Laurie L. Charlés
A licensed marriage and family therapist based in the U.S., Laurie uses qualitative inquiry and appreciative methodologies to analyze and implement systemic family therapy practice in international humanitarian relief contexts and with vulnerable populations in conflict and violence affected states. She has delivered family therapy training content, performed qualitative rapid needs assessments, and provided clinical supervision support to psychiatrists, psychosocial workers, and family therapy MHPSS professionals living and working in Guinea during the 2014 Ebola outbreak, in post conflict Kosovo, Syria, Central African Republic, Cameroon, Burundi, Libya, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Sri Lanka, the Philippines, and Egypt. She is co-editor, with Gameela Samarasinghe, of "Family Therapy in Global Humanitarian Contexts: Voices and Issues from the Field," which examines critical issues specific to the practice of systemic family therapy within global mental health contexts, with a particular attention to the humanitarian sphere.
A former U.S. Senior Fulbright Scholar (Colombo, Sri Lanka, 2010), Laurie is a graduate of the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy and a Returned Peace Corps Volunteer (Togo, 99-01). She is former Director of the M.S. in Marriage and Family Therapy graduate program at Our Lady of the Lake University and is currently a 2017-2018 Global Fulbright Scholar in Kosovo and Sri Lanka.