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MAY LEAD TO
FOR TORTURE SURVIVORS
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tudying health care in a Mayan village in
Mexico gave Laura Danyel Rios her first
taste of research when she was still a
University of North Texas undergraduate.
As a UNT master's student in applied
anthropology, she's now researching the
needs of survivors of torture.
At UNT, Rios - who earned her bach-
elor's degree in anthropology in 2006 and
was recognized as a Distinguished Honors
Scholar in the Honors College - discovered
the research of Doug Henry, assistant
professor of anthropology.
Henry studies medical anthropology -
the interaction of culture, health, society and
illness, such as medical practices associated
with certain cultures and ethnic groups. It is
an academic field that hits close to home for
Rios, whose grandparents emigrated from
Mexico and who often found her upbringing
in conflict with mainstream American culture.
Before she graduates this May with her
master's degree, Rios is completing a pro-
gram evaluation for the Dallas-based Center
for Survivors of Torture, which provides
specialized psychological and rehabilitation
services to survivors of torture and other
human rights abuses, including traumatized
refugees and their families.
Rios and Shimaa Dessouky, another
UNT master's student in applied anthro-
pology, are surveying and interviewing 200
of the center's clients and their service
providers to offer recommendations for the
current and future needs of those receiving
services. The center requested the program
evaluation to identify gaps in its services as
part of a plan to seek additional funding
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