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Mary Bunn PhD

Mary Bunn
  • Assistant Professor
  • Co-Director, Global Mental Health Research and Training Program, Center for Global Health
  • University of Illinois Chicago
Contact Information
  • mbunn [at]
  • (312) 413-4627
  • College of Medicine, Department of Psychiatry
    University of Illinois 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 Chicago

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

Mary Bunn, PhD, LCSW is an Assistant Professor at the University of Illinois Chicago, Department of Psychiatry. She is also a core faculty member and Co-Director of the Global Mental Health Research and Training Program in the UIC Center for Global Health and a clinical faculty member in the Mood and Anxiety Disorder Program where she provides therapy services to survivors of war, torture and forced migration.

Her research program focuses on community-based mental health prevention and care interventions for refugees and forced migrant communities across the migration continuum. This involves bridging prevention and intervention research to integrate a spectrum of services that are used for communities with diverse needs. She is particularly interested in peer service delivery models, therapeutic processes and how to best mobilize social and family resources through interventions to enhance coping and wellbeing. She integrates implementation science and human centered design methods in her research in order to enhance uptake and sustainability of evidence-based mental health services for refugee communities.

Dr. Bunn is currently a K01 career development awardee from the National Institute of Mental Health. She is principal investigator of a study to adapt an evidence-based multiple family group intervention for Arabic-speaking refugees for use by peer providers in community-based organizations. Dr. Bunn’s research program is informed by her extensive clinical and applied experience including seventeen years working with survivors of torture and political violence in the U.S and in post-conflict and humanitarian settings around the world.

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

  • Strengthening Family and Community Support for Arabic-speaking Refugee Communities in Chicago.

  • 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