Damir S. Utržan, M.S.

Marriage and Family Therapist | Ph.D. Student | Researcher

Damir Utržan is a couple/marriage and family therapist (C/MFT) doctoral intern at the Center for Victims of Torture, a world renowned organization focused on treating survivors of war trauma and promoting international human rights through research, training, and advocacy. He is also student membership subcommittee co-chair on the American Psychological Association’s Division on Trauma Psychology.

Damir received his undergraduate degree in psychology with minors in human development and philosophy from Rockford University. He completed his master’s degree in marriage and family therapy at the Family Institute at Northwestern University. While at Northwestern University, Damir provided comprehensive psychiatric evaluations through the Marjorie Kovler Center at the Heartland Alliance upon request of the United States Department of Justice. He is currently pursuing doctoral training in family social science with a specialization in couple and family therapy and a minor in human rights at the University of Minnesota. As a Waller and Robert E. Keane Ambiguous Loss Fellow, his clinical and research interests are on the impact of war on civilian family relationship dynamics, the parent-child relationship, and pediatric psychosocial development. Damir completed web-based training in Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy at the Medical University of South Carolina and Gottman Level 1 Couples Therapy at the Gottman Institute.