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    Sayantani DasGupta, M.D.

    Assistant Clinical Professor of Pediatrics

    Sayantani DasGupta is an assistant clinical professor of pediatrics and a faculty member of the Program in Narrative Medicine at Columbia University.  She also teaches in the graduate program in Health Advocacy at Sarah Lawrence College, and is a prose faculty member in the summer writing conference Writing the Medical Experience at Sarah Lawrence College.  Dr. DasGupta is co-author of The Demon Slayers and Othe [ ... ]

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    Leslie L. Davidson, M.D., M.S.c

    Professor of Epidemiology

    Dr. Leslie Davidson's primary research interests are disability in children; international child health, screening, and epidemiology; and prevention of accidents and violence, particularly intimate partner violence. She has worked in an international team that developed an efficient approach to screen children for disability in developing countries (The TQ)and, for five years, led the Central Harlem School Health Program, [ ... ]

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    Irwin Redlener, M.D.

    Clinical Professor of Health Policy and Management (Earth Institute)

    Dr. Irwin Redlener is a recognized national leader in disaster preparedness and the public health ramifications of terrorism and large-scale catastrophic events. He and his team have developed major programs to enhance public health and health systems readiness with respect to disasters. He has written and spoken widely on the response to Hurricane Katrina, U.S. readiness for pandemics and the concerns of children a [ ... ]

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    Marina Catallozzi, M.D.

    Assistant Professor of Population and Family Health

    Marina Catallozzi, MD, is an assistant professor of Clinical Pediatrics and Clinical Population & Family Health at Columbia University College of Physicians & Surgeons and the Heilbrunn Department of Population & Family Health in the Mailman School of Public Health. At New York-Presbyterian Hospital, she serves as the Director of the Adolescent Medicine Consult Service, the Medical Director of the Lang Youth M [ ... ]

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    Ovita Williams, M.S.W.

    Associate Director of Field Education

    Ovita Williams is an Associate Director of Field Education and teaches the Social Work with Battered Women course at CUSSW. She received her Master of Science in Social Work from Columbia University in 1993 and her Bachelor of Arts from Vassar College. Ms. Williams is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker specializing in domestic violence and forensic social work practice. Prior to her work at CUSSW, she was the Directo [ ... ]

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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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    Michael Taussig, M.D., Ph.D.

    Class of 1933 Professor of Anthropology

    I began fieldwork in 1969. I have returned every year. My writing has spanned different things in roughly the following order; two books in Spanish for local people on the history of slavery and its aftermath, and books and articles in academic journals on the: 1) commercialization of peasant agriculture, 2) slavery, 3) hunger, 4) the popular manifestations of the working of commodity fetishism, 5) the impact of col [ ... ]

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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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    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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    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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    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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    Elwin Wu, Ph.D.

    Associate Professor of Social Work

    Dr. Wu is an Associate Director of the CUSSW Social Intervention Group and the Co-Director of the HIV Intervention Science Training Program for Racial/Ethnic Minority New Investigators. His practice experience includes direct clinical practice with individuals, couples, and groups with agencies serving primarily the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender communities; evaluation of violence prevention programs for pe [ ... ]

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    Catherine Stayton, Dr.PH.

    Adjunct Assistant Professor of Epidemiology

    Catherine Stayton is the Director of the Injury Epidemiology Unit in the Bureau of Epidemiology Services at the New York City (NYC) Department of Health and Mental Hygiene (DOHMH). She oversees the Unit's Female Homicide and Injury Surveillance Systems. She is writing a report on Intimate Partner Violence that brings together multiple DOHMH data sources. Dr. Stayton co-chairs the agency's Domestic Violence Steering Commit [ ... ]

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    Magdalena Cerda, Dr.P.H.

    Assistant Professor of Epidemiology

    Dr. Cerda's interests include the social epidemiology of risk behaviors and psychiatric disorders, particularly violence, substance abuse and depression, and the influence of massive disasters on risk behavior trajectories. Her current work looks at individual, family, peer and neighborhood influences on psychiatric comorbidity, and focuses on developing innovative methods to simultaneously measure the onset and accelerat [ ... ]

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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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    Nabila El-Bassel, D.S.W.

    Willma and Albert Musher Professor of Social Work

    Dr. Nabila El-Bassel provides significant national and international leadership to the global health agenda. Dr. El-Bassel is a Professor at the Columbia University School of Social Work and Director of the Social Intervention Group (SIG), which was established in 1990 as a multi-disciplinary center focusing on developing and testing effective prevention and intervention approaches and disseminating them to local, nationa [ ... ]

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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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    Scott Barrett, Ph.D.

    Lenfest-Earth Institute Professor of Natural Resource Economics

    Scott Barrett is the Lenfest-Earth Institute Professor of Natural Resource Economics at SIPA and the Earth Institute. He was previously a professor at the Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies in Washington, DC, where he also directed the International Policy program. Before that, he was on the faculty of the London Business School. He has also been a visiting scholar at Yale. Barrett's r [ ... ]

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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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    Philippe Vandenbroeck,

    Co-founder and Partner at shiftN

    Philippe Vandenbroeck co-founded the Belgium-based futures consultancy shiftN, a network of professionals that works with leading organizations using systems thinking, multi-stakeholder dialogue, and design to better understand complex systems. With a background in bio-engineering, philosophy, and urban planning, for the last 20 years he has used systems thinking approaches to study complex business and societal issues su [ ... ]

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    Michael G. Wessells, Ph.D.

    Professor of Clinical Population and Family Health

    Michael Wessells, PhD, is Professor at Columbia University in the Program on Forced Migration and Health. A long time psychosocial and child protection practitioner, he is former Co-Chair of the IASC Task Force on Mental Health and Psychosocial Support in Emergency Settings. Recently, he was co-focal point on mental health and psychosocial support for the revision of the Sphere humanitarian standards. He has conduct [ ... ]

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    Marni Sommer, Dr.PH.

    Director of SMS Global Health Track, Sociomedical Sciences

    Marni Sommer, DrPH, MSN, RN, has worked in global health and development on issues ranging from improving access to essential medicines to humanitarian relief in conflict settings. Dr. Sommer's particular areas of expertise include conducting participatory research with adolescents, understanding and promoting healthy transitions to adulthood, the intersection of public health and education, gender and sexual heal [ ... ]

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    Leslie F. Roberts, Ph.D.

    Associate Clinical Professor of Population and Family Health

    Les Roberts did a post-doctorate fellowship in epidemiology at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention where he worked for 4 years. In 1994, he worked as an epidemiologist for the World Health Organization in Rwanda during their civil war. Les was Director of Health Policy at the International Rescue Committee from Dec. 2000 until April of 2003. Les had led over 50 surveys in 17 countries, mostly measuring [ ... ]

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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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    Therese McGinn, Dr.P.H.

    Director, RAISE Initiative

    Therese McGinn, Associate Professor of Clinical Population and Family Health at the Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health, is principal investigator of the Reproductive Health Access, Information and Services in Emergencies (RAISE) Initiative. Previously and also at the Mailman School, she served as deputy director of the Averting Maternal Death and Disability Program (AMDD) and as principal investigator of [ ... ]

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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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    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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    Unni Krishnan Karunakara, Dr.PH.

    Assistant Clinical Professor, Heilbrunn Department of Population and Family Health

    Dr. Unni Krishnan Karunakara was appointed International President of Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) in June 2010. His first engagement in MSF was in 1995, when he was tasked with setting up a tuberculosis control programme in Jijiga, Ethiopia. He went on to become Medical Coordinator for MSF's activities in Azerbaijan, providing basic health care services to forced migrants from Nagorno-Karabakh, in Brazil [ ... ]

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    Bruce Shapiro,

    Executive Director, Dart Center for Journalism and Trauma

    Bruce Shapiro is executive director of the Dart Center for Journalism and Trauma, encouraging innovative reporting on violence, conflict and tragedy worldwide from the Center’s headquarters at Columbia University in New York City. An award-winning reporter on human rights, criminal justice and politics, Shapiro is a contributing editor at The Nation and U.S. correspondent for Late Night Live on the Australian Broadc [ ... ]

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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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    Ruth L. Fischbach, Ph.D., MPE

    Director & Co-founder, Center for Bioethics

    Ruth L. Fischbach is a faculty member both in the Department of Psychiatry at the Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons and the Department of Sociomedical Sciences at the Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health. Prior to arriving at Columbia, Dr. Fischbach served from 1998 to 2001 as Senior Advisor for Biomedical Ethics in the Office of the Director of Extramural Research at the National Insti [ ... ]

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    Alwyn T. Cohall, M.D.

    Director, Harlem Health Promotion Center

    Dr. Alwyn Cohall is director of the Harlem Health Promotion Center, one of 33 national Prevention Research Centers established by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to build bridges between academia and vulnerable communities. Dr. Cohall is board-certified in both pediatrics and adolescent medicine and has a private practice in adolescent health. Dr. Cohall serves as the director of Project Stay (Services to A [ ... ]

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    Neil G. Boothby, Ed.D.

    Allan Rosenfield Professor of Forced Migration and Health of Population and Family Health

    Dr. Neil Boothby is an internationally recognized expert and advocate for children affected by war and displacement. As a senior representative of UNICEF, UNHCR and Save the Children, he has worked for more than 20 years with children in crises in Africa, Asia, Latin America, and Eastern Europe. As director of the Program on Forced Migration and Health at the Mailman School, his research focuses on the psychosocial conseq [ ... ]

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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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    Lindsay Stark, Dr.P.H.

    Associate Professor of Clinical Population and Family Health

    Lindsay Stark is an Associate Professor of Clinical Population and Family Health in Columbia University's Program on Forced Migration and Health. She has over a decade of experience leading applied research on protection of women and children in humanitarian settings. Dr. Stark's particular area of expertise is measuring sensitive and difficult-to-measure social phenomenon. Dr. Stark has led assessment and evaluatio [ ... ]

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    Institute for Sustainable Development Practice (ISDP)

    The Institute for Sustainable Development Practice (ISDP) was launched by Columbia University, the Jordanian Ministry of Planning and International Cooperation, and the Columbia University Middle East Research Center in December 2010 under the patronage of Her Majesty Queen Rania Al Abdullah. The Institute for Sustainable Development Practice, supported by the technical and policy expertise of Professor Jeffrey Sachs and [ ... ]

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    Institute for Women, Religion and Globalization

    Today, when women hold an unprecedented opportunity to influence economic development, conflict resolution, peace-building, health conditions and environmental justice across the globe, there is a clear imperative to better understand the role of women religious practitioners as significant political agents on the global stage. The Institute explores the relationship between women religious practitioners and political, ec [ ... ]

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    Family PEACE Program

    The Family PEACE (Promoting, Education, Advocacy, Collaboration, and Empowerment) Program is dedicated to improving the safety and well-being of mothers and children who have been exposed to violence in their homes. To address the effects of domestic violence on children and on mothers’ parenting, the FPP combines several evidence-based intervention models to create an integrated treatment program for mothers and ch [ ... ]

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    Columbia Population Research Center

    The Columbia Population Research Center integrates demographers, sociologists, political scientists, lawyers, economists, statisticians, historians, physicians, and social and public health workers. Together, our common aim is to promote the health and well-being of vulnerable populations. We approach these populations—poor men, women, children, and families; cross-border and rural-urban migrants; racial, ethnic, a [ ... ]

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    Columbia Water Center

    Our mission is to creatively tackle the issue of global water scarcity through innovations in technology, public policy and private action. Combining the rigor of scientific research with the impact of effective policy, we aim to design reliable, sustainable models of water management and development that can be implemented on local, regional and global levels. The Columbia Water Center, in collaboration with other Earth [ ... ]

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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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    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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    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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    Social Intervention Group

    The Social Intervention Group (SIG) is a multidisciplinary research center that works to design, test and disseminate effective interventions and health services to local, national, and international communities, which address the co-occurring problems of HIV, drug abuse, intimate partner violence and trauma among vulnerable populations. Since 1990, SIG has primarily focused on intervention and prevention research [ ... ]

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    Reproductive Health Access, Information and Services in Emergencies (RAISE) Initiative Project

    The Reproductive Health Access, Information and Services in Emergencies (RAISE) Initiative is catalysing change in how reproductive health (RH) is addressed by all sectors involved in emergency response, from field services to advocacy, from local aid providers to global relief movements. Developed by Columbia University's Heilbrunn Department of Population and Family Health in the Mailman School of Public Health and Mar [ ... ]

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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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    Columbia Center for Bioethics

     The Center for Bioethics provides an inter-disciplinary, inter-professional forum to advance both public understanding and scholarly work on contemporary issues in Bioethics. The Center explores these issues by providing education, promoting research, and offering service to diverse communities. The Columbia University Center for Bioethics is located in northern Manhattan, part of an urban neighborhood that is ethn [ ... ]

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    Forced Migration and Health, Program on

    Following the 1994 Rwandan genocide, leaders in the humanitarian community recognized an acute need for the training and professionalization of humanitarian aid workers to ensure more effective, informed, and consistent response to future crises. In response, the Mellon Foundation funded the establishment of Columbia University’s Program on Forced Migration and Health in 1998 to begin training the next generat [ ... ]

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    Center for Intersectionality and Social Policy Studies

    Established in 2011, the Center for Intersectionality and Social Policy Studies at Columbia Law School will serve as a global focal point for the development, articulation, and application of intersectionality as both a theoretical framework and a cogent practice in law, human rights, and social justice advocacy. The first such center of its kind, its research projects and initiatives will bring together scholars and [ ... ]