Spring Quarterly Conversations in Global Health focusing on Refugee Health


The Global Health ProgramStudents for Global HealthUC San Diego Global Health Institute and the Global Forum are proud to bring you:

Spring Quarterly Conversations in Global Health focusing on Refugee Health

Join us Monday, May 16th, 3:30pm at the Great Hall, UC San Diego to hear from an interdisciplinary panel of experts on the topic.

Opening Reception


Facebook Event

Speaker bios 

Kathi Anderson, Executive Director, Survivors of Torture International

In 1997, Kathi co-founded Survivors of Torture, International (SURVIVORS).
SURVIVORS’ mission is to facilitate the healing of torture survivors and their families; educate professionals and the public about torture and its consequences and advocate of the abolition of torture.  She served as SURVIVORS’ first board chair before becoming its executive director.  She has extensive experience in health care, human rights, refugee resettlement and higher education. She received from San Jose State University her M.A. in Counseling and from the University of the Pacific her B.A. in International Relations with an emphasis on Latin America. She studied in Mexico and worked in Costa Rica.

Kathi serves as the elected chair of the San Diego Refugee Forum and is one of the co-founders and officers of the National Consortium of Torture Treatment Programs.  She was recently elected as the U.S. representative to the Denmark-based International Rehabilitation Council for Torture Victims.  She currently serves on the advisory boards of San Diego State University School of Social Work, University of the Pacific School of International Studies and Lutheran Office of Public Policy.  She has also served on national boards of directors of Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Service, Amnesty International and Center for Employment Training.

Al-Delaimy, MD, PhD, Division Chief of Global Health
Prof. Wael Al-Delaimy has worked on research in numerous topics, including tobacco, climate change, non-communicable diseases, and refugee health. Notably, he has worked with Somali refugees in San Diego in order to refine interventions aimed at alleviating the mental health effects of resettlement, torture, and trauma. He has also worked/conducted extensive research on Palestinian and Iraqi refugee populations in Jordan. His work intersects human rights, mental health, and structural and political determinants of health.

Danielle Horyniak, Ph.D., UC San Diego School of Medicine
Dr. Danielle Horyniak is a Postdoctoral Fellow with joint appointments at the Division of Global Public Health, University of San Diego, Centre for Population Health, Burnet Institute (Melbourne, Australia) and School of Public Health and Preventive Medicine, Monash University (Melbourne, Australia). Dr. Horyniak holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Biomedical Science, and a PhD in Epidemiology. Her research interests include the epidemiology of alcohol and illicit drug use, blood-borne virus prevention, and migrant and refugee health. Dr. Horyniak’s current research focuses on substance use and forced migration on the US-Mexico border.

David Murphy, Executive Director, International Rescue Committee in San Diego

David Murphy spent over 10 years working with IRC in Ethiopia. He launched several initiatives as the Country Director of IRC in Ethiopia and has worked with IRC programs in Afghanistan, Kenya and Somaliland. David has been the Executive Director for the International Rescue Committee’s San Diego office since April 2015, before he was the Country Director for the IRC in Ethiopia since August 2004.  Previously David was a General Manager for an air freight company in Denver, Colorado.  During his time there he gained valuable management and organizational development skills.  After seven years in this position, he began to get board, tired, burned out and hated Monday mornings.  While thinking about his future course of action, a question was posed to him, “if money was no object, what would you do for a career”?  David answered, “I want to lead photo safaris in Africa” and with this answer he moved to Africa and began to lead safaris.  After one year of extensive travel around Southern and East Africa he began to look at the aid, humanitarian, relief field.  One day while on a break in between trips in Nairobi Kenya, David approached the IRC for a job.  IRC had a job in the breakaway republic of Somaliland (North Western Somalia).  He began working as a volunteer and quickly moved up the management ladder (Project Manager, Program Coordinator, and Country Director). After four years in Somaliland, David took over the IRC Kenya office for almost one year.  Then onward to Afghanistan for a short-term mission that turned into a 1 ½ year posting. Finally, he moved to Ethiopia for 10 ½ years.  David currently resides in San Diego with his French wife (Delphine), an 11 year old son (Neil) and an 8 year old daughter (Andrea).





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