William Gorman is a licensed clinical psychologist who retired several years ago as the Clinical Director of the Counseling Center and Clinical Associate Professor in Psychology and Psychiatry at the University of Illinois at Chicago, after previously working in community mental health in Chicago, Hawaii and Alaska. He served as a Mental Health Professional on the Semester at Sea voyage of Fall 2008, and he is grateful for the opportunity to do so again.
His interest in international services began as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Nepal in the 1960’s and he was able to return there ten years ago as a Fulbright Senior Scholar with the Center for Victims of Torture in Kathmandu. He was fortunate as well to have a second Fulbright Fellowship at Trinity College in Ireland, and in 2010 he worked in mental health training and teaching in Kurdistan for a year with a human rights NGO.
He has been involved more currently in Chicago with a center for the treatment of refugee survivors of torture and other trauma, and with the Red Cross Disaster Mental Health Services. Besides an emphasis on crisis recovery, his work has focused on interpersonal and existential concerns, as well as dealing with issues of anxiety, stress, and depression.