Jack Saul, Ph.D. is the Director of the International Trauma Studies Program and Assistant Professor of Clinical Population and family health at Columbia University’s Mailman School of Public Health in New York City. As a psychologist he has created a number of programs for populations that have endured war, torture and political violence.
As a resident of downtown New York he helped establish the FEMA funded Post 9/11 Downtown Community Resource Center, which harnessed the capacities of community members to transform traumatic experience into communal recovery. He has written about this work in his recently published book, Collective Trauma, Collective Healing: Promoting Community Resilience in the Aftermath of Disaster. Dr. Saul consults to humanitarian and media organizations on staff welfare in response to trauma and has worked extensively with war reporters and photographers. He has a private practice in Manhattan.
Jack’s distinctive contribution was to research the individual, community and institutional level factors that contribute to systematic violence and the use of torture. He also examined practices and projects designed to reduce systematic violence and torture for any principles and practices that might be drawn from them and worked with Gameela to develop a systems approach for the project.