Barbara Eisold

Associate Faculty

Human Rights and Genocide Clinic


B.A. Sarah Lawrence College

M.A. English Literature: Columbia University

Ph.D. School Psychology: New York University

Areas of Expertise

International Human Rights


Barbara Eisold is a psycho-dynamically trained psychotherapist, interested also in work outside of her private office, in the wider community. This interest has led her, over the last 30 years, to collaborations of various sorts with a few very different organizations. Among these has been The Gay Men’s Health Crisis, for which, early in the AIDS crisis, before there was medication, she ran a group for people suffering from the disease, and the New York office of the I Have A Dream Foundation, for which she organized a host of mental health services.


Beginning approximately ten years ago she began doing psychological evaluations for asylum seekers as a volunteer for Doctors of the World (now HealthRight International) and Physicians for Human Rights. Participating this way in contributing to the freedom of another person seemed important to her and was also related to her experience growing up in New York City after World War II, where refugees from Europe abounded. The work with asylum seekers has turned out to be extremely valuable to her in ways she could never have predicted. Among other things, it has led her to a collaboration with Professor Sheri P. Rosenberg and Teresa M. Woods, director and associate director of the Human Rights and Genocide Clinic and the Refugee Representation Project at Cardozo, and to an opportunity to participate in the very useful asylum work they are doing there.

Contact Information

Cardozo School of Law

55 Fifth Avenue

New York, NY 10003