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Leah James, MSW, Ph.D. (Social Work & Social Psychology, University of Michigan)
Clinical Assistant Professor & Field Placement Director, M.A. program in International Disaster Psychology (MAIDP)
Areas of Interest: Culturally-adapted assessment and intervention development, implementation, and evaluation for trauma and disaster survivors; traditional healing practices; trauma among military veterans; women’s mental health; recovery, empowerment, and social action models of mental healthcare. Courses: Psychology of Loss & Grief, MAIDP Seminar, Case Conference.
Conference Presentations/Publications: International trauma and disaster psychology (post-earthquake mental health intervention in Haiti; women’s mental health in Ghana); meaning-making and innovative treatment development for veterans with PTSD; behavioral effects of uncertainty; possible selves; motivation.
Experience: Co-founder of Soulaje Lespri Moun, lay mental health worker training program for earthquake survivors in Port-au-Prince, Haiti. International mental health research conducted in Haiti (Aristide Foundation; Small Arms Survey), Ghana (University of Ghana, Accra), South Africa (University of Johannesburg), and DR Congo (Panzi Hospital, Bukavu) in collaboration with the University of Michigan. Staff social worker (individual and group therapy with veterans and family members), PTSD Clinical Team, Ann Arbor VA hospital. Group therapy with incarcerated female survivors of sexual assault, SE Michigan. Social psychological laboratory research focused on uncertainty, motivation, goal-setting.