Focus of Current Research
My program of research and clinical innovation is based within the Boston Children’s Hospital Trauma and Community Resilience Center (BCH TCRC). The TCRC, directed by Dr. Heidi Ellis, is dedicated to understanding and promoting the healthy adjustment of youth and families who have experienced trauma and adversity. In partnership with communities and service systems, we build prevention and intervention programs, conduct research, and develop resources to assist refugee and immigrant families and service providers. At the BCH TCRC, we believe that social justice, equity, and human rights are at the core of a healthy society, and actively work to promote these values through our collaborative models of care for children and adolescents. We currently focus on three core areas (1) Refugee Trauma and Resilience, (2) Multidisciplinary Models of Violence Prevention, and (3) Trauma-Informed and Culturally-Responsive Training.
Within the TCRC, my work has primarily focused on:
(1) Better understanding the etiological and contextual factors that influence risk and resilience among of refugee and immigrant youth.
(2) Building and testing psychological tools, programs, and interventions to support youth, families, and communities (including refugee and immigrant communities) build healthy and resilient lives.
(3) Fostering effective dissemination, and implementation of multidisciplinary teams and behavioral health infrastructure for community and school-embedded sustainability.
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.
Grant Funding and Support
In 2020 I am currently Principal Investigator of a grant funded by a Thrasher Research Fund Early Career Award. Additionally, I am currently an investigator on several others grants including a center grant funded by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Service (National Child Traumatic Stress Network, PI = Heidi Ellis), and a grant from the Department of Homeland Security (PI = Heidi Ellis).
Previously I was an investigator on grants funded by the U.S. Department of Justice (PI = Heidi Ellis), the U.S. Department of Defense (PI = Heidi Ellis) and the National Crime Prevention Centre in Canada (PI = Saida Abdi), among others.
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; American Journal of Orthopsychiatry; Transcultural Psychiatry; 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; the New England Journal of Medicine; American Psychologist; Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology; Journal of Affective Disorders; Clinical Psychological Science; International Journal of Cognitive Therapy; Developmental Psychobiology, among others.
Most of my published academic articles can be found on: