Sr. Maryanne Loughry is a Sister of Mercy and a consultant to Jesuit Refugee Service (JRS). She has been associated with JRS since 1986, working as a psychologist and trainer in Indochinese refugee camps in the Philippines and the Vietnamese Detention Centers in Hong Kong, Pedro Arrupe Tutor at the Refugee Studies Centre (RSC) University of Oxford and Associate Director of JRS-Australia.
Sr. Loughry is a Research Professor at the School of Social Work, Boston College, USA and a Research Associate at the Refugee Studies Centre, University of Oxford.
Sr. Loughry has conducted research, program evaluations and humanitarian training in the Middle East, Africa, the Balkans, South East Asia and the UK. She has served as a member of the Australian Government’s Minister of Immigration’s Advisory Council on Asylum-seekers and Detention (MCASD).
Sr. Loughry holds a Master of Arts in Psychology from the University of Adelaide, Australia, and a PhD in Psychology from the Flinders University of South Australia. She is currently researching the psycho-social effects of climate-induced displacement in the Pacific.
Sr. Loughry was made a Member of the Order of Australia in 2010 for her service to refugees.