For her work to help refugee survivors of torture through service and advocacy on their behalf, NASW named S. Megan Berthold its 2009 Social Worker of the Year .
Berthold is a clinical social worker and director of research and evaluation for the Program for Torture Victims , a Los Angeles-based nonprofit organization that provides free psychological, medical and case management services to victims of state-sponsored torture.
“Dr. Berthold has touched the lives of many through the broad reach of her work with victims and her deep commitment to social justice, and is a deserving recipient of our recognition,” said Elizabeth Clark, Executive Director of NASW. Dr Berthold received her Ph.D. in Social Welfare from UCLA.