Lynn Murphy Michaelopoulos, PhD

Associate Professor of Social Work

Dr. Lynn Michalopoulos is an Associate Professor at Columbia School of Social Work. She has an extensive background in conducting individual, couples and group therapy with trauma survivors. She specializes 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.

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.