Linda G. Mills, PhD, JD, MSW

executive director, founder

Dr. Linda G. Mills is the inaugural Lisa Ellen Goldberg Professor at New York University, where she is also Vice Chancellor for Global Programs and University Life. Influenced in part by personal experiences, Dr. Mills 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. Dr. Mills is also a filmmaker, she was the Co-Writer, Co-Director, and Co-Producer of Auf Wiedersehen, ‘Til We Meet Again (2007), the Director of Of Many (2014) and the Director of Better to Live (2015).

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.


Briana Barocas, PhD

director of research

Dr. Briana Barocas oversees CVR’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. Her research has been supported by the National Institute of Justice, the National Science Foundation, the Department of Homeland Security, and the Department of Defense.  

She was the Principal Investigator on a National Science Foundation Innovation Corps (I-Corps) team to develop an online platform for domestic violence treatment. 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, Journal of Experimental Criminology, Journal of Family Violence as well as International Terrorism and Threats to Security: Managerial and Organizational Challenges and Stress in Policing: Sources, Consequences and Interventions. 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. Contact Briana at


Visiting Scholars

Cristián Pinto-Cortez, PhD

Visiting scholar

Dr. Cristián Pinto-Cortez is a Researcher and Lecturer Associate in the Department of Psychology and Philosophy at the University of Tarapacá, Arica-Chile.  His research interests include child and youth victimization, trauma, attachment, and resilience.

Dr. Pinto was a clinical psychologist and family therapist in the family violence and child abuse programs at the Servicio Nacional de Menores (SENAME) and Servicio de Salud Metropolitano of Santiago de Chile. He has taught at several universities in Chile and Spain and at the Official Association of Psychologists of Madrid. Additionally, he was a visiting professor at the Grup de Recerca en Victimizació Infantil i Adolescent (GREVIA) at the University of Barcelona and the Center for Attachment Research at The New School University.

Dr. Pinto has served as a consultant to and a trainer for several Chilean NGOs and government agencies. He is the past Director of the Chilean Association of Juridical Psychology and is currently a Counselor of the National Council of Rating of Films (child protection area). He holds a PhD in Psychology from the Complutense University of Madrid, a certificate in Systemic Family Therapy from the University of Chile, and advances degrees in Child and Youth Clinical Psychology from the Instituto de Formación e Investigación-Acción sobre la violencia y sus consecuencias (IFIV), Barcelona.


Research Assistants

Nancy Murakami, LCSW

graduate research assistant

Nancy Murakami is a D.S.W. student at NYU’s Silver School of Social Work and adjunct lecturer at NYU Silver's Trauma-informed Clinical Practice Certificate Program. She is program manager of a psychosocial support program in Nyakabande Refugee Transit Centre in Kisoro, Uganda, with the community-based organization Friends of Kisoro. She has held clinical and leadership positions at the Bellevue/NYU Program for Survivors of Torture, in NYC, and Burma Border Projects, in Thailand, and she practiced as a clinician at the Safe Horizon Counseling Center in NYC, working with adult and child survivors of human trafficking, domestic violence, and sexual violence. Ms. Murakami conducts live and web-based trainings domestically and internationally on topics including trauma-informed approaches, refugee services, social work approaches in working with survivors of forced displacement, clinical practice with interpreters, and staff wellbeing. She is co-editor of Trauma and Recovery on War's Border: A Guide for Global Health Workers, a book in the Geisel Series in Global Health and Medicine. Ms. Murakami served as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Malawi, Africa. She holds a M.S.W. from Columbia University. 


Yangjin Park, MSW

graduate research assistant

Yangjin Park is a Ph.D. student at NYU’s Silver School of Social Work. Yangjin’s research interests include mental health, family conflict and intervention, and family therapy. His research has benefited from using both quantitative and qualitative methodologies. Yangjin has presented at numerous conferences, including the 2017 American Psychological Association Annual Convention and the 2016 Joint World Conference on Social Work, Education and Social Development, and has published in Psychiatric Quarterly and the Australian and New Zealand Journal of Family Therapy (in press). He holds a M.S.W. from Soong Sil University.


Rei Shimizu, MSW

graduate research assistant

Rei Shimizu is a Ph.D. student at NYU’s Silver School of Social Work. Her research interests include intersections of domestic violence intervention and international policies, intersections of cultural competence and empowerment, violence resolution, and trauma recovery. She served as a research assistant at Children’s Rainbow Center in Japan, focusing on child abuse and familial suicide and funded by the Ministry of Health, Labor and Welfare. Rei was also a Women’s Initiative for Summer Empowerment Fellow in 2016 at the Japan Institute of Social Innovation and Entrepreneurship, advocating for mental health awareness in Japan. She holds a M.S.W. from Columbia University.


Sejung Yang, MSW

graduate research assistant

Sejung Yang is a Ph.D. student at NYU’s Silver School of Social Work. Her research interests include family structure and functioning, domestic violence, and its impact on adolescent mental health. She has served as a research assistant on several projects such as the National Survey on Family and Sexual Violence funded by the Ministry of Gender Equality and Family in Korea. She has worked as a social worker at the Community Child Center in South Korea. Sejung has coauthored several peer-reviewed articles on single-parent families in journals including Journal of Korean Adolescent Welfare and Journal of Korean Family Relations. She holds an MSW from Yonsei University.



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