Dr. Tama Lane, received her Doctorate in Clinical Psychology and advocates for survivors of trauma and torture, including those impacted by the cycle of community violence. She has worked in Chicago, New York, including Bellevue/NYU Program for Survivors of Torture, France, the Occupied Palestinian Territory, and resided in Jordan (Middle East) where she operated a locally run torture treatment center helping refugee survivors psychologically recover from war trauma and torture.
Dr. Lane is also a contributing writer for the W42ST Magazine where she steps out of the trauma arena to discuss life, love, breaking free of toxic and co-dependent relationships, and men’s issues in the concrete jungle of Manhattan. As a believer in the mind/body relationship, she is also certified in Yoga and provides pro-bono yoga classes at various domestic violence shelters in New York.
Dr. Lane’s professional experiences have fueled a commitment to service diverse populations affected by various life stressors and the stigma of mental illness. She has a particular interest in the psychological trauma of individuals affected by war trauma and torture, children impacted by violence, refugee displacement, and violence in marginalized communities, both locally and internationally. Dr Lane is committed to understanding the aftermath and legacy of violence, their social implications and the manner in which they influence and jeopardize human development, and leapfrog from one generation to the next.
Dr. Lane considers herself a social entrepreneur and continues to develop projects and facilitate educational workshops in New York and abroad. She created a pilot program, in Jordan and New York, with the purpose of intersecting mental wellness, body-based practices (yoga & meditation), Social Emotional skills training, creative storytelling, and expressive arts therapy for children who are impacted by traumatic events — sexual violence, poverty, parental incarceration, domestic violence, suicide, homelessness, parent/child separation, child sex trafficking, community violence, and bullying.
After receiving her Doctorate in Clinical Psychology, Dr. Lane completed a two-year fellowship at Bellevue/NYU Program for Survivors of Torture, a torture treatment center in the New York City area treating survivors of torture and war trauma from 80 different countries. Additionally, she has worked at various New York hospitals and clinics, providing clinical and therapeutic interventions for children with recent histories of physical and sexual abuse, children infected with HIV, and in-patient populations. She has trained at various hospitals in Chicago, including John H. Stroger, Jr. Hospital of Cook County conducting emergency room assessments and the Ruth M. Rothstein Core Center, treating prenatal and postnatal females with HIV and AIDS. Dr Lane is also certified in the administration of Eye Movement Desensitization Reprocessing (EMDR).
Dr. Lane has given international presentations for Medicins du Monde/France. In this capacity, Dr. Lane wrote two manuals, “Biopsychosocial Assessment,” and “Basic Psychotherapy Skills” for Medicins du Monde/France and trained their local mental health professionals in the West Bank.
“Trauma is not a story about the past. It lives in the present – in both the mind and body. Left untreated, it has no expiration date.” –Dr. Tama Lane