Saul, Ph.D. is an assistant professor of Clinical Population and Family Health at Columbia University’s Mailman School of Public Health and director of the International Trauma Studies Program. As a psychologist he has created a number of psychosocial programs for populations that have endured war, torture and political violence in New York City and is known for his innovative work with communities that integrates testimony, healing, media, and the performance arts. He has a private practice in New York City in individual, couple and family psychotherapy.
From 1993 to 2005, Dr. Saul was on the faculty in the Department of Psychiatry at New York University School of Medicine in the Family Studies Program and at Bellevue Hospital. As a psychologist and family therapist, he has worked since the early 1980’s in clinical and community settings with children and families suffering from domestic, urban, and political violence. In 1995 he co-founded the Bellevue/NYU Program for Survivors of Torture and was its clinical director until 1998 when he founded the International Trauma Studies Program at NYU School of Medicine. In 1999, he established Refuge, a community based program for survivors of torture and refugee trauma, a member of the National Consortium of Torture Treatment Programs. Following the terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center in Lower Manhattan, Refuge established the FEMA funded Downtown Community Resource Center, a community based psychosocial program for residents and workers in downtown New York.
Dr. Saul has wide international experience as a lecturer and teacher on psychosocial responses to traumatic events including being a member of the faculty of the Open Society Institute’s East European Program on Child Abuse in Budapest, and the Kosovar Family Professional Education Collaborative at the University of Prishtina. Dr. Saul has participated in numerous workgroups and research review committees including the American Red Cross, International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent, the American Psychological Association, the International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies, the International Criminal Court, the International Organization for Migration, the National Institute for Mental Health, and the Centers for Disease Control. He works internationally with reporters and photographers on the coverage of survivors of severe human rights violations and with humanitarian, legal, and media organizations on the development and implementation of staff welfare programs.He completed his doctoral degree at Boston University and clinical internship in child and family therapy at the Judge Baker Guidance Clinic, Harvard Medical School.
He is currently researching family and community services for refugee survivors of war and political violence in New York City. He is the recipient of the 2008 American Family Therapy Academy Award for Distinguished Contribution to Social Justice, and the 2002 Marion Langer Award for Human Rights and Social Change of the American Association for Orthopsychiatry