Maryam Kia-Keating, an assistant professor in the Department of Counseling, Clinical, and School Psychology at UC Santa Barbara’s Gevirtz School, was part of an expert American Psychology Association (APA) panel that released the report “Resilience and Recovery after War: Refugee Children and Families in the United States.” This report: reviews the research on the psychosocial effects of war; identifies areas of needed culturally and developmentally appropriate research; and provides recommendations for culturally and developmentally informed practice and programs.
The APA Task Force on the Psychosocial Effects of War on Children and Families Who are Refugees from Armed Conflict Residing in the United States produced the report, available online at: www.apa.org/pi/families/refugees.aspx.
Maryam Kia-Keating is an Assistant Professor in the UCSB Department of Counseling, Clinical, and School Psychology. She received her A.B. from Dartmouth College, Ed.M. from Harvard University in Risk and Prevention, and Ph.D. from Boston University in Clinical Psychology. Kia-Keating completed her predoctoral clinical internship at the University of California, San Diego/VA Healthcare Systems. As a postdoctoral scholar at the University of California, San Diego she was the Clinical Director of a school-based secondary prevention program. Kia-Keating has received specialized training in child traumatic stress in her work with two National Child Traumatic Stress Network research and intervention centers: the Childhood Violent Trauma Center at the Yale Child Study Center, and the Center for Refugee Trauma at the Children’s Hospital/Harvard Medical Center Boston. Most recently, Kia-Keating was appointed to serve on the American Psychological Association Task Force on the Psychosocial Effects of War on Children and Families who are Refugees from Armed Conflict Residing in the United States. Kia-Keating’s research examines the impact of stressful events and adversity on developmental trajectories, with a priority on the study of ethnic minority and other vulnerable and/or understudied populations. She has a particular emphasis and expertise in refugees and immigrants. Her research aims to better identify the factors and processes that explain both risk and resilience in the face of high-risk environments, in order to inform clinical interventions.
[Maryam Kia-Keating is available for interviews; contact George Yatchisin at 805 893 5789]
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