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  Editorial Team

Editor in chief

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Marian Tankink, PhD, is a medical anthropologist and former community psychiatric nurse. She works as a freelance researcher, trainer and developer of practices and approaches for (inter)national organisations and institutes, mainly in the Great Lake district in Africa. Her work focuses on interpersonal interaction in relation with gender, (sexual) violence, psychosocial wellbeing, and mental health in (post) conflict areas and among refugees. She is editor in Chief of Intervention since 2014.



Editorial board

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Ananda Galappatti, MSc, is a medical anthropologist. His work in the field of Mental Health and Psychosocial Support over the past 20 years has been concerned with improving access to knowledge and skills, building collaborative networks and enhancing coherence within the field in Sri Lanka and also globally. Ananda is one of the founders of Intervention, together with Guus van der Veer. Ananda also co-founded the online platform MHPSS.et and currently serves as its Co-Director. He is honorary Director of Strategy for The Good Practice Group (GPG), a social business that seeks to build appropriate and sustainable MHPSS services in Sri Lanka and beyond. He is also a visiting lecturer at the Faculty of Graduate Studies, University of Colombo.

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Guus van der Veer, PhD, is a psychologist and active as a psychotherapist and mental health consultant. He specialised in treating victims of armed conflict. Since 1988 he has been active as an international trainer for psychosocial workers and mental health staff, in many countries in Eastern Europe, the Middle East, Asia, Africa and Latin America. His most recent training jobs were in Syria and Libya, where he was involved in the training of psychologists working as counsellors with ex-combatants. He published numerous books and articles on counselling and therapy with victims of armed conflict; e.g. Counselling and Therapy with Refugees and Victims of Trauma, 1998; and Training Counsellors in Areas of Armed Conflict, 2002. Guus founded Intervention, together with Ananda Galappatti, and has been editor in chief of the journal for many years.

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Janice Cooper, PhD, MPA, lives in Liberia where she works with Carter Center as the Country Representative for Health and Program Lead for Mental Health. She has a PhD in Health Policy from Harvard University and a Masters in Public Administration from Columbia University both in the USA. Prior to joining the Carter in 2010, Janice Cooper was the Interim Director for the National Center for Children in Poverty at Columbia University, where her focus was on children’s mental health. A native Liberian, Cooper's work focuses on training mid-level clinicians to provide mental health services, integrating mental health into primary care, stigma reduction and support for policy robust mental health practice in Liberia. To date the program has trained over 260 mental health clinicians, 66 of whom specialize in children and adolescents and supports mental health service delivery in two counties. She and her team's current work also focuses on building mental health capacity at the community level.

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Mark Jordans, Prof., is a child psychologist and works as Director of Research & Development for the NGO War Child in the Netherlands. He is professor in Child and Adolescent Global Mental Health at the University of Amsterdam, as well as Reader, Child and Adolescent Mental Health in Humanitarian Settings, at the Center for Global Mental Health, King’s College London. His work focuses on the development, implementation and evaluation of psychosocial and mental health care systems in low and middle income countries, especially for children in adversities and in fragile states. He is the founder and Senior Technical Advisor of TPO Nepal, a mental health NGO in Nepal, where he worked between 1999 and 2011.

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Pau Perez, is living in Spain and is a psychiatrist. He works in La Paz Hospital (Madrid) and is clinical director of SiR[a], center for survivors of torture. His focus is on Latin America and on international solidarity movements. He lived and worked for a long time in Nicaragua and Chili and has worked for years with human right groups in Peru, Colombia and other countries in the region and was involved with research and work related to themes of human rights abuses and mass graves. Pau works with forensic anthropologists and lawyers. He has been working with MSF-Spain and Doctors of the World-Spain, where he coordinated mental health programmes. Now he is working on the theme of torture, involved with a documenting programme in Spain (e.g. detention, psychological torture), which is a research and therapeutic programme. In Peru and Colombia Pau is working on documentation of collective damage and attention to victims. He is Chair of the Section of Psychological Consequences of Persecution and Torture of the World Psychiatric Association, Editor-in-Chief of Torture Journal and author, among other of Psychological Torture: Definition, evaluation and measurement (Routledge Books).

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Peter Ventevogel, former Editor in chief, MD, PhD, is a psychiatrist and anthropologist. He has extensive experience with mental health and psychosocial support in humanitarian settings. His special interest goes out to integrating mental health into general health care and to mental health of conflict affected populations, particularly refugees. In 2013, Peter ended his term as Editor in Chief to become the Senior Mental Health Officer at the UNHCR (United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees) in Geneva. In 2016 he defended his doctoral dissertation ‘Borderlands of Mental Health, Explorations in Medical Anthropology, Psychiatric Epidemiology and Health Systems Strengthening in Afghanistan and Burundi.

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Rebecca Horn, PhD, is a psychologist specialised in psychosocial wellbeing in populations affected by conflict, especially those who have been displaced. As an independent psychosocial specialist, she has worked for a number of NGOs as a practitioner and researcher, focusing on issues including domestic violence, child protection, measurement of psychosocial wellbeing, and community-based psychosocial approaches. She is affiliated with the Institute of Global Health and Development, Queen Margaret University (UK) and the Columbia Group for Children in Adversity, and is a member of the Church of Sweden (Act Alliance) psychosocial roster.

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Ton Haans, is a clinical psychologist and psychotherapist. He is retired now, but still modestly active. He is member of the editorial board of Intervention for many years. He has a long standing experience as psychological trauma therapist, supervisor, trainer and author of books and papers in these fields.



Editorial staff:

Production editor: Mindy Ran
Project manager: Sadaf Kaykha



International advisors

Anica Mikuš Kos, MD (Foundation Together, Lubljana, Slovenia) 
Bhava Poudyal, MA (Kathmandu, Nepal)
Boris Budosan, MD (Zagreb Croatia)
Brandon Hamber, PhD (University of Ulster, UK)
Daya Somasundaram, MD, PhD (University of Adelaide, Australia)
Derrick Silove, MD (University of New South Wales, Sydney, Australia)
Gaithri A. Fernando, PhD (California State University, Los Angeles, California, USA)
Grace Akello, PhD (Gulu University, Uganda)
Joop de Jong, MD, PhD (Free University, Amsterdam, the Netherlands & Boston University, Boston, USA)
Kaz de Jong, MA (Medicins Sans Frontières, Amsterdam, the Netherlands)
Kenneth E. Miller, PhD (War Child Holland)
Leslie Snider, MD, MPH (Peace in Practice B.V., the Netherlands)
Martha Bragin PhD, LCSW (City University of New York)
Mark van Ommeren, PhD (Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse, World Health Organization, Geneva)
Michael Wessells, PhD (Columbia University, New York, USA)
Miryam Rivera-Holguín, MD (Pontifica Universidad Catolica del Peru, Lima, Peru)
Mohammed Shaheen, PhD (AlQuds University, Ramallah, occupied Palestinian territory)
Patrick Onyango Mangen (TPO Uganda, Kampala,Uganda)
Rabih El Chammay, MD (Saint Joseph University, Beirut, Lebanon)
Rachel Tribe, PhD (University of East London, UK)
Yoke Rabaia, MPH (Birzeit University,occupied Palestinian territory)
Yvonne Sliep, PhD (University of Durban Westville, South Africa)


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