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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, CNN.com and in an interview with Larry King on the programPoliticKing.

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Fear, distress, and perceived risk shape stigma toward Ebola survivors: a prospective longitudinal study.
Authors: Authors: Antonaccio CM, Pham P, Vinck P, Collet K, Brennan RT, Betancourt TS.
BMC Public Health
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Past trauma, resettlement stress, and mental health of older Bhutanese with a refugee life experience.
Authors: Authors: Frounfelker RL, Mishra T, Carroll A, Brennan RT, Gautam B, Ali EAA, Betancourt TS.
Aging Ment Health
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Recognizing the Complexity of Psychosocial Factors Associated With Children's Development-the Case of Maternal Depression.
Authors: Authors: Jensen SKG, Betancourt TS.
JAMA Netw Open
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Intergenerational impacts of trauma and hardship through parenting.
Authors: Authors: Jensen SKG, Sezibera V, Murray SM, Brennan RT, Betancourt TS.
J Child Psychol Psychiatry
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Classifying childhood war trauma exposure: latent profile analyses of Sierra Leone's former child soldiers.
Authors: Authors: Su S, Frounfelker RL, Desrosiers A, Brennan RT, Farrar J, Betancourt TS.
J Child Psychol Psychiatry
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Safeguarding the Lives of Children Affected by Boko Haram: Application of the SAFE Model of Child Protection to a Rights-Based Situation Analysis.
Authors: Authors: O'Connor R, Betancourt TS, Enelamah NV.
Health Hum Rights
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Youth Functioning and Organizational Success for West African Regional Development (Youth FORWARD): Study Protocol.
Authors: Authors: Betancourt TS, Hansen N, Farrar J, Borg RC, Callands T, Desrosiers A, Antonaccio CM, Williams MJ, Bangura J, Brennan RT.
Psychiatr Serv
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Economic vulnerability and non-initiation of antiretroviral therapy in India: a qualitative study.
Authors: Authors: Colocci I, Perlo J, Rajagopal SS, Betancourt TS, Pradeep A, Mayer KH, Kumarasamy N, O'Cleirigh C, Katz IT, Chan BT.
AIDS Care
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Correction: mHealth-Supported Delivery of an Evidence-Based Family Home-Visiting Intervention in Sierra Leone: Protocol for a Pilot Randomized Controlled Trial.
Authors: Authors: Desrosiers A, Schafer C, Esliker R, Jambai M, Betancourt TS.
JMIR Res Protoc
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Correction: mHealth-Supported Delivery of an Evidence-Based Family Home-Visiting Intervention in Sierra Leone: Protocol for a Pilot Randomized Controlled Trial.
Authors: Authors: Desrosiers A, Schafer C, Esliker R, Jambai M, Betancourt TS.
JMIR Res Protoc
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