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Barbara Lopes Cardozo is a medical epidemiologist at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and holds an appointment as an Adjunct Assistant Professor at the Hubert Department of Global Health, Rollins School of Public Health, and the School of Medicine, Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, at Emory University.
For the last 17 years, she has worked as a psychiatric epidemiologist at the Emergency Response and Recovery Branch of the CDC in Atlanta, building CDC’s mental health and psychosocial program in humanitarian emergencies from the ground up. She has conducted numerous mental health surveys and outcome evaluations of mental health programs in war-affected countries. She has also conducted mental health studies among humanitarian aid workers operating under stressful conditions. She teaches courses on public health and mental health in emergencies at Emory University as well as the University of Washington and the Royal Tropical Institute in Amsterdam. Dr. Lopes Cardozo also provides psychiatric care to patients at the International Medical Center, Grady Hospital. She is one of the founding members of Doctors without Borders (MSF) – Holland.
Dr. Lopes Cardozo holds a medical degree from the University of Amsterdam, a master’s degree in public health from Tulane University, and a specialization in psychiatry from Louisiana State University.
Somali and Bhutanese refugees are two of the largest groups recently resettled in the United States and Canada. This report examines factors that might promote or undermine the mental health and overall well-being of children of these refugees, with regard to factors such as past exposure to trauma, parental mental health, educational attainment, social support, and discrimination.