Dr. Laurie L Charlés is a licensed marriage and family therapist and qualitative researcher based in Boston, Massachusetts (U.S.) She is recent subject matter expert with family therapy projects at the United Nations Office in Vienna, with psychotherapeutic interventions courses sponsored by the World Health Organization (WHO) and was a mental health officer for WHO during the Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) Response to the outbreak in West Africa in 2015. A 2010 Fulbright Scholar (Sri Lanka) and 2017-2018 Fulbright Global Scholar (Kosovo and Sri Lanka), her work is focused on scaling up family therapy practices for host country nationals in fragile states. Dr Charlés’ has both 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. She is a Lecturer at Massachusetts General Hospital Institute of Health Professions.
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 was also the co- editor with Dr Laurie Charles of Family Therapy in Global Humanitarian Contexts – Voices and Issues from the Field, AFTA Springer Briefs in Family Therapy, Springer International Publishing AG, Switzerland, 2016, and of Family Systems and Global Humanitarian Mental Health – Approaches in the Field, Springer International Publishing AG, Switzerland, 2019. 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.
Dr. Saeid Kianpour
Dr. Saeid Kianpour is a registered psychotherapist and a family therapist based in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada. He completed his BA in Education of children with special needs and a Master’s Degree in Psychology-Family Therapy in Iran, then moved to the United States to pursue his doctorate in Human Development and Family Science with an emphasis on Marriage and Family Therapy at Virginia Tech. Dr. Kianpour accomplished an internship at the Indiana University-School of Medicine as a Behavioral Science Doctoral Intern and Visiting Lecturer, and moved to Canada in 2018 where he was registered with the College of Registered Psychotherapists of Ontario and started working in Ottawa in private clinical practice. Systemic ideology is a thread woven throughout his worldview and work. His clinical practice and experience in Iran, the United States, and Canada have enabled meaningful moments of growth and provided him the opportunity to work with diverse populations who faced various challenges. Cultural diversity and working in a humanitarian context is an innate part of his experience.