WHO WE ARE

STAFF

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Linda G. Mills Ph.D., J.D., M.S.W.

Executive Director

Linda Mills is a Professor of Social Work, Public Policy and Law at New York University, where she is also Vice Chancellor for Global Programs and University Life. Influenced in part by personal experiences, she has been working on issues related to violence and recovery for more than 20 years. Her theory and research on trauma and recovery challenge traditional boundaries and explore the importance of memory in our everyday lives. The focus of her research ranges from domestic violence to genocide studies. Mills is the Co-Writer, Co-Director, and Co-Producer of Auf Wiedersehen, ‘Til We Meet Again.

Dr. Mills has been published by Princeton University Press, Basic Books, and Cornell and Harvard Law Reviews, and in USA Today and the Los Angeles Times. She has been a blogger for Psychology Today and has been featured in the New York Times Magazine, People, Harper’s & Queen, and Glamour. Her research has been funded by the National Science Foundation, the National Institute of Justice, the Department of Homeland Security, and the Department of Defense. She has also appeared twice on The Oprah Winfrey Show, among other television appearances, including The O’Reilly Factor.

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Briana Barocas Ph.D.

Director of Research

Briana Barocas oversees the Center’s research initiatives and is also a Research Associate Professor at the Silver School of Social Work. She has taught as an adjunct faculty member at the Stern School of Business and the Silver School of Social Work. Her interests in trauma, resiliency, and recovery have led to research on first responders, individuals and families affected by domestic violence, and survivors of 9/11. She participated in the 2011 Faculty Fellowship Summer Institute in Israel co-sponsored by Scholars for Peace in the Middle East. For the 2010-2011 academic year, she was a fellow of the American Psychoanalytic Association. In 2007, she was selected to participate in the Disaster Mental Health Research Mentoring Program, a two-year program funded by the National Institute of Mental Health, in which she focused on disaster mental health in workplace settings.

Previously, Dr. Barocas was a consultant and researcher at Columbia University’s Center on Social Policy and Practice in the Workplace. She was the former Assistant Director of Cornell University’s Institute for Women and Work. Her earlier research on work-family issues and current work on the response to and recovery from violence and trauma have strengthened her commitment to developing and researching programs and services that better the lives of individuals, families, and communities. She has presented at national and international conferences and published in Criminal Justice and Behavior, International Journal of Emergency Mental Health, and International Terrorism and Threats to Security: Managerial and Organizational Challenges. She holds a Ph.D. in Social Policy and Policy Analysis from Columbia University, a M.S. in Gender Studies from the London School of Economics and Political Science, and a B.S. in Human Development and Family Studies from Cornell University.

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Danielle Emery

Director of Programs

Danielle Emery coordinates programming and education at the Center, including conferences, trainings, and community outreach. Prior to the CVR, Danielle spent four years at NYU’s Office of the Provost working on educational policy and procedures to enhance the student experience across NYU’s Global Network University. She holds a B.A. in English from Tufts University and is currently pursuing an M.P.A. at NYU’s Wagner Graduate School of Public Service.

FELLOWS AND INTERNS

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Yael Shy J.D.

Fellow, Senior Circle Trainer

Yael Shy conducts Peacemaking and Healing Circle trainings nationally and internationally. Shy served as the Center on Violence and Recovery’s Director of Development and Education from 2007-2012, deepening and managing the Center’s relationships with its community partners. Shy’s work has been published in the NYU Journal of Law and Social Change, Clinical Social Work Journal, and The Sports Lawyers Journal. She is an alumna of Northeastern University School of Law.

Shy is also the founder and Director of The Spirituality Project at NYU, one of the first campus-wide mindfulness initiatives in the country, and in 2010, was named one of the “36 under 36” Jews transforming Jewish Life in America by the Jewish Week.

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Faye Zakheim Ph.D.

Fellow, Senior Circle Trainer

Faye Zakheim serves as a field instructor and faculty educator at the NYU Silver School of Social Work. Dr. Zakheim has co-chaired the Task Force for Families and Children at Risk for more than a decade, collaborating with over 35 agencies serving metropolitan New York. As the co-founder of Project Eden, and as a resource person for the Kings County District Attorney’s Office, she has worked with the justice system to assist those dealing with domestic violence and to train professionals in various fields who seek to help them.

Drawing on her dissertation research, Dr. Zakheim has pioneered the use of Healing Circles in the Orthodox Jewish community, and has also helped to bring this innovative treatment model into the Hispanic community of Nogales, AZ; the LDS community of Salt Lake City, UT; and the Asian and Orthodox Jewish communities of greater New York. She has presented at international gatherings of social workers and been published in both scholarly journals and the popular press, the latter of which serves as a resource to the wider community on issues of domestic violence, divorce, and mental health. Both in her role at CVR and in her involvements with the wider community, Dr. Zakheim seeks to harmonize scholarly research with hands-on clinical work and community involvement, offering students and advisees the insights of direct experience while also providing members of the non-academic community the knowledge gained through serious scholarship. She holds a Ph.D. in Social Work from the NYU Silver School of Social Work.

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Susannah Kemple

Fellow

Susannah Kemple provides research and editing services for the CVR’s ongoing initiatives. In addition, she has provided illustrations for materials on trauma recovery, and is developing the performance component of the Center’s international exhibit on Holocaust education.

Susannah holds a B.A. in Theater Studies and English from Yale University and is a current MFA candidate at New York University’s Creative Writing Program. While at Yale, she received the Elizabethan Club Outreach Award, the Branford Arts Award, and the Class of 1960 Fellowship for archival research throughout Germany. She currently serves as an adjunct professor at NYU and a Golden Writers Fellow at Coler-Goldwater Hospital.

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Lothar Hölbling

Fellow

Lothar Hölbling is a fellow at the NYU Center on Violence and Recovery. His expertise in archival research and the history of the Holocaust provides co-leadership for the “Messaging to Remember” project. He is a former historian for the Holocaust Victims’ Information and Support Center of the Jewish Community in Vienna where he played an active role in the discovery of the community’s archival holdings in 2000 in a vacant apartment. He has served as the Head of the Department of the Holocaust Victims’ Information and Support Center, and led the Archive of the Jewish Community in Vienna. In this capacity he was responsible for the reconstruction of the entire archive that was forced shut by Adolf Eichmann in 1938. Hölbling has also served on a curator team at the Jewish Museum in Vienna, and on research missions in Moscow on behalf of the Austrian State Archive.

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