Focus of current research:
- Child, adolescent, and life course developmental psychopathology.
- Evidence-based psychological prevention and intervention efforts for emotion dysregulation, depression, anxiety, and traumatic stress.
- Refugee and immigrant youth mental health.
- Social justice and multicultural psychology.
My program of research and clinical innovation is based within the Refugee Trauma and Resilience Center at Boston Children’s Hospital directed by Dr. Heidi Ellis. The key goals of this work are (1) to further clarify the processes that influence the onset and maintenance of depression, anxiety, emotion dysregulation, and traumatic stress and (2) to build and test evidence-informed psychological tools, programs, and treatments to prevent or treat these problems. Across all of this work I strive to incorporate a culturally-responsive and socially critically conscious framework so that this research and clinical innovation may ideally benefit youth and families who are traditionally under served (e.g., youth and families of refugee and immigrant backgrounds).
Psychological research, especially community-based participatory research and social justice clinical psychology, are a team effort, and I’m incredibly fortunate to collaborate with a large group of scientists and clinicians at multiple academic institutions!
I am currently Principal Investigator on 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).
Many of my published academic articles can be found on: