A University of Queensland researcher is bound for Harvard, thanks to the Australian Government’s Endeavour Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Scholarship for 2015.
Clinical psychologist Dr Felicity Brown graduated with a PhD and Masters of Clinical Psychology in 2014. She has recently been working at the World Health Organization in Geneva, contributing to the development and evaluation of interventions for psychological distress and child development in low income and humanitarian contexts.
She is passionate about continuing to conduct research in cross-cultural psychology and global mental health, and her postdoctoral position at the Harvard School of Public Health will allow her to work with international expert Associate Professor Theresa Betancourt to explore psychological interventions for resettled refugee youth and families.
“Refugee mental health is an issue of ongoing global importance, so I am excited and honoured to have the privilege to take part in this programme,” Dr Brown said. “This gives me the opportunity to apply the skills I have learned at UQ in delivering and evaluating evidence-based family interventions, at the world leading Harvard University Research Program on Children and Global Adversity."
She hopes her project will lead to improved services, and psychological and social outcomes of refugee youth and families in the United States and Australia.