Focus of Current Research
My program of research and clinical innovation is based within the Refugee Trauma and Resilience Center (RTRC) at Boston Children’s Hospital/Harvard Medical School. The RTRC is directed by Dr. Heidi Ellis and the key goals of our work are to support the healthy adjustment of immigrant and refugee youth and families living in North America. Our group is primarily focused on (1) better understanding the etiological processes and contextual factors that influence adaptive and maladpative outcomes of refugee and immigrant youth as well as (2) building and testing psychological tools, programs, and interventions to help refugee and immigrant youth, families, and communities build healthy and resilient lives.
Psychological research, especially community-based participatory research and social justice focused clinical psychology, are a team effort. I’m incredibly fortunate to collaborate with a large group of scientists, clinicians, administrators, community members and leaders, and stakeholders at multiple institutions.
I am currently Principal Investigator of a grant funded by a Thrasher Research Fund Early Career Award. Additionally, I am an investigator on several others grants including work funded by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Service (National Child Traumatic Stress Network, PI = Heidi Ellis), the U.S. Department of Justice (PI = Heidi Ellis), and the National Crime Prevention Centre in Canada (PI = Saida Abdi).
Research and clinical innovation that I have authored or co-authored has appeared in a diverse range of academic journals and books including: Journal of Family Psychology; the Behavior Therapist; Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology; Journal of Child and Family Studies; Psychiatry Research: Neuroimaging; Studies in Conflict & Terrorism; and the Massachusetts General Hospital Textbook on Diversity and Cultural Sensitivity in Mental Health, among others.
Research and clinical innovation that I have authored or co-authored has also been cited by authors publishing in a diverse range of academic journals including: Psychological Bulletin; Development and Psychopathology; American Psychologist; Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology; Journal of Affective Disorders; Clinical Psychological Science; International Journal of Cognitive Therapy; among others.
Most of my published academic articles can be found on: