Theresa Betancourt
Theresa Stichick Betancourt, ScD, MA
Research Fellow in Psychiatry and a Department of Global Health and Social Medicine Affiliate

Theresa S. Betancourt, ScD, MA, is the Salem Professor in Global Practice at the Boston College School of Social Work and Director of the Research Program on Children and Adversity (RPCA). Her central research interests include the developmental and psychosocial consequences of concentrated adversity on children, youth and families; resilience and protective processes in child and adolescent mental health and child development; refugee families; and applied cross-cultural mental health research. She is Principal Investigator of an intergenerational study of war in Sierra Leone (LSWAY). This research led to the development of a group mental health intervention for war-affected youth that demonstrated effectiveness for improving emotion regulation, daily functioning and school functioning. This intervention, the Youth Readiness Intervention (YRI), is now at the core of a scale-up study within youth employment programs now underway in collaboration with the major development actors and Government of Sierra Leone as a part of the NIMH-funded Mental Health Services and Implementation Science Research Hub called Youth FORWARD. Dr. Betancourt has also developed and evaluated the impact of a Family Strengthening Intervention for HIV-affected children and families and is leading the investigation of a home-visiting early childhood development (ECD) intervention to promote enriched parent-child relationships and prevent violence that can be integrated within poverty reduction/social protection initiatives in Rwanda. Domestically, she is engaged in community-based participatory research on family-based prevention of emotional and behavioral problems in refugee children and adolescents resettled in the U.S. She has written extensively on mental health and resilience in children facing adversity including recent articles in Child DevelopmentThe Journal of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent PsychiatrySocial Science and Medicine, JAMA Psychiatry, Pediatrics, the American Journal of Public Health and PLOS One. Her work has been profiled in the New Yorker, National Geographic, NPR, and in an interview with Larry King on the programPoliticKing.



Editorial: Home-Visiting Interventions and Caregiver Mental Health.
Authors: Authors: Betancourt TS.
J Am Acad Child Adolesc Psychiatry
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Stronger together: Community resilience and Somali Bantu refugees.
Authors: Authors: Frounfelker RL, Tahir S, Abdirahman A, Betancourt TS.
Cultur Divers Ethnic Minor Psychol
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Self-Regulation in Low- and Middle-Income Countries: Challenges and Future Directions.
Authors: Authors: Haslam D, Mejia A, Thomson D, Betancourt T.
Clin Child Fam Psychol Rev
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Access to Abortion in Central Appalachian States: Examining County of Residence and County-Level Attributes.
Authors: Authors: O'Donnell J, Goldberg A, Betancourt T, Lieberman E.
Perspect Sex Reprod Health
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"I wouldn't even know where to start": unwanted pregnancy and abortion decision-making in Central Appalachia.
Authors: Authors: O'Donnell J, Goldberg A, Lieberman E, Betancourt T.
Reprod Health Matters
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Physical and Sexual Violence Experienced by Male War-Affected Youth: Implications for Post-Conflict Functioning and Intimate Relationships.
Authors: Authors: Alleyne-Green B, Kulick A, Grocher K, Betancourt TS.
J Interpers Violence
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Commentary: Advancing an implementation science agenda on mental health and psychosocial responses in war-affected settings: comment on trials of a psychosocial intervention for youth affected by the Syrian crisis - by Panter-Brick et al. (2018).
Authors: Authors: Betancourt TS, Fazel M.
J Child Psychol Psychiatry
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Focused psychosocial interventions for children in low-resource humanitarian settings: a systematic review and individual participant data meta-analysis.
Authors: Authors: Purgato M, Gross AL, Betancourt T, Bolton P, Bonetto C, Gastaldon C, Gordon J, O'Callaghan P, Papola D, Peltonen K, Punamaki RL, Richards J, Staples JK, Unterhitzenberger J, van Ommeren M, de Jong J, Jordans MJD, Tol WA, Barbui C.
Lancet Glob Health
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Integrating Early Child Development and Violence Prevention Programs: A Systematic Review.
Authors: Authors: Efevbera Y, McCoy DC, Wuermli AJ, Betancourt TS.
New Dir Child Adolesc Dev
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Preventive mental health interventions for refugee children and adolescents in high-income settings.
Authors: Authors: Fazel M, Betancourt TS.
Lancet Child Adolesc Health
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