Associate Professor of Social Work
PhD, University of Maryland
Focus: Adaptation of EBTs in low income countries; trauma outcomes across cultural contexts; trauma, substance use and HIV risk among migrant populations from low income countries
Research: Numerous publications related to trauma among populations from low resource countries and funded projects to examine the relationship between trauma, substance use and HIV among labor migrants in Zambia
Dr. Lynn Michalopoulos is an Assistant Professor at Columbia School of Social Work. Dr. Michalopoulos has an extensive background in conducting individual, couples and group therapy with trauma survivors. She specialized in direct clinical practice with women of color who experienced both childhood and adult sexual violence.
Dr. Michalopoulos’ current research focuses on how trauma outcomes vary across cultural and contextual contexts, especially among non-Western low and middle income countries. She is currently working with the Victims of Torture Fund through USAID and Johns Hopkins University’s Applied Mental Health Research group on a project developing global and regionally specific trauma scales across cultures and populations. Professor Michalopoulos’ research interest also center on the relationship between trauma, substance use and HIV among migrant populations from low and middle income countries. Dr. Michalopoulos has conducted extensive research in Zambia where she is currently examining the co-occurring issues of trauma, substance use and HIV among truck drivers and female fish traders. Her previous work in Zambia has included the evaluation and analysis of a randomized controlled trial of Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy among HIV and trauma-affected youth, as well as an assessment of the challenges and strategies of public health data use among local health facilities.