Debra Kaysen

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Educator / Academic
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Dr. Kaysen is a clinical psychologist, and a Professor in the Department of Psychiatry & Behavioral Sciences at the University of Washington, with adjunct positions in Global Health and Psychology. She is the Director of the Trauma Recovery Innovations Program at the University of Washington, a division dedicated to developing and testing more accessible interventions for trauma-exposed populations. Dr. Kaysen has published over 100 refereed articles and her work has been supported by NIAAA, NIDA, NIMHD, DOD, and USAID. Her area of specialty both in research and clinical work is in treatment of those who have experienced traumatic events including PTSD, mood and substance use disorders. She has conducted critical studies on bidirectional relationships between PTSD and alcohol use, and on the treatment of PTSD and substance use across a variety of populations. Dr. Kaysen has conducted international studies to adapt evidence-based treatments for trauma-exposed populations for use in low- and middle-income settings such as treatment of PTSD for Congolese sexual assault survivors and Iraqi torture survivors and domestically has conducted work with rural Native Americans.

Regions of interest: 
North America
South America
Minority populations
Humanitarian and conflict health
United States of America

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Mind and Heart: Community-based group Cognitive Processing Therapy (CPT) for survivors of sexual violence

Adaptation of group Cognitive Processing Therapy to a low-income context with ongoing conflict.
Humanitarian and conflict health
Depression/anxiety/stress-related disorders
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Mind and Heart: Addressing psychosocial needs for survivors of sexual violence in humanitarian settings

In this blog for World Humanitarian Day 2018, Judy Bass (JHU) and Debra Kaysen (UW) discuss the psychosocial needs for survivors of sexual and gender-based violence in humanitarian settings and introduce the Mind and Heart innovation.