Health and Human Rights Info
Reference Group

We proudly present our reference group. These professionals are the best in their field of expertise and have agreed to give direct feedback on material on our website regarding their field. This enables us to remove material that is not relevant or not up to standard. They also give us comments and links that we can add to our site. Their work is much appreciated and we hope this gives you, as a user of our website, a service that is useful in your daily work.

Hamid Afana Abdel
Gaza Community Health Programme
Special areas of interest: Victims of torture
Gaza, Palestine

Inger Agger
Researcher, consultant and clinical psychologist
Copenhagen Development Consulting
Special areas of interest: Gender-related violence, human rights violations,
trauma and healing under war conditions, transcultural psychology
Denmark

Alastair Ager
Program on Forced Migration and Health, Columbia University
Special areas of interest: Psychosocial intervention, children victims of war, refugees
UK

Agrali Sibel
Association Primo Levi
Special areas of interest: Victims of torture
France

Dean Ajdukovic
Professor of psychology
Department of psychology, University of Zagreb
Special areas of interest: Trauma and recovery, refugee repatriation,
reconstruction of communities after war, psychosocial community programs
Croatia

Paris Aristotle
Victorian Foundation for Survivors of Torture Inc
Special areas of interest: Victims of torture
Australia

Jorge Aroche
STARTTS Service for the treatment and rehabilitation of torture and trauma survivors
Special areas of interest: Victims of torture and trauma
Australia

Baeza Paz Rojas
CODEPU Corporación de Promoción y Defensa de los Derechos del Pueblo Corporation for the Promotion and Defense of the People?s Rights
Special areas of interest: Human Rights and victims of torture and trauma
Chile

Ahmad M Baker
Birzeit University
Special areas of interest: Children, refugees
Palestine

Umesh Bawa
University of the Western Cape
Special areas of interest: Victims of torture
South Africa

Elise Bittenbinder
XENION Psychosoziale Hilfen für politisch Verfolgte
Special areas of interest: Refugees
Germany

Lejla Cakovic
Medical doctor, specialization in neuropsychiatry
Centre for Torture Victims
Special areas of interest: Victims of torture
Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina

Rosa Lia Chauca
Red Para la Infancia y la Familia
Special areas of interest: Gender
Peru

Boris Drozdek
Day treatment Centre for Refugees
Special areas of interest: Victims of trauma and torture, refugees
The Netherlands

Atle Dyregrov
Children and war Foundation
Special areas of interest: Grief and trauma in children, organizing disaster aid
Norway

Jon R van Eenwyk
International Trauma Treatment Program
Special areas of interest: Victims of torture
USA

John Ehrenreich
Clinical psychologists and Professor
Department of Psychology, State University of New York, College at Old Westbury
Special areas of interest: Stress in humanitarian workers, social justice and mental health
USA

Rudi Firnhaber
Red Cross Centre for Tortured Refugees
Special areas of interest: Victims of torture
Sweden

Conrad Frey
SRC Centre for Migration and Health/Out-patient Clinic for Victims of Torture and War, Red Cross
Special areas of interest: Victims of torture
Switzerland

Edvard Hauff
Institute of Psychiatry, University of Oslo Norway
Special areas of interest: Traumatic stress, forced migration and and international mental health
Norway

Maria Natvidad Hernandez
Philippines

Ulrik Jřrgensen
OASIS - Treatment and Counseling for Refugees
Special areas of interest: Refugees
Denmark

Dario Lagos
EATIP Equipo Argentino de Trabajo e Investigación Psicosocial / Argentine Team of Psychosocial Work and Research
Special areas of interest: Victims of torture
Argentina

Birgit Lie
Psykososialt team for flyktninger, Sørlandet sykehus
Special areas of interest: Refugees, burden of trauma, uprooting and settlement
Norway

Elizabeth Lira
Clinical Psychologist and Researcher
Center of Ethics, Universidad Alberto Hurtado, Santiago
Special areas of interest: Political transitions (political reconciliation and social peace:
truth, justice, repatriation) and psychology; Repatriations policies and mental health
Chile

Brinton Lykes
Lynch School of Education, Boston College
Special areas of interest: Human rights and transitional justice, gender, Peace and justice
USA

Jean-Claude Metraux
Apartenances
Special areas of interest: Refugees and asylum-seekers
Switzerland

Anica Mikus Kos
Centre for Psychosocial Help for refugees
Special areas of interest: Refugees
Slovenia

Jens Modvig
Deputy Head of Mission, OSCE Mission in Kosovo
Special areas of interests: Torture, mental health, armed conflict and health,
post-conflict rehabilitation, epidimology.

Vikram Patel
London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine
Special areas of interest: International mental health, cultural concepts, epidemiology
and treatment of common mental disorders in general health care settings in India
India and UK

Nimisha Patel
The Medical Foundation for the Care of Victims of Torture, The University of East London
Special areas of interest: Refugees and victims of torture
UK

Michael Peel
Medical Foundation, Islington
Special areas of interest: Gender based violence, victims of torture
UK

Karl Peltzer
Department of Psychology
Special areas of interest: Health promotion, chronic lifestyle diseases, substance use,
communicable diseases such as HIV, injuries, cultural health practices,
South Africa

Jace Pillay
Faculty of Education and Nursing, Rand Africaans University
Special areas of interest: Educational psychology
South Africa

Gilbert Reyes
University of Dakota
Special areas of interest: Crisis Intervention, Disaster Mental Health Interventions, Traumatic Stress and PTSD, Stress, Coping, and Resilience,
Children and Trauma, Attachment Theory, International Humanitarian Interventions
USA

Irene Rizzini
Director, CIESPI International Center for Research and Policy on Childhood
Special areas of interest: Childhood and youth
Brazil

Tsetan Sadutshang
Delek Hospital
Special areas of interest: Victims of torture
India

Mohamed Samura
Special areas of interest: Health related issues
Sierra Leone

Jack Saul
International Trauma Studies Program
Special areas of interest: Victims of war, torture and political violence
USA

Caroline Schlar
Red Cross
Special areas of interest: Victims of torture
Switzerland

Vijay Shah
Indu Health Research Foundation
Special areas of interest: Behavioral and Social Research
India

Sandeep Shah
Brij Psychiatry Hospital
Special areas of interest: Biological psychiatry
India

Derrick Silove
School of Psychiatry, University of New South Wales
Special areas of interest: Forced migration and mental health
Australia

Nymia Simbulan
Philippine Human Rights Information Center
Special areas of interest: Health and human rights
Philippines

Tod Sloan
Psychologists for Social Responsibility
Special areas of interest: Mobilize and equip psychologists for peace building and social justice work and critical psychology
USA

Noemi Sosa
Clinical Psychologist
Equipo Argentino de Trabajo e Investigación Psicosocial
Special areas of interest: Psychology and social processes
Argentina

Nora Sveaass
Clinical psychologist and researcher
Institute of Psychology, University of Oslo
Special areas of interest: Refugee mental health, rehabilitation of torture survivors,
families in exile, transitional processes and psychology
Norway

Brita Sydhoff
International Rehabilitation Council for Torture Victims
Special areas of interest: Victims of torture
Denmark

Hans Peter Søndergaard
Medical director, Centre for trauma and crisis, Danderyds Hospital
National Swedish Institute for Psychosocial Factors and Health
Special areas of interest: Physical changes in relation to PTSD, victims of trauma and torture
Sweden

Guus van der Veer
Psychologist, mental health consultant. is editor-in-chief of Intervention,
the International Journal of Mental Health, Psychosocial Work and Counseling in Areas of Armed Conflict
Special areas of interest: He works as an international trainer of psychosocial workers (For War trauma Foundation and other organizations),
and as a psychotherapist at the Sinai mental health centre in Amsterdam
The Netherlands

Jose Vera
ATYHA Centro de Alternativas en Salud Mental / Centre of Alternatives in Mental Health
Special areas of interest: Victims of human rights violations
Paraguay

Michael Wessells
Randolph-Macon College, Virginia
Special areas of interest: forced migration, child soldiers
USA

Loes van Willigen
Medical doctor, researcher, and consultant in health and human rights
Special areas of interest: refugee health care, public mental health, (separated) children,
asylum and refugee policies
The Netherlands

Shahika Yüksel
1st psychosocial trauma program
University of Istanbul
Special areas of interest: victims of trauma
Turkey

Arne Řrum
Norwegian Council for Mental Health
Special areas of interest: Human rights violations and mental health
Norway

 

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