Editor in chief
Rina Ghafoerkhan, MSc, is a psychologist, researcher, and humanitarian aid worker. She is specialized in mental healthcare for displaced populations, in particular for those who have faced sexual violence and exploitation. In the past she has worked in various (post-)conflict settings as a mental health advisor, trainer and therapist. Currently, she is employed at ARQ Centre'45 where she offers psychotherapy and bodily-oriented therapy to survivors of sex trafficking and people identifying as LGBTQIA+. Affiliated with Utrecht University, she is finishing her dissertation on improving mental healthcare and psychosocial support for displaced populations resettled in the Netherlands. She became editor in chief of Intervention in January 2023.
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.
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.
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 specialise in children and adolescents and supports mental health service delivery in two counties. She and her teams current work also focuses on building mental health capacity at the community level.
Julian Eaton, MBBS, MSc, is the Mental Health Director for CBM Global. He is a public health psychiatrist focused mainly on improving access to care and support in low and middle income countries. He works with a team providing technical support for CBM partner programmes around the world, covering long term development, and humanitarian emergency settings. He is an Assistant Professor at the Centre for Global Mental Health at London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, leading a number of research projects looking at integration of mental health care in primary care and community settings (including for NTDs), and at strengthening public mental health systems in Africa. He leads the Mental Health Innovations Network at LSHTM, established the Mental Wellbeing and Stigma Group at the NTD NGO Network, and is Chair of the Bond International NGO Mental Health Group.
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.
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.
Nagendra Luitel, MPhil, is public health researcher from Nepal. He is completing a doctorate on Integration of Mental Health into the Primary Health Care System in post-conflict Nepal at the University of Amsterdam in the Netherlands. He is the Head of Research at Transcultural Psychosocial Organization (TPO) Nepal (www.tponepal.org), a leading psychosocial and mental health organisation promoting psychosocial wellbeing and mental health of children and families and especially vulnerable communities in Nepal. He has been involved in mental health research since 2006. His work focuses on the development and evaluation of community-based mental health intervention, assessing mental health problems and needs of communities affected by humanitarian emergencies, and evaluating barriers to seeking mental health care.
Miryam Rivera Holguín
Miryam Rivera Holguín, MPH, has been a researcher in the Faculty of Psychology at Katholieke Universiteit Leuven since 2016. She is affiliated as an Associate Professor at the Faculty of Psychology at Pontifical Catholic University of Peru. She was the Director of the Master’s Program in Community Psychology (2013-2016) and currently is the Coordinator of the Research Group in Community Psychology. She has worked as a Mental Health Advisor for the Truth and Reconciliation Commission in Peru, and as Community Mental Health Advisor at Ministry of Health for the European Union Project. She acted as a psychological expert witness for the Inter-American Court of Human Rights in San Jose de Costa Rica (2014-2016). Previously, Miryam spent more than 10 years in the fields of humanitarian emergencies, human rights and mental health, focusing in public policies and vulnerable populations. As a member of the Church of Sweden (Act Alliance) psychosocial roster, she has been active in Peru, Colombia, El Salvador, Greece, Sweden and Myanmar.
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.
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.
Project manager: Relinde Reiffers
Editorial assistant: David Nieuwe Weme
Marketing and communication: Mariken Lamberts
English language editor: Mindy Ran
Anica Mikuš Kos, MD (Foundation Together, Lubljana, Slovenia)
Bhava Poudyal, Regional Mental Health and Psychosocial support Specialist at the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC), Bangkok, Thailand
Boris Budosan, Stress Management Specialist at the Lutheran World Federation, Geneva Switzerland
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)