid, poverty is not natural. It is man-made and it can be overcome and eradicated by the actions of human beings. Sometimes it falls on a generation to be great. YOU can be that great generation. Let your greatness blossom.” – Nelson Mandela - See more at:

Richard Shapiro

Dr. Shapiro has a private practice in general psychiatry in Menlo Park and San Francisco working with adults and adolescents. He is the founder of Golden Gate TMS with an office in downtown Palo Alto. He is a graduate of Harvard College and Cornell University Medical School and completed his residency training in psychiatry at Cambridge Hospital and Harvard Medical School. He is double board certified in Adult and Forensic Psychiatry by the American Board of Neurology and Psychiatry. Dr. Shapiro has been on the teaching faculty at both Harvard and Stanford medical schools.

Carolina Sheinfeld

Carolina Sheinfeld, MPD, is the Project Coordinator for LAFLA’s Torture Survivors Project. With a team of four attorneys and one social worker her program provides legal assistance and case management to asylum seekers, asylees, refugees, lawful permanent residents and naturalized US citizens and facilitates the integration process of immigrant survivors.

Hawthorne Smith, PhD

Dr. Smith is a licensed psychologist and Clinical Director of the Bellevue/NYU Program for Survivors of Torture. He is also an Assistant Clinical Professor at the NYU School of Medicine in the Department of Psychiatry. Dr. Smith received his doctorate in Counseling Psychology (with distinction) from Teachers College; Columbia University. Among his clinical duties, Dr. Smith has facilitated a support group for French-speaking African survivors of torture for the past 15 years.

Laurel Smith-Raut

Laurel Smith-Raut, LGSW, is a case manager with the Advocates for Survivors of Torture and Severe Trauma (ASTT) in Baltimore, MD.  She attended the University of Maryland School of Social Work where she received her Masters in 2007. A Returned Peace Corps Volunteer from Nepal, Laurel has used her cross-cultural skills as a refugee case manager intern with the International Rescue Committee and a community organizer at the Southeast Community Development Corporation. She has been working with torture survivors at Advocates for Survivors of Torture and Trauma for the past five years.