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Tiamo Katsonga-Phiri

Assistant Professor

What I do

Clinical Assistant Professor
Director of the Trauma Disaster Recovery Clinic
Clinical Lead for Survivor of Torture Program
Clinical Supervisor for Afghan Specialty Program
First Gen/POC Group Coordinator

Professional Biography

Tiamo Katsonga-Phiri, Ph.D. is a Licensed Clinical Psychologist in the State of Colorado. She received her doctorate degree in Clinical-Child Psychology from DePaul University in Chicago Illinois. Dr. Katsonga-Phiri currently works as a clinical supervisor at the Trauma Disaster Recovery Clinic training students in working with Survivors of Torture along with teaching several graduate level classes. Prior to that, she completed her post-doc at the Aurora Mental Health Center’s Colorado Refugee Wellness Center and Asian Pacific Development Center working with refugees and immigrants from all over the world. She received her prior clinical training in working with Survivors of Torture at Chicago’s Marjorie Kovler Center starting in August 2017. Prior to joining the Kovler Center, she worked as a therapist-in-training in multiple settings including one year of supervised clinical work at University of Chicago Counselling Services and Chicago Children’s Advocacy Center where she worked in collaboration with the Department of Child and Family Services (DCFS), and Chicago Police Department and at DePaul Family Community Services Center.


  • Ph.D., Clinical-Child Psychology, DePaul University, 2019
  • MA, Clinical-Child Psychology, DePaul University, 2014
  • BA, Psychology, DePauw University, 2012

Licensure / Accreditations

  • EMDR Trained
  • Narrative Exposure Therapy
  • Licensed Psychologist


Looking at the impact of Student Clinician therapy on Survivors of Torture


Katsonga-Phiri, T., & Mitchell, G. M. (2021). Growing Local: Novel program model nurtures clients' resilience and grows local SoT mental health provider network. National Consortium of Torture Treatment Programs (NCTTP): Torture treatment: Clinical, Community, Policy Interventions, Outcome Evaluations" Virtual Symposium: Monday, March 8, 2021 . Virtual Symposium : National Consortium of Torture Treatment Programs (NCTTP) & Heal Torture.