Will be giving a Congressional briefing to Grace Napolitano (D-CA) on Unaccompanied minors at our border and beyond on 10/29 on the Hill: Please join if local and interested: https://www.hillhappenings.com/list/2019/10/30/how-the-administrations-immigration-policies-are-creating-a-mental-health-crisis
On 9/25/2019, the National Health Collaborative on Violence and Abuse will be presenting a webinar, Children in Detention: Critical Clinical, Legal, Policy, and Human Rights Issues for Health Professionals, with representatives from KIND, the American Academy of Pediatrics, and myself discussing the mental health issues around detention. Please join if interested (not only for health professionals)
A selection of upcoming and past talks/presentations.
Phillips Collection (in Washington, D.C.) has an exhibit, "Warmth of the Sun", on refugees, asylum seekers, and other displaced populations. On Sept 21, 2019, there will be a panel discussion on the mental health and psychosocial issues of forcibly displaced. I will be on the panel with Derrick Silove, a prominent researcher in the field. Feel free to join! Details here.
I'll be doing a webinar presentation on Aug 28th at 1:30pm on the barriers and enablers to mental health care for refugees, for the technical adviser for to the Office of Refugee Resettlement. Open to community agencies that receive federal funding for resettlement, as well as community partners that work with refugee communities.
On Apr 24-25, 2019, I'll be giving a Spring Symposium talk on "Promoting Family Resilience to help youth adjust following an abrupt transition to the U.S." for the Penn State Medical Center in Hershey, PA
I'm pleased to do a webinar, "Clinical considerations in mental health for unaccompanied and separated youth at the border" for the Society for the Study of Psychiatry and Culture in March 2019. Feel free to join if interested in the effects that current policies have on youth at the border, along with the mental health needs of these youth.
Invited to testify on a panel before the U.S. Homeland Security Congressional panel on the mental health effects of human trafficking
Keynote speaker 6/2018, Virginia Department of Health, Refugee Mental Health Coalition. "Youth and Family Resilience for Refugees"
8/2017 Subject matter expert on Refugee Mental Health, Office of Refugee Resettlement and SAMHSA
7/2017 Webinar presentation, Youth and Family Resilience for Refugees, Office of Refugee Resettlement TA: Gulf Coast Jewish Family Services
5/2017 Keynote speaker, Families in Armed Conflict: An intergenerational approach. Society for the Study of Psychiatry and Culture
Blog on the Huffington Post available here.
3/2010 Interviewed on National Public Radio on Sexual violence in Haiti
2/2010 Interviewed on National Public Radio on Ethiopian mental health
11/2008. Interviewed for Public Radio International, on Sierra Leone's former child soldiers