• Director, Division of Child/Adolescent & Family Psychiatry and Associate Professor, George Washington University Medical Center (Washington, D.C. USA)

  • Spokesperson on Refugee Mental Health, American Psychiatric Association

  • Distinguished Fellow, American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry

  • ​Past President, Northern California Region of Child/Adolescent Psychiatrists


  • Humanitarian protection consultant, U.N. High Commissioner for Refugees, Columbia Group for Children in Adversity, UNICEF, International Medical Corps, International Rescue Committee


  • Past Medical director, Asian Americans for Community Involvement, CAP at Center for Survivors of Torture


  • Past Medical director, Alternative Family Services for high-risk foster youth


Clinical training


  • Pediatric Psychiatry Fellowship, Stanford


  • Adult psychiatry residency, Harvard


  • Parent-child psychotherapy, UCSF/Child Trauma Institute


  • Family therapy, Bay Area Family Training


  • M.D.  University of Chicago Pritzker School of Medicine


  • B.S. University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, Epistemology Across Cultures & Biology

Public Health


  • M.P.H. health policy, Harvard School of Public Health

  • White House APIA Initiative fellow


  • George Soros Open Society Institute Health Fellow


  • Research assistant, Harvard Dept Health Policy




  • Stanford/VA MIRECC post-doctoral research fellow


  • National Science Foundation Presidential Scholars Fellow – tumor suppressor genes in brain gliomas

Humanitarian Training


  • Harvard Humanitarian Initiative Fellow


  •  Institute of Psychiatry, Kings College London: Mental health services research​

Relevant Publications


1.  Carrion V., Haas B, Garrett A., Song S., Reiss A. (2009) Reduced Hippocampal Activity in Youth with Post-traumatic Stress Symptoms:  an fMRI study.   Journal of Pediatric Psychology. 35(5):559-569


2.  Pumariega, A., Rothe, E., Song, S., Lu, F. (2010). Culturally-informed child psychiatric practice.  Child & Adolescent Psychiatry Clinics of North America, 19(4), 739-57.


3. Song, S. (2010) Children and Armed Conflict:  risk, resilience, and protective factors.  Intervention: International Journal of Mental Health, Psychosocial Work and Counseling in Areas of Armed Conflict, 8(2): 173-174.


4. Song, S. (2011).  An ethical approach to lifelong learning: Implications for global psychiatry. Academic Psychiatry, 35:391-396


5. Song, S., Belfer, M. (2012) The United Nations’ Convention on the Rights of the Child and implications for clinical practice, policy and research. In: International Association of Child and Adolescent Psychiatrists (IACAPAP) Textbook of Child and Adolescent Mental Health. J. Reyes, Ed. Geneva.


6. Song, S., O’Hara, R., Koopman, C., & Joop de Jong (2013).  Intergenerational trauma from Burundian former child soldiers to their children. Special Edition on Child Soldiers, Journal of Aggression, Maltreatment and Trauma, 22(7), in press.


7. Tol, W., Song, S., Jordans, M., et al. (2013).  Annual Research Review:  Resilience and mental health in children and adolescents living in areas of armed conflict – a systematic review of findings in low- and middle-income countries. Journal of Child Psychology & Psychiatry, 54(4), 445-460.


8. Song, S., van der Waal, H., & de Jong, J. (2013) Who cares for former child soldiers? Mental health systems of care in Sierra Leone.  Community Mental Health Journal, 49(5), 615-624.


9. Song, S. & Shaheen, M. (2013).  Conducting mental health research on trauma in children in low-income countries. Child and Youth Care Forum Journal, 42, 275-283.


10. Song, S., de Jong, J. (2013). The role of silence in Burundian former child soldiers. Journal for the Advancement of Counselling. DOI 10.1007/s10447-013-9192-x


11. Kletter, H. et al. Song, S. (2013). Helping children exposed to war and violence: Perspectives from an international work group on inte.rventions for youth and families. Child and Youth Care Forum Journal, 42(4), 371-388.


12. Song, SJ. & de Jong, J. (2013). Silence and disclosure: Intergenerational indero between Burundian former child soldiers and their children. International Journal for the Advancement of Counseling, 36, 84-95.


13. Song, S.J., Tol, W.T., & de Jong, J. (2014). Indero: Intergenerational trauma and resilience between Burundian former child soldiers and their children. Family Process, 53(2), 239-51


14. Song, S.J., Kaplan, C., Tol, WA., Subica, A., & de Jong, J. (2015). Psychological distress in torture survivors: pre- and post-migration risk factors in a US sample. Social Psychiatry and Psychiatric Epidemiology, 50(4), 549-560.


15. De Jong, J., Berckmoes, L., Kohrt, B., Song, S.J., Tol, W., & Reis, R (2015). A public health approach to address the mental health burden of youth in situations of political violence and humanitarian emergencies. Current Psychiatry Reports, 17(7), 60.


16. Song S.J., & de Jong, J. (2015). Child Soldiers: Children associated with the armed forces. North American Clinic of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, 24(4), 765-775.


17. International Medical Corps, UNICEF (2014). Mental health and psychosocial child protection for displaced Syrian adolescents in Za'atari, Jordan. Author: Song, SJ.

18. ​Hassan G., Kirmayer, LJ, Mekki-Berrada, A., … Song, S., & Ventevogel, P. Culture, Context and the Mental Health and Psychosocial Wellbeing of Syrians: A Review for Mental Health and Psychosocial Support staff working with Syrians Affected by Armed Conflict. Geneva: UNHCR, 2015.

19. Kohrt, B & Song, SJ. (2018). Who benefits from psychosocial support interventions in humanitarian settings? Lancet Global Health, 6(4):e354-356.

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