Professor of the Psychological Counseling and Guidance working at Middle East Technical University, Ankara, Turkey
Özgür Erdur-Baker is a Professor of the Psychological Counseling and Guidance working at Middle East Technical University, Ankara, Turkey. She has M.A. and Ph.D. degrees in Counseling Psychology from University of Texas-Austin. She has extensive teaching and research background in the disciplines of developmental, educational and counseling psychology. She is an author of numerous national and international journal articles, book chapters and conference proceedings. Her main research interests are trauma/disaster psychology; gender and cultural issues in counseling; school violence including cyber and traditional bullying; and impacts of information and communication technologies on children and adolescents.
Dr. Erdur-Baker is a Fulbright Visiting Scholar Award recipient, which is supporting her current research project "Developing a Need Based, Gender and Culture Sensitive Psychosocial Support Intervention Model for Displaced Syrians Through Community-Based Participatory Research."
The project aims to address the lack of a culture- and gender-sensitive model for Turkey detailing how to provide psychosocial support for displaced Syrians. The desired model should draw from the needs/struggles of this population and outline which factors foster resilience, and which factors hinder adjustment and thereby exacerbate psychological problems. Moreover, the model should target the needs of local population as well. The local people’s perceptions and attitudes toward the refugee population have important implications for the effectiveness of the intervention models. The existing scientific literature warns that immigrants may suffer from discrimination but rarely describes how to address this issue during the implementation of the psychosocial interventions. Therefore, this multi-phased, cross-cultural, qualitative research aims to a) identify shortcomings of existing models and the sociocultural factors impacting the well-being of Syrians and b) develop a culture and gender sensitive model. Community based participatory research integrated with Assets Mapping Approach will be utilized.
Counseling, Educational Leadership, and School Psychology Department Rhode Island College
Kalina M. Brabeck is a licensed counseling psychologist and Associate Professor in the Department of Counseling, Educational Leadership and School Psychology at Rhode Island College. She is a Foundation for Child Development Young Scholar and a Roger Williams University Latino Policy Institute Research Fellow. As a bilingual (Spanish/English) psychologist, Dr. Brabeck has worked as a researcher, advocate, and clinician with Latino immigrant families for the past 15 years. Her research explores the intersections among socio-structural challenges (e.g., poverty, racism, immigration status), family processes, and individual mental health and wellbeing.
Since 2007, she has focused on the consequences of U.S. immigration policies and practices for Latino immigrant families and children. She is Principal Investigator on a mixed-methods study, funded by the Foundation for Child Development, that explores the impact of Latino immigrant parent legal status on health, academic, and social/emotional outcomes for U.S.-born children ages 7-10. Additionally she has worked since 2007 with the Migration and Human Rights Project (formerly the Post-Deportation Human Rights Project) based at Boston College. Through this multi-year, participatory action, and mixed-methods research, she collected data in both the U.S. and in Guatemala on the impact of immigrant status and enforcements on Central American families in both counties. Her most recent research initiative involves understanding the post-release experiences of unaccompanied Central American immigrant youth and developing school-based interventions to support their mental health and academic engagement. Her work has been published in academic journals and books as well as in popular press (e.g., Huffington Post, Providence Journal), and policy forums (e.g., Child and Family Blog, Rhode Island Collaborative).
Dr. Brabeck is an advocate for immigrant children and families and was first-author on a report on the impact of parental deportation on U.S.-born children that was presented to the Inter-American Human Rights Commission in Washington, DC. Her work was recently cited in an amicus brief presented to the U.S. Supreme Court in the case SCOTUS Texas vs. U.S.. Finally, Dr. Brabeck has 15 years of experience working clinically with Latino immigrant children and families, including providing forensic psychological evaluations and expert testimony in immigration court.
Ricardo Falla Sánchez, SJ
Ricardo Falla Sánchez is a Guatemalan Jesuit anthropologist who completed his PhD at the University of Texas in Austin after having studied theology in Innsbruck, Austria with Karl Rahner, among others. He has dedicated his life to documenting the lives and cultures of Maya in Guatemala and other indigenous peoples in Central America. His writings have documented multiple Mayan communities including their revitalization through, among other initiatives, their engagement with strong religious movements, attempts to destroy their communities through the brutal massacres of the 1980s, and their struggles for justice and human rights. Between 1982 and 1993 he spent multiple years, including some of the worst of the armed conflict, accompanying what were to become the Communities of Populations in Resistance in the Ixcán.
Among his many publications is included a monograph based on his PhD dissertation, Quiché Rebelde (1978), and published in English in 2001 as Quiché Rebelde. Religious Conversion, Politics, and Ethnic Identity in Guatemala. His 1984 Spanish language monograph, Esa muerte que nos hace vivir [That death that makes us live] is perhaps the best example of how ethnography can serve as metaphor. Falla is perhaps most widely known for his 1992 publication Masacres de la Selva – a volume that appeared in English, Massacres in the Jungle, in 1994. He has recently published three books on Mayan youth, two focused on those from the Ixcán area of Guatemala: Alicia: Explorando la identidad de una joven maya [Exploring identity: The story of a Maya youth] (2005) and Juventud de una comunidad maya: Ixcán, Guatemala [Youth from a Maya Community, Ixcán, Guatemala] (2006) and a third volume, Migración transnacional retornada: Juventud indígena de Zacualpa, Guatemala [Transnational migration and return: Indigenous youth of Zacualpa, Guatemala] (2007) which focuses on youth who have immigrated to the United States and voluntarily returned to Guatemala. He is currently publishing the sixth volume of what will be eight volumes of his heretofore unpublished work, Al atardecer de la vida [At the sunset of life].
Laurie Johnston, Ph.D., is an ethicist working on issues of war and peacebuilding, the environmental impact of war, human rights, and religious liberty. She is Associate Professor of Theology and Director of Fellowships at Emmanuel College in Boston. She recently co-edited Can War be Just in the 21st Century: Ethicists Engage the Tradition with Tobias Winright. She has a longstanding interest in Christian-Muslim relations; at the Center, she is working on a project on migration and Catholic universities; the project examines how Catholic educational institutions in Europe and the US understand their identities in relation to Muslim students and faculty in their midst, particularly in situations where Muslim students make up a significant portion of the student body. She is also engaged in a project on the ethics of nuclear disarmament, and will be teaching a course in BC’s International Studies program in spring of 2017.
Dr. Johnston holds a B.A. from the University of Virginia, an M.Div. from Harvard Divinity School, and Ph.D. in Theological Ethics from Boston College. She is a member of the Community of Sant’Egidio and serves on the Steering Committee of the Catholic Peacebuilding Committee. Recently she gave a presentation in Kinshasa to the Rectors of Catholic universities from throughout Africa on “Incorporating Peace Studies and Catholic Social Teaching Across the Curriculum.” She also spoke at the Boisi Center at BC recently on“Just War Theory and the Environmental Consequences of War.”
Ramsay Liem is professor emeritus of psychology, Boston College, and past co-coordinator for the Asian American Studies Program. He has conducted oral histories with Korean American survivors of the Korean War and directed the multi-media project, Still Present Pasts: Korean Americans and the “Forgotten War” (www.stillpresentpasts.org) based on this research. Still Present Pasts has been shown at 13 sites in the U.S. and South Korea thus far. He is currently co-directing and producing the film, Memory of Forgotten War with Deann Borshay Liem. His latest publication is “When a Fireball Drops in your Hole: Biography Formed in the Crucible of War."
He is a co-founder with CHRIJ Associate Director, Brinton Lykes, of the Ignacio Martín-Baró Fund for Mental Health and Human Rights, now a project of the Center.
Dr. Maryanne Loughry is a Sister of Mercy, a psychologist, and an academic working on the rights of forced migrants with research affiliations at Oxford University and Flinders University of South Australia. She is currently the Associate Director of Jesuit Refugee Service Australia. She was first visiting scholar at the Center in Fall 2008. Dr. Loughry serves on several international boards including the academic board of the Gaza Community Mental Health Programme and the Governing Committee of the International Catholic Migration Committee. More recently she has been involved in researching and writing on the links between climate change and forced migration.