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    Jessica Alexander,

    Lecturer

    Jessica Alexander has over 12 years experience working in humanitarian affairs across Africa, Asia, and the Middle East for the United Nations and various NGOs. Professor Alexander is former a Fulbright Scholar who received the award to research child soldiers in Sierra Leone in 2006. She has received a Master of Public Health and a Master of International Affairs from Columbia University and is currently pursuing h [ ... ]

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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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    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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    Aldo Civico, Ph.D.

    Adjunct NECR Faculty

    Aldo Civico is a leading peace-building strategist and a conflict resolution expert. He is the founder and the director of the International Institute for Peace at Rutgers University, Newark. An anthropologist, he is currently assistant professor in the Department of Sociology and Anthropology at Rutgers University. In Italy he is the author of La Scelta (Piemme, 1993), the intellectual biography of Ennio Pintacuda, the m [ ... ]

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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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    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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    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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    Cassie Landers, Ed.D.

    Assistant Professor of Population and Family Health

    Cassie Landers holds a Doctorate in Education, as well as a Master's in Public Health, both from Harvard University.  Since 1985, Dr. Landers has worked with UNICEF and other international agencies to promote policies and programs in support of young children and their families.  Over the past 20 years, she has provided technical assistance and support to child development programs in over 60 countries throughou [ ... ]

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    Desmond Patton, Ph.D.

    Assistant Professor of Social Work

    Dr. Desmond Upton Patton is an assistant professor at the Columbia School of Social Work and a Faculty Affiliate of the Social Intervention Group (SIG) and the Data Science Institute. His research utilizes qualitative and computational data collection methods to examine how and why youth and gang violence, trauma, grief and identity are expressed on social media and the real world impact they have on well-being for [ ... ]

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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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    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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    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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    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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    Sudhir Venkatesh, Ph.D.

    Williams B. Ransford Professor of Sociology

    Sudhir Venkatesh is William B. Ransford Professor of Sociology, and the Committee on Global Thought, at Columbia University in the City of New York. His most recent book is Gang Leader for a Day(Penguin Press). Gang Leader received a Best Book award from The Economist, and is currently being translated into Chinese, Korean, Japanese, German, Italian, Polish, French and Portuguese. His previous work, Off the Books: The Und [ ... ]

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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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    Hakim M. A. Williams, Ed.D.

    AC4 Visiting Scholar

    Dr. Williams is a 2015-2016 Visiting Scholar at the Advanced Consortium on Cooperation, Conflict and Complexity (AC4).  He is Assistant Professor of Africana Studies and Education at Gettysburg College, where he is also a member of the Globalization Studies and Public Policy programs.  His research centers on school/structural violence and youth empowerment in Trinidad.  During this year, he will begin work [ ... ]

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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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    Peace by PEACE

    Peace by PEACE, which stands for Playful Explorations in Active Conflict Resolution Education, is a program of Community Impact, Columbia University’s community service umbrella organization. David Wang formed Peace by PEACE in 1993 in order to prevent more deaths from violence in Upper Manhattan. Now, it is one of the largest volunteer organizations at Columbia University, sending volunteers into classrooms [ ... ]

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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 [ ... ]