Dr Ida Kaplan

Photo Ida Kaplan PortraitDr. Ida Kaplan is Direct Services Manager at the Victorian Foundation for Survivors of Torture (Foundation House), a Research Fellow of the Department   Psychological Sciences, University of Melbourne and a clinical psychologist.  At Foundation House she oversees client services, is involved in the development of service provision models for refugees and asylum seekers and has had extensive experience, locally and internationally training professionals in the provision of interventions for survivors of torture and other traumatic events.  She has conducted and published research into the effects of long term detention, cognitive assessment of refugee children, reviewed the effectiveness of interventions for torture survivors, and is currently investigating methods for assessing the well-being of refugee children and young people using innovative computer assisted interviews.

She has a longstanding policy, practice and research interest in the intersection of mental health, social justice and human rights issues in understanding recovery from torture and other traumatic events associated with the refugee experience.