This cluster investigates young people’s experiences of trauma and the social conditions, policies and initiatives that facilitate resilience pre-and post-resettlement. To open a project’s page, click on the research title in the table below.
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Research Projects

Project TitleLead Researcher(s)Research Partner(s)PublicationProject Status
Promoting Emotional Well-Being in Refugee Newcomer Families in Waterloo Region
Dillon Browne
Sanctuary Refugee Health CentreAvailableComplete
School and Community Resources and the Social-Emotional and Academic Adjustment of Refugee ChildrenMartin GuhnN/AAvailableComplete
Safe Spaces: Youth with Refugee Experience and Their Parents Harnessing ResilienceSusan BrighamThe Syrian Canadian Foundation N/AComplete
Loss and Protracted Family Separations among Refugee Children and Youth: Examining post-migration impacts and service needsAKM Alamgir Access Alliance, OCASI, Canadian Centre for Victims of Torture (CCVT), Across Boundaries, FCJ Refugee CentreAvailableComplete
Social-Emotional Development in Yazidi Refugee YouthTina MaltiSouth London Neighbourhood Resource CentreN/AOngoing
Well-Being and Learning: Processes of Resilience in Refugee ChildrenJennifer JenkinsNorQuest College and H.appiN/AOngoing
Promoting Resilience among Newcomer YouthMichael UngarMuslim Resource Centre for Social Support and Integration (MRCSSI) N/AOngoing

Addressing Domestic Violence in Refugee Families in Waterloo Region: Towards a Culturally Integrated Approach to Family Conflict Management

Dillon BrowneSanctuary Refugee Health CentreN/AOngoing

Mental Health and Help-Seeking among Refugee Children and Families in Hamilton, Ontario

Amanda SimWesley Urban MinistriesAvailableOngoing

Enhancing Cultural Literacy to Improve Refugee Mental Healthcare During COVID-19: An Innovative Educational Initiative for Supporting Culturally Sensitive Service Provision and Community Engagement

Dillon BrowneN/AN/AOngoing

Implementing Research on the Impact of Social Isolation on Refugee Children and Youth: Their Resilience and Coping Mechanisms

AKM AlamgirN/AN/AOngoing

Participatory Visual Methodologies in Mental Health Promotion Research with Refugee Youth who have Experiences of Gender-based Violence: A Scoping Review

Dillon BrowneN/AN/AOngoing

Publications & Reports

Khanlou, N., Shakya, Y., Islam, F., & Oudeh, E. (2014). Newcomer youth self-esteem: A community-based mixed methods study of Afghan, Columbian, Sudanese and Tamil youth in Toronto, Canada. In L. Simich & L. Andermann (Eds.), Refuge and resilience: Promoting resilience and mental health among resettled refugees and forced migrants (pp. 109 -129). New York: Springer.
Browne, D., Roy, D., Philips, D., Stephenson, D., & Shamon, D. (2020). Supporting Patient and Clinician Mental Health during COVID-19 via Trauma-Informed Interdisciplinary Systems.
Smith, J. A., Basabose, J.D., Browne, D. T., Psych, C., & Stephenson, M. Family Medicine with Refugee Newcomers During the COVID-19 Crisis. Canadian Family Physician.
Basabose, J.D., Smith, J. A., Browne, D., Stephenson, M., & Brockett, M. 2020. Promoting Family Well-Being and Resilience of Refugee Newcomers in the Waterloo Region: The Sanctuary Refugee Health Centre. Canadian Diversity, 17(2), 94-99
Shakya, Y., Guruge, S., Hynie, M., Htoo, S., Akbari, A., Jandu, B., Spasevksi, M., Berhane, N., & Forster, J. (2014). Newcomer refugee youth as ‘resettlement champions’ for their families: vulnerability, resilience and empowerment. In L. Simich & L. Andermann (Eds.), Refuge and resilience: Promoting resilience and mental health among resettled refugees and forced migrants (pp. 131 -154). New York: Springer.
Shakya, Y., Guruge, S., Hynie, M., Akbari, A., Malik, M., Htoo, S., Khogali, A., Mona, S. A., Murtaza, R., & Alley, S. (2011). Educational aspirations among newcomer refugee youth in Toronto: Expectations, challenges and strategies. Refuge 27(2), 65-78.
Abojedi, A., Alamgir, A., Nudel, S., Siggiqi, R., Janczur, A., McKenzie, K., Roche, B., & Hyne, M. 2020. Impact of Family Loss and Separation on Refugee Youth: Implications for Policy and Programs – Scoping Review. Canadian Diversity, 17(2), 37-46
Guhn, M., et al. (2019). School and community resources in the social-emotional and academic adjustment of refugee children, report.
Sim, A., Puffer, E., Ahmad, A., Hammad, L., & Georgiades, K. (2023). Resettlement, mental health, and coping: a mixed methods survey with recently resettled refugee parents in Canada. BMC Public Health, 23(1), 1-12.