Meet GPN

Co-Chairs:

Sarah Kamens

Sarah Kamens, Ph.D. is an interdisciplinary researcher and clinical psychologist whose work focuses on theories of mental distress, the evolution of diagnostic concepts, and phenomenological approaches to extreme states. She is currently an Assistant Professor at the SUNY College at Old Westbury Psychology. She is the current Editor in Chief of the Journal of Humanistic Psychology. Sarah completed her predoctoral and postdoctoral training in Clinical & Community Psychology at the Yale University School of Medicine. Sarah spent two years as a Postdoctoral Fellow and Visiting Professor at Wesleyan University. She holds an M.A. in Communication from the Division of Art, Philosophy & Critical thought from the European Graduate School (EGS) in Switzerland and received her doctorate in Clinical Psychology from the Fordham University Psychology Department. Her research interests include ongoing/chronic trauma, structural violence, the social context and phenomenology of psychotic experiences, and diagnostic theory in psychiatry and clinical psychology. Before entering graduate school, she volunteered as a psychosocial researcher in Palestine, where she conducted research on psychosocial interventions for Palestinian children and families exposed to military violence.

M.A. Kanda

Dr. MA Kanda was born in the Congo (DRC), where he completed his medical studies in 1989 and underwent a four-year postgraduate training in Neuro-Psychiatry from 1990 to 1994. He has been working in Psychiatry for more than 20 years. While working in South Africa, he obtained a Diploma in Mental Health from the College of Medicine of South Africa, Clinical Logotherapy Associate and Diplomate Certificates from the University of South Africa and the Viktor Frankl Institute of Logotherapy and a Master in Sociocultural Anthropology from the University of South Africa. He is currently working in the community mental health unit of West Rand Health District in Gauteng/ South Africa as a Principal Medical Officer. He is mainly involved in the outreach programme of mental health clinics in West Rand District. He is also a Logotherapy facilitator at the UNISA Centre for Applied Psychology and the Viktor Frankl Institute of South Africa and an e-tutor for the department of Anthropology at UNISA. His professional interests are centred on the interaction between medicine, anthropology and psychology, in other word interaction of health, culture and mind, with a meaning-centred existential approach.

Jancis Long

Jancis Long, Ph.D. is a licensed clinical psychologist in Washington DC.  She is Past President of Psychologists for Social Responsibility, and Past Coordinator of PsySR’s Peacebuilding and Reconciliation Program.  She is currently active in the field of human rights in mental health systems and the GPN Working Group on Migration and Asylum seeking issues. She was Director of Psychology Training at the Center for Mental Health, a low cost MH clinic in inner-city Washington DC in the 1980’s and 90’s where trauma and violence were a frequent part of clients’ psychological suffering. She has designed cross-language trainings and worked individually with people pioneering domestic violence hotlines in Russia, Hungary and Romania. She has herself lived and worked for more than a year in UK, USA, Hungary, Pakistan, and Thailand.

Brad Olson

Brad Olson, Ph.D. is a community psychologist, activist, and consultant. He is an associate professor at National Louis University, and co-chair of the Community Psychology PhD program. His research areas include human rights, nonviolence, and mixed methods research. He is the Past President of Psychologists for Social Responsibility and a founder of the Coalition for an Ethical Psychology. He is the Past President of the American Psychological Association (APA) Society for Community Research & Action (SCRA; community psychology), Past President of the Society for the Study of Peace, Conflict, and Violence (Division 48 of the APA), and former chair of the Divisions for Social Justice (DSJ; a collaborative of 12 divisions within the APA working on social justice issues within psychology). 

Judy Roth

Judy Roth, Ph.D is a clinical psychologist who works at the interface of clinical psychology and community mental health, focusing on the psychological reverberations of political and racial violence, the challenges of living with continuous and post-trauma, the demands of human rights witnessing, and the risks of vicarious traumatization and moral injury. Her psychotherapeutic work involves easing legacies of trauma, so as to strengthen vitality; using pivotal developmental junctures of adulthood as windows for psychological growth; and helping bicultural adults navigate multiple centers of gravity. She is supervising psychologist in the Doctoral Program in Clinical Psychology at City University of New York and Adjunct Medical Associate Professor at The Sophie Davis Program of Biomedical Engineering/CUNY. She received her doctorate at CUNY her postdoctoral fellowship from Cambridge Hospital, and her psychoanalytic training at New York University Postdoctoral Program in Psychotherapy and Psychoanalysis. She maintains a diverse private practice, integrating a mind-body perspective, and was a founding member of MAP/Mental Health Activists in Partnership.

Members:

Nancy Arvold

Nancy Arvold, Ph.D., M.F.T. is a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist with a small private international practice. She specializes in family of origin, addiction, and couples work. She is sensitive in working with LGBT and cultural diversity, including cross-racial couples/families. She worked for public and private mental health organizations for over 12 years, and led classes in anger management and drug diversion for several years. Nancy has been active in addressing issues of treatment disparities and cultural competence in the field of social work. She was a founder and co-facilitator of an organization dedicated to creating awareness and sensitivity to racial and white privilege issues, and was a senior teacher with an organization called The UNtraining: Untraining White Liberal Racism for several years. Working for prison reform has become Nancy’s focus for her anti-racist activism, and she is a spokesperson for prison transformation, particularly for the demands of prisoners in Secure Housing Units (solitary confinement) in California prisons and is committed to abolishing solitary confinement. Nancy is a member of the Psychologists for Social Responsibility Steering Committee.

Naz Chief

Naz Chief, M.Ed. is a doctoral candidate in Community Psychology at National Louis University. She holds an M.Ed. in Teaching, Learning & Assessment from the National Louis University (NLU). Her research areas include human rights, nonviolence, education, diversity, cultures, foreign languages, and ethical values. She has herself lived and worked as a foreign language teacher for more than a year in Turkey, Mongolia, Thailand, Kyrgyzstan, Moldova, Yemen, and USA.

Mary Fabri

Mary Fabri, Psy.D. is a clinical psychologist who 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. Fabri now works as an independent consultant working internationally on mental health issues related to trauma, gender-based violence, and HIV.

Morteza Modares Gharavi

Morteza Modares Gharavi, Ph.D. is an Associate Professor in Clinical Psychology at Mashhad University of Medical Sciences and a third-year candidate in psychoanalysis at the William Alanson White Institute with years of experience in practicing, training, and supervising analytic psychotherapy in different settings and also planning and conducting various forms of mental health programs in psychosocial contexts. A member of the Psychosocial Network (GPN) since 2019, which includes a group of leading mental health professionals from around the world who share their experiences of psychosocial crisis and traumas around the world. An affiliate member of the Indian Psychoanalytic Society since 2018 and a member of The International Association for Relational Psychoanalysis and Psychotherapy (IARPP).

Sarah Gundle

Dr. Sarah Gundle is a clinical psychologist in private practice in New York specializing in trauma.  She holds a doctorate in Clinical Psychology from the Wright Institute and a master’s degree in International Affairs from Columbia University, with a concentration in human rights. In addition to her private practice, Dr. Gundle teaches a course on trauma and international mental health at St. Luke’s-Roosevelt Hospital Center, where she also on the supervisory and adjunct staff. Dr. Gundle is a member of Physicians for Human Rights (PHR) and works in their Asylum network, where she evaluates the mental health of torture and persecution survivors seeking asylum. She is also clinical faculty at the Mt. Sinai Human Rights clinic. In addition, she serves as a consultant on refugee mental health and has consulted to Burma Border Projects on the Thai-Burma border, where she supervised (via skype) the adult director of mental health at a large refugee clinic for many years and regularly conducted trauma-specific trainings on the Burma border as well as inside Burma. She is a member of the 9-11 Trauma Commission therapist network, APA Disaster Relief Network, NY State Psychological Association Disaster/Crisis Response Network, the International Red Cross Disaster Team, the Cornell School of Medicine Women’s Mental Health Consortium, and the NYC Medical Reserve Corps. Dr. Gundle has worked in the past at the UN, the International Center for Peace and Democracy Training (Tel Aviv), and Defense for Children International (Jerusalem) where she focused on issues related to children’s rights, torture, and refugee mental health.

Nadi Paranamana

Nadi Paranamana, M.A., is a Clinical Psychology Doctoral Candidate at the University of Hartford and a Clinical Fellow at the Yale New Haven Hospital. She has extensive experience working with local and international trauma afflicted populations and those who suffer from serious mental illnesses. Nadi is a member of American Psychological Association’s Immigration Work Group where she contributes her knowledge and expertise in multicultural competency, trauma treatment, psychosocial program development, and post-crises reconciliation to advocate for social justice. She is also a research affiliate at the Yale Program for Recovery and Community Health (PRCH) and is an Adjunct Psychology Instructor at the University of Hartford. In view of her academic, professional, and community efforts, Nadi received the prestigious Program Excellence and Service Award from the University of Hartford’s Graduate Institute of Professional Psychology (GIPP) and the Outstanding Student of Psychology Award from the Connecticut Psychological Association (CPA) in 2018. Nadi’s long-term goal is to empower underserved populations by way of advocating for ecologically valid, culturally relevant clinical interventions and dissemination of knowledge. She is especially committed to working with refugee, asylum seeking, immigrant, and ethnic minority populations. In her spare time, Nadi likes to swim, paint, and meditate.

Mary Pelton-Cooper

Dr. Mary Pelton-Cooper is a clinical psychologist in private practice in the far north of Michigan, USA. Her doctorate is from the Minnesota School of Professional Psychology, and her undergraduate degree is a BSN, Bachelors of Science in Nursing.  She has been in private practice for 12 years with a focus on contextual etiologies and on improving the quality of relationships as a primary approach to treatment. Dr. Pelton-Cooper was a Professor of Psychology for 12 years and a Counseling Center Psychologist for seven years at Northern Michigan University where her primary areas of focus were Psychology of Gender, Psychopathology, Human Sexuality, Personality, Ethics, and the training of psychology practicum students.  She was a co-founder of the NMU ALLIES group for faculty and staff, faculty advisor for the Queers and ALLIES student group, and chair of the Committee on Women among other campus services. She served as an editor for Psychology of Women Quarterly, a Sage publication and published in Feminism and Psychology, also a Sage publication.  Her area of focus in Nursing was Maternal and Child Public Health and Labor and Deliver services in hospital.  She has been an active member of Psychologists for Social Responsibility for 10 years, and a member of the Association for Women in Psychology for 20 years.

Niveen Rizkalla

Niveen Rizkalla, Ph.D. is an associate researcher at the Center for Middle Eastern Studies, University of California Berkeley. Prior to her current affiliation, she was a post-doctoral researcher at the School of Social Welfare, University of California Berkeley. She studies the consequences of traumatic experiences on the physical and mental health of both Syrian refugees and the aid workers who assist them. In the past ten years, she has researched and conducted field work with Syrian refugees, Palestinians, Lebanese, torture survivors, and other vulnerable populations in the Middle East Region. Prior to her arrival at Berkeley, she served as the volunteer coordinator at the Haifa Rape Crisis Center and the director of the Haifa Ministry of Health’s Mobile Clinic, where she treated women, men and LGBTQ individuals in prostitution; and trained professionals and volunteers on sexual violence. Her research interests are at the intersection of trauma and its impact on physical and mental health, intimate relationships, and post-traumatic growth. She particularly focuses on The Family Systems Theory as a psychological framework of analyses, since it provides a holistic perspective on the experience, coping, and healing from trauma. Her most recent global project delves into work trauma exposure, secondary traumatic stress, intimacy, post traumatic growth and coping mechanisms among aid workers who assist survivors of war and natural disasters traumatized populations across Europe, the Middle East, African, Asia, Latin America and the USA.  
In addition, Dr. Rizkalla provides consulting, supervision and training to organizations on trauma and how to cope with traumatized populations, Gender Based Violence related issues, especially sexual violence, as well as workshops on bridging between Western and Middle Eastern social and cultural differences when treating diverse populations. Her most recent consulting project is with aid workers in Yemen who document human rights violations. 
She speaks fluent Arabic, English and Hebrew, and has basic proficiency in French and Spanish.

Stephen Sillett

Stephen Sillett is co-executive director and co-founder of Aiding Dramatic Change ~ in Development (ADCID). Stephen helps the organization research, facilitate and design: dialogue, drama and art processes for healing and community development. Through ADCID projects and in partnership with other social actors, he is exploring approaches that engage community members in conversations, consciously orientated to maturing visions of the future. This includes work in Rural South Africa, with youth exploring Peer Influence in Schools, using psycho-social methods, and Socio-Drama. With adult communities, ADCID has implemented Community-led sanitation and health workshops using the Socio-Drama Topography process. As part of configuring complex projects, Stephen is developing applications of his InFusion Trans-disciplinary Framework, which helps ethically configure different fields of strategic action, including psycho-social support. As part of this development he directs InFusion Labs where theatre artists, therapists, scientists and social practitioners explore spatial approaches to sense-making. Recently Stephen worked with McMaster University Department of Social Sciences on a two-year study Mapping the Self in Public Space: People with Intellectual Disabilities Everyday Use of City Space. Stephen has a BSc in Chemistry from the University of Sheffield and PgDip from the London College of the Arts. He is a board member of the International Institute for Community-Based Peace-building, and member of the Participatory Narrative Inquiry Institute.

Charles David Tauber

Charles David Tauber, M.D. is a founder of the Coalition for Work with Psychotrauma and Peace and has been its CEO since 1995. He is based in Vukovar, Croatia. In that role, together with several colleagues, he has developed Pragmatic Empowerment Training (PET), a highly participatory course of approximately 150 hours in working with people, self-care, communication, basic psychology, civil society, non-violent conflict transformation, and human rights designed for people without previous education in these fields which is intended to give them the knowledge, skills, and attitudes to allow them to become barefoot therapists and peacebuilders and thus increase capacity in these fields in areas of critical need. Further, he has given individual and group therapy to a wide variety of the victims of war and asylum seekers and refugees and has given supervision in such areas. He currently does most of this work online in a variety of parts of the world. He is currently developing the content of PET into self-paced online courses to provide an educational resource to practitioners in areas which are logistically and/or financially difficult to reach. Previously, Tauber worked in the joint Amnesty/IPPNW Medical Examination Group and other groups in The Netherlands, assisting asylum seekers and refugees and lay volunteers working with them. Tauber grew up in the USA, where he worked with environmental and peace groups starting in 1966, did his undergraduate education at Reed College in Portland, Oregon, and did his medical training in The Netherlands.

Nina Thomas

Nina K. Thomas, PhD, CGP, ABPP is Clinical Associate Professor at the NYU Postdoctoral Program in Psychotherapy and Psychoanalysis where she also chairs the Advanced Specialization in Trauma and Disaster Studies.  She has worked both nationally and internationally for more than 25 years on the trauma of war, political violence, ethnic conflict and genocide teaching in Bosnia, Palestine and China.  Her primary focus has been on the repair of individuals and societies following political trauma  In the process of pursuing this interest she has studied the truth commissions in South Africa and Argentina and the International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia.  Currently she is immersed in the legacy of racial trauma across generations with particular attention to the prospect of a truth commission within communities in the United States and how to develop reparations for the systemic traumas committed against people of color within the US. Dr. Thomas holds a diplomate in psychoanalysis from the American Board of Professional Psychology and was awarded the 2016 Social Justice Award by the American Group Psychotherapy Foundation.

Angie Vredeveld

Angie Vredeveld, PsyD, is a clinical psychologist and owner of Immigration Psychology Services, Inc. in Cincinnati, Ohio.  She specializes in immigrant and refugee mental health, providing forensic psychological assessment, conducting trainings in working with trauma survivors, and providing psychoeducational services for immigrants and refugees.  She is also the founder of RISE, a US-based 501c3 nonprofit working to end acid violence internationally.  She has traveled as a psychologist to South Africa, Rwanda, Uganda, India, and Nepal and helped establish a mental health program for a NGO serving refugees in Uganda. She obtained her BA from Miami University and PsyD from Indiana State University.

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PsySR consultants:

Yosef Brody, Ph.D.
Judy Eidelson, Ph.D.
Daniela Kantorova, M.A.
Ariel Shidlo, Ph.D.
Bryant Welch, J.D., Ph.D.

External consultants:

Bruce V. Hillowe, J.D., Ph.D. – Attorney and Counselor at Law
Ruth Barrett Rendler, Deputy Director – The Center for Victims of Torture (CVT)
Louise Sundararajan – Task Force on Indigenous Psychology
Nina K. Thomas, Ph.D., ABPP, CGP – Adjunct Clinical Associate Professor, Chair – Specialization in Trauma and Disaster Studies, NYU Postdoctoral Program in Psychotherapy and Psychoanalysis

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Members of the original GPN (formerly TATH) exploratory group:

Nahid Aziz, Psy.D; Trudy Bond, Ph.D; Yosef Brody, Ph.D; Judy Eidelson, Ph.D; Roy Eidelson, Ph.D; Mary Fabri, Psy.D.; Sarah Kamens, M.A.; Jancis Long, Ph.D, and Bradley Olson, Ph.D