Professor of Psychology and Preventive Medicine, University of Southern California, L.A., U.S.A
Beth Meyerowitz is Professor of Psychology and Preventive Medicine and Vice Provost for Faculty Affairs at the University of Southern California. She received her PhD in Clinical Psychology from the University of Colorado and completed her clinical internship at the University of California, Los Angeles. For over 30 years, she and her students have studied psychological reactions among survivors of highly stressful situations, such as genocide or the diagnosis of life threatening illness. Recently, Meyerowitz has been studying trauma and resilience among survivors of the 1994 Tutsi genocide in Rwanda. Through close collaboration with organizations in Rwanda, she has gathered interview and questionnaire data about experiences during the genocide and their relation to postgenocide adjustment among orphan heads of household. She has also taught courses on the topic through which undergraduate and graduate students have conducted research projects using the Shoah Foundation Institute testimonies.