Biography of Dr. John Woodall
Dr. Woodall is Founder and Director of The Unity Project, a resilience-building program for youth working with former child soldiers in northern Uganda and in Newtown, CT where the Unity Project has its home. Formerly of the faculty of Harvard Medical School, he is a Board Certified psychiatrist with a special expertise in posttraumatic stress disorder and resilience. He was director of a USAID funded refugee relief effort in Croatia. He was the Convener of the “Resilient Responses to Social Crisis Working Group” at Harvard University and directed the Task Force for Accountability for War Crimes in the Former Yugoslavia at Harvard’s John F. Kennedy School of Government.
He is Co-Founder of the Healing Arts Project working with New York City’s Department of Youth and Community Development after 9/11 to build resilience in the city’s children and developed similar resilience building programming in New Orleans and Mississippi after Hurricane Katrina and in northern Uganda working with former child soldiers. Since the Newtown tragedy, he has launched the Unity Project at Newtown High School, 21st Century Conversation resilience building workshops for parents and PeaceBuilders for younger children.
Dr. Woodall, with his wife, represents the Baha’i Community in the Newtown Clergy Association. Dr. Woodall serves on the 3-person Distribution Committee selected to disburse charitable contributions made to the Newtown-Sandy Hook Community Foundation.