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    Peter T. Coleman, Ph.D.

    Director, Morton Deutsch International Center for Cooperation and Conflict Resolution (MD-ICCCR)

    Dr. Peter T. Coleman holds a Ph.D. in Social-Organizational Psychology from Columbia University. He is Professor of Psychology and Education at Columbia University where he holds a joint-appointment at Teachers College and The Earth Institute and teaches courses in Conflict Resolution, Social Psychology, and Social Science Research. Dr. Coleman is Director of the Morton Deutsch International Center for Cooperation an [ ... ]

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    Alastair K. Ager, Ph.D.

    Professor of Clinical Population and Family Health

    Alastair Ager, PhD, has worked in the field of international health and development for nearly 25 years, after originally training in psychology at the Universities of Keele, Wales and Birmingham in the UK. He was head of the Department of Psychology at the University of Malawi from 1989 until 1992 and Foundation Director of the Institute of International Health and Development at Queen Margaret University, Edinburg [ ... ]

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    Daniel R. Ames, Ph.D.

    Ting Tsung and Wei Fong Chao Professor of Business, Management

    Professor Ames's research focuses on social judgment and behavior. He examines how people form impressions of individuals and groups as well as the consequences of these impressions on prosocial behaviors (e.g., trust, cooperation, helping), competitive interaction (e.g., conflict, exploitation, aggression), and justice judgments (e.g., praise, blame, punishment). A central aspect of this work is how people "read min [ ... ]

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    Robert M. Anderson, Ed.D.

    Adjunct Professor

    Robert Anderson, EdD, is a training professional with 20 years of experience in the field of communication and human resource development. In 1989, he established McDonald Anderson, a management training and consulting firm based in New York City. He has conducted leadership and communication workshops for many Fortune 500 companies, universities, and international non-profit organizations. His work regularly takes [ ... ]

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    Jenny Besch,


    Jenny Besch, Director of the Westchester Mediation Center of CLUSTER, Inc. since 1998, is a certified mediator and State Certified Trainer with advanced training in community mediation, parentchild mediation, custody-visitation mediation, divorce mediation, child permanency mediation, lemon law arbitration, employment discrimination mediation, victim offender mediation and restorative justice group conferencing. She holds [ ... ]

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    George Bonanno, Ph.D.

    Professor of Psychology and Education

    George A. Bonanno, Ph.D. is a Professor of Clinical Psychology and Chair of the Department of Counseling and Clinical Psychology, Teachers College, Columbia University. He received his Ph.D. from Yale University in 1991. His research and scholarly interests have centered on the question of how human beings cope with loss, trauma and other forms of extreme adversity, with an emphasis on resilience and the salutary role of [ ... ]

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    Robert N. Bontempo, Ph.D.

    Adjuct Professor, Faculty of Executive Education

    Professor Bontempo studies international comparative management, including international negotiations and cultural differences in decision making. His current research involves cultural factors in international negotiations and international differences in risk perception. The winner of the 1994 Singhvi Prize for Scholarship in the Classroom, Bontempo teaches the core course Leadership and the elective Managerial Negotiat [ ... ]

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    Marla Brassard, Ph.D.

    Professor of Psychology and Education

    For the past 20 plus years Professor Brassard has been studying psychological maltreatment - its assessment, the emotional injuries and behavioral problems that result, and the contextual factors that moderate the effect of maltreatment, particularly the role of schools, teachers and peer relationships. She also studies psychological aggression in the teacher-student and peer relationships and its impact on children's fun [ ... ]

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    John M. Broughton, Ph.D.

    Associate Professor of Psychology and Education

    John Broughton is an Associate Professor of Psychology and Education within the Department of Arts and Humanities at Teachers College.  He was the co-founder of the Film and Education Research Center with Kelvin Shawn Sealey.  Professor Broughton's scholary interests include: Cultural Studies, trauma, violence, illness/disability, masculinity, military technologies, youth subcultures, and cinema as educator.&nb [ ... ]

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    Ljubica Chatman, Ph.D.

    Senior Research Associate

    Dr. Ljubica Chatman is a Senior Research Associate at the Morton Deutsch International Center for Cooperation and Conflict Resolution at Teachers College. Chatman, a social and cognitive psychologist, studies the creation of shared memories, agency and shared reality; most recently looking at how these affect conflict. She is currently working on a project exploring how to create constructive conversations about controver [ ... ]

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    Claudia E. Cohen, Ph.D.

    Senior Lecturer in the Social-Organizational Program

    Claudia E. Cohen is a Senior Lecturer in the Social-Organizational Program at Teachers College and was Associate Director of the MD-ICCCR from 2008 to 2015. As a scholar-practitioner of conflict studies, her career has combined research, practice and teaching in a range of settings. Her most recent publications include a chapter in the upcoming 3rd edition of the Handbook of Conflict Resolution (Deutsch, Coleman & Ma [ ... ]

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    Morton Deutsch, Ph.D.

    Founder, Morton Deutsch International Center for Cooperation and Conflict Resolution (MD-ICCCR)

    Professor Deutsch, an eminent social psychologist, has been widely honored for his scientific contributions involving research on cooperation and competition, social justice, group dynamics, and conflict resolution. He has published extensively and is well known for his pioneering studies in intergroup relations, social conformity, and the social psychology of justice. His books include: Interracial Housing Theories [ ... ]

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    Beth Fisher-Yoshida, Ph.D., CCS

    Director, Negotiation and Conflict Resolution Program

    Beth Fisher-Yoshida is a faculty member and the academic director of the Negotiation and Conflict Resolution program. She is also a lecturer in the Social and Organizational Psychology Program at Teachers College, Columbia University. Dr. Fisher-Yoshida teaches classes in conflict resolution and related fields and conducts participatory action research. She is the founder of FYI Fisher Yoshida International, LLC, a firm t [ ... ]

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    Erwin Flaxman, Ph.D.


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    Mindy Thompson Fullilove, M.D.

    Professor of Clinical Psychiatry, College of Physicians and Surgeons

    Mindy Thompson Fullilove, MD, is a research psychiatrist at New York State Psychiatric Institute and a professor of clinical psychiatry and public health at Columbia University. She was educated at Bryn Mawr College (AB, 1971) and Columbia University (MS, 1971; MD 1978). She is a board certified psychiatrist, having received her training at New York Hospital-Westchester Division (1978-1981) and Montefiore Hospital (1981- [ ... ]

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    Sandro Galea, MD, MPH, DrPH

    Chair, Department of Epidemiology

    Sandro Galea, MD, MPH, DrPH, is a physician and an epidemiologist. Dr. Galea is interested in the social production of health of urban populations. His work explores innovative cells-to-society approaches to population health questions. His primary focus is on the causes of brain disorders, particularly common mood-anxiety disorders and substance abuse. He has long had a particular interest in the consequences of mass tra [ ... ]

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    Jennifer S. Goldman, Ph.D.

    Adjunct Assistant Professor of Psychology and Education

    Dr. Jennifer S. Goldman is an organizational psychologist and Founder of Alignment Strategies Group. Building on nearly 15 years’ experience serving clients in a variety of sectors, including Fortune 500 companies, global NGOs and top-tier academic institutions, Alignment Strategies Group is recognized for enabling individuals and organizations to successfully negotiate, and manage complex conflict and change. Dr. [ ... ]

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    Donna Hicks, Ph.D.


    Dr. Donna Hicks is an Associate at the Weatherhead Center for International Affairs, Harvard University where she chairs the Herbert C. Kelman Seminar on International Conflict. Her work is devoted to advancing the understanding of international and interethnic conflicts, and developing interactive processes that can be effective in managing or resolving such conflicts. Donna has 20 years of experience as a facilitator du [ ... ]

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    E. Tory Higgins, Ph.D.

    Stanley Schachter Professor of Psychology

    Professor Higgins, the Stanley Schachter Professor of Psychology, works at the intersection of motivation and cognition. He is an expert on motivational models of performance, judgment and decision making. His most recent research addresses the general question, "Where does value come from?", and the more specific question, "What makes a decision good?" He teaches an Executive MBA course on negotiation [ ... ]

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    Nick Redding, M.S.

    Program Coordinator (AC4)

    Nick Redding is Program Coordinator of the Dynamical Systems and Conflict research projects with the Advanced Consortium on Cooperation, Conflict and Complexity (AC4) at the Earth Institute, Columbia University. He is also in the final phases of completing his doctorate in Social-Organizational Psychology at Teachers College, Columbia University. Currently, he is researching leadership complexity in complex confli [ ... ]

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    Bruce G. Link, Ph.D.

    Professor of Epidemiology

    Dr. Bruce Link is a research scientist at New York State Psychiatric Institute, in addition to his responsibilities at the Mailman School. Dr. Link's interests are centered on topics in psychiatric and social epidemiology. He has written on the connection between socioeconomic status and health, homelessness, violence, stigma, and discrimination. Currently he is conducting research aimed at understanding health disparitie [ ... ]

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    Ellen P. Lukens, Ph.D.

    Sylvia D. & Mose J. Firestone Centennial Professor of Professional Practice

    Dr. Ellen Lukens has extensive experience in the development, application and evaluation of educational and psychoeducational interventions designed to improve quality of life and outcomes for adolescents, adults, and families faced with trauma, mental illness, or other significant life challenges. She is involved in adapting these techniques both in the context of applied clinical and community practice and as a te [ ... ]

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    Eric Marcus, Ph.D.

    Adjunct Associate Professor of Psychology and Education

    Dr. Eric Marcus is the founder and principal of The Marcus Group, a New York City based consulting firm specializing in building the capacity of individuals, groups and organizations, for a wide variety of public and private sector client systems. Primary areas of practice over the last twenty years include: working with individuals and groups on issues of change, leadership development, diversity, feedback, intra and i [ ... ]

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    Michael W. Morris, Ph.D.

    Chavkin-Chang Professor of Leadership

    Michael Morris is the Chavkin-Chang Professor of Leadership in the Management Division of Columbia Business School, and a Professor in the Psychology Department of Columbia University. He teaches MBA and executive-level classes on negotiation, decision making and group dynamics. He designed and runs Columbia’s Program on Social Intelligence, which translates emerging research insights into new forms of leadership [ ... ]

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    Naira Musallam, Ph.D.

    Adjunct Faculty of Psychology and Education

    Dr. Naira Musallam heads Research and Development for North and Latin America at YSC, Ltd , a business psychology firm, where she supports the expanding Americas business in the areas of innovation, research and analysis with clients in various sectors including finance, energy, insurance, pharmaceutical, luxury goods, media and technology, and other services. Naira has worked in the research and development space fo [ ... ]

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    Yuval Neria, Ph.D.

    Director, Trauma and PTSD Program, New York State Psychiatric Institute

    Dr. Yuval Neria is a Professor of Clinical Psychology at Columbia University, Departments of Psychiatry and Epidemiology, and Director of Trauma and PTSD at the New York State Psychiatric Institute. He received his BA degrees in Philosophy and Political Science and his MA degree in Clinical Psychology from Hebrew University in Jerusalem, and his PhD in Psychology from Haifa University, Israel (1994). He was on faculty of [ ... ]

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    Jack Saul, Ph.D.

    Director, International Trauma Studies Program

    Jack Saul, PhD, is a psychologist and family therapist, who has worked since the early 1980's in clinical and community settings creating programs that address the psychosocial needs of children and families suffering from domestic, urban, and political violence. Dr. Saul co-founded the Bellevue/NYU Program for Survivors of Torture in 1995 and was its clinical director until 1998 when he founded NYU School of Medici [ ... ]

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    Barry Sommer, M.Ed.

    Lecturer in Continuing Education

    Barry Sommer is a licensed educational psychologist, certified school psychologist, and a licensed marriage and family therapist in private practice with the Helix Group in Visalia, California. Teaching, training, consultation and facilitation for schools, businesses, and health organizations is a special interest. His primary goal is to support personal, family, community, and organizational development and health. [ ... ]

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    Mary E. Sormanti, Ph.D.

    Professor of Professional Practice

    Dr. Sormanti's work experience includes extensive clinical practice with children and families at the Dana Farber Cancer Institute and Children's Hospital in Boston, MA, where she specialized in bone marrow transplantation and bereavement. From September 2002 through August 2003 Dr. Sormanti served as the Clinical Program Director for a newly developed Project Liberty funded program that addressed the mental health [ ... ]

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    Derald W. Sue, Ph.D.

    Professor of Psychology and Education

    Derald Wing Sue is Professor of Psychology and Education in the Department of Counseling and Clinical Psychology at Teachers College and the School of Social Work, Columbia University. He received his Ph.D. from the University of Oregon, and has served as a training faculty member with the Institute for Management Studies and the Columbia University Executive Training Programs. He was the Co-Founder and first President of [ ... ]

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    Elke U. Weber, Ph.D.

    Jerome A. Chazen Professor of International Business

    Professor Weber works at the intersection of psychology and economics. She is an expert on behavioral models of judgment and decision making under risk and uncertainty. Recently she has been investigating psychologically appropriate ways to measure and model individual and cultural differences in risk taking, specifically in risky financial situations and environmental decision making and policy. Weber is past pre [ ... ]

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    Jim Westaby, Ph.D.

    Associate Professor of Psychology and Education

    Dr. Westaby is an Associate Professor in the Program in Social-Organizational Psychology, Teachers College, Columbia University. He received his BA in Psychology from the University of Wisconsin–Madison and his PhD in Social and Organizational Psychology from the University of Illinois at Urbana–Champaign. Professor Westaby was also a Postdoctoral Scholar at Penn State University's Center for Applied Behaviora [ ... ]

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    Helen Verdeli, Ph.D.

    Associate Professor of Clinical Psychology

    My research involves adapting and testing in randomized controlled trials psychotherapy for depressed people across a variety of cultures and contexts. I have collaborated with academic and humanitarian groups in the United States, Europe, Asia, and Africa, and have participated in the cultural modification of Interpersonal Psychotherapy for use in resource-poor communities: depressed adults in South Uganda [ ... ]

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    Larry Heuer, Ph.D.

    Ann Whitney Olin Professor of Psychology

    Larry Heuer, Ann Whitney Olin Professor of Psychology, joined the faculty of Barnard in 1990. He teaches courses such as "Psychology and Law," "Social Conflict" and "Statistics." He is affiliated with Barnard's Human Rights Studies Program. Professor Heuer's research centers on the psychology of procedural justice, and focuses specifically on questions about what leads people to think t [ ... ]

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    Rob Ferguson, Ph.D.

    Associate - Raleigh Consulting Group

    Rob Ferguson has been a practicing psychologist and executive coach for twenty years. He helps executives, managers, and entrepreneurs to influence and motivate others more effectively. He also helps high-achieving individuals handle stress, deal with difficult people, and enhance emotional intelligence. Rob also helps professionals make career decisions that focus on personal satisfaction and an improved quality of life. [ ... ]

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    Katharina Kugler, Ph.D.

    Researcher, Ludwig-Maximilians University, Munich

    Katharina Kugler, Ph.D. is a researcher in psychology at the University of Munich, Germany. Currently she holds a Fellowship in Complexity and Conflict from the ICCCR to study at Teachers College and to work as a Research Assistant for Professor Coleman at the ICCCR. Katharina Kugler received her “Diplom” (combined B.A. and M.A.) in Psychology at the University of Munich, Germany. During her graduate studies s [ ... ]

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    Larry Liebovitch, Ph.D.

    Professor of Physics and Psychology, Queens College, City University of New York

    Dr. Larry S. Liebovitch is Professor of Physics and Psychology at Queens College of the City University of New York, and serves as Adjunct Senior Research Scientist for AC4. Dr. Liebovitch earned a bachelor’s degree in physics from the City College of New York and a doctorate in astronomy from Harvard University. He was a Postdoctoral Fellow at the Mt. Sinai School of Medicine in New York and an Assistant Professo [ ... ]

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    Paul Appelbaum, M.D.

    Elizabeth K. Dollard Professor of Psychiatry, Medicine & Law

    Paul S. Appelbaum, M.D., the Elizabeth K. Dollard Professor of Psychiatry, Medicine and Law, and Director, Division of Law, Ethics and Psychiatry at Columbia was previously A.F. Zeleznik Distinguished Professor and Chairman, Department of Psychiatry; and Director, Law and Psychiatry Program, University of Massachusetts Medical School. He is currently Chair of APA's Committee on Judicial Action and a member of the Standing [ ... ]

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    John Zinsser,


    John W. Zinsser believes anyone facing a challenge at work or school, who wants help, should get it. That is why for nearly 25 years, he has supported Fortune 500 and global companies, governments, and private institutions to consider, implement, assess and improve conflict management capacity, especially through organizational ombuds programs. Whether as designer, analyst, Lecturer, or award winning ombuds, Zinsser [ ... ]

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    Martin Epstein,

    Marty Epstein has been practicing nonviolent communication (NVC) since 2002 and has given workshops at the UN, New Hope Community Center, The Center for Mind, Body Medicine, The Center for Women’s Health, and The Natural Gourmet Culinary School. He has brought NVC in the form of collaborative communication to an investment bank and worked with a team of NVC professionals on a project for a major pharmaceutical [ ... ]

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    Karestan C. Koenen, Ph.D.

    Director, Psychiatric-Neurological Epidemiology Cluster

    Karestan Chase Koenen, M.A., Ph.D., is a licensed clinical psychologist and epidemiologist who uses a developmental approach to examine the interplay of genetic and environmental factors in the etiology of stress-related mental disorders, such as posttraumatic stress disorder and depression. She has published over 150 scientific papers and co-authored several books including Treating Survivors of Childhood Abuse: Psychoth [ ... ]

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    Michael Stone, M.D.

    Professor of Clinical Psychiatry

    Dr. Michael Stone is a professor of clinical psychiatry at Columbia. His specialty is personality disorders - most especially "borderline personality disorder." But in recent years he has concentrated as well on the extremes of personality, as shown by persons who show antisocial, psychopathic, and sadistic traits. This led to an interest in the kinds of people committing murder - spanning the spectrum from jeal [ ... ]

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    Morton Deutsch International Center for Cooperation and Conflict Resolution (MD-ICCCR)

    The Morton Deutsch International Center for Cooperation and Conflict Resolution (MD-ICCCR) is an innovative center committed to developing knowledge and practice to promote constructive conflict resolution, effective cooperation, and social justice. We partner with individuals, groups, organizations, and communities to create tools and environments through which conflicts can be resolved constructively and just and peacef [ ... ]

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    Advanced Consortium on Cooperation, Conflict and Complexity (AC4)

    The Advanced Consortium on Cooperation, Conflict, and Complexity (AC4) is a consortium for research, practice, and scholarship at Columbia University. We are part of the Earth Institute, Columbia University, and are committed to advancing knowledge and best practices in the areas of conflict, violence, peace-building, and sustainable development from an interdisciplinary perspective. The consortium seeks to act as a coo [ ... ]

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    Dart Center for Journalism and Trauma

    The Dart Center for Journalism and Trauma, a project of the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism, is dedicated to informed, innovative and ethical news reporting on violence, conflict and tragedy. Whether the topic is street crime, family violence, natural disaster, war or human rights, effective news reporting on traumatic events demands knowledge, skill and support. The Dart Center provides journalists [ ... ]

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    Trauma and PTSD Program

    The Trauma and PTSD Program, in the Anxiety Disorders Clinic at the Department of Psychiatry and The New York State Psychiatric Institute, is committed to improving the lives of people affected by trauma and bereavement. Our team of dedicated clinicians, research scientists, and staff uphold our mission by: Conducting clinical studies to improve the effects of new treatments for individuals with posttraumatic stre [ ... ]

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    Negotiation and Conflict Resolution (NECR) - Master of Science

    Columbia’s master’s program in Negotiation and Conflict Resolution that can be completed on a part- or full-time basis, combines theory and applied training to prepare students to develop practical models for negotiating and resolving disputes among parties with differing objectives and desires. This graduate program is part of a rich history of conflict resolution at Columbia University. The graduate program [ ... ]

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    Teachers College Winter Roundtable Conference

    The Winter Roundtable is the longest running continuing professional education program in the United States devoted solely to cultural issues in psychology and education. The Winter Roundtable will continue its tradition of bringing together scholars, practitioners, researchers, social change agents and students interested in the intersections between race, ethnicity, social class, gender, sexual orientation, and religiou [ ... ]

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    Loss, Trauma, and Emotion Lab

    The lab is devoted to the question of how humans cope with loss, potential trauma, and other forms of extreme life events. For the past 20 years, our research has attempted to document the variety of outcomes people show in response to such events as well as the factors that predict these outcomes. We have been especially interested in advancing research and theory about resilience in the face of extreme adversity, [ ... ]

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    Peace & Human Rights Education - IED Specialization Program

    In recognition of the unprecedented dimensions of issues of security, war and peace, human rights and global justice, and sustainable development in a world of violent conflict, the program in International Educational Development (Department of International and Transcultural Studies) offers a degree concentration in Peace and Human Rights Education.  Peace and Human Rights Education is primarily concerned with [ ... ]

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    Human Rights Advocates Program

    Founded in 1989, the Human Rights Advocates Program (HRAP) is a unique and successful model of human rights capacity building. HRAP capitalizes on its affiliation with Columbia University and its location in New York City to provide grassroots leaders the tools, knowledge, access, and networks to promote the realization of human rights and strengthen their respective organizations. HRAP’s comprehensive program of a [ ... ]

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    Center for Institutional and Social Change

    The Center engages in action-research projects with institutional, community, and student leadership involved in initiatives undertaken to advance full participation and public problem solving. Our collaborative projects and networks develop actionable knowledge, expand organizational capacities, support broader policy change, and increase collective impact. The Center helps individuals and institutions figure out what [ ... ]

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    Institute for Religion, Culture, & Public Life (IRCPL)

    The resurgence of religion and, with it, religious and cultural intolerance and conflict are emerging as powerful forces in the new century. In order to address this unexpected and rapidly changing situation, the Institute for Religion, Culture and Public Life brings together scholars and students in religion, cultural anthropology, history, political science, economics, social psychology and other allied fields to sustai [ ... ]

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    Institute for Social and Economic Research and Policy

    The Institute for Social and Economic Research and Policy (ISERP) is Columbia University's research institute dedicated to interdisciplinary social science. ISERP pioneers research, shapes public policy, and integrates knowledge and methods across the social sciences. To bring ideas into the world, ISERP supports researchers, faculty, students, and interdisciplinary social science research through research development, [ ... ]

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    Interdisciplinary Center for Innovative Theory and Empirics (INCITE)

    The Interdisciplinary Center for Innovative Theory and Empirics (INCITE) at Columbia University cultivates public intelligence concerning socially and culturally vital ideas that can be advanced by research, education and conversation at the interdisciplinary seams that the social sciences share with the humanities, the sciences and one another. INCITE launched in October 2012 and runs the research, education, and trainin [ ... ]