Our trustees and staff are highly experienced in the areas of psychology, law and social policy, providing a solid basis for our interdisciplinary endeavour
Jane Herlihy: Director
Jane Herlihy is the Executive Director of CSEL. She is a Chartered Consultant Clinical Psychologist and has been writing and conducting research into the decision making process in refugee status claims since 2000.
She worked briefly part time at the Medical Foundation for the Care of Victims of Torture between 2000 and 2001 and then from 2001 to 2005 at the Refugee Service of the Traumatic Stress Clinic, a centre for asylum seekers and refugees experiencing difficulties following traumatic experiences. She currently has a part time clinical role at the Trauma Clinic in London. She is an Honorary Lecturer at University College, London and an Associate Member of the International Association of Refugee Law Judges. Jane has been publishing on psychology and refugees since 2002 and is an Associate Editor of the European Journal of Psychotraumatology.
Zoe Given-Wilson: Child psychology postdoc researcher
Zoe Given-Wilson is the child researcher for CSEL and is investigating psychological and developmental issues pertinent to decision making in young people's refugee status claims. She is a clinical psychologist and has both research and clinical experience working with children from a range of cultures and backgrounds.
Alongside her CSEL post she works part-time at an adolescent psychiatric hospital in East London. Previously she has worked clinically in London community child and adolescent mental health services, with disadvantaged children in Bangalore, India and with forced migrants with posttraumatic stress disorder in the United Kingdom. Zoe's research includes projects investigating developmental psychopathology such as attachment difficulties, non-suicidal self-injury, suicidality, anorexia nervosa and attention deficit hyperactive disorder.
Zoe completed both a Doctorate of Clinical Psychology and MSc. in Medical Anthropology at University College London, England. She gained her Bachelor of Psychology at Macquarie University, Australia.
Mary Whitehead: Administrator
Mary Whitehead has held secretarial positions in a number of industries and professions. Her first position was as a junior secretary to the Regional General Manager, North East Team at Midland Bank Headquarters. She retired from her position as P.A. to the Chief Executive and Owner of a small group of companies operating in the care home and hotel sector, and joined CSEL.
Mary's roles have always exceeded the job description for secretary/PA. For example she was responsible for obtaining Work Permits for nursing staff for the care homes and for getting 'A' status under the new immigration system. She manages the administration and bookkeeping for CSEL.
Clare worked with CSEL from 2009 - 2015, first as Women’s Research Dissemination Worker, and next managing the Evidence into Practice Project, which delivered training and produced resources for non-lawyers and non-psychologists supporting traumatised women seeking asylum in the UK. Clare is currently working on a number of projects focused on art and democracy.
Gracie was CSEL's Research & Communications Assistant from 2013 - 2015, supporting our work to disseminate psychological research to lawyers and other practitioners. Gracie now manages the Route To Your Rights project at the Migrants' Rights Network.
Lily was CSEL's Psycho-Legal Research Intern in 2013. She is a Commissioning Co-Editor for the Rights in Exile newsletter, and now manages the Refugee Support & International Family Tracing Service for the British Red Cross in Kent.