The way we speak about torture: Doctors, ethics and the language of terrorism
Steven Reisner, Ph.D. is an international consultant on trauma and its treatment and an activist in the effort to stop torture. He is Assistant Professor of Clinical Psychiatry at the New York University Medical School, and is on the faculty at The Psychoanalytic Institute at NYU.
Dr. Reisner is a founding member of the Coalition for an Ethical Psychology, a group dedicated to upholding international standards of human rights in psychological practice and research and supporting psychologists' who work to combat the effects of political violence and oppression internationally. Dr. Reisner is advisor on psychological ethics for Physicians for Human Rights. With PHR and the Coalition, Dr. Reisner has been working to change the policy of the American Psychological Association supporting psychologists’ participation in coercive or abusive military/intelligence interrogations at places like Guantánamo, Bagram, and CIA ‘black sites.’
Dr. Reisner has been a consultant on trauma and torture worldwide, most recently in Haiti, where he trained the United Nations leadership in addressing the trauma of UN staff. On September 11th, 2001, he helped create the Family Resource Center at St. Vincent’s Hospital in downtown Manhattan. Dr. Reisner has appeared frequently on Democracy Now! with Amy Goodman and was profiled in Newsweek magazine for his work to stop health professionals from complicity in government-sponsored torture. Because of this work, Dr. Reisner was the recipient of the New York State Psychological Association’s “Beacon” Award.
In an earlier career, Dr. Reisner was an Obie-award winning director and actor, whose projects have been performed at the Public Theater, La Mama E.T.C., and Theater for the New City in New York, and on tour in North and South America.
By day, Dr. Reisner is a practicing psychoanalyst and couple’s therapist in New York City
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