Cynthia Grguric, Senior Project Consultant
As an International Psychologist and Licensed Mental Health Counselor, Dr. Grguric has lived and worked internationally in Korea, Japan, Germany, Italy, and Britain providing trainings and consulting for the U.S. military on issues of separation, cross-cultural adjustment, stress management, work-life balance, relationship issues, and pre-post deployment resiliency. She also worked in United Arab Emirates with nationals and expats providing individual, family, and couples counseling on issues of cultural adaption, depression, anger, and anxiety and continues to provide remote consultations in the Middle East.
Dr. Grguric specializes in international crisis response and trauma with certificates in International Trauma Studies, Forced Migration and Asylum, Justice Rapid Response Training, Employee Assistance Specialist, Skills for Psychological Recovery, Critical Incident Stress Management, Strategies for Trauma Awareness and certificate in process in Resilience and Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR).
Cynthia has provided consultation and trainings for humanitarian workers on and off site throughout Africa and Asia on cultural adjustments, compassion fatigue, work-life balance, resiliency in post conflict, stress management, and frequent traveling/family separation. Dr. Grguric has provided onsite support for USAID and US Embassy staff in Conakry, Guinea in response to the Ebola crisis and in Kampala, Uganda for Foreign Service Nations escaping South Sudan.
Cynthia presented on International Employee Wellness Programs at the American Psychological Conference, wrote a chapter on war rape for a book on terrorism, and published and presented (Istanbul, Turkey) her research on war rape in the Democratic Republic of Congo. The published chapter on "War Rape: Unveiling the Complexities of Motivation and Reparation in Order to Create Lines of Peace and Empowerment" is in the book Terrorism, Political Violence, and Extremism. She has worked on funding for a research proposal on Syrian refugees and national identity and sensemaking from the Syrian War. However now based in New York City Cynthia continues to consult internationally, provide critical incident response, and manage a private practice.