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Refugees, Asylum seekers and other Survivors of Torture and Forced Displacement

Updated: Sep 16, 2019

Providing education through research and clinical care of youth and family refugees, asylum-seekers, and survivors of forced displacement

from PLoS blog

After 10 years of clinical work with youth, adults, and families of forced displacement (refugees, asylum seekers, unaccompanied minors, and survivors of torture), I am a humanitarian protection consultant to various agencies, such as the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), International Rescue Committee, and the International Medical Corps. Together with the senior mental health officer of UNHCR, I am co-editing a text, "Child/Adolescent & Family Refugee Mental Health: A Global Perspective" by Springer publishers, to be released in the spring of 2020. I also enjoy educating clinical and non-clinical helpers who work with survivors of forced displacement and have provided multiple keynote presentations and clinical trainings on Youth & Family Refugee Mental Health and Resilience. As the Spokesperson on Refugee Mental Health for the American Psychiatric Association, I have developed informational material on refugee mental health. As a subject matter expert to the IRC and the Office of Refugee Resettlement (of the Dept of Health & Human Services), I provide guidance and trainings to clinicians and federal workers on refugee mental health.

I greatly enjoy working closely with community members, learning from them, and collaborating. As an example, this was a project led by 7 refugee communities in the Bay Area: