Dr. Michalopoulos studies the psychosocial problems faced by survivors of torture and genocide across a variety of cultural contexts. She has conducted extensive research in Zambia, most recently on the co-occurring conditions of trauma, substance use, and HIV.
Associate Professor Lynn Michalopoulos has experience conducting individual, couples, and group therapy with trauma survivors. She specializes in direct clinical practice with women of color who have experienced both childhood and adult sexual violence.
Dr. Michalopoulos’ research focuses on the ways in which trauma outcomes vary across cultural and contextual contexts, especially among non-Western low- and middle-income countries. She has worked with the Victims of Torture Fund through USAID and Johns Hopkins University’s Applied Mental Health Research group to develop global and regionally specific trauma scales across cultures and populations.
Dr. Michalopoulos also studies the relationship among trauma, substance use, and HIV in migrant populations from low- and middle-income countries. She has conducted extensive research in Zambia, where she examines 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. She is a co-investigator on a U19 grant through NIMH called PRIDE sSA (Partnerships in Research to Implement and Disseminate Sustainable and Scalable Evidence-Based Practices in sub-Saharan Africa), in which role she mentors the research team in Zambia. She is also working with USAID in the Center for Resilience, providing expert advice and consultation on resilience and psychosocial measurement and programming related to humanitarian crises globally.
Dr. Michalopoulos holds a BA from Williams College, an MA from the University of Chicago, and a PhD from the University of Maryland.