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Abbie Shepard Fields
Abbie Shepard Fields is a psychologist based in Managua, Nicaragua, where she has lived for over 30 years. She teaches at the Universidad Centroamericana and is also completing her doctoral studies there. Her main area of specialization for the past 20 years has been trauma and sexual violence, and her current research focuses on the mind-body relationship in processes of post-trauma recovery.
She has worked as a mental health counselor with SIT students and others studying abroad in Nicaragua for over 15 years, giving her insight into not only the issues that can arise when exploring life in another cultural reality but also the ways such experiences shift our ability to manage ongoing issues or problems we carry with us.