Our Team

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STAFF
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Monika Parikh, MA, MPA
Founder, Executive Director

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Monika Parikh, MA, MPA
Founder, Executive Director


Combining her experience in human rights and international development with clinical training in trauma-informed psychotherapy, Ms. Parikh launched Partnerships for Trauma Recovery in 2015. Her professional career includes human rights program development with on-the-ground work in South Asia, West Africa and Latin America, as well as psychosocial treatment for refugees and immigrants in the United States. As the Director of Partnerships for Free the Slaves, Ms. Parikh led the development of the organization's global partnerships program. She has also conducted policy research and advocacy on a variety of human rights issues including armed conflict, United States foreign policy, modern slavery and multinational financial institution accountability, for organizations such as the Rockefeller Foundation, the Center for International Policy and Humanity United. Prior to joining the nonprofit sector, she worked in management consulting and investment banking in New York City. She holds an MA in public and international affairs from the Woodrow Wilson School at Princeton University, a second MA from the Wright Institute, and a BA in finance from the Wharton School of Business at the University of Pennsylvania. She speaks Gujarati and Spanish.

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Dr. Annika Sridharan, Psy.D, MSW
Founder, Clinical Director

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Dr. Annika Sridharan, Psy.D, MSW
Founder and Clinical Director


A licensed clinical psychologist and social worker, Dr. Sridharan has 20 years of experience in the field of global mental health with international survivors of human rights abuses. Dr. Sridharan is an immigrant, and has lived and worked in Africa, Europe, Latin America and North America, providing psychosocial care for refugees and asylum seekers fleeing war, torture, gender-based violence and other forms of persecution. She developed and managed mental health care for refugees and a clinical training program at the International Rescue Committee in Oakland; and provided psychological care and clinical training at Survivors International in San Francisco. With a Center for Victims of Torture international project in Yaoundé, Cameroon, she provided training and support for a local non-profit serving refugees fleeing a humanitarian crisis in the Central African Republic. At the Trauma Centre for Survivors of Violence and Torture in Cape Town, South Africa, she provided psychosocial care for asylum seekers and survivors of Apartheid. She worked with Latino and Caribbean immigrants and refugees at the Roberto Clemente Family Guidance Center in New York City. Dr. Sridharan holds a Doctor of Psychology from the Wright Institute in Berkeley, a MS in Clinical Social Work from Columbia University, and a BA in Religion and African American Studies from Princeton University. She speaks French, Spanish and Portuguese.

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Leah Weinzimer, MSW
Clinical Manager

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Leah Weinzimer, MSW
Clinical Manager


Ms. Weinzimer is a social worker with experience providing program development and direct services for survivors of torture and trauma. She was the first Program Director of the Libertas Center for Human Rights at Elmhurst Hospital in New York City, an interdisciplinary program providing trauma-informed, coordinated medical, mental health, social and legal services to refugee and asylum seeking survivors of persecution and human rights abuses in their countries of origin. Ms. Weinzimer was responsible for direct services to clients, as well as fundraising, research and evaluation, developing and maintaining partnerships, training providers, initiating alternative healing projects, and supervising staff and interns. Ms. Weinzimer worked as a trauma therapist at the Safe Horizon Counseling Center in New York City with adult and child survivors of interpersonal violence. She was previously the Volunteer Coordinator at an International Rescue Committee refugee resettlement office in Boston, and has lived and worked in Kenya. Ms. Weinzimer holds a MS in Social Work Administration from Columbia University, a BA in Sociology and African Studies from the University of Wisconsin, and a certificate from the International Trauma Studies program in New York. Ms. Weinzimer is currently pursuing further clinical training in relational psychotherapy, and is an agency therapist at the Women’s Therapy Center in Berkeley.

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Dr. Mahima Muralidharan, Psy.D, MA
Clinical Supervisor

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Dr. Mahima Muralidharan, Psy.D, MA
Clinical Supervisor


Dr. Mahima Muralidharan is a licensed clinical psychologist with extensive experience providing program management, clinical supervision and training, and psychological care for underserved adults, children and families in the United States and India. She coordinated the school-based clinical training program at the Ann Martin Center in Emeryville, and is an instructor and supervisor at Access Institute for Psychological Services and the California Institute of Integral Studies in San Francisco. Dr. Muralidharan served as President of the Northern California Society for Psychoanalytic Psychology, and is co-founder of Reach-SF, an organizational consulting firm promoting workplace well-being. She obtained a Doctor of Psychology from the American School of Professional Psychology, a MA in Clinical Psychology from the Illinois School of Professional Psychology, and a BA in Psychology from the University of Madras. Dr. Muralidharan has independent clinical practices in Oakland and San Francisco, and joins Partnerships for Trauma Recovery as Clinical Supervisor for our Global Healing and Human Rights Training Program. She speaks Tamil.

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Dr. Hilary Combs, Psy.D
Clinical Supervisor

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Dr. Hilary Combs, Psy.D
Clinical Supervisor


Dr. Hilary Combs is a licensed clinical psychologist with extensive experience providing mental health care for traumatized populations, clinical supervision and training, and program development. She established the Perinatal Depression Treatment Program at Kings County Hospital Center in Brooklyn, New York, where she provided mental health support for pregnant and postpartum immigrant and refugee women, and clinical training for psychology graduate students and psychiatry residents. Dr. Combs was Clinical Director of Bridges to Recovery, a residential treatment program in Los Angeles. At Alameda Health Systems in Oakland, California, Dr. Combs developed integrated mental health training at the Eastmont Wellness Center, serving the medical needs of underserved communities, and newly arrived refugees receiving their initial refugee health screenings. Dr. Combs received a Doctor of Psychology from Ferkauf Graduate School of Psychology, and a BA in Psychology from Tufts University. She has a private practice in Oakland, and joins Partnerships for Trauma Recovery as Clinical Supervisor for our Global Healing and Human Rights Training Program.

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Dr. Amy Berlin, MD
Psychiatrist

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Dr. Amy Berlin, MD
Psychiatrist


Amy Berlin, MD is a psychiatrist in private practice in San Francisco and Berkeley. Her clinical practice includes psychoanalytic psychotherapy and pharmacotherapy. She enjoys working with trauma and dissociation, and consulting with pregnant and post-partum women considering psychiatric pharmacotherapy, as well as working with new parents. She particularly enjoys collaborating with like-minded colleagues in a team- based approach to split treatment. Prior to entering private practice, she was on the faculty at UCSF, where she supervised psychiatry residents and served as the staff psychiatrist at the University of California Center on Deafness. Amy also has a background in health informatics, and has consulted to behavioral health providers and technology vendors. She previously served as the Secretary-Treasurer of HealthShare Bay Area, a Bay Area-wide community health information exchange. Dr. Berlin has a B.A. in French Literature from Cornell University. She attended medical school and completed her psychiatry residency at UCSF.

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Gianina Pellegrini
Development Coordinator

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Gianina Pellegrini
Development Coordinator


As an independent researcher and consultant, Dr. Gianina Pellegrini's work has primarily focused on violence against women, sexual gender-based violence, and women’s involvement in conflict resolution, post-conflict redevelopment, and reconciliation. Her work reflects her deep commitment to defending human rights and social justice, supporting survivors of violence and trauma, and providing direct service to protect and empower women and children affected by war and violent conflict. For over a decade, Dr. Pellegrini has dedicated herself to providing holistic, comprehensive support and care management to individuals and families with complex needs in the San Francisco Bay Area. She also has experience working, volunteering, and conducting research internationally. Dr. Pellegrini holds a Ph.D. in psychology, with a specialization in Transformative Social Change and a certificate in Peace and Conflict Resolution, from Saybrook University. She also holds a certificate in International Conflict Management from the International Peace and Security Institute. She currently serves on the Executive Committee of the Society for the Study of Peace, Conflict, and Violence (American Psychological Association’s Division 48), where she chairs a Women, Peace, and Security working group. Dr. Pellegrini is a member of Psychologists for Social Responsibility and the Peace and Justice Studies Association. In addition to serving as PTR's Development Coordinator, she is also a faculty member at Saybrook University.

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Alexandra Sajben
Program Coordinator

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Alexandra Sajben
Program Coordinator


Ms. Sajben joins Partnerships for Trauma Recovery as their Program Coordinator, bringing her experience in the fields of gender, migration, and human rights issues. Most recently, Ms. Sajben worked with the Countertrafficking Unit of the International Organization of Migration for Timor Leste as a recipient of the Rotary Peace Fellowship. Prior to that, she worked as the Regional Programs Liaison with the Coalition for the International Criminal Court, a global network of over 2500 civil society organizations working towards accountability for atrocity crimes, where she coordinated advocacy efforts, small grants, and operations for offices in Benin, Thailand, Morocco, The Philippines, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Brussels, Peru, and Jordan. Previous positions include consulting for anti-trafficking organizations as well as conducting advocacy on social development and women’s and girls’ issues in the 2nd and 3rd Committees of the Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) at the United Nations. Ms. Sajben has interned with Asylum Access, a refugee rights organization, and a small non-profit organization focused on education for girls in western Kenya. Additionally, she has done pro bono consulting with the Kyeema Foundation on monitoring and evaluation strategies. Ms. Sajben holds a Masters in Peace and Conflict Studies from the University of Queensland and a Bachelor of Arts in French Literature from the University of Notre Dame. She is fluent in French.

GLOBAL HEALING AND HUMAN RIGHTS CLINICAL TEAM
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Bianca Davoodian

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Bianca Davoodian


Bianca Davoodian is obtaining a Doctor of Psychology at the PGSP-Stanford Psy.D. Consortium in Palo Alto, and obtained a BA in Psychology from the University of California at Berkeley. She has broad teaching and research experience, including in the areas of trauma and racial discrimination. She has a keen interest in helping support Middle Eastern refugees and asylum seekers in the United States. Bianca has studied abroad in Italy and speaks Assyrian Neo-Aramaic, as well as some Farsi.

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Benjamin Greenberg, MA

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Benjamin Greenberg, MA


Benjamin Greenberg is obtaining a Doctor of Psychology from the American School of Professional Psychology at Argosy University in San Francisco. He completed a MA in Music from the University of Colorado at Boulder, and a BS in Music Education from Hofstra University. Benjamin has had international teaching and music experience in Mexico, China, Israel & Palestine, and his clinical interests include mindfulness practice, and the psychology of chronic pain & disabilities. Benjamin speaks Spanish & Mandarin.

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Ronna Haglili, LLM, LLB

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Ronna Haglili, LLM, LLB


Ronna Haglili is obtaining a Doctor of Psychology from the California School of Professional Psychology in San Francisco. She obtained an LLM in Law from Tel Aviv University, and an LLB in Law from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. Ronna has extensive international Labor Law and pro bono legal experience, as well as social work related experience from Israel. She has a keen interest in social justice, trauma & attachment, and the psychology of women. Ronna speaks Hebrew.

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Maryam Jabbari, MA

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Maryam Jabbari, MA


Maryam Jabbari is obtaining a Doctor of Psychology from the California School of Professional Psychology in San Francisco. She obtained a MA in Counseling from Azad University in Tehran, and a BA in Psychology from the Azad University of Nain, Iran. Maryam has extensive research experience, as well as clinical experience in Iran. She has worked with the Veteran, Immigrant & Refugee Trauma Institute of Sacramento, and has a special interest in working with refugee families & children. Maryam speaks Farsi & Dari.

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Leah Khaghani, Ph.D.

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Leah Khaghani, Ph.D.


Leah Khaghani is obtaining a Doctor of Psychology at the California School of Professional Psychology in San Francisco. She obtained a Ph.D. in American & African American Studies from Yale University, and completed a BA in Political Science & English Literature from the University of Michigan. Leah has a wealth of experience in research, teaching and clinical settings, and her areas of interest include multicultural & international psychology, migration & displacement, & intergenerational trauma. Leah speaks French, Arabic, Italian & Farsi.

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Jasmit Metla

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Jasmit Metla


Jasmit Metla is obtaining a Doctor of Psychology from the California School of Professional Psychology in San Francisco. She obtained a BS in Psychology and a BA in Women & Gender studies from the University of California, Davis. Jasmit joins PTR with research experience in the area of family violence and trauma, and has an interest in intercultural differences in mental health, and the impacts of trauma on women and children from minority communities. Jasmit speaks Punjabi, Hindi & Urdu, as well as some Spanish.

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Maxwell Osaghae

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Maxwell Osaghae


Maxwell Osaghae is obtaining a Doctor of Psychology from the California Institute of Integral Studies in San Francisco, and has a BA in Psychology from Georgia Regents University in Augusta. Maxwell has volunteered extensively in Nigeria, Spain, Canada & the United States. He has provided support for refugees, orphaned children and terminally ill adults, and is committed to serving disadvantaged communities. Maxwell speaks Edo, Creole, Hausa & Yoruba.

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Kristina Wunderman

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Kristina Wunderman


Kristina Wunderman is obtaining a Doctor of Psychology from the Wright Institute in Berkeley, and completed a BA in English Literature at the University of Oregon. Kristina has extensive clinical experience with families, couples, youth & children in community mental health and school settings. She also joins PTR with program management and volunteer experience, and has a keen interest in supporting immigrant and refugee populations. Kristina has studied Spanish in Mexico.

BOARD OF DIRECTORS

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Rajni Dronamraju, MA
Corporate Philanthropy, Genentech

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Rajni Dronamraju, MA
Corporate Philanthropy, Genentech


Rajni Chandrasekhar Dronamraju has dedicated her career to advancing social impact in communities around the world. She brings her experience as a corporate funder and social impact consultant to support Partnerships for Trauma Recovery, focusing on building sustainable and impactful operations. Currently, Rajni leads preventative health philanthropy and impact measurement at Genentech. As an Associate Director at FSG, she worked with Toyota Mobility Foundation, Coca-Cola Brazil, Eli Lilly and Company, the Lego Foundation, and others to develop data-driven strategy, re-design programs, create learning and evaluation plans, and strengthen staff capabilities. She has experience working across a range of social issues, with focus on public health, communicable and non-communicable diseases, access to medicines, and early childhood development. Rajni holds a bachelor’s degree in Political Science and International Studies from Northwestern University, and a master’s degree in International Development Management from the London School of Economics and Political Science.

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Gerald Gray, MSW, Board President
Institute for Redress and Recovery, Santa Clara University School of Law

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Gerald Gray, MSW, Board President
Institute for Redress and Recovery, Santa Clara University School of Law


Mr. Gray is a psychotherapist and licensed clinical social worker with over twenty years of experience with survivors of war, torture and exile. He is also the founder of San Francisco-based Survivors International and the Center for Justice and Accountability, and the former director of the Center for Survivors of Torture in San Jose. He has forged a national system to hold torturers accountable through collaborations among law, psychology, journalism, investigation, research, education and policy development. Using a network of academics, lawyers, and clinicians, Mr. Gray has helped initiate legal centers for torture survivors in both the U.S. and Canada. These centers produce research on torture, advocacy for an anti-impunity culture and legislation, and bring lawsuits to trial. In 2005 he became an Ashoka fellow and co-director of The Institute for Redress & Recovery at the Santa Clara University School of Law. He also sits on the boards of the Accountability Counsel, The Center for Justice and Accountability, The Canadian Centre for International Justice, Pars Equality Center, and the International Institute for Criminal Investigation (The Hague).

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Mundi Male
Social Media Marketing and Brand Communications, B Free Media

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Mundi Male
Social Media Marketing and Brand Communications, B Free Media


Mundi Male brings to PTR her extensive experience in marketing and event planning. She held dynamic advertising and promotion positions at Paramount Pictures and The Creative Artists Agency before moving to a boutique management company, Halston, as the Director of Operations. Ms. Male managed the Bradley Bayou Couture line where she started a ready-to-wear line BRADLEY for QVC and she worked for Bradley Bayou Luxury Interior Design as the Director of Operations. Ms. Male started B Free Media to bring insight and perspective to create engaging and informational content for clients. Ms. Male’s talents include the ability to design and manage websites working closely with programmers and coders, pitching multi-media channels for client exposure including, long and short lead media outlets as well as marketing and video production. Mundi Male holds a bachelor’s degree from USC and her love of travel has taken her around the globe.

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Hema Prasad
Board Treasurer

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Hema Prasad, Board Treasurer
Board Treasurer


Hema is a CPA, bringing almost two decades of accounting experience to her role as Board Treasurer at PTR. She spent her career as a consultant in Big 4 accounting firms, specializing in global mobility and expatriate taxation, and has worked with major international tech companies such as LinkedIn and Palantir Technologies to develop their international mobility programs. Hema's love of travel and experiencing different cultures has led her to Singapore, India, Atlanta, Denver, Chicago and San Francisco. Her lifelong passion for mentoring and working with people has led her to pursue certification as a life and career coach. She has also extensively volunteered with Young Women's Charter Leadership School of Chicago. Hema graduated from the University of Illinois with a degree in accounting.

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Brian Rawson
Associate Director of Advocacy and Communications, Asylum Access

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Brian Rawson
Associate Director of Advocacy and Communications, Asylum Access


Mr. Rawson brings to PTR extensive experience in policy advocacy, external communications, and community engagement on issues pertaining to human rights, global health, and poverty relief. He recently joined the team at Asylum Access, an international NGO dedicated to making refugee rights a reality in Africa, Asia, and Latin America, and will assume full time duty as Associate Director of Advocacy and Communications in the summer of 2017. He is currently an organizational consultant to clients such as the California Department of Public Health. In his prior work he built a national grassroots advocacy training program for Oxfam America, and launched an international medical conference and campaign on small arms and light weapons at the physicians’ disarmament organization and Nobel Peace laureate, IPPNW. A Bay Area native, his work for social justice began with the Central American solidarity movement and a trip to El Salvador at age 20 which sealed his commitment to work for peace and human rights. He studied International Development Studies at Brown University and remained on the East Coast for 20 years before moving back to the Bay in late 2015.

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Karen Silverman, JD
Partner, Latham and Watkins LLP

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Karen Silverman, JD
Partner, Latham and Watkins LLP


Ms. Silverman is the Managing Partner of Latham & Watkins' San Francisco office, co-chair of their Information Technology Industry Group and a member of their global Antitrust & Competition Practice. Named as one of the "Top 100 Lawyers in California," and as one of "California's Top Women Litigators" by the Daily Journal, Ms. Silverman is also involved in several vital social causes. She sits on the boards of Not For Sale, an international non-profit dedicated to ending human trafficking, and Legal Momentum, which protects the rights of women and girls in law, policy, and education. She is also a member of the Board of the Legal Aid Society - Employment Law Center and Bay Area Legal Aid, two organizations that provide critical legal services in the community. She likewise is actively involved in the All Stars Project, which engages youth in low-resource communities through the power of performance. In 2014, the San Francisco Business Journal inducted Ms. Silverman in the "Forever Influential" Honor Roll of the most influential Bay Area businesswomen. Ms. Silverman also speaks and writes on a wide range of antitrust matters and legal practice issues.

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Candace Smyth, JD, MA, Board Secretary
Attorney

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Candace Smyth, JD, MA, Board Secretary
Attorney


Ms. Smyth brings to Partnerships for Trauma Recovery her combined experience in the law, immigration and human rights. She served as a federal law clerk in the Northern District of Texas, was an associate at the global law firm of Howrey LLP in Washington, DC and an attorney-advisor handling litigation matters for the Office of the Solicitor at the United States Department of the Interior. She also served as a public defender in the Four Corners of New Mexico, representing primarily Navajo clients, and as an attorney and pro bono coordinator at Washington, DC's Whitman-Walker Clinic, serving clients who were HIV+ and LGBT clients requesting political asylum. Ms. Smyth is an Executive Committee Member for DC's Capital Area Food Bank's Food from the Bar program, and Co-Chair for the DC Women's Bar Association. Ms. Smyth graduated from American University's Washington College of Law and was a member of its International Human Rights Clinic. She also holds a master's degree in Social Anthropology from the University of Alabama.

ADVISORY BOARD
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Annie G. Bonz, MA
Mental Health Technical Advisor for U.S. and Global Health Programs, International Rescue Committee

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Annie G. Bonz, MA
Mental Health Technical Advisor for U.S. and Global Health Programs, International Rescue Committee


Ms. Bonz provides technical guidance to IRC staff implementing mental health and psychosocial support programming. Prior to joining IRC in August 2014, she worked with New York area non-profits in the design and implementation of trauma-informed psychotherapeutic services for children and adolescents, including the provision of clinical services for unaccompanied minors from Central America at an ORR shelter in New York. For nearly a decade, she served in multiple leadership roles for refugee processing at the Church World Service Resettlement Support Center in Nairobi and traveled to refugee camps throughout Eastern, Central and Southern Africa, where she interviewed and provided support to teams interviewing refugees from across the region. She also served as a Health Educator with the U.S. Peace Corps (RPCV Kenya). Throughout her career, Ms. Bonz has provided technical support and training to field and program staff, integrating clinical and non-clinical programmatic best practices in service to individuals impacted by conflict and displacement. She is a New York State Licensed Creative Arts Therapist (LCAT) and a National Board Certified Art Therapist (ATR-BC), with an MA in Art Therapy from New York University.

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Nahid Fattahi
Marketing Consultant, Community Builder, Human Rights Activist, Writer

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Nahid Fattahi
Marketing Consultant, Community Builder, Human Rights Activist, Writer


Ms. Fattahi is a Marketing Consultant at Kaiser and a psychology/marriage and family therapist graduate student at Santa Clara University. Her recent research on the correlation between diet and sleep patterns with Dr. Kroth at Santa Clara University was accepted and presented at the 2015 Western Psychological Association Conference. Ms. Fattahi is a human rights activist, writer, active blogger and published poet. A former Afghan refugee herself, with a deep concern for humanitarian and social issues, she brings her first-hand knowledge to refugee and migration issues, mental health, and the long-term effects of armed conflict on refugees' mental and physical health. She recently applied this passion, along with her language and cultural skills, to independently volunteer in Lesvos, Greece to help address the refugee crisis in Europe. She subsequently conducted community outreach back in the Bay Area to continue to raise awareness of the plight of this population. She speaks Farsi, Dari, Hindi and Urdu.

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Lucia Gonzo, MD
Psychiatrist and Global Mental Health Consultant

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Lucia Gonzo, MD
Psychiatrist and Global Mental Health Consultant


Dr. Gonzo is a psychiatrist and psychotherapist with a decade of experience in designing and managing mental health services and projects with non-governmental and humanitarian organizations, with extensive experience in the fields of GBV, Global Mental Health, survivors of torture and collective violence, asylum seekers, refugees, IDPs and addiction. Her experience with trauma victims started as a medical student in Bologna, Italy, with survivors of GBV. Both in Switzerland and UK, she expanded her knowledge to the fields of global mental health, victims of torture, asylum seekers, refugees and addiction. Inspired to make a larger impact, she progressively moved to the field of project and mental health service management. In Colombia, Dr. Gonzo was responsible for a Doctors Without Borders mental health project for IDPs. She developed her competence on mental health services, as scientific director of an NGO dealing with mental health in LMICs, in collaboration with the mental health department of the WHO. More recently, as a clinical director, she managed a psychotherapeutic service for migrants, victims of torture and collective violence at the Association Appartenances in Lausanne, Switzerland. She is now setting up her own private practice and working as a consultant on GBV, Global Mental Health and mental health services. As a former professional basketball player, she has also a specific interest in the field of sport psychiatry.

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Ed Marcum, MA, MBA
Vice President for Investments, Humanity United

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Ed Marcum, MA, MBA
Vice President for Investments, Humanity United


As VP for Investments at Humanity United, a U.S.-based foundation dedicated to building peace and advancing freedom, Mr. Marcum engages businesses in developing innovative solutions to human trafficking and modern day slavery. He shares with Partnerships for Trauma Recovery his strategic acumen and knowledge of effective anti-trafficking approaches. Prior to joining HU, Mr. Marcum was the Deputy Executive Director of World Links, where he oversaw programs focused on improving educational outcomes and economic opportunities for youth in developing countries through the use of information and communications technology. He has also served as Executive Director of Global Education Partnership, a nongovernmental organization that provides entrepreneurship and job skills training to low-income youth in Kenya, Tanzania, Guatemala, and Indonesia. Mr. Marcum holds a bachelor's in political science from the University of California at Berkeley, and an MBA/MA degree from The Wharton School/Lauder Institute at the University of Pennsylvania.

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Molly McCoy, Esq., MPH, JD
Chief Privacy Official and Privacy Counsel at Blue Shield

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Molly McCoy, Esq., MPH, JD
Chief Privacy Official and Privacy Counsel at Blue Shield


Molly McCoy, Esq., CIPP/US, is Chief Privacy Official and Privacy Counsel at Blue Shield of California. Prior to joining Blue Shield, Molly was Associate General Counsel for Privacy and HIPAA Security at Anthem where she served as lead in lead in-house privacy and compliance counsel on the Anthem cyberattack.  Molly has worked as a lawyer in health care and health care compliance since 1997. Molly’s practice areas have focused primarily on federal and state privacy and security law, including the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) and the Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health Act (HITECH).  Molly has a JD from the City University of New York and an MPH from Columbia University.  Molly is also a contributing editor to  “Information Security and Privacy: A Guide to Federal and State Law and Compliance” (West 2006-2015).

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Nick Nelson, MD
Highland Hospital Human Rights Clinic

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Nick Nelson, MD
Highland Hospital Human Rights Clinic


Dr. Nick Nelson leads Highland Hospital's Human Rights Clinic where he provides medical evaluations and ongoing primary care services to torture survivors in Alameda County. Expert in evaluating the physical and psychological signs of torture, Dr. Nelson conducts assessments, and documents findings, for asylum seekers' legal cases. He also provides comprehensive medical care, including psychiatric support, for refugee survivors of torture. He is Associate Clinical Professor of Medicine at University of California-San Francisco and has been an invited lecturer for academic audiences on topics related to survivors of torture in primary care settings. He holds a medical degree from the University of London and a bachelor's from Reed College.

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Gilbert Newman, Ph.D.
Dean and Director of Clinical Training, Wright Institute

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Gilbert Newman, Ph.D.
Dean and Director of Clinical Training, Wright Institute


Dr. Gilbert H. Newman oversees the Wright Institute's clinical services network and helps develop behavioral health services in community health centers though the Wright Institute's Integrated Health Psychology Training Program. Dr. Newman serves as a part of the medical staff providing primary care psychological services at Contra Costa Health Services where many of the patients he serves have been victims and/or perpetrators of trauma. Dr. Newman also helps direct the Wright Institute's Sanctuary Project providing psychosocial assessments to asylum seekers in the United States. Dr. Newman is currently a member of the American Psychological Association (APA) Commission on Accreditation and is a Federal Education Advocacy Coordinator for Region 9. He is a former President of the California Psychological Association (2006) and has served as Chair for the APA Board of Educational Affairs (2007-2008) and Chair of the APA Committee of State Leaders (2010). Dr. Newman also served on the APA Good Governance Project and Implementation Team intended to amend APA's governance structure. He received his Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology in 1996.

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Avani Mehta Sood, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor of Law, University of California Berkeley Law

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Avani Mehta Sood, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor of Law, University of California Berkeley Law


Ms. Sood shares with Partnerships for Trauma Recovery her experience in law, psychology, and human rights. Her research applies experimental methodologies and theories of psychology to study how people make law and policy judgments. For example, she has studied the role of psychological motives for supporting torture in interrogation proceedings. She has also published in the areas of reproductive rights, gender justice, and international human rights law. Previously, Ms. Sood worked as a litigation associate at Debevoise & Plimpton LLP, clerked for Judge Kimba Wood in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York, and was awarded the Robert L. Bernstein Fellowship in International Human Rights, through which she worked with the Center for Reproductive Rights' International Legal Program on research projects in India and Kenya. She holds a degree from Yale Law School, where she was a member of the Lowenstein International Human Rights Law Clinic, and a Ph.D. in Psychology from Princeton University, where she was awarded the Center for Human Values Graduate Prize Fellowship, the Fellowship of Woodrow Wilson Scholars, and the Laurance S. Rockefeller Graduate Prize Fellowship.

GLOBAL HEALING AND HUMAN RIGHTS CLINICAL TRAINEES

Our Global Healing and Human Rights clinical trainees join PTR with a strong commitment to human rights and social justice. They have a keen interest in providing trauma-informed, culturally aware and linguistically accessible mental health care for international survivors of human rights abuses, and contributing to the psychosocial well-being of refugee and asylum seeking populations. As a group they bring to PTR a rich diversity of languages, cultural backgrounds, and international and professional experiences.

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Nouf Alrashid, MS

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Nouf Alrashid, MS


Nouf Alrashid is obtaining a Doctor of Psychology from the Wright Institute in Berkeley, and has an MS in Mental Health & Learning Disabilities from Kings College in London. She completed a BS in Social & Clinical Psychology from the University of Kent, United Kingdom. Nouf joins us with extensive international clinical and research experience. She has volunteered with the International Rescue Committee, and has a special interest in working with refugee youth and children. Nouf speaks Arabic, French & Spanish.

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Jude Albukhari, MS

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Jude Albukhari, MS


Jude Albukhari is obtaining a Doctor of Psychology from the PGSP-Stanford Psy.D Consortium in Palo Alto, where she is in her third year. She has a MS in Clinical Psychology from the PGSP-Stanford Consortium, and obtained a BS in Psychology from Northeastern University in Boston. Ms. Albukhari came to the United States as an international student from Jordan, and joins PTR with a breadth of international experience in countries including Jordan, South Africa and the Philippines. She is particularly interested in working with immigrant and refugee youth, and is placed with our partner organization Oakland International High School to work with refugee adolescents primarily from Yemen and Syria. Ms. Albukhari is a native Arabic speaker.

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Florence Faizi, MA

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Florence Faizi, MA


Florence Faizi is obtaining a Doctor of Psychology from the Wright Institute in Berkeley, where she is currently in her third year. Ms. Faizi has a MA in Clinical Psychology from the Wright Institute, and a BA in Biology and Religious Studies from the University of San Francisco. She has extensive research experience, as well as clinical experience working with refugee populations. As a former Afghan refugee, Ms. Faizi has deep concern for humanitarian and social issues, and brings direct understanding of refugee and migration issues to her work. She has a keen interest in the long-term effects of armed conflict on psychological and physical health. Ms. Faizi is a native Dari and Farsi speaker, and works primarily with PTR’s refugee and asylum seeking clients from Afghanistan and Iran. She also has knowledge of Pashto, Urdu and Hindi.

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Dustin Kieschnick, MS

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Dustin Kieschnick, MS


Dustin Kieschnick is obtaining a Doctor of Psychology at the PGSP-Stanford Psy.D. Consortium in Palo Alto, where he is in his fourth year. He has a MS in Clinical Psychology from the PGSP-Stanford Consortium, and obtained a BS in Business Administration from the University of Houston. Mr. Kieschnick has worked in the Middle East, and founded a non-profit organization dedicated to helping trauma survivors heal through contact with nature. He has also conducted research with survivors of conflict and communal violence in the Central African Republic. Mr. Kieschnick has a particular interest in working with veterans and survivors of torture and war trauma who experience post-traumatic stress. He speaks conversational French.

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Penélope Mato Vilar, MA

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Penélope Mato Vilar, MA


Penélope Mato Vilar is a Marriage and Family Therapist Intern with a MA in Counseling Psychology from the California Institute of Integral Studies in San Francisco, and a Masters in Psychology from the University of Barcelona. She also obtained a Postgraduate Diploma in Organizational Development Consulting from the University of Barcelona, and a BA in Industrial Relations from the Andrés Bello Catholic University in Caracas. Ms. Mato Vilar is an international student from Spain and Venezuela, and has prior experience working with immigrants and refugees in the United States and Europe. In Spain, she worked as a teacher and mentor for migrants and asylum seekers from diverse regions of Africa. Ms. Mato Vilar is a native Spanish speaker, and works primarily with PTR’s asylum seeking clients from Mexico and Central America.

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Marco Morelli, MS, MA

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Marco Morelli, MS, MA


Marco Morelli is obtaining a Doctor of Psychology from the California School of Professional Psychology-Alliant International University in San Francisco, where he is in his fourth year. Mr. Morelli has a MA in Clinical Psychology from CSPP-Alliant University and a MS in Biology from San Francisco State University. He obtained a BS in Biological Sciences from the University of California, Davis. His previous clinical experience includes extensive work in community mental health settings. Mr. Morelli also worked in Liberia, West Africa, during the Ebola virus epidemic, providing clinical services at local Ebola treatment units. Before entering the field of psychology, he worked in Uganda for several years building clinical research capacity. Mr. Morelli is the son of Syrian and Italian immigrants, and speaks fluent Spanish & Italian. He works primarily with PTR’s asylum seeking clients from Mexico & Central America.

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Adhithi Rajan, MS, MA

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Adhithi Rajan, MS, MA


Adhithi Rajan is obtaining a Doctor of Psychology from the Wright Institute in Berkeley, where she is in her fourth year. Ms. Rajan is an international student from India with a MA in Clinical Psychology from the Wright Institute, a MS in Clinical Psychology from Christ University in Bangalore, and a BA in Psychology from M.S. University in Baroda. Ms. Rajan joins PTR with extensive international clinical experience in adult psychopathology, and also enjoys research and teaching. Her areas of interest include family systems, meaning making, interpersonal therapy and mindfulness. She also has a keen interest in the intersectionality of language, culture and psychology. Ms. Rajan is a native Tamil speaker, and also speaks fluent Hindi & Gujarati.

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Allison Rodriguez

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Allison Rodriguez


Allison Rodriguez is obtaining a joint Masters of Social Welfare and Masters of Public Health at the University of California, Berkeley. Ms. Rodriguez completed a BA in Psychology at Yale University, where she wrote a thesis exploring traumatic stress responses in survivors of human trafficking. She has extensive research experience, and most recently worked at the National Center for PTSD in the Department of Veterans Affairs. Ms. Rodriguez has clinical experience working with victims of violent crime in a public hospital setting, and is interested in addressing mental health inequities among diverse and disadvantaged populations through research, advocacy and clinical efforts.

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Ari Schoenholtz, MA

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Ari Schoenholtz, MA


Ari Schoenholtz is obtaining a Doctor of Psychology from the Wright Institute in Berkeley, where he is in his third year. He has a MA in Clinical Psychology from the Wright Institute, and completed a BA in Political Science at Williams College in Massachusetts. Mr. Schoenholtz has clinical experience providing individual and group therapy in community mental health settings, including a community clinic specializing in helping people recover from addiction. He has a keen interest in supporting refugee populations, and in intergenerational trauma & resilience. Before transitioning into psychology, Mr. Schoenholtz worked in public health and politics, where he served as a field organizer for then-Senator Barack Obama's first presidential campaign. He speaks conversational Spanish.

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Sahil Sharma, MA

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Sahil Sharma, MA


Sahil Sharma is obtaining a Doctor of Psychology from the Wright Institute in Berkeley, where he is in his third year. He has a MA in Clinical Psychology from the Wright Institute, and completed a BA in Psychology from the University of California, Davis. Mr. Sharma joins PTR with experience working with adults, adolescents and children in both community mental health and school settings. He has a particular interest in working relationally with survivors of trauma, as well as with international populations. Mr. Sharma came to the United States from India, and is a native Punjabi speaker. He also speaks Hindi.

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Maya Weir, MA

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Maya Weir, MA


Maya Weir is obtaining a Doctor of Psychology from the Wright Institute in Berkeley, where she is in her third year. She has a MA in Clinical Psychology from the Wright Institute, and completed a BA in Peace & Conflict Studies at the University of California, Berkeley. Ms. Weir has clinical experience working with children, adolescents and families in school settings, and with trauma-informed and mindfulness approaches. She joins PTR with extensive experience in the practice and teaching of yoga and mindfulness, and in their application to trauma recovery and healing. Her interests lie in cross-cultural work, complex trauma and somatic psychology. Ms. Weir has a multicultural family background, and speaks fluent Hebrew and some Spanish.

HUMAN RIGHTS VOLUNTEER INTERNS
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Samanthi Jinadasa
Web Design Volunteer Intern

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Samanthi Jinadasa
Web Design Volunteer Intern


Samanthi Jinadasa joined Partnerships for Trauma Recovery as a Web Design Intern in June 2017. When she isn’t doing front-end web development projects, she spends her time coding Ruby on Rails, a web application framework, as well as other back-end programming projects. She is currently pursuing a computer science degree from Harvard University.

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Tiffany McBride
Program Evaluation Volunteer Intern

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Tiffany McBride
Program Evaluation Volunteer Intern


Tiffany McBride joined Partnerships for Trauma Recovery as a Program Evaluation Intern in May 2017. In 2016, Tiffany graduated from Claremont Graduate University and earned her MA degree in Social Psychology & Evaluation. Previous projects conducted by Tiffany have primarily been in the Education & Professional Development fields, and include experience with instrument creation, data analysis, and report writing.

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Carol Tang
Web Design Volunteer Intern

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Carol Tang
Web Design Volunteer Intern


Carol Tang is a rising junior at UC Berkeley majoring in Linguistics. She joined PTR in July 2016 with several years' worth of web design experience, as well as an interest in mental health. Her most recent work was with the UC Berkeley Neuroscience Department and Koinonia Fellowship. Carol speaks Mandarin and French.