Saliha Bava, Ph.D.

Mercy College, NY 
 International Trauma Studies Program, NYC 
 Houston Galveston Institute Faculty 
 Massey University Online Adjunct Faculty 

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Saliha Bava, Ph.D. is associate professor at Mercy College, and was awarded the 2015-2016 Mercy College Teaching Excellence Award. Saliha is interested in the performance of (complex) relationships among people, the systems we create, and the construction of our social lives and realities. As a social “actor” (“scientist”) she combines interdisciplinary ideas and methodologies to reflect on, design and facilitate the performance of transformational relational processes. She embraces living as processes of improvised inquiry. Originally from India, she is becoming a New Yorker after relocating from Houston for a sabbatical.

Saliha is a consultant and designer of performative and dialogic processes within human systems—organizational, family/community, learning and research systems. She also performs as a couples and family therapist and coach for generative professional and personal relationships. Over the last seven years she has consulted on disaster preparedness and response to organizations in profit, non-profit and governmental sectors. She received a leadership award from the City of Houston’s Disaster Mental Health Crises Response Team for directing the Mental Health Services at the George R. Brown Katrina Shelter in 2005. She is one of 12 US trainers in the National Child Traumatic Stress Network’s Psychological First Aid.

Formerly the associate director of Houston Galveston Institute, Saliha is currently a researcher and consultant to the International Trauma Studies Program, affiliated with Columbia University, where she is researching the use of theater for community resiliency and psychosocial intervention among refugees of political violence. She is an Associate Professor at the School of Social and Behavioral Sciences, Mercy College at Dobbs Ferry, an online faculty member at Massey University in New Zealand, and doctoral advisor at the Taos PhD Program.  Saliha received her PhD in Human Development with specialization in Marriage and Family Therapy from Virginia Tech. She has completed the Executive Program for Nonprofit Leaders from Stanford University.

The Houston Galveston Institute (formerly the Galveston Family Institute), is internationally recognized for its innovative contributions to the advancements of theory, psychotherapy practice, and research, and to the development of creative contexts for learning, practice, and research. It has distinguished itself by its unique developments in brief therapy and has been acclaimed for its Collaborative Language Systems Approach with its emphasis on “problem-organizing systems”, the role of language, narrative and conversation in therapy, the not-knowing position, and the translation of these concepts into work with difficult life situations. Students and professionals world-wide come to study at the Institute.