Leadership Team

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Marissa N. Coleman, PsyD

Co-Founder

Dr. Marissa Coleman is a bilingual, clinical psychologist having worked in multiple international contexts, particularly working with individuals and communities disaffected by human rights violations, conflict/war, torture, health epidemics, and trauma. Utilizing her expertise in traumatology, cultural and community psychologies, she seeks to contribute to local capacity building, infrastructure development, and culturally grounded approaches to what is considered “best practice” in the areas of mental health and psychological well-being. She has worked in numerous countries including Jamaica, Brazil, Mexico, and El Salvador.  Dr. Coleman is passionate about health and healing.  Her work is, undoubtedly, impacted by her own multicultural background (Norwegian, Danish, and Jamaican) and exposures.

Dr. Coleman received her doctorate in Clinical Psychology at The Chicago School of Professional Psychology with a specialty in International Psychology and Human Rights. She completed her postdoctoral fellowship at Emory University’s School of Medicine and Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta. She has worked in hospitals, community mental health centers, schools, and residential treatment centers. Dr. Coleman developed multiple presentations focused on multiculturalism and continues to publish in the realm of traumatology.  Dr. Coleman consults with organizations on issues of diversity and cultural sensitivity training.  She speaks at international conferences and media outlets including the International Society of Traumatic Stress Studies, Winter Round Table at Columbia University, and CNN Español.  Currently, Dr. Coleman operates a private practice in Atlanta, GA and holds a clinical psychologist position at the Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta’s Stephanie V. Blank Center for Safe and Healthy Children.

 Dr. Coleman’s research interests include:

  • Health disparities in the African American and Latino communities
  • Sociocultural consciousness and indigenous modes of healing
  • Refugee and immigration issues
  • Culturally ethnic research methodologies
  • Trauma recovery and non-Western communities

 

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Uma P. Dorn, PhD

Co-Founder

Uma Parameswaran Dorn received her PhD in Counseling Psychology at the University of Georgia in 2011. She received her Masters and Specialist degrees in Professional Counseling from Georgia State University in 2006 and 2007 respectively. Dr. Dorn completed her postdoctoral fellowship in Clinical Child Psychology at Emory School of Medicine. She is currently an independent licensed psychologist in private practice conducting psychological evaluations and providing individual, family, and group therapy.

Dr. Dorn is a 1.5 generation Asian Indian American who uses a multicultural lens in her work with clients. She has experience working with children/adolescents, families, and adults for over 10 years. Prior to her doctoral degree, Dr. Dorn was a director of a social services organization leading social services staff and developing programs to meet the needs of individual clients. These involvements have given a systemic understanding of client issues in order to better treat their individual needs.

Dr. Dorn has presented at local, national, and international conferences. In addition, Dr. Dorn is an assistant clinical professor at the Univeristy of Utah.

Dr. Dorn’s research interests include:

  • Refugee trauma
  • Multicultural counseling education and training
  • Psychological evaluation of children and adolescents
  • Gender based violence prevention and intervention

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Sujata Regina Swaroop, PsyD

Managing Partner

Dr. Sujata Regina Swaroop is a clinical psychologist with expertise in the development and implementation of prevention and intervention initiatives across program, agency, and regional continuum of care levels. Early transnational career experiences, including youth and community development programming in the US Peace Corps, representing the International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies as a delegate to the United Nation’s 54th Convention on the Status of Women, and serving as a student delegate to the 2012 NATO Summit galvanized her interests at the intersections of trauma recovery, international psychology, and human rights frameworks. Deeper exploration into and reconnection with her own South Asian, Mexican, and Irish cultural heritages directed her more specifically to interest in working populations affected by foreign occupation and historical loss, war and displacement, acts of terror, and human trafficking and sexual exploitation.

Her research includes publication on intergenerational transmission of trauma in nations with a history of colonization and transnational and culturally-specific models of trauma healing in African and Asian contexts. Through her research, clinical work, advocacy efforts and systems change initiatives, she has come to realize that a strong network of informal and formal community connections is fundamental for promoting and sustaining asset-based change.

Dr. Swaroop received her doctorate in Clinical Psychology at The Chicago School of Professional Psychology with a specialty in International Psychology and Human Rights. She completed her postdoctoral fellowship at the internationally renowned Trauma Center. Through her professional capacities, she has provided intensive outpatient trauma-focused psychotherapy and psychological evaluation to clients with histories of polyvictimization, assisted on-site at a federal trial to provide crisis management and therapeutic support to survivors of terror attacks, coordinated provision of care for asylum seeking survivors of torture across psychiatric, medical, and legal providers, and monitored and implemented anti-human trafficking program development to offer mental health services to victims of human trafficking and consultation and training to providers working with trafficking victims throughout the United States. She has offered agency, state, regional, national, and transnational training to FBI agents and law enforcement officials, attorneys, medical professionals, mental health professionals, shelter workers, local political leaders, and community activists. Currently, Dr. Swaroop works in outpatient practice at Life Changes Group in Cambridge, Massachusetts while also engaging in various research, consultation, and training initiatives.

Dr. Swaroop’s research interests include:

  • Trauma-informed systems change
  • Human rights and social action
  • Intersections of evidence-based practice and participatory action/cultural models
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