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Dr. Onno van der Hart

From 1997 to present Dr. van der Hart has been Chief of resarch at Cats-Polm Institute, Zeist and Professor of Health Psychology at Utrecht University, Utrecht. Since 1996, he has held the post of Psychologist/psychotherapist, Psychotherapy Team, Regional Institute for Ambulatory Mental Health Care (RIAGG Z/NW), Amsterdam.

He has previously served as Chief, Trauma and Dissociation Team, Regional Institute for Ambulatory Mental Health Care South/New West (RIAGG Z/NW) in Amsterdam and as Senior psychologist, Institute for Psychotrauma, Utrecht.

The author of many scholarly articles, his teaching interests include dissociative disorders: theory, diagnosis and treatment, posttraumatic stress disorder: theory, diagnosis and treatment, clinical hypnosis, and strategic psychotherapy.

His clinical interests diagnosis and treatment of dissociative disorders, disorders of extreme stress, and posttraumatic stress disorders and re?grief therapy, therapeutic rituals hypnosis psychotherapeutic management of chronic pain and somatoform disorders.

Dr. van der Hart's research interests include prevalence, etiology and phenomenology of dissociative disorders, outcome research on treatment approaches to posttraumatic stress disorder, dissociative disorders, traumatic memories, and pathological mourning.


Dr. Peter Levine

Dr. Peter Levine is an internationally recognized pioneer in stress research and a leading developer of advances in healing practices for trauma survivors. He has worked with torture victims, refugees and survivors of natural disasters throughout the world. Dr. Levine is currently devising strategies for preventing the spread of panic and overwhelm in the face of the recent terrorist attacks in the United States. He has brought his unique method for healing trauma to war survivors living in the former Yugoslavia, Denmark and Germany. In 1999 he visited the Middle East where he worked with a group of Palestinian, Turkish and Israeli mental health workers to focus on the emotional and historical wounds of trauma that have devastated these countries. Dr. Levine serves on the Presidential Initiative on Ethnopolitical Warfare, which is developing a special curriculum for dealing with large-scale disaster and ethnopolitical conflict.

Now published in 8 languages, Levine's best selling book, WAKING THE TIGER: HEALING TRAUMA (North Atlantic Books) is a journey through the 'primitive world' of our biological and emotional responses to threat. Levine has recently developed a series of audio learning tapes to help listeners awaken their natural capacity to resolve trauma symptoms.

Dr. Danny Brom

Danny Brom, Ph.D. is a Clinical Psychologist/psychotherapist, with special interest and experience in treatment and research of traumatic experiences and its consequences. Danny Brom was the former director of the Dutch Institute for Psychotrauma and is presently working as Director of the Israel Center for the Treatment of Psychotrauma in Jerusalem. Besides his executive tasks, he is doing clinical work, training therapists and conducting and supervising research. Currently he is the Founding Director of the Israel Center for the Treatment of Psychotrauma, Herzog Hospital, Jerusalem. He is a lecturer, Clinical Psychology Dept, Hebrew University since 1998, conducts a private practice, and is Chairman of the Committee of Appeal of the Dutch Holocaust Reparation Authority in Israel.

Dr. Brom is an author of many scholarly articles and book chapers.

Dr. David A. Gross
MD, FAPA, PA

Dr. Gross is a Diplomate of the American Board of Psychiatry & Neurology and a Fellow of the American Psychiatric Association. He currently practices in Delray Beach, Florida where since January, 2002he has conducted his private practice of psychiatry.He has held numerous positions as clinical and medical director at trauma treatment centers. He is a member of many professional organizations including American Psychiatric Association. Florida Psychiatric Society, Florida Medical Association, Palm Beach County Medical Society, Palm Beach County Psychiatric Society, American Society of Clinical Psychopharmacology, American Academy of Clinical Psychiatrists and American Neuropsychiatric Association.

Dr. Gross is the recipient of many medical honors and appointments and the author of research and scholarly articles.

Liisa K. Hyvarinen

Liisa K. Hyvarinen is a freelance journalist based in Tampa, Florida. She is also a Dart Fellow for Journalism and Trauma with University of Washington-Seattle and served as a Rosalynn Carter Fellow for Mental Health Journalism at the Jimmy Carter Presidential Library and Center in Atlanta.

Hyvarinen started her career as a magazine writer in San Francisco but has also worked extensively in television; her work has appeared on NBC, CNN, ABC and CBS. Her documentary on depression and suicide, "Silent Screams" was nominated for an Emmy Award in 2001; her previous investigative work on public safety issues earned her the Emmy in 1997.

Elaine Silvestrini

President of DART Society, Elaine Silvestrini recently joined the Tampa Tribune in Tampa, Florida, where she covers federal courts, after more than a decade of covering courts in New Jersey, where she worked at the Asbury Park Press and the Gloucester County Times.

She is continually looking for ways to humanize her journalism, to infuse her story telling with compassion, while not shirking from the duty to inform. She went to Rwanda in August 2001, with psychologists who are working with the government, journalists and non-governmental organizations to help that country heal from the 1994 genocide.

That domestic American journalists could be affected by their work was a foreign concept in 2000, but she joined the effort to aid others, particularly war correspondents, out of a sense of obligation to those who have put their lives on the line. Then, Sept. 11 took the lives of more than 150 people in the Asbury Park Press' coverage area. Elaine was called upon to help their newsroom deal with the disaster and served as internal staff "ombudsman,'' advocating for sensitive coverage and for the needs of journalists. In addition to reporting on the aftermath, going into the homes of those who lost loved ones, she helped coordinate coverage, attended news meetings, helped reporters with communications issues, and suggested names of staffers who needed to be rotated in and out of the story.

She arranged for critical response teams to debrief the staff and took care packages of food to the reporters in the bureaus. She reported stories on the psychological consequences of the disaster. She was able to help a newsroom through the worst disaster this country has ever experienced.

Deirdre Stoelzle

Currently the City Desk editor of the Casper (Wyo.) Star-Tribune, Deirdre Stoelzle specializes in investigative journalism and has spent nearly a decade covering crime, health, education and poverty in Casper and Wyoming. She won a Dart Fellowship in 1999 for her work documenting the stories of victims, and in 2000 participated as a fellow in several discussions in Boulder, Colo., with journalists, school-district administrators and experts on trauma that resulted in a documentary on media coverage of the Columbine High School massacre. As an editor, she asks writers to try to report the insider's perspective whenever possible by building trust through a cooperative venture with sources.

She just returned from Rwanda, where she assisted two American trauma psychologists at a symposium for Rwandaise journalists on genocide and traumatization, and conducted research into the handling of trials in the aftermath of the 1994 genocide.

Dianna DeMascio

A Los Angeles, California lawyer, Dianna specializes in communication law, with an emphasis on intellectual property rights and the media.

Dr. David Grand

David Grand, Ph.D. is trained as an EMDR Institute Facilitator, specialty presenter at EMDR Institute Level II Trainings and a presenter at EMDR Institute Retreats. He is the author of EMOTIONAL HEALING AT WARP SPEED: THE POWER OF EMDR released in August 2001. He is the creator or BioLateral Sound Healing Products. Dr. Grand is the developer of "Natural Flow Creative Healing" which integrates a variety of healing modalities. He is an EMDRIA-Approved Consultant and presenter at the 1995, 1996, 1997, 1999, 2000, 2001 and 2002 EMDR International Conferences and the 2001 and 2002 EMDR Europe Conference. He presented seminars at the AMCHA Trauma Conference in Israel, and in London, Amsterdam and Buenos Aires. He has a chapter in the book, Extending EMDR. Dr. Grand developed EMDR Acting and Singing Coaching, an extension EMDR Creativity Enhancement. He has taught the system at New Actor's Workshop since 1998, has given showcases in New York and Los Angeles and coaches actors and singers privately. He has appeared on CNN, NBC Nightly News, Nightline and Discovery and has been featured in the New York Times, the Washington Post, USA Today, Newsday and Golf Digest magazine.

Judith Kuriansky, Ph.D.

A clinical psychologist, lecturer, certified sex therapist, media personality best selling author, adjunct professor at New York University, and a Fellow of the American Psychological Association Dr. Kuriansky brings considerable talent and professionalism to the advisory board for ITI.

Migael Scherer

Migael Scherer is a teacher and consultant to the Dart Center for Journalism and Trauma at the University of Washington in Seattle, and director of the Dart Award for Excellence in Reporting on Victims of Violence.

Since 1990 Scherer has been a lecturer in reporting, journalism ethics, and public relations classes. She has collaborated with other universities, along with national experts, on the subject of trauma, victims and the media, and has presented at numerous workshops and conferences (see below).

Scherer's first book, Still Loved by the Sun: A Rape Survivor's Journal (Simon & Schuster, 1992), won a PEN/Albrand Citation for distinguished nonfiction and a Pacific Northwest Booksellers Association award. She is also the author of A Cruising Guide to Puget Sound (1995) and Sailing to Simplicity: Life Lessons Learned at Sea (1999), as well as essays and articles (see related works below). Her profiles of journalists appear in Covering Violence: A Guide to Ethical Reporting about Victims and Trauma. She is currently working on a non-fiction book that earned her a 1997 resident fellowship from the Island Institute in Sitka, Alaska.

Scherer received a bachelor of arts degree with honors from Seattle University in 1969, and a secondary education certificate from the University of Washington in 1970. She is a former technical writer, computer information systems instructor, and high school journalism teacher.

Dr. Hyla Cass

Hyla Cass, M.D. is a noted author of several books, and Assistant Clinical Professor of Psychiatry, UCLA School of Medicine. She has integrated nutritional medicine with psychiatry in her clinical practice. A popular public speaker, consultant, and educator, her topics include complementary medicine and psychiatry, anti-aging, women's health (including natural hormone therapy), stress reduction, and natural treatments for addictions, anxiety disorders, and depression. She is also a frequent commentator in newspapers, magazines, radio, and television, contributor to numerous books and journals, and consultant to the supplement industry.

Dr. Cass graduated from the University of Toronto School of Medicine, interned at Los Angeles County-USC Medical Center, and completed a psychiatric residency at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center/UCLA.

Ofra Ayalon

Ofra Ayalon is a doctor of psychology and the director of Nord International Trauma Consultancy. She also heads the COPE Center, which trains professionals in Israel in the use of therapeutic cards, is employed as scientific editor for Nord Publications and promotes The OH-Cards in Israel.

During her 35-year career at Haifa University Ofra has written and published many articles, books and intervention programs on the subjects of divorce, domestic violence and child abuse, death and bereavement, suicide prevention and war and terrorism. Her publications are available in many languages, including Hebrew, English, Arabic, Thai, Finnish, Croatian and Spanish.

As a trainer and consultant, Ofra has worked with mental health workers on-site in traumatized communities in Israel, South Africa, Angola, the former Yugoslavia and Ireland. She has also trained professionals in Japan, South Korea, Thailand, Finnland, England and Portugal.

Ofra´s current focus is the effects and prevention of violence in the media, in society and in the family, and on the use of associative cards (the OH-Cards and their offshoots) to promote communication and creativity.

Ralf Zimmerman

Retired US Army Lieutenant Colonel (20 years of service) and decorated armed combat veteran Ralf Zimmermann is an expert of both US and German military forces. He has served his country in varied capacities of ever increasing responsibility, in duty assignments from battalion commander to agreements negotiator with our allies, including combat during Desert Storm. He enlisted in the US Army in June 1979. He received his MA in International Relations from Boston University, and is the recipient of various awards and decorations including the Bronze Star with Valor device, Defense Meritorious Service Medal and Five Army Meritorious Service Medals. Since 2000, he has been a Columnist and Military Analyst for military publications and numerous TV and radio shows. His column regularly appears in Army/Navy, Air Force and Marine Times and the Colorado Springs Gazette. He is finishing a book.

Vivian Gold
Ph.D.

Vivian Gold, Ph.D. is a psychologist at the Veterans Administration Greater Los Angeles Healthcare Service. Also she is an Assistant Clinical Professor in the department of Psychiatry and Bio-behavioral Sciences at the UCLA Neuropsychiatric Institute. She is a board member of Grex, the West coast center of the AK Rice Institute, and board member of the UCLA CSOGD. Dr. Gold also has a private practice of clinical and consulting psychology, Los Angeles, CA. She is coordinating a living memorial - bringing children and grandchildren of veterans who were killed or disabled in war using the Veteran's Administration Hospital grounds as a public space to honor veterans and the community.

Robin Twite

An ex-British diplomat, Robin has been working on environmental projects, jointly supported by Israelis and Palestinians. The author of many articles, he is the Secretary General of the World Conference for Religion and Peace (WCRP).

Taj Hamad

Taj Hamad is the President of The World Association of Non-Governmental Organizations (WANGO), an international membership organization uniting NGOs worldwide in the cause of advancing peace and global well-being. WANGO helps to provide the mechanism and support needed for NGOs to connect, partner, share, inspire, and multiply their contributions to solve humanity's basic problems. Initiated in 2000 by a handful of international NGOs and prominent visionaries, WANGO has quickly become one of the premier international bodies for non-governmental organizations that are committed to the ideals of universal peace, justice, and well-being for all humanity. Concerned with universal values shared across the barriers of politics, culture, religion, race and ethnicity, the founding organizations and individuals envisioned an organization that would enable NGOs to work in partnership across those barriers, thereby weaving a selfless social fabric essential to establishing a worldwide culture of peace. By optimizing resources and sharing vital information, WANGO provides a means for NGOs to become more effective in completing their vital tasks. Mr. Hamad is interested in supporting the writing of the booklet, supplying stories, supporting funding of trainings for diplomats in the Middle East and disseminating the information through WANGO.

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