Jana /Darejan/ Javakhishvili

Education: Clinical Psychologist, Tbilisi State University, Faculty of Philosophy & Psychology (1979-1984); Psychoanalyses of Conflict Course led by Dr. Vamik Volkan (1995-2002); Trauma Focused Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy with Prof. Jonathan Bisson (2007-2012); Trauma Focused Brief Eclectic Psychotherapy with Prof. Berthod Garsons (2007-2012); Trauma & Journalism workshops’ series by Dr. Frank Ochberg (2005-2014); Prevention of Addictions, series of workshops within the frame of the EU funded Southern Caucasus Anti Drug Program (2002-2009); Drug Epidemiology, EMCDDA series of workshops by EMCDDA (2002-2013); Supervision by Katania Institute and Dr. Nora Balke (2013-2015).

Position: Director, Institute of Addictology, ILia State University; Senior Program Manager, Foundation “Global Initiative on Psychiatry – Tbilisi”.

Research Interests: Addictions studies, Psychotrauma: individual, family, community and societal trauma; Impact of Totalitarian past and Soviet repressions on the family members of repressed and contemporary socio-political life of Georgia.

Languages: Georgian; English, Russian; Czech (beginner).

City: Tbilisi

Email: darejan.javakhishvili(at)iliauni.edu.ge  


Jana (Darejan) Javakhishvili is a Georgian psychologist who has been working in trauma research, training and treatment since 1995. She provides psychological assistance to individuals who have been traumatized in armed incidents. She is heavily engaged in the field of conflict transformation as a facilitator for peace building events in Georgia and the South Caucasus. At the Tbilisi office of the Global Initiative on Psychiatry, she supervises projects focused on mental health care reforms in the South Caucasus and Central Asia. Currently Jana directs the Institute on Addiction Studies (Addictology) at ILia State University (Tbilisi, Georgia). She is a co-author, co-founder and teacher of the two innovative master program in the same university: Mntal Health masters program (which includes direction of Psychotraumatology) and Addicton Studies masters program. Since 2013 she is a president of the Georgian Society of Psychotrauma. THe same year, she was elected as the Board of Directors member and Board secretary of the European Society on Traumatic Stress Studies (ESTSS). She is the co-author and co-editor of a number of scientific books and articles published in Georgia, England, Norway, Russia and the United States.


-“Social Legacies of Massive Trauma of War and Oppression” (2016). Co-author. In: European Journal of Psychotraumatology. In a process of publishing.

-“Trauma Treatment Across Europe: Where Do We Start Now?” (2016). Co-author. In: European Journal of Psychotraumatology. In a process of publishing. 

-“Soviet Legacy in Contemporary Georgia: A Psychotraumatology Perspective” (2015). In: Identity Studies, 2015.1.5. Ilia State University, Tbilisi. In press.

-“Drug Situation in Georgia, 2013” – Annual report, Nekeri Publishing House (2015), Contributor and editor, http://altgeorgia.ge/2012/myfiles/Drug%20report%20ENG.pdf  

-“Piloting European Drug Addiction Preventive intervention Unplugged Program in Georgia: A Formative Study”. (2014). The first author. Addictolgy, 2014.14.2 Charles University, Prague, Czech Republic.

- “Myth and Conflict in the South Caucasus: Instrumentalization of Conflict in Political Discourse” (2013). Editor-in-Chief. International Alert, London.


-“Myth & Conflict in the South Caucasus: Instrumentalization of Conflict in Historical Naratives”. (2013). Co-editor. International Alert, London. http://www.international-alert.org/resources/publications/myths-and-conflict-south-caucasus-vol-1-english

-“Myth & Conflict in the South Caucasus: Training Manual in Critical Thinking”. (2013). Author and Editor in-Chief. International Alert, London. http://www.international-alert.org/resources/publications/myths-and-conflict-south-caucasus-english

-Georgian Anti Drug Strategy and Corresponding Action Plan (unpublished draft). 2014. Co-author of the chapters on drug Demand and Harm Reduction and Drug Information. Ministry of Justice of Georgia, Tbilisi.

-“Drug Situation in Georgia. Annual Report. 2012”. (2013). The first author and editor. Tbilisi, Nekeri Publishing House. ISBN: 978-9941-0-129-5.

-“Mediation and Dialogue in the South Caucasus”. (2012). Co-editor. International Alert, London.

-“Overview of Drug Situation in Georgia. 2011”. (2011). The first author. Journal: Addictology, 2011.11.1. Charles University, Prague, Czech Republic.

 -“Primary Health Care Research & Development”. (2010). Primary Health Care Research & Development / Volume 11 / Issue 03 / July 2010, Cambridge University Press 2010. pp 285-285.

-“Managing Inter Ethnic Relationships, Manual”. The editor and first author. (2007). Tbilisi, ISBN: 978-99940-911-3-3.

-Georgian Drug Policy Document. (2007). Co-author. Tbilisi. Ministry of Labor, Health and Social Affairs of Georgia Drug Policy Council, Tbilisi.

-“Overcoming Trauma: Special Focus on Support in a School Setting”. (2005). Chapter in Socio-Emotional Growth and Development of Learning Strategies, Anthology, University of Oslo, Oslo Academic Press, Oslo, ISBN: 82-7477-143-5.

-"Victims of War: Psychological Problems and the Ways of Overcoming Them." Chapter in "Prevention and Control of Aggression and the Impact on its Victims." (2001). A book edited by Manuela Martinez, Kluwer Academic/Plenum Publishers, New York, pp. 389-395, ISBN: 0-306-46624-4.

-"Developmental Programs for Children for Civic Society Building." (2001). Chapter in Beyond Civil Society: Education and Civic Culture in Post-Communist Countries. Edited by Stephen Webber, Ilkka Liikanen, Macmillan Press, UK, pp.204-214, ISBN: 0-333-71018-5.

-“Trauma and Psychosocial Assistance”. (2001). NRC funded, Tu-Tu publishers, Baku, ISBN: 99928.0.064.X.