Who We Are - HPAT Coalition

Coordinating Committee

Jess Ghannam is the convenor of the HPAT Coalition. Ghannam is a Clinical Professor of Psychiatry and Global Health Sciences at the University of California, San Francisco, Adjunct Professor of Ethnic Studies at San Francisco State University, and Faculty in the Center for Global Public Health in the School of Public Health at UC Berkeley. He is a consultant with CCR and Reprieve, works on many of the Guantanamo cases currently under review, and collaborates with the UC Berkeley Human Rights Center on a project evaluating the post-release health effects of detention in Guantanamo.

Jancis Long is a clinical psychologist, past president of Psychologists for Social Responsibility (PsySR), past secretary of the International Network of PsySR, currently teaching and writing on the responsibilities of health professionals in settings where torture and human rights violations are practiced. She is part of the team preparing The Psychology and Military Intelligence Casebook for Interrogation Ethics under the direction of Dr. JM Arrigo, and is the provisional primary link between the HPAT coalition and Psychologists for Social Responsibility.

Alice Lowe Shaw is a Clinical Psychologist in San Francisco. She's the President of Section IX (Psychoanalysis For Social Responsibility) of Division 39 (Psychoanalysis) of the American Psychological Association. She is affiliated with Survivors International, A Home Within, The Coming Home Project.; and is adjunct faculty at The Wright Institute. Alice is committed to the Coalition development of HPAT.

Gerald Gray is a clinical social worker who has provided therapy and founded treatment centers for torture survivors since 1990. He also in 2000 initiated founding a U.S. and a Canadian legal center to track torturers and other human rights abusers and bring them to justice. Gray is currently consulting on a state legislative bill requiring review of licenses of health workers who have participated in U.S. torture, and is developing clinical supports in legal settings for victims, witnesses, interpreters and lawyers subject to secondary trauma. Some of these and other projects were supported by an Ashoka fellowship 2005--2008. He has made a speciality of helping get human rights organizations active and self sustaining.

Advisory Council

José Quiroga is the Medical Director of the Program for Victims of Torture, is co-author with J. Jaranson of Politically-motivated torture and its survivors: a desk study review of the literature. Dr. Quiroga serves on the Executive Committee and is Vice-President of the International Rehabilitation Council for Torture Victims in Denmark. He is also the treasurer of Physicians for Social Responsibility.

Stephen Soldz is Professor at the Boston Graduate School of Psychoanalysis where he teaches research methods and psychoanalysis and culture. He is also BGSPs Director of its Center for Research, Evaluation, and Program Development. He is President-Elect of Psychologists for Social Responsibility and becomes its President in July, 2010. Dr. Soldz was co-founder of the Coalition for an Ethical Psychology and if a consultant for Physicians for Human Rights. He has written extensively on the roles of psychologists in the US's torture program.

Abdel Hamid Afana is the past president of the International Rehabilitation Council for Torture Victims (IRCT) and Research Associate in the Trauma and Global Health Program at Douglas Hospital Research Institute, McGill University. He is Project Coordinator of Multicultural Mental Health Resource Centre, Institute of Family and Community Psychiatry and former Director of the Training and Research Department for the Gaza Community Mental Health Programme (GCHMP). Afana also acts as the Chair of the Board of Directors for JESOOR, an organization that deals with community rehabilitation for trauma and human rights abuse victims. He did his post-doc in Psychiatry, Department of Social and Transcultural Psychiatry, McGill University, analysing coping mechanisms for dealing with traumatic experiences in protracted conflicts, as well as their meaning and social representation. 

Program Staff

Cecilia Naomi Lipp is the Acting Executive Director of the HPAT Coalition. She is an international human rights advocate with a background on issues related to torture and gender-based violence. Lipp has worked in the US and Asia with Amnesty International USA, the United Nations Human Settlements Programme, and Survivors International. She received her BA in Interdisciplinary Studies: Multicultural Community from the University of California, Berkeley and her MA in Philosophy and Theology: Women’s Spirituality with a concentration on peace and social justice from the California Institute of Integral Studies.

Jason Cristobal is the creator of the HPAT website. He has a degree in American Studies from the University of California, Santa Cruz (UCSC), where he worked in the Department of Psychology as a webmaster for the Perceptual Science Lab. Cristobal has a background in Internet-based activism from his years working with Mixed Ethnicity Student Headquarters, an organization at UCSC that promotes awareness of mixed-race identity and multiethnic issues. He currently works to develop HPAT's website and online presence, and is interested in web and/or graphic design projects. He can be reached at jason@jasoncristobal.com