Scientific Committee

The Symposium is supported by a prominent, global and interdisciplinary Scientific Committee. The Scientific Committee is composed of the following experts:

  • Dr. Florence Baingana, Makerere University School of Public Health, Uganda
  • Dr. S. Megan Berthold, University of Connecticut School of Social Work, USA
  • Dr. Mario Campuzano Montoya, Independent psychoanalyst, researcher and trainer, Mexico
  • Dr. Sotheara Chhim, Transcultural and Psychosocial Organization Cambodia, Cambodia
  • Prof. Sofia Gruskin, University of Southern California, USA
  • Dr. Brigitte Khoury, American University of Beirut, Lebanon
  • Dr. Angela Nickerson, University of New South Wales, Australia
  • Prof. Nimisha Patel, University of East London, United Kingdom
  • Mr. Bhava Poudyal, independent MHPSS practitioner, Sri Lanka
  • Dr. Jose Quiroga, Independent Forensic Expert Group, USA
  • Prof. Derrick Silove, Psychiatry Research and Teaching Unit and Centre for Population Mental Health Research, Southwest Sydney Area Health Service and University of New South Wales, Australia
  • Dr. Nora Sveaass, University of Oslo, Norway
  • Mr. Carlos Jibaja Zarate, Director of Mental Health, Centro de Atención Psicosocial, Peru

It is chaired by IRCT Executive Committee members:

  • Dr. Pradeep Agrawal, (Asia Region), Society for Social Research, Art and Culture, India
  • Dr. Boris Drozdek, (Europe Region), Psychotrauma Centrum Zuid Nederland, the Netherlands
  • Ms. Bernadette McGrath, (Pacific Region), Overseas Services to Survivors of Torture and Trauma, Australia
  • and co-host Ms. Felicitas Treue, Colectivo Contra la Tortura y la Impunidad, Mexico


Please find all committee members' potential conflict of interest disclosure forms here.