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Damir Utržan

Damir S. Utržan

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Current program: Ph.D., Couple and Family Therapy; Human Rights concentration

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M.S., Marriage and Family Therapy - Northwestern University
B.S., Psychology, Minors in Human Development and Philosophy - Rockford University


Utržan receives Robert E. Keane Fellowship in Ambiguous Loss and Waller Summer Fellowship

Utržan awarded the Family Process Institute's New Writers Fellowship

Utržan's work with refugees featured in The Family Institute newsletter

Utržan elected to full AFTA membership

About Damir

Damir Utržan is a behavioral medicine therapist at the University of Minnesota Physicians, Department of Family Medicine and Community Health, Broadway Family Medicine Clinic. As a University of Minnesota Law School Human Rights Fellow and Substance Abuse and Mental Health Service Administration (SAMHSA) Fellow, Damir’s clinical research interests focus on the impact of war on civilian family relationship dynamics, the parent-child relationship, pediatric psychosocial development, and whether navigating the asylum process in the United States worsens existing mental health problems. He has lectured on refugee and immigrant mental health topics, which include clinical workshops at various national conferences.

Damir is pursuing his doctorate in family social science with a specialization in couple and family therapy with a concentration in human rights at the University of Minnesota. He completed his yearlong doctoral internship in torture rehabilitation at the Center for Victims of Torture, a world renowned non-profit organization dedicated advancing human rights through healing, training, and research. Damir received his master’s degree in marriage and family therapy from the Family Institute at Northwestern University. While pursuing his master’s degree, Damir completed a yearlong practicum at the Mental Health Human Rights Clinic, a collaborative effort between Northwestern University, the Marjorie Kovler Center, and Physicians for Human Rights.

Research Interests

The impact of traumatic stress on family relationship dynamics, the parent-child relationship, and pediatric psychosocial development.

Professional Involvement

Board Member, Alumni Advisory Board, Rockford University (2014-Present), Rockford, IL.

Student Membership Committee Co-Chair, American Psychological Association Division 56 on Trauma Psychology (2014-Present), Washington, DC.

University Community Response Team, Student Mental Health Services, University of Minnesota (2014-Present), Minneapolis, MN.

Behavioral Health Response Strike Team, Medical Reserve Corps, Office of Emergency Response, University of Minnesota (2013-Present), Minneapolis, MN.


Elected to associated membership at the Bosnian-Herzegovinian American Academy of Arts and Sciences.

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