Maryanne Loughry is a Sister of Mercy and has been associated with JRS since 1986, working as a psychologist and trainer in Indochinese refugee camps in the Philippines and Vietnamese Detention Centres in Hong Kong. She is currently the Associate Director of the Jesuit Refugee Service in Australia. She is also a Research Associate with Oxford's Refugee Studies Centre.
She has conducted research, programme evaluations and humanitarian training in the Middle East, Africa, the Balkans, South East Asia and the UK. Dr Loughry is a visiting research scholar at the Centre for Human Rights and International Justice, Boston College and a Research Associate at the Refugee Studies Centre, University of Oxford. Prior to this she was the Pedro Arrupe tutor at the Refugee Studies Centre.
She is a member of the Australian Government's Minister of Immigration' advisory council on asylum seekers and detention (MCASD) and serves on the Governing Committee of the International Catholic Migration Committee (ICMC). She is currently researching the psychosocial effects of climate-induced displacement in the Pacific, and was made a Member (AM) of the Order of Australia in 2010 for service to refugees.