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Kathleen Allden, MD
Kathleen Allden, MD is on the faculty of Dartmouth Medical School and Harvard Medical School. She is the Medical Director of the International Survivors Center (ISC). Dr. Allden is a lead editor of the United Nations Document "Manual on the Effective Investigation and Documentation of Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment" known as the Istanbul Protocol. She co-edited the Physicians for Human Rights manual "Examining Asylum Seekers: a Health Professionals Guide to Medical and Psychological Evaluation of Torture. Dr. Allden's human rights work includes expert testimony in US immigration court for individuals seeking political asylum. Dr. Allden has lectured and written extensively on the psychological impact of torture. She provides consultation, training and technical assistance on psychological consequences or torture and refugee trauma to non-governmental (such as the International Committee for the Red Cross, the International Rescue Committee, and Physicians for Human Rights), governmental and academic organizations working in North America, Asia, Africa and Europe. Formerly, Dr. Allden was the Medical Director of the Harvard Program in Refugee Trauma and Indochinese Psychiatry Clinic. Dr. Allden has been working with Burmese refugees for the past 15 years, beginning with her public health analysis of the effects of trauma and exile on Burmese students (published in American Journal of Public Health in 1996). She has worked as the psychiatric specialist on the mental health team of Burma Border Projects since 2001. Additionally, Dr. Allden was the psychiatric expert in the landmark human rights case in federal and state courts of California against the UNOCAL Corporation involving forced labor, torture, rape and death in Burma.