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Dr. Cherie Armour
Professor Ask Elklit
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Dr Frédérique Vallières is an Assistant Professor in the Centre for Global Health, Trinity College Dublin, where she directs the International Doctorate in Global Health (INDIGO) programme. Frédérique' research focuses on the contribution of Psychology to Global Health.  Specifically, how theories and findings from Humanitarian Work Psychology and Psychotraumatology can best be translated to address current Global Health challenges in sub-Saharan Africa, the Middle-East and Europe. She is the Executive Director of Reach Out To Humanity (ROTH). Frédérique acts as CONTEXT's Principal Investigator. 

dr. philip hyland

Dr Philip Hyland is a Senior Lecturer in Psychology at Maynooth University and an Adjunct Associate Professor at the Centre for Global Health, Trinity College Dublin. Philip's research centres on psychological responses to traumatic life events. Philip is currently involved in the development of revisions to the diagnoses of Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and Complex PTSD for the International Classification of Diseases 11th edition published by the WHO. Philip was the recipient of the inaugural Albert Ellis Award for Research in 2014. Philip acts as CONTEXT's Research Coordinator.


Dr Jamie Murphy is Professor of Psychology at Ulster University. A co-founder and chair of the Northern Ireland Trauma and Psychosis Research Network, he has investigated the co-occurrence of psychological trauma and psychosis for the past 10 years. Challenging disease based conceptualisations of psychotic disorders, Jamie’s research has demonstrated that extreme perceptual, belief and behavioural abnormalities such as hallucinations, delusions and mania often emerge in, and can be understood against, a context of extreme life trauma and adversity. Jamie acts as CONTEXT's Training Coordinator.

professor mark shevlin

Mark Shevlin is Professor of Psychology at Ulster University. His is currently the Statistical Editor of the Journal of Traumatic Stress (the official publication for the International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies) and a member of the Board of Consulting Editors for Psychological Assessment. Mark has over 180 publications in psychological journals and his most recently co-authored textbook is entitled Applying Regression and Correlation: A Guide for Students and Researchers is a student favourite. Mark's main research interests are in psychosis, trauma, PTSD and the application of latent variable models.


Dr. Cherie Armour is a Professor of Psychology at Ulster University and serves as President Elect of the UK Psychological Trauma Society. She is an Associate Editor for the European Journal of Psychotraumatology and is the Principal Investigator of the Northern Ireland Veterans Health and Well-being Study.  She has published over 100 peer-reviewed papers in the field of Psychotraumatology and was the recipient of the International Society of Traumatic Stress Studies' Chaim and Bela Danieli Young Professional Award for Research Excellence in 2015.


Ask Elklit is Professor of Clinical Psychology at the Institute of Psychology at the Southern Danish University and the Director of the National Centre for Psychotraumatology. He has served with the Danish Red Cross, Doctors without Borders, RCT (torture victims), and the National Association for Polio-, Traffic- and Accident victims (PTU). Ask co-founded the first Danish Centre for Rape Victims and was instrumental in developing the specialist program in psychotraumatology for licensed psychologists in Denmark. He is the author of several hundred publications within the trauma field.


Dr. Rikke Holm Bramsen is an Associate Professor and Head of Studies in the Department of Psychology at the University of Southern Denmark. Since 2014, Rikke has been the head of ThRIVE, The Research Group on Interpersonal Violence Europe. Rikke´s research interests focus on interpersonal violence. Specifically, her research aims to prevent adolescent sexual violence and improve the multidisciplinary approach to survivors of sexual assault. Rikke acts as CONTEXT's Dissemination Coordinator.




Dr. Maj Hansen is an Associate Professor and Head of the Clinical program in the Department of Psychology at the University of Southern Denmark. Maj’s research interests are primarily focused within the field of psychotraumatology and interpersonal violence. Specifically, Maj has conducted research on the nosology of DSM-IV, DSM-5, and ICD-11, risk factors for psychological distress following traumatic exposure and prevention of interpersonal violence.  

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nana WiedeMANN

Nana Wiedemann is a licensed clinical psychologist, specialising in psycho-traumatology and community-based psychosocial support. Nana heads International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies Reference Centre for Psychosocial Support, hosted by Danish Red Cross (PS Centre). She is responsible for conducting the PS Centre’s co-chair position of the Inter-agency Standing Committee (IASC) 2016/17. Since 2010, she has represented the PS Centre on the board of European Network for Psychosocial Support (ENPS). Nana is a widely recognised expert in the area of psychosocial support to affected people in refugee settings and disasters, and is involved in multiple networks focusing on psychosocial support and mental health issues.


Mette works as a Project Manager and Coordinator for the  International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies Reference Centre for Psychosocial Support, hosted by Danish Red Cross (PS Centre). Prior to this, Mette worked as a PA and project coordinator at a large university for nine years. She holds an Academy Profession degree in Communications and Project Management and over 10 years' experience managing large international projects, in grant and contract writing, as well as project reporting, coordinating large events, PhD administration and HR.  

Dr. Geraldine O'Hare

Dr. Geraldine O'Hare is a Chartered and Registered Forensic Psychologist and Head of Psychology Services and Interventions with the Probation Board for Northern Ireland where she has worked for the last 20 years. Geraldine is the Chief Assessor for the British Psychological Society and she is also a Chartered Scientist and Associate Fellow of the Society.  Geraldine has responsibility within PBNI for mental health, interventions and treatment programmes with offenders, and has a particular interest in working with mentally disordered and personality disordered offenders, sex offenders and life sentenced prisoners.


Dr. Twylla Cunningham is currently employed as a Senior Psychologist with the Probation Board for Northern Ireland. Twylla completed her BA in Psychology at the University of British Columbia in Canada (2001), her MSc in Psychological Research Methods, a Post Graduate Certificate in Forensic Psychology and her Doctorate in Clinical Psychology at Queen's University Belfast. Prior to this she was employed by the Prison Service at HMP Frankland (Durham) where she worked with offenders on the DSPD Unit. Dr Cunningham has published a number of research papers in the area of trauma and psychosis.

pernille spitz

Pernille Spitz is a licensed psychologist, supervisor, and specialist in psychotherapy. Pernille is employed as case supervisor at Børnehus Hovedstaden – one of 5 regional child advocacy centres in Denmark. She has worked within the field of child abuse and neglect in public service in the Community of Copenhagen since 2001. Her main interests are inter-agency case work management and relational coordination in cases of child abuse and how to make the different agencies work together in favour of the child.


Noeline Blackwell is a human rights lawyer and the Chief Executive of the Dublin Rape Crisis Centre. Prior to her current role working to prevent the harm and heal the trauma of sexual violence, she was the Director of FLAC, the Free Legal Advice Centres, working on issues of access to justice. Before that she worked in private practice. She serves as a Board member for: the Citizens Information Board, Front Line Defenders and the Immigrant Council of Ireland. She was awarded an honorary doctorate of laws by UCD in 2014.   


Angela McCarthy is Head of Clinical Services in the Dublin Rape Crisis Centre, where she is responsible for the Helpline, therapy and volunteer services. An experienced psychotherapist and supervisor, accredited with the IAHIP, Angela has served on the Ethics Committee, Governing Body and on the Editorial Board of the journal Inside Out. In her previous role as Head of Education and Training, Angela was responsible for the delivery of DRCC’s training of local professional and voluntary workers in the former Yugoslavia. Between 1994-2002, she helped deliver training programmes in Croatia, Bosnia and Kosovo. 


leonie o'dowd

Leonie O'Dowd is a certified Sensorimotor Psychotherapist and Head of Education and Training with the Dublin Rape Crisis Centre. In that role she develops and delivers training for a wide range of professionals who work with people who have experienced sexual violence and other trauma.  Leonie is a Psychotherapist and accredited with the IACP and IAHIP. 



Shirley scott

Shirley Scott, Bachelor of Business Studies, BA (Humanities), MA (Human Development) has been employed by the Dublin Rape Crisis Centre (DRCC) since 2004 where she has worked as a telephone counsellor and deputy team leader of the National 24-Hour Helpline. Recently there has been a duality to her role, involved to a lesser extent on the helpline while expanding her role as the DRCC’s Policy Officer.



tracey reid

Tracey Reid qualified as a Clinical Psychologist from Queen’s University Belfast in 1997. She worked as a Clinical Psychologist in Adult Mental Health in the Ulster Community and Hospitals Trust until 2003. Following a period of specialist training in the treatment of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), Dr Reid took up a post as Head of Mental Health Services, Occupational Health and Wellbeing (Emergency Services) in 2003. She continues to develop this service, and provide specialist treatment services to traumatised emergency service personnel within Northern Ireland. 


Andreas has managed the Education, Integration and Psychosocial services in Spirasi for the last twelve years. He has been working with refugees and asylum seekers for over twenty years: First in Germany (1997-2001) and with Spirasi since 2004. Andreas has been involved in the regular co-supervision of MSc Global Health research projects in the Centre for Global Health, Trinity College Dublin.  His background is in Law (LLB) and he holds a MA in Applied Media Studies from DIT, Dublin.



Margaret is an accredited Psychotherapist/Trainer/Supervisor (IACP), with a background in Nursing/Midwifery/Nurse Education. She lived and worked with diverse populations in Kenya, Sudan, Somalia, Zambia, and Uganda. She helped to develop the Rehabilitation Program for torture survivors in Spirasi, coordinating therapy and training there (2001 until retirement 2015).   

Her additional post graduate education includes Trauma, Cultural Bereavement studies, Sensorimotor Psychotherapy, Multicultural Wellness, EMDR for trauma and an MA in Cross Professional Supervision.  Currently Margaret works independently in psychotherapeutic work, with particular focus on individual and group supervision in a cross professional context with health professionals (HSE, NGOs).