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Nicole D’souza is a graduate student in the Social & Transcultural Psychiatry Program at McGill University. Her proposed Master’s project will investigate the construct of resilience in the indigenous populations of the Peruvian highlands. She is supported by the Canadian Institute of Health Research (CIHR) Master’s Award, and will be conducting her fieldwork in Peru between October, 2010 and April 2011.Prior to her enrollment in the Master’s program, Nicole received her B.Sc in Psychology from the University of Toronto.

You may follow her fieldwork and experiences in Peru through her field blog

Fannie Martel-Lantendresse is a Master's student in the Social & Transcultural Psychiatry Program at McGill University. She comes from a background of social work, and is currently investigating health seeking behaviour, and traditional health systems of El Alto, Bolivia. She will be conducting her fieldwork in Bolivia between July, 2010 and December, 2010.

Eliana Suarez is a doctoral student at the University of Toronto in the Faculty of Social Work. Her research focuses on the trans-cultural elements of resilience and traumatic stress, which is currently supported by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada Doctoral Award. She will conduct field research in Peru between 2009-2010 and will use a comparative framework to examine the survivorship of indigenous women that experienced sexual violence during the armed conflict. The TGH Program will be providing logistical support during Eliana’s field research.

Prior to her PHD, Eliana worked in adult mental health in the Greater Toronto Area for over ten years. She is also a sessional instructor at Ryerson University and the University of Toronto. Her courses vary from social work practice, crisis intervention to quantitative research methods. Eliana holds a BSc in Economics (Universidad del Pacifico, Peru), Hns BA in Psychology (Trent University, ON) and a Master in Social Work (University of Toronto).

Beatriz Arias, PhD candidate. Universidad Nacional de Lanús, Bs. As., Argentina; Universidad de Antioquia, Colombia (Red Maristan).
Research Topic: Political violence and psychological trauma in Medellin, Colombia.

Melanie Baierl, Institutes of Psychology, University of Leipzig, Germany. Research Topic: Humanitarian aid work following complex emergencies: PTSD and the influence of culture.

Claudia Bueno, University of Konstanz, Germany.

Johanna Gatz, PhD candidate, University of Konstanz, Germany.
Research Topic: Political violence in the highland regions of Ayacucho, Peru.

Roxanne Robitaille, PhD candidate, Université de Montréal.
Research Topic: PTSD and terminal illness.

Diana Sistiva, PhD Candidate. Universitè de Lyon, France and UQAM.
Research Topic: Resilience and popular religious practices in Colombia.

Barbara Weil, University of Konstanz, Germany.