Craig Higson-Smith, MA | Center for Victims of Torture

Craig Higson-Smith, MA

Director of Research

 

Craig Higson-Smith is a research psychologist with an MA (cum laude) from the University of Natal, South Africa and is currently finishing his doctoral studies exploring contextually appropriate torture counseling models for Sub-Saharan Africa. He has over twenty years’ experience in working with survivors of violence and torture at both individual and community levels. During his career he has been instrumental in founding and building civil society organizations that promote the care of torture survivors in several African countries. In South Africa, he co-founded the Sinani Programme for Survivors of Violence and the South African Institute for Traumatic Stress Studies, and he has consulted to service providers in Cameroon, Egypt, Ethiopia, Kenya, Liberia, Namibia, Rwanda, Sierra Leone, Sudan, Uganda, and Zimbabwe. He has also worked in countries in Central America, Eastern Europe, the Middle East, and South East Asia. Craig worked extensively with people who testified before the South African Truth and Reconciliation, and participated in the collective reparations processes that followed that process. Apart from his interest in the rehabilitation of torture survivors, Craig has an interest in the psychological underpinnings of integrated security training for human rights defenders. He has authored and co-authored various peer-reviewed scientific papers, book chapters, and books in the field of traumatic stress. He splits his time between CVT headquarters in the United States and his home in Johannesburg, South Africa.

 

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