PsySR Mentors

PsySRPsySR's Mentoring Program is intended to provide support and resources to PsySR members, especially psychology students, early career psychologists, and others who are interested in integrating social justice, social change, and social responsibility into their practice of psychology, and who are in the early stages of building or redirecting a career that promotes these issues both within the field and within the broader academic and professional environments.

PsySR has a number of experienced psychologists interested in serving as mentors. The list of mentors posted below will be updated on a regular basis. If you are interested in becoming a PsySR Mentor, please contact Nahid Aziz at nahid.aziz@cox.net.

PsySR Mentors

Nahid Aziz (Washington, DC) is an Associate Professor in the Clinical Psychology Programs at American School of Professional Psychology at Argosy University, Washington, DC. She is a human rights activist and currently serves as the steering committee member of Psychologist for Social Responsibility. Nahid is the vice president of the non-profit organization, Afghan Education For A Better Tomorrow, which provides health and education services in Afghanistan. She fled her native country, Afghanistan, in the late 80s due to political unrest as a result of Russian invasion and sought political asylum in Germany. Nahid later immigrated to the US and completed her graduate studies in clinical psychology. Her dissertation was a clinical manual on the mental health of Afghan refugee and immigrant women, which received the Best Dissertation of the Year Award. Nahid has worked extensively with refugee populations. Her research interest is refugee and immigrant mental health, mental health in conflict and post-conflict regions, and mental health of women in the Islamic countries. She currently serves as the Co-Chair of Afghanistan Mental Health Workgroup sponsored by Substance Abuse Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), providing technical assistance to the Afghanistan’s Ministry of Public Health to establish and reconstruct mental health services and develop mental health capacity. She has published on the human rights and mental health of Afghan women and frequently appeared on international TV and radio talk shows discussing the impacts of acculturative stress on immigrants’ and refugees’ mental health, specifically on Muslims and Afghan immigrants. She can be reached at nahid.aziz@cox.net.

Nuria Ciofalo (Santa Barbara, CA) has worked with diverse multicultural communities for more than 30 years. She has obtained a Bachelor’s and Master’s Degree in Clinical Psychology from the University Ludwigs-Maximilian in Munich, Germany; a Master’s Degree in Planning and a Doctor’s Degree in Community Psychology from the University of Hawaii. Born in Mexico, she has lived and worked with indigenous groups in Mexico and Hawaii. Her main interests are in the areas of indigenous psychologies, youth development, community empowerment, and cross-cultural research. Nuria has worked in the U.S. and Mexico, training others to do participatory action research projects and managing large scale program evaluations. She is currently co-Associate Chair in the Community Psychology, Liberation Psychology, and Ecopsychology specialization of the M.A/PhD Program at Pacifica Graduate Institute. She can be reached at NCiofalo@pacifica.edu.

Paula Green (Amherst, MA) is the founder, former Executive Director, and now Senior Fellow of Karuna Center for Peacebuilding, a US-based NGO focused on international conflict transformation, inter-communal dialogue, and reconciliation. She also serves as Professor of Conflict Transformation at the School for International Training, where she founded and directs CONTACT (Conflict Transformation Across Cultures), an annual Peacebuilding Institute and Graduate Certificate Program for peacemakers from around the world. Paula has decades of experience as a psychologist, educator, activist, and consultant in peacebuilding in many regions of Africa, Asia, the Mid East, and Europe, as well as within the US. She has received the Unsung Heroes of Compassion award, given to her by His Holiness the Dalai Lama in April 2009. Psychologists interested in expanding their work toward peacebuilding, justice, and social responsibility might attend the international CONTACT Program, held each June at the School for International Training in Vermont and each December in Nepal with a South Asian focus. Please check the website and email Paula Green for more information. Karuna Center for Peacebuilding, whose directors and mentors are psychologists and social workers, hopes to institute a formal mentoring program in 2012. Please connect with us for further information. She can be reached at Paula@karunacenter.org.

Steven Handwerker (Boca Raton, FL) is a licensed psychologist in three states (NY, FL, SD), a Supreme Court family mediator, and board certified forensic examiner and trauma expert serving on the Professional and Scientific Board of the National Center for Crisis Management, part of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security. He founded and chairs the International Association for the Advancement of Human Welfare, a 13 year-old organization concerned with the values that promote peace. Steve was the first membership chair for APA Division 48, Peace Psychology, and is the founder and chair of the task force in that division concerned with peace and spirituality which has presented over 70 APA programs since the task force was created in 1997. He is also a community leader in green action programs and writes a monthly article on these matters. Steve works on sustainable, interdisciplinary crisis intervention, most recently in Haiti, applying his experience in human rights education, trauma work and interfaith dialogue. He can be reached at peacewk@peacewk.org.

Yeshashwork Kibour (Washington, DC) currently serves as a Steering committee member for PsySR. She is the Associate Director of Clinical Training at Argosy University and is a private practitioner in Washington, DC. She immigrated from Ethiopia in 1985 and is a graduate of the Howard University Clinical Psychology Program. She began her career working with refugee and immigrant populations during her internship and post doc. She completed her internship at University of Colorado Health Sciences Center and her post-graduate training at the Center for Victims of Torture in Minneapolis, MN. Her current interests lie within international psychology, clinical training in psychology, and providing psychotherapy and assessment to survivors of severe trauma including politically motivated torture, gender based violence, and human trafficking. She currently conducts research in the area of intimate partner violence in Ethiopia. She can be reached at ykibour@argosy.edu.

Mary Pelton-Cooper (Marquette, MI) is a clinical Psychologist and an Associate Professor of Psychology at Northern Michigan University. Mary teaches courses relevant to clinical work, including Abnormal Psychology, Psychopathology, Personality, Sexual Behaviors, Psychology of Gender, and an undergraduate practicum course. Mary’s courses integrate the ethical foundation of psychology practice and discourse on acceptance and welcoming of difference, and she includes the perspective of social responsibility in as many ways as possible. Her approach is enriched by her previous career in nursing and public health. Mary’s current clinical practice is with adults with a wide range of diagnoses, and her specialty area is in Interpersonal Psychotherapy with couples. She can be reached at mpeltonc@nmu.edu.

Tod Sloan (Portland, OR) is an advocate for the perspective known as critical psychology. Originally trained in personality theory and counseling psychology, he now identifies mostly with the subdiscipline called community psychology. He is interested in helping psychologists and counselors find ways to be directly active in social movements and community organizing projects. As the co-editor of PsySR and CSJ's Journal for Social Action, he is also interested in helping people reflect on and write about their work for peace and social justice. He can mentor around issues such as success in academia while being an activist, and linking studies in psychology to international work. More info on his work can be found HERE. He can be reached at sloan@lclark.edu.

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