Current MSc Students

Class of 2015/16

Benedict Dossen

Benedict has been in formal employment since 2005 and has experience in providing psychosocial support to children, mental health advocacy and policy development, human rights protection, social and behavioral research coordination, community development, conflict resolution, and social and gender assessments.  After the Liberia civil war, he worked with a trauma-counseling program that helped young Liberians reintegrate into society and cope with war related challenges. Benedict has worked for the World Bank and the German Civil Peace Service to conduct national poverty assessments and peace building projects for children in Liberia respectively. He has also served on several policy committees for mental health, social work and health research for the Liberian Ministry of Health and Social Welfare. Benedict also worked simultaneously for the Carter Center and the Ministry of Health and Social Welfare as the assistant to the Mental Health Project Lead and as interim lead for an outcomes research program respectively. Until September 2015, he was the Social and Gender Lead for the Government of Liberia‚Äôs compact development project with the United States Millennium Challenge Corporation. Currently, Benedict is a standing member of two prominent local research ethics committees. 

Sarah Hartman

Sarah received her undergraduate degree in Anthropology and Community Health from Tufts University in 2013. In college, she volunteered with community health organizations in Haiti and the Dominican Republic. After graduation, she worked for a mental health day program and volunteered for the Mental Health, Culture, and Community Research Program at Clark University and Partners In Health Engage. Her interests include capacity building (especially the role of community health workers), cultural conceptions of mental health, and minority populations' access to mental health services. She hopes to pursue a PhD in Clinical Psychology someday.

Sarah Oeffler

Sarah completed a BA in Anthropology and Psychology from University of Colorado, with undergraduate research examining the influence of distraction on cognitive perception. She has worked in four countries; including positions with the Japan Exchange and Teaching Programme, the American Center for Oriental Research, the National Center for Genetic Resource Preservation, and Out and About: therapeutic recreation for children with developmental disabilities. She is interested in adjustment disorders, trauma, culture bound syndromes, and the methods and responsibilities of mental health workers when responding to disaster situations. 

Isabela Troya

Isabela graduated with honours as a Clinical Psychologist from Universidad San Francisco de Quito in Ecuador (2015). She has been involved in non-profit organizations in Ecuador, treating marginalized, abandoned and abused women and children.  She hopes to bring attention towards Latin America, especially Ecuador, in the global mental health area since it has practically been unexplored. Her research interests include sustainable mental health programs in underdeveloped countries, mental health of migrants, refugees and women, and other vulnerable populations that suffer from mental health inequalities.

Helen Wood

Helen has held an active interest in mental health services for over 30 years. Her professional career has been focused in this area as a clinician (Occupational Therapist), service development and senior leadership roles in London, New Zealand and South Africa. She has a special interest now in contributing to developing the field of Public mental health/population health, making a difference early in the life course and reducing early mortality of people who experience mental health issues, through policy development, collaborative alliances and partnership, advocacy, and supporting implementation to communities in need.