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Dr. Gameela Samarasinghe

Dr. Gameela Samarasinghe is a Clinical Psychologist by training and an Associate Professor in Psychology in the Department of Sociology, University of Colombo, Sri Lanka. She has been a member of various advisory groups developing strategies for post-conflict trauma in Sri Lanka and internationally. She has been the recipient of research grants including the Fulbright- Hays Senior Research Scholar Award (2004-2005) at Boston University and the Fulbright Advanced Research Award (2013 – 2014) at Columbia University’s School of Public Health. She is co-editor, with Laurie L Charlés, of Family Systems and Global Humanitarian Mental Health: Approaches in the Field (2019) and Family Therapy in Global Humanitarian Contexts: Voices and Issues in the Field (2016). 

Dr. Laurie L Charlés

Dr. Laurie L Charlés A licensed marriage and family therapist since 2007, I am also a qualitative researcher whose scholarship and consultation practice is focused on scaling up family therapy practices for host country nationals in fragile, conflict and violence affected states (FCVs). My work emphasizes how to enhance public mental health initiatives with vulnerable and at-risk populations during postconflict country reconstruction, and in low resource settings across the globe. My most recent research and consultation projects have been as 2017-2018 Fulbright Global Scholar Program Fellow; as a consultant for The Asia Foundation's Shared Values/ Shared Spaces' program to create a grassroots toolkit for practitioners and organizations in Sri Lanka engaged in Transitional Justice and Reconciliation Initiatives; and as an international consultant/trainer for the United Nations Office in Vienna, working to deliver a UNODC Treatnet Family Therapy package to practitioners from 15 countries in South, Central, and Southeast Asia. I have a PhD in Family Therapy from Nova Southeastern University and a M.A. in International Relations from the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University. My most recent book is International Family Therapy: A Guide for Multilateral Systemic Practice in Mental Health and Psychosocial Support (2021, Routledge).

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