Hugo Kamya is professor at Simmons University School of Social Work where he teaches clinical practice, trauma, research and narrative therapies. Originally from Uganda, Kamya came to the United States more than thirty years ago. He studied at Harvard University, Boston College and Boston University and began a career in the interrelated fields of social work, psychology, and theology. Kamya’s work has focused on immigrant and international efforts to assess social service needs of people affected by HIV/AIDS. Over the last 15 years, Kamya has facilitated bilateral cultural and educational exchanges between Uganda and the United States. In 2003, he received an award from the American Family Therapy Academy for Distinguished Contribution to Social and Economic Justice in recognition of his work with trauma and immigrant populations.
Kamya’s work internationally has focused on human rights and developing effective international partnerships. His commitment and dedication to train practitioners as global citizens was recognized by NASW in 2014 with the Greatest Contribution to Social Work Education Award. In 2014, Kamya was accepted into the Fulbright Specialist Roster Program as a Fulbright Scholar. Dr. Kamya practices in Arlington, MA , working with couples, individuals, groups and families. He also conducts psychological and theological evaluations nationally and internationally. He has been trained in trauma, EMDR, sensorimotor therapy and undoing racism. His practice is committed to issues of racial justice, health disparities and cultural humility.