The Founding Director of the International Institute for Psychosocial Trauma (IIPT) in California, Yael Fischman, PhD is a specialized psychologist, trainer, teacher, and consultant. Her expertise has been honed through extensive clinical experience in academia, community mental health, hospital settings, and private psychotherapy practice. Dr. Fischman treats victims of severe psychosocial trauma from war, terrorism, sexual torture, and trafficking. She has trained International Criminal Court personnel and U.S. medical teams destined for Haiti. Dr. Fischman teaches at the university level, has lectured internationally, and has conducted support groups and resilience training for teachers and community leaders. She consults on trauma-related issues with personnel deployed in global conflict zones, and is currently collaborating on a trauma recovery program for journalists working in war zones.