Mona S Weissmark Ph.D.
Mona Sue Weissmark, Ph.D., is a psychology professor and founder of the Program Initiative for Global Mental Health Studies at the Buffett Institute for Global Studies at Northwestern University. She is also the author of Justice Matters (Oxford University Press), Doing Psychotherapy Effectively (University of Chicago Press), and The Science of Diversity (forthcoming, Oxford University Press).
She is a clinical and social psychologist whose work has focused on diversity and the psychological roots of injustice. She has also studied polarized groups, and how we can improve relationships and spark meaningful conversations using a scientific approach. She is best known for her groundbreaking social experiment of bringing children of Holocaust survivors face-to-face with children of Nazis, and later, the grandchildren and great-grandchildren of African American slaves with the grandchildren and great-grandchildren of slave owners. Her research provided on understanding the psychology of injustice has been applied to conflicts in Israel, Northern Ireland, Bosnia, and Rwanda.
She completed a three-year postdoctoral research fellowship at Harvard University and received her Ph.D. from the University of Pennsylvania and her B.Ed. from McGill University.
Weissmark's work was featured on Dateline, the CBS Morning News, and PBS, and in the New York Times, the Guardian, the Jerusalem Report, JUF News, Harvard Magazine, Psychology Today, Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung, the Harvard University Gazette, the Psychiatric Times, and the Chicago Sun Times. Her book Justice Matters was made into a documentary television film that aired on German television WDR.