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  Editorial Team

Editor in chief

Wendy Ager profile pic

Wendy Ager, MSc, is a social worker and community activist. She works as a freelance technical editor and writer on behalf of humanitarian organisations in the area of psychosocial wellbeing and protection. She is engaged with the integration of ‘New Scots’ in Edinburgh, UK, promoting the participation of refugees in planning and implementing community-based activities. She became editor in chief of Intervention in February 2019.


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.net 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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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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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 was editor in chief of Intervention from 2014 to 2018.

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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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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.


Editorial staff

Project manager: Relinde Reiffers
Editorial assistant: David Nieuwe Weme
Marketing and communication: Mariken Lamberts
Production editor: Mindy Ran


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, BA, MBBS, MD (psych), FRCPsycH, FRANZCP, FSLCP  (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 (University of Amsterdam, Amsterdam, the Netherlands & Boston University, Boston, USA)
Kaz de Jong, MA (Medicins Sans Frontières, Amsterdam, the Netherlands)
Kenneth E. Miller, PhD (War Child Holland, Amsterdam, The Netherlands)
Leslie Snider, MD, MPH (Director, the MHPSS Colaaborative, Save the Children, Denmark)
Martha Bragin PhD, LCSW (City University of New York)
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, PhD (Birzeit University,occupied Palestinian territory)
Yvonne Sliep, PhD (University of Durban Westville, South Africa)

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