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This is a special edition episode that marks the start of a limited-run series called Global Innovators—this will be in addition to our ongoing monthly episodes. This Special Series will focus specifically work in the humanitarian intervention space.

We kick off the series with a dear friend, Dr. Tiffany Masson, Campus Dean of the Online Campus of the Chicago School of Professional Psychology, where she provides oversight and advances the growth of the institution’s highly successful online campus. She was appointed by the Chicago School’s President to co-lead the University’s strategic plan and develop a new division for the University known as “TCSPP Global.”

Dr. Masson earned her Doctorate of Psychology in 2002 and went on to complete her post-doctoral training at U.C. Davis’ Children’s Hospital-CAARE Center, and was employed as a staff psychologist by the Cook County Juvenile Court and Northwestern University School of Law. Her leadership positions include having served as the Department Chair of International Psychology, Executive Director of Social and Behavioral Sciences, and Campus Dean of The Chicago School of Professional Psychology during her 11 year tenure. During that time she also has maintained an active forensic private practice, been an international speaker, and recently, she published a new textbook, Inside Forensic Psychology.

We do an in-depth discussion of Dr. Masson’s work as a global innovator vis-à-vis developing and managing international partnerships and on specific international human capacity development projects in Africa. Of particular interest is a country specific 12-day trauma training program, known as the “Global HOPE Training Initiative” which aids teachers in effectively recognizing, assessing, and intervening with traumatized children. It originated in Rwanda through government and private partnerships, and had grown to programs in Zambia and South Africa. We also discuss study abroad programs in graduate education and their impact on students as well as those they collaborate with internationally.

Dr. Masson also shares how she manages so many initiatives on top of her other responsibilities as well as some helpful and actionable advice to those interested in participating or even starting an international activity or NGO.

We delve into what drives her passion in this area as well, and I think you will find it to be quite touching and inspirational.

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