Jana (Darejan) Javakhishvili is a clinical psychologist who has been working in trauma research, training and treatment since 1995. Since 2002 she has been heavily engaged in the field of conflict transformation as a facilitator for peace building processes in Georgia and the South Caucasus. Jana works with the Foundation Global Initiative on Psychiatry – Tbilisi, directs Institute of Addiction Studies (Addictology) at Ilia State University and is an associated professor at the same University. She is a co-founder and teacher at the two innovative masters programs in the same university: Mental Health Masters Program and Addiction Studies Masters Program. In June 2013 she was elected as a president of the Georgian Society of Psychotrauma, since July of the same year she became a Board of Directors Member and Secretary of the European Society for Traumatic Stress Studies. She is a Contact Person for the Dart Centre for Journalism and trauma in the South Caucasus. She is a co-author and co-editor of a number of books and scientific articles in Georgian, Russian and English published in Georgia, Armenia, England, Norway, Russia and the United States.
The Andrei Sakharov Research Centre contributes to the development of a pluralist and democratic society in Eastern Europe and the former Soviet Union.