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NSW Service for the Treatment and Rehabilitation of Torture and Trauma Survivors

Dr July Lies

Dr July Lies is a Senior Clinical Psychologist, Board-Approved Supervisor, and Adjunct Research Fellow (Monash University). She completed her initial clinical training at the University of Toronto and the National University of Singapore. After a decade of contributions in the public and not-for-profit sectors, she started working in a private practice. July’s main work focuses on providing specialised trauma informed assessments and interventions to people from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds.

Her passion in treating sleep disturbances started when she was working at the Victorian Foundation for Survivors of Torture (Foundation House). During her tenure, July learned that a majority of asylum seekers and refugees seeking treatment at Foundation House suffered from post-traumatic stress symptoms, depression, anxiety, and sleep disturbances. Despite the severe traumatic experiences, most of them were looking for help in improving their sleep. It was in her search for better understanding in treating these sleep disturbances among people with post-traumatic stress that she discovered there was paucity of research in treating sleep disturbances within the refugee population.

As a keen believer of the scientist-practitioner model, July pursued a Doctorate degree at Monash University specialising in the relationship between post-traumatic stress symptoms and sleep disturbances among refugees. She has published four papers examining the prevalence of sleep disturbance among refugee populations in Australia, investigated factors associated with sleep disturbances in refugees using qualitative, cross-sectional, and longitudinal study methods, and evaluated conceptual models that explore the relationship between trauma exposure, sleep symptoms, post-traumatic stress, and mental health.

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