Dr. Denise Ziya Berte, Ph.D


Dr. Denise Ziya Berte is a Licensed Psychologist and human rights activist in the field of war trauma for over 20 years. She has been researching and treating victims of torture and war trauma since 1998 and has published over 12 articles on stress and anxiety disorders (including Post-traumatic Stress Disorder) in academic/professional journals of Psychology and is the author of a variety of chapters including a multi-cultural mental health in a social work textbook (Edited by F. Chang Muy). She is an intentional expert trainer on war trauma and a contributor to a web-based training for mental health professionals sponsored by the US Office of Refugee Resettlement.

As a trainer and organizer of services to victims of war trauma, Dr. Berte has traveled and worked on various occasions for extended periods of time with war and violence affect communities in Latin America and West Africa including Mexico, Guatemala, Liberia, Cameroon, Nigeria, and Sierra Leone. From 2000 to 2010 Dr. Berte served as the director of the Liberty Center for Survivors of Torture, assisting in medical, mental health, legal and social services. She has also served as the Vice President in charge of clinical services at the Latin American Community Center in Wilmington DE. Most recently, Dr. Berte was affiliated for five years as a visiting professor of Clinical Psychology at An Najah National University of Palestine and as the Clinical Director at the An Najah Child Institute.

Denise is a bilingual therapist (Spanish/English).