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Trauma Mental Health Lab

Ryan Matlow

Ryan Matlow, Ph.D., is a child clinical psychologist who serves as Director of Community Programs for Stanford’s Early Life Stress and Resilience Program, and is a faculty member in Stanford's Human Rights and Trauma Mental Health Program. His clinical and research efforts focus on understanding and addressing the impact of stress, adversity, and trauma in children, families, and communities. In particular, Dr. Matlow seeks to apply current scientific knowledge of the neurobiological and developmental impact of stress, trauma, and adversity in shaping interventions and systems of care.

Daryn Reicherter

Dr. Reicherter the director of the Human Rights in Trauma Mental Health Laboratory. He has expertise in the area of cross-cultural trauma psychiatry, having spent more than a decade dedicated to providing a combination of administrative and clinical services in trauma mental health locally and internationally. He is on the List of Experts for the Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of Cambodia and for the United Nations’ International Criminal Court. He is on the Fulbright Specialists Roster for his work in international trauma mental health.

Pantea Javidan

Pantea Javidan, JD, PhD, is an interdisciplinary scholar of sociology and law with expertise in the subject areas of social inequalities and human trafficking, and a professional background as a civil rights attorney in the San Francisco Bay Area. Prior to her legal practice, she served as a residential mental health counselor to youth at risk of incarceration in San Francisco. As an attorney Pantea provided direct legal assistance and systemic advocacy for the wellbeing of vulnerable populations, including children & youth, refugees and domestic violence survivors. She simultaneously served as the civil advocacy representative of a multidisciplinary team for diversionary court in the juvenile justice system in Oakland. She currently chairs the Board of Directors at Center for Empowering Refugees and Immigrants, a community mental health clinic in East Oakland that serves survivors of state crimes and severe forms of trauma such as torture and genocide. Inspired by her undergraduate background in sociology at UC Berkeley and motivated by subsequent professional experiences, Pantea pursued doctoral research and earned her PhD in sociology from the London School of Economics in 2017. Her scholarly publications have focused on multidimensional inequalities, sexual and gender-based violence, human trafficking, criminal law, civil and human rights, and the jurisprudence of the Supreme Court. Pantea has pioneered research on historical and contemporary domestic child trafficking laws using an intersectional approach and human rights framework of international children’s rights. Considered key literature on the subject, her research informs advocacy efforts for legislative and judicial shifts away from the criminalization of survivors of sex trafficking and towards legal protection and socio-economic support. Pantea has also published leading research on race and law regarding changes in the modern conceptualization of discrimination. She has taught courses on criminology at London School of Economics and University of East London School of Law, including on the topics of state crimes and human trafficking. Pantea is generally interested in global, intersectional and life-course approaches to issues of equity and justice. In addition to an examination of contemporary cases of human trafficking in the Bay Area, she has been developing research on the implications of gentrification and serial displacement for women and children of color from the perspective of human rights and state harms. As an affiliate of the Human Rights in Trauma Mental Health Program at Stanford, Pantea conducts interdisciplinary research concerning the impacts of trauma across time and generation on survivors of human rights abuses and their families and communities, with a view towards informing transitional justice and judicial processes, particularly relating to US immigration policy. Her current research project investigates emergent forms of criminalization and incarceration in response to human trafficking and children & youth seeking refuge in the United States.

Katie Joseff

Katie Joseff (‘17) completed her undergraduate degree in Human Biology with a concentration in Social Neuroscience and a minor in International Relations. She worked in the Trauma Mental Health Lab at Stanford as an undergraduate. At Stanford, she was involved in the Associated Students of Stanford University (ASSU) on the Worker Appreciation Committee and women’s club soccer, as well as worked as a SARA Office Violence Intervention Protection Chair.

Katie Joseff

Katie Joseff (‘17) completed her undergraduate degree in Human Biology with a concentration in Social Neuroscience and a minor in International Relations. She worked in the Trauma Mental Health Lab at Stanford as an undergraduate. At Stanford, she was involved in the Associated Students of Stanford University (ASSU) on the Worker Appreciation Committee and women’s club soccer, as well as worked as a SARA Office Violence Intervention Protection Chair.

Hannah Smith

Hannah Smith '20 is majoring in International Relations with minors in Human Rights and Spanish. Her research has centered around Latin America from examining gender inequity in education in Mexico to helping write a report on the economics of the Colombian Peace Accord during her time at the United States Institute of Peace (USIP). Hannah is involved with J Street U, serves as a peer advisor for public service on campus, and is an avid reader.

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