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Mary Bunn PhD

Mary Bunn
  • Clinical Instructor, Psychiatry
  • Research Scientist, Department of Psychiatry
  • Deputy Director of Global Mental Health, Center for Global Health
  • University of Illinois at Chicago
Contact Information
  • mbunn [at]
  • (312) 413-4627
  • College of Medicine, Department of Psychiatry
    University of Illinois at Chicago

  • School of Public Health / Psychiatric Institute (SPHPI)
    1601 W. Taylor St.
    SPHPI MC 912
    Chicago IL 60612
  • Room #:588
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  • (312) 355-2136
  • College of Medicine, Department of Psychiatry
    University of Illinois at Chicago

  • Neuropsychiatric Institute (NPI)
    912 S. Wood St.
    Department of Psychiatry (MC 913)
    Chicago IL 60612
  • Room #:439

Mary Bunn, PhD, LCSW is a Research Scientist at the UIC, Department of Psychiatry. She is also the Deputy Director of Global Mental Health in the Center for Global Health and provides therapy services to survivors of war and forced migration in her clinic in the Mood and Anxiety Disorders Program.

Her research program focuses on the long-term and multi-level effects of political violence and forced migration on culturally diverse communities and mental health and psychosocial interventions across diverse contexts. She is particularly interested in therapeutic processes, family, group and community based models of treatment. In addition to mental health outcomes, Dr. Bunn examines how such approaches contribute to the development of social and community resources and facilitate broader restorative and peace building work. Her current research projects in Jordan and Thailand focus on the provision of integrated mental health services for displaced refugees and survivors of human rights violations.

Dr. Bunn’s research program is informed by her extensive clinical and applied experience including fifteen years working with survivors of torture and political violence in the U.S and in post-conflict, post-genocidal and humanitarian settings around the world. She has presented and published widely and has received a number of awards for her work.

  • Restoring Social Bonds: Group-based Treatment and the Social Resources of Syrian Refugees in Jordan

  • A Mixed Methods Study of the Mental Health and Psychosocial Consequences of Torture and Sustained Political Violence in Southern Thailand

  • Journal Articles

    Bunn, M., Engstrom, D. & Jones, L. (in press) The psychological consequences of torture and political terror on survivors in the deep south of Thailand.  Peace & Conflict: The Journal of Peace Psychology

    Bunn, M. & Marsh, J. (2019) Science and Social Work Practice:  Client-provider Relationships 
    as an Active Ingredient Promoting Client Change. In J. Brekke & J. Anastas (Eds), Social Work Science: Towards a New Identity. Oxford University Press.  

    Marsh, J. C., & Bunn, M. (2018). Social Work’s Contribution to Direct Practice with Individuals, Families, and Groups: An Institutionalist Perspective. Social Service Review, 92(4), 647-692.

    Bunn, M., Goesel, C., Kinet, M., & Ray, F. (2016). Group treatment for survivors of torture and severe violence: A literature review. Torture: quarterly journal on rehabilitation of torture victims and prevention of torture, 26(1), 45-67.

    Bass, J., Murray, S. M., Mohammed, T. A., Bunn, M., Gorman, W., Ahmed, A.,... Bolton, P. (2016). A randomized controlled trial of a trauma-informed support, skills, and psychoeducation intervention for survivors of torture and related trauma in Kurdistan, Northern Iraq. Global Health: Science and Practice, 4(3), 452-466.

    Joyce, M., Bunn, M. & Engstrom, D (2012). Clinical practice with survivors of torture. In Congress, E and Gonzalez, M (Eds), Multicultural perspectives in social work practice with families (pp 277-295). New York, NY; Springer Publishing Company

    Psychosocial Intervention Manuals:
    Introduction to Trauma, Skills and Tasks of the Mental Health Counselor (2017)
    Heartland Alliance International

    Providing Psychosocial Support for Survivors of Human Rights Violations (2008)
    Center for Victims of Torture, Partners in Trauma Healing (PATH)

    Introduction to Mental Health and the Role of the Community Mental Health Worker. (2006)
    Introduction to Family Violence. (2006)
    Understanding and Addressing Alcohol and Other Substance Use. (2007)
    Integrating Family into Services and Treatment Planning (2007)
    Supervisors Manual.
    Heartland Alliance International