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 at are to support the healthy adjustment of immigrant and refugee youth and families living in North America. Our group is primarily focused (1) better understanding the etiologically processes that influence adaptive and maladpative outcomes of refugee and immigrant youth as well (2) building and testing psychological tools, programs, and interventions to help refugee and immigrant 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 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).
Many of my published academic articles can be found on: