Lynn M. Michalopoulos

Dr. Lynn Murphy Michalopoulos is an Assistant Professor at Columbia School of Social Work. She has an extensive background in clinical social work and research related to trauma and HIV. Dr. Michalopoulos’ previous work in Zambia has included the evaluation and analysis of a randomized controlled trial of Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy among HIV-affected youth. In addition, she was the lead researcher on an assessment of the challenges and strategies of public health data use among local health facilities in Zambia. Her current research consists of the impact of culture on trauma outcomes and the relationship between trauma and HIV risk behavior, especially among populations in non-Western low and middle income countries. She is currently working with the Victims of Torture Fund through USAID and Johns Hopkins University’s Applied Mental Health Research group on a project developing global and regionally specific trauma scales across cultures and populations. She has developed the Global Post Traumatic Stress Symptom Scale which is currently being piloted in Uganda, South Africa, Myanmar, and Ukraine. In collaboration with the International Organization for Migration and the Ministry of Community Development and Maternal and Child Health, she has lead research projects in Zambia examining the relationship between trauma, mental health, substance use and HIV risk among female fish traders and truck drivers.

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