Katherine Porterfield

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Kate Porterfield is an American child psychologist with a background in treating survivors of torture.[1][2][3][4][5] [6] She is a staff psychologist at the Bellevue/NYU Program for Survivors of Torture at New York City's Bellevue Hospital. Porterfield is also on Faculty at New York University's Medical School. [7] [8]

Education[edit]

Porterfield earned her PhD at the University of Michigan in 1998.[1]

Career[edit]

Porterfield's advice was cited as New York City coped with the trauma of al Qaeda's surprise attacks on September 11, 2001.[9] Porterfield has been called upon to serve as a public speaker on the effects of torture on children.[10] Porterfield is also an expert in using art therapy and improvisational theater to reach traumatized children.[5][11] Porterfield was later called upon by the Center for Constitutional Rights to provide training in how to address torture survivors for the attorneys who volunteered to serve on behalf of Guantanamo captives.[6] She also helped Guantanamo captives' attorneys to deal with transferred trauma—trauma felt after hearing about torture. Porterfield is the first psychologist authorized to travel to Guantanamo to conduct a psychological evaluation of a captive—visiting Omar Khadr, a captive who was captured when he was fifteen years old.[4] She has also worked with Amanda Lindhout, following her release from Somali captivity in December 2009.[12]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Katherine Porterfield, Ph.D.: Clinical Co-Director". Bellevue/NYU Program for Survivors of Torture. Archived from the original on 2008-11-19. Retrieved 2008-12-04.
  2. ^ Erica Kinetz (2003-04-27). "Rooms Where the Wars Refuse to End". New York Times. Retrieved 2008-12-04.
  3. ^ Eric P. Schmitt (2001-06-26). "Case of Detained Nigerian Girl Takes U.S. Agency to London". New York Times. Retrieved 2008-12-04.
  4. ^ a b Colin Perkel (2008-12-04). "Mental assessment of 'traumatized' Omar Khadr difficult, lawyer says". Metro News. Archived from the original on 2008-12-04. Retrieved 2008-12-04.
  5. ^ a b Kate Porterfield. "Storytelling/Bookmaking Techniques and Tips". Bellevue/NYU Program for Survivors of Torture. Archived from the original on 2008-12-04. Retrieved 2008-12-04.
  6. ^ a b "Dr. Kate Porterfield Provides Trainings for Attorneys of Guantanamo Detainees". Bellevue/NYU Program for Survivors of Torture. Archived from the original on 2008-12-04. Retrieved 2008-12-04.
  7. ^ "Bellevue/NYU Program for Survivors of Torture Staff". Bellevue/NYU Program for Survivors of Torture. Archived from the original on 2012-03-03. Retrieved 2012-01-11.
  8. ^ "NYU School of Medicine Department of Psychiatry: Training Program Administration and Faculty". New York University. Archived from the original on September 16, 2008. Retrieved 2008-12-04.
  9. ^ Sarah Bernard (2001-10-08). "The Crash After the Crash". New York Magazine. Retrieved 2008-12-04.
  10. ^ "July 14–30: Art exhibit: Through My Eyes: Children's Drawings from Conflict Zones". Chelsea Art Museum. Archived from the original on 2008-12-04. Retrieved 2008-12-04.
  11. ^ "Improv – The Art of Play". Archived from the original on 2008-12-04. Retrieved 2008-12-04.
  12. ^ Maureen Halushak (October 20, 2013). "Survivor and Author Amanda Lindhout Pens A House in the Sky". Flare Magazine. Retrieved February 24, 2014.