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Dr. Raja Paulraj

Dr. Paulraj is a medical doctor, psychiatrist, and counselor based in Landour, Mussoorie, India, where he currently serves as a consultant psychiatrist and counselor with Emmanuel Hospital Association (EHA). Before joining EHA, Dr. Paulraj worked as a psychiatrist in various hospitals across India. He is passionate about equipping the faith-based organizations to develop their capacity to work as healing communities by providing counseling and care to those who are suffering and especially to people with mental illness. Other areas of work for him include being a staff care consultant with the global team of International Justice Mission (IJM). He serves as a non-resident scholar at the Center for Spirituality, Theology, and Health at Duke University School of Medicine, which promotes research in the area of spirituality and health. Dr. Paulraj also worked as a counselor for the Christian Counseling and Educational Foundation (CCEF) for three years. He is married to Jess and they have five children and they love exploring mountains, drinking chai, and meeting new people.


Dr. Szabi Török

Szabi is a medical doctor, marriage and family therapist, and associate professor at the Institute of Mental Health, Semmelweis University, Budapest, Hungary. He is currently a Fulbright Research Scholar and a guest faculty member in the Marriage and Family Therapy (MFT) program at Wheaton College. His most recent research focuses on identifying effective training systems and teaching methods in the field of MFT. Together with Dr. David Van Dyke (director of MFT program at Wheaton College), Szabi is aiming to provide MFT training opportunities for professionals in the Central and Eastern European region where mental health needs have been exacerbated by the recent pandemic. For the academic year 2021/22 Dr. Török lives in Wheaton with his wife and their four children.


Dr. Chuck Liu

Dr. Chuck Liu is a clinical psychologist and a HNGR alumnus currently teaching in the School of Psychology, Counseling, and Family Therapy at Wheaton College. He received his clinical training at a rural integrated primary care clinic in Hawai'i working with providers to holistically serve the Native Hawai'ian and local community. His research areas are in intersections of culture and Asian American mental health. Along with his colleague Dr. Tao Liu, he is currently researching the mental health impacts of COVID-19 racism in the Asian American community.


Dr. Sally Schwer Canning

A community and licensed clinical psychologist, Dr. Canning is Professor of Psychology in the doctoral program at Wheaton College. She was named the 2017 Distinguished Leader for Women in Psychology by The Committee on Women in Psychology of the American Psychological Association. Her calling is to support the well-being of children and families in poor urban communities, and to join with caregivers, community members and professionals in other disciplines to disrupt the status quo of poverty and other forms of injustice. Current research projects focus on the life narratives of individuals exiting the sale of sex, the effectiveness of a brief intervention for internalizing/externalizing problems of pediatric patients in primary care, and the well-being of advanced practice professionals serving in medically underserved primary care contexts. Dr. Canning practiced as a Behavioral Health Provider and supervisor at the Lawndale Christian Health Center, a primary care clinic serving patients in poor, medically underserved neighborhoods in Chicago.