Dr Andrea Northwood PhD
Dr. Northwood is the Director of Client Services at the Center for Victims of Torture (CVT), an international NGO based in Minnesota, USA, that works to heal the wounds of torture and to end torture worldwide. She received her Ph.D. in clinical psychology and child development from the University of Minnesota in 1996; her dissertation examined bicultural identity development and adaptation in adolescent survivors of the Khmer Rouge who resettled in Minnesota. She has worked at CVT since 1995 in a variety of roles, including the provision of healing services to survivors, training, research, and program development and administration. Her CVT work has included local, national, and international assignments for diverse groups ranging from psychosocial counseling trainees to law enforcement. Currently she oversees CVT’s domestic service programs and is co-PI with Dr. Maria Vukovich on a randomized control trial and mixed method study of CVT services for Karen refugees in a primary medical care setting. Since 2015, she has also worked with colleagues at CVT and the International Rescue Committee (IRC) to start a program extending healing services to resettled refugee torture survivors in Atlanta, Georgia.