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Cherepanov, Elena

Senior Faculty
Moscow State Pedagogical University
School Affiliation

Cambridge College School of Psychology and Counseling

Academic Focus

Psychological trauma, global mental health, community mental health, integrated care, violence prevention, refugee mental health, risk and crisis management

Courses Taught
  • Post-traumatic stress reactions
  • Trauma-specific interventions
  • Research design and evaluation
  • Practicum/Internship

Post-doctoral internship - Bell Substance Abuse Clinic, Toronto
Ph.D. - Moscow State Pedagogical University - Clinical psychology

Professional Credentials

  • LMHC
  • Certified trauma specialist

Dr. Elena Cherepanov's mission is to train competent, culturally informed, compassionate and ethical trauma specialists around the world.

Professional Experience

Dr. Cherepanov is an internationally recognized trauma specialist, trainer and consultant for UNICEF, Office of Victims Assistance, NAPPI International.

Psychologist with over 20 years of university teaching, direct care and clinical coordination. Has trained, supervised and consulted trauma specialists around the world, working with MSF, Caritas International, The Last Mile-Health, UNICEF, International and American Red Cross and other NGOs: Chernobyl, Armenia, Chchnya, Kosovo, Liberia, Russia, Boston Marathon bombing, Sandy storm, Ukraine, Abkhazia.

Has been working in mental health and health care systems in eastern Massachusetts and Toronto as a direct care provider, clinical coordinator and program director.

Awards & Recognitions
  • MacArthur Foundation - ISTSS conference award
  • Carol Hacker Award for excellence in trauma work
Research & Publications

Cherepanov, E. (2015). Rapid assessment of psychosocial needs in Abkhazia. Report. (work in progress). UNICEF.

Cherepanov, E. (2015). Role of the international trauma specialist in settings with complex trauma needs. Book chapter (work in progress).

Cherepanov, E. (2015). Psychodrama of the survivorship. Journal of Psychodrama, Sociometry, and Group Psychotherapy, 63(1), 19-31.

Cherepanov, E. (July 2014). Voices from E. Ukraine. TraumaStress Points, ISTSS, online publications, 3-4.

Selected Presentations

Community Resources in Post-Disaster Psychological Recovery - Ural Federal University.

Trauma-Informed Violence Prevention - workshop at Providers Council of MA

Psychology of Traumatic Stress - Training for Pyatigorsk Linguistic University

Training Trauma Specialists - International Conference of EMERCOM, Moscow, Russia

Using Community Resources in Disaster Response - International Conference of EMERCOM, Yekateringburg, Russia

Voices from the Field: Raising Awareness of Domestic Violence - Cambridge College

Training on trauma for psychologists - Psychological Association of Abkhazia, sponsored by UNICEF

Professional Memberships & Affiliations
  • American Psychological Association
  • Board of directors, Association for Traumatic Stress Specialists (ATSS.info)
  • Doctors Without Borders (MSF-USA)
  • International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies (ISTSS)