April 1, 2013
Brian Isakson, PhD, a Research Assistant Professor in the Department’s Center for Rural and Community Behavioral Health newest article, “Healing After Torture: The Role of Moving On,” has been published online in the peer-reviewed journal Qualitative Health Research.” It will appear in print later this year.
According to the abstract, Dr. Brian Isakson and co-author Dr. Gregory J. Jurkovic, focused their research on refugee torture survivors’ perceptions of the nature and process of healing after their experiences. The refugees were from African and Asian countries. “Their stories centered on the role of ‘moving on’ with their lives, which included aspects of cognitive reframing and empowerment. Reliance on belief and value systems, safety measures, and social support, despite continuing psychological and physical symptomology, enabled the moving-on process.”