Discover the members of the Centre for Trauma, Asylum and Refugees

The Centre for Trauma, Asylum and Refugees is home to academic experts and dedicated professionals, all working at the very forefront of academic research on trauma, asylum and refugee care issues.

Our members

Ana-Laura Mendez-Araya

Member

Contributes to the Centre for Trauma, Asylum and Refugees, University of Essex

Ana-Laura Mendez-Araya has over 12 years of experience working with refugees, migrants, children. She also has experience working in human rights and humanitarian issues mainly in Latin America. She has worked in different capacities for NGOs, UN agencies, think-thanks, diplomatic missions and international organisations. 

Professor Stefano Carta

Member

Professor of Dynamic and Clinical Psychology, University of Cagilari

Professor Stefano Carta is a Psychologist and Jungian analyst who graduated from the C.G. Jung Institue in Zurich. He is a Professor of Dynamic and Clinical Psychology and of Ethno-Psychology at the University of Cagliari and he is an honorary Professor at the Department of Psychosocial and Psychoanalytic Studies at the Univeristy of Essex.

Dr Jessica Clark

Member

Department of Psychosocial and Psychoanalytic Studies, University of Essex

Dr Andrew Fagan

Member

Human Rights Centre, University of Essex

Dr Norman Gabriel

Member

Department of Psychosocial and Psychoanalytic Studies, University of Essex

Nikos Gionakis

Member

Co-Founder, Babel Day Centre

Nikos Gionakis graduated from the University of Padua in Applied Psychology and then obtained his MSc degree in Social and Child Physiatry at the University of Ioannina. In 2007 he co-founded, the Babel Day Centre in Athens, the only specialist state-funded mental health unit for migrants and refugees in Greece.  

Professor Geoff Gilbert

Member

School of Law, University of Essex

Professor David Howarth

Member

Department of Government, University of Essex

Dr Zibiah Loakthar

Member

Department of Psychosocial and Psychoanalytic Studies, University of Essex

Professor Jonathan Lichtenstein

Member

Department of Literature, Film and Theatre Studies, University of Essex

Dr Monica Luci

Member

Clinical and Community Psychologist, Private Practice

Dr Monica Luci, PHD, is a clinical and community psychologist that graduated at the University of La Sapienza in Rome. She studied for her MA in Refugee Care and studied for her PHD at the University of Essex. She is a Jungian and relational psychoanalyst, working and supervising in private practice. 

Professor Roderick Main

Member

Department of Psychosocial and Psychoanalytic Studies, University of Essex

Professor Lydia Morris

Member

Department of Sociology, University of Essex

 Arianna Pulsoni

Member

Department of Psychosocial and Psychoanalytic Studies, University of Essex

Professor Michael Roper

Member

Department of Sociology, University of Essex

Professor Colin Samson

Member

Department of Sociology, University of Essex

We welcome new members.  To express interest in joining us please get in touch.
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Get in touch
Centre for Trauma, Asylum and Refugees University of Essex
Wivenhoe Park, Colchester, CO4 3SQ
Telephone: 01206 873460
Department of Pyschosocial and Psychoanalytic Studies University of Essex
Wivenhoe Park, Colchester, CO4 3SQ
Telephone: 01206 873460