University of Vermont

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Karen Fondacaro, Clinical Professor of Psychology

Karen Fondacaro

Clinical Professor of Psychology

Karen Fondacaro, Clinical Professor of Psychology, received her B.A. magna cum laude in Psychology from SUNY Stony Brook in 1982 and her Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from the University of Vermont in 1988. She is the Director of the Behavior Therapy and Psychotherapy Center, the mental health training clinic for UVM doctoral students in clinical psychology.

Her clinical work and research is focused on two primary areas: Refugee Mental Health and Interpersonal Violence. Interpersonal Violence topics include: child victimization, sexual abuse, trauma, domestic violence, and criminality. In 2007, she established Connecting Cultures, a clinical science program specifically designed to focus on the mental health needs of refugees, immigrants and asylum seekers. She is also co-founder of NESTT (New England Survivors of Torture and Trauma), a collaborative partnership between mental health and legal services for torture survivors. NESTT is based on social justice framework emphasizing community voice, while acknowledging multi-agency professional expertise, and empirically based intervention and evaluation strategies. NESTT is federally funded through a grant from the Department of Health and Human Services Administration for Children and Families: Office of Refugee Resettlement.

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