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Michael Wessells

Michael Wessells, PhD, is Senior Advisor on Child Protection for Christian Children's Fund, Professor of Clinical Population and Family Health at Columbia University in the Program on Forced Migration and Health, and Professor of Psychology at Randolph-Macon College. He has served as Co-Chair of the IASC (UN-NGO) Task Force on Mental Health and Psychosocial Support in Emergency Settings, President of the Division of Peace Psychology of the American Psychological Association and of Psychologists for Social Responsibility, and as Co-Chair of the InterAction Protection Working Group. His research on children and armed conflict examines child soldiers, psychosocial assistance in emergencies, and post-conflict reconstruction for peace. He regularly advises U. N. agencies, donors, and governments on the situation of children in armed conflict and issues regarding child protection and well-being. In countries such as Afghanistan, Angola, Sierra Leone, Uganda, Sri Lanka, Timor Leste, Guatemala, Colombia, Kosova, and South Africa, he helps to develop community-based, culturally grounded programs that assist children, families, and communities affected by armed conflict. He is author of Child soldiers: From violence to protection (Harvard University Press, 2006).


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