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Vincent Sezibera

Vincent Sezibera

Affiliate Faculty
  • Associate Professor
    International Department

Department
International Psychology
Address
The Chicago School of Professional Psychology (Online)
Office Location
Office Phone
On-campus Ext.
Email
vsezibera@thechicagoschool.edu
Website
Biography

As Senior Lecturer in the Department of Clinical Psychology (Chairperson) at the National University of Rwanda (NUR) and an Outpatient Consultant and Therapist at the NUR University Center for Mental Health (CUNISAM), I specialize in PTSD and child and adolescent traumatic grief. My doctorate studies focused on trauma and bereavement among young survivors of the 1994 genocide in Rwanda.

As a Rwanda national specializing in the field of clinical psychology, I have conducted a number of research studies and have developed scientific protocols on Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and Complicated Grief (CG) treatment.  My ongoing research assesses the effectiveness of these treatment protocols in the population of traumatized survivors of the 1994 genocide against the Tutsi in Rwanda. I am developing the Memory Box method for healing bereaved and traumatized children and adolescents.

I have taught courses in psychopathology; cognitive and behavioral approaches to psychotherapy; personality theories; and grief and mourning.

Education
  • B.S, M.A, PhD in Psychology/Clinical Psychology, National University of Rwanda (B.S) and Catholic University of Louvain/Belgium (M.A and PhD)
Licensure(s)
Areas Of Expertise

Presentations

  • Betancourt, T. & Sezibera, V. (2013). Prevalence of mental health problems in children and adolescents affected and unaffected by HIV/AIDS in rural Rwanda. Paper presented at the 4th Annual East African Health and Scientific Conference, Kigali, March 27-29, 2013.
  • Sezibera, V. (2012). Screening for depression in patients with epilepsy. (Awarded the best paper of the conference), 5th NUR International Research Conference: Butare, Rwanda, December 5-7, 2012.
  • Sezibera, V. (PhD), Auerbach, C. (PhD), Dushimimana, F. (B.A), Nkurunziza, M. (B.A), & Mihigo, I. (B.A). Trauma, Resilience, and Vulnerability in post-genocide Rwanda : A hypothesis generating study. ISTSS 28th Annual Meeting. Beyond Boundaries: Innovations to Expand Services and Tailor Traumatic Stress Treatments. Los Angeles, CA, US, November 1-3, 2012.
  • Sezibera, V. (PhD) & Betancourt, T. (Sc.D, M.A). Family –Based Prevention of Mental Health Problems Among Children Affected by HIV/AIDS in Rural Rwanda : A Pilot Feasibility Study, 2010. ISTSS 28th Annual Meeting. Beyond Boundaries : Innovations to Expand Services and Tailor Traumatic Stress Treatments. Los Angeles, CA, US, November 1-3, 2012. 
  • Sezibera, V. (PhD). Child Vulnerability in Rwanda: Institutional Care and its psychological impact. Lecture at the Center for African Psychology, The Chicago School of Professional Psychology, Washington DC Campus. Washington, May 29, 2012.
  • Sezibera, V. (PhD). Psychological consequences of the genocide: From Trauma to Resilience. Oral presentation at the 4H Conference Center.  Maryland, May 27, 2012.
  • Sezibera, V. (PhD). Child Vulnerability in Rwanda: Institutional Care and its psychological impact. Lecture at the International Child Mental Health Working Group (ICMH), Harvard Medical School, Harvard School of Public Health and Children’s Hospital. Boston, April 24, 2012.
  • Sezibera, V. (PhD). A case study on the Language Surrounding PTSD in Rwanda: Ihahamuka vs Ihungabana. Oral presentation at the African Languages in Disciplines (ALD); series: African Languages and Public Health. Harvard African Language Program/Department of African and African American Studies. Boston, April 19-20, 2012.
  • Sezibera, V. (PhD).Trauma and PTSD in Rwanda: Prevalence and challenges. Lecture at the FXB Center for Health and Human Rights, Harvard School of Public Health. Boston, April 13, 2012.
  • Sezibera, V. (PhD).Psychological consequences of genocide: From Trauma to Resilience. Public Lecture at The Centre for African Psychology/The Chicago School of Professional Psychology, Washington DC; April 5, 2011.
  • Sezibera, V. (PhD). Rwandan and Chicagoan Perspectives on Trauma: A Consequence of repeated violence in Lives of young Children and their Families. Colloquia at the Harold Washington College, Chicago, IL; April 11, 2011.
  • Sezibera, V. (PhD). Psychological consequences of genocide: From Trauma to Resilience. Public Lecture at Pacific Oaks College & Children’s School, 5 Westmoreland Pl Pasadena, CA; June 23, 2011.
  • Sezibera, V. (PhD). Memory work and psychosocial support to orphans and vulnerable children. First CERI (Children’s Emergency Relief International)/Sinomlando Annual Conference, University of KwaZulu-Natal, Pietermaritzburg 7-9 September 2009, South Africa. (Keynote address and Oral presentation).
  • Sezibera, V. (MSc). Enhancing Resilience in orphans and vulnerable children in Rwanda. AEGIS European Conference on African Studies (Panel 72), African Studies Centre, Leiden/The Netherlands, July 11-14 July 2007

Publications

  • Sezibera, V. & Nyirasafari, D. ( In press, 2013). Incidence of depression in Epilepsy patients. Rwanda Journal.
  • Neugebauer, R., Pozen, J., Ntaganira, J., Sezibera, V., Zraly, M., Fodor, K., Wang, Y. & Weaver, J. (In press, 2012). Common Psychiatric Disorders among Rwandan Adults 17 Years after the Genocide. Journal of the American Medical Association.
  • Sezibera, V. (2010). Intervening on persistent PTSD and comorbid depression: Rumination Focused Cognitive and Behavioral Therapy (RFCBT) in a Randomized Controlled Trial (RCT) of young survivors of the 1994 genocide against Tutsi in Rwanda. Rwanda Journal, vol. 21, 73-88.
  • Sezibera, V., Van Broeck, N., & Philippot, P. (2009). Intervening on Persistent PTSD: Rumination Focused Cognitive and Behavioral Therapy (RFCBT) in a Population of Young Survivors of the 1994 Genocide in Rwanda. Journal of Cognitive Psychotherapy, vol. 23 (2), 107-113.
  • Sezibera, V., Dewulf, A-C., & Philippot, P. (2005). Post-traumatic Stress Disorder in children and adolescents. Revue Francophone de Clinique Comportementale et Cognitive (RFCCC), Juin 2005 - vol. X, n°2, 18-37.

Professional Memberships

  • International Society of Traumatic Stress Studies (ISTSS) 
  • American Psychological Association (APA), Division 56: Psychological Trauma
  • Affiliate Faculty, The Chicago School of Professional Psychology, IL, US
  • Research Fellow, Harvard School of Public Health, FXB Center, Boston, US