Nancy J. Murakami is a licensed clinical social worker with extensive program development, training, supervisory, and direct practice experience in the fields of trauma and refugee mental health and psychosocial wellbeing.
Dr. Murakami co-founded a psychosocial support program in the UNHCR-supported Nyakabande Refugee Transit Camp in Uganda, with the community-based organization Friends of Kisoro. She currently provides weekly telephonic supervision to the camp-based psychosocial team and conducts live trainings for all partner programs in the transit camp.
An adjunct assistant professor at New York University Silver School of Social Work as well as at Columbia, she has recently held a research assistant position at the NYU Center on Violence and Recovery and clinical and leadership positions at the Bellevue/NYU Program for Survivors of Torture in NYC and at Burma Border Projects in Thailand. She practiced as a psychotherapist at the Safe Horizon Counseling Center in NYC, working with adult and child survivors of international human trafficking, domestic violence, and sexual violence.
Dr. Murakami conducts live and web-based trainings domestically and internationally on topics including trauma-informed approaches, refugee services, social work approaches with survivors of torture and forced displacement, working with interpreters, group work, and service provider wellbeing. She is co-editor of Trauma and Recovery on War’s Border: A Guide for Global Health Workers (Dartmouth College Press, 2015), a book in the Geisel Series in Global Health and Medicine.
Dr. Murakami served as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Malawi, Africa. She earned her MSW from Columbia University and DSW from New York University.