S. Megan Berthold, PhD

Associate Professor and Director of Field Education, University of Connecticut School of Social Work.
Dr. Berthold teaches research to doctoral students and courses about trauma, human rights, and clinical practice to MSW students. Areas of specialization include: torture, war and other traumas; posttraumatic stress reactions; mental health; refugees, asylum seekers and immigrants; cross-cultural clinical work; international social work; human rights and social justice. Since 1987, her practice has been with diverse refugee and asylum-seeking populations in the United States and refugee camps.
She serves as the co-Chair of the National Consortium of Torture Treatment Programs’ Research and Data Committee, is on the Editorial Advisory Board for Torture Journal, and was a clinician and researcher at the Program for Torture Victims in Los Angeles before joining UConn’s faculty. She continues to conduct forensic psychosocial assessments of torture survivors and train diverse professionals who work with torture survivors. She co-leads a team of graduate students and practicing immigration attorneys and social workers to serve detained asylum seekers in Pennsylvania each spring.

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