her Doctorate in Education at the University of Massachusetts, U.S.A.
with a concentration in Family Therapy and Counseling Psychology.
While working in the U.S.A., she was a therapist in private practice
specializing in work with couples and court-involved adolescents
and their families. She taught courses in counseling skills at various
universities and helped to establish a graduate program in Community
Mental Health/Family Studies and an institute for family therapy.
Since 1989, she has changed her life context and specialization.
She is presently the Co-Director of Global Psychiatric and Psycho-Social
Initiatives (GPSI) and provides consultation, assessment, research,
training, program design and evaluation for UN organizations and
international and local NGOs in community and family focused psycho-social
and mental health programming in conflict and post-conflict countries.
She has lived and worked in Africa, including Burundi, Guinea Conakry,
Sierra Leone, Somalia, South Africa and Southern Sudan; Asia, in
Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Cambodia, Indonesia and Sri Lanka; Eastern
Europe, in Albania and Kosovo and in the South Pacific on the Solomon
Islands. Her most recent teaching includes courses on the treatment
of trauma, methods of community intervention and training of educators
in South Africa, training of family community support workers in
Afghanistan and training of trainers from 11 post-conflict countries
in the initiation of psycho-social interventions. She is in the
process of assisting ITSP to begin a training program in West Africa.
Dr. Baron now lives between Liberia and Morocco.