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    Helen Benedict,

    Professor of Journalism

    Professor Benedict is a novelist and journalist specializing in issues of social justice. Her most recent nonfiction book is "The Lonely Soldier: The Private War of Women Serving in Iraq," (2009 and 2010, Beacon Press), which won the EMMA (Exceptional Merit In Media Award) from the National Women's Political Caucus and the Ken Book Award in 2010. It also inspired a lawsuit against the Pentagon and Defense Secret [ ... ]

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    Shayoni Mitra, Ph.D.

    Assistant Professor of Theatre

    Received her B.A. (2001) and M.A. (2003) in English from St. Stephen’s College, Delhi University, and her M.A. (2004) and Ph.D. (2009) in Performance Studies from the Tisch School of the Arts, New York University. She was the receipent of the Deena Burton Dissertation Research Award (May 2009), and a recipient of the Paulette Godard Summer Fellowship (2006). She recently published “Book Review: Sudipto Chatter [ ... ]

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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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    Beth Silverman-Yam, Ph.D.

    Associate Professor

    Beth Silverman-Yam, DSW, LCSW has been the Director of Clinical Programs at Sanctuary for Families since 1994 where she is responsible for crisis shelters, individual and group counseling, and advocacy services for adults and children who are victims of domestic violence. A social work clinician, program developer and administrator for more than 35 years, Dr. Silverman-Yam has served in leadership roles with the New [ ... ]

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    Janet Jakobsen, Ph.D.

    Ann Whitney Olin Professor of Women's, Gender and Sexuality Studies

    Janet R. Jakobsen is Ann Whitney Olin Professor of Women's Gender and Sexuality Studies and Director of the Center for Research on Women at Barnard College, where she has also served as Dean for Faculty Diversity and Development.  She studies ethics and public policy with a particular focus on social movements related to religion, gender and sexuality.  She teaches courses on social ethics, feminist theory, [ ... ]

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    Kalima DeSuze, M.S.W.

    Adjunct Lecturer of Social Work

    Kalima DeSuze possesses a diverse background of work and life experience and as a result, has developed many skills and strengths which she brings to her community organizing work. She is currently the Community Development Director at Service Women’s Action Network (SWAN) where her chief responsibilities are to create, implement and evaluate innovative healing programs for women service members and veterans. A si [ ... ]

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    Dorchen A. Leidholdt, J.D.


    Dorchen has been an activist and leader in the feminist movement against violence against women since the mid-1970’s, counseling and advocating for rape victims, organizing against the media’s promotion of violence against women, serving on the legal team for the plaintiff in a precedent-setting sexual harassment case, and representing hundreds of women victimized by practices of violence against women, includ [ ... ]

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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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    Kimberly Marten, Ph.D.

    Ann Whitney Olin Professor of Political Science

    Kimberly Marten is a professor (and the former department chair) in the political science department at Barnard College, Columbia University. She specializes in international relations and international security. She serves on the Executive Committee and chairs the Development and Fund-Raising Committee of the Harriman Institute at Columbia University, and is also a faculty member of Columbia's Saltzman Institute of War [ ... ]

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    Tanya L. Domi, M.A.

    Adjunct Professor of International and Public Affairs

    Tanya L. Domi is the Senior Public Affairs Officer for International Affairs, Economics and Politics at Columbia University's Office of Communications and Public Affairs. Prior to joining Columbia's public affairs staff in 2006, she worked internationally for more than a decade on issues related to democratic transitional development, including political and media development, gender issues, sex trafficking, human rights [ ... ]

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    Dale Buscher, MSW

    Adjunct Associate Professor of International and Public Affairs

    Buscher is the Senior Director for Programs at the Women’s Refugee Commission and oversees the Commission’s research work on refugee livelihoods, refugees with disabilities, LGBT refugees, refugee youth, gender and gender-based violence. Prior to joining the Women’s Refugee Commission in 2005, Buscher consulted with the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees and wrote their handbook, Operational [ ... ]

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    Jo Becker, M.A.

    Adjunct Associate Professor of International and Public Affairs

    Jo Becker is the advocacy director for Human Rights Watch's children's rights division, where she is responsible for the organization's global advocacy strategies on issues including child labor, children and armed conflict, juvenile justice, and violence against children. She is the founding chairperson of the international Coalition to Stop the Use of Child Soldiers, which campaigned successfully for an international t [ ... ]

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    Scott E. Kessler, J.D.


    Scott Kessler is the Bureau Chief of the Domestic Violence Bureau at the Queens County District Attorney's Office. Under his leadership, the Domestic Violence Bureau has earned a national reputation as one of the best in the country based on its high conviction rate and its successful prosecution of thousands of cases without the victim's cooperation. Mr. Kessler has collaborated with the NYPD to develop a system of ear [ ... ]

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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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    Lila Abu-Lughord, Ph.D.

    Joseph L. Buttenwieser Professor of Social Science

    My work, strongly ethnographic and mostly based in Egypt, has focused on three broad issues: the relationship between cultural forms and power; the politics of knowledge and representation; and the dynamics of gender and the question of women’s rights in the Middle East . My first book, Veiled Sentiments, was about the politics of sentiment and cultural expression in a Bedouin community in Egypt that made an argumen [ ... ]

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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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    Leymah Gbowee,

    Executive Director of Women, Peace and Security Program at AC4, Earth Institute

    2011 Nobel Peace Laureate Leymah Gbowee is a Liberian peace activist, trained social worker and women’s rights advocate. She currently serves as Executive Director of the Women, Peace, and Security program at the Earth Institute at Columbia University and is the founder and current President of the Gbowee Peace Foundation Africa, the founding head of the Liberia Reconciliation Initiative, and the co-founder and form [ ... ]

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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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    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 [ ... ]

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    Barnard Center for Research on Women

    Since its founding in 1971, the Barnard Center for Research on Women (BCRW) has been at the very forefront of feminist action and scholarship. BCRW promotes women’s and social justice issues in the local spheres of the Barnard College community and academic and activist networks in New York City, as well as having a voice in national and transnational feminist organizing and research. We are a well-recognized nexus [ ... ]