Dr. Samir Qouta, a clinical Psychologist, was born in January 1956 in Gaza, Palestine. He received his Psychology degree from Ein Shams University and his PhD from Amsterdam University. He worked as the Head of the Research Department at the Gaza Community Mental Health Programme. Then he worked as head of the Psychology Department at the Islamic University. He is a member of many local and international health and human rights organizations. Dr. Samir Qouta has published extensively on issues of trauma, PTSD, peace, and human rights.