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Lauren Rogers-Sirin is a licensed counseling psychologist, an Assistant Professor in the psychology department at The College of Staten Island, and Associate Director of the Masters in Clinical Mental Health Counseling program at City University of New York. Dr. Rogers-Sirin’s research focuses on cultural competence in the counseling relationship and immigrant clients’ perceptions of, and experiences in, psychotherapy.
Approximately 40 percent of the 4 million-plus Syrians who have fled the country are under age 12, most encountering disruptions and barriers to their education in countries of first asylum. This report examines the experiences of Syrian refugee children, their educational and mental health needs,and possible responses that governments should consider in resettling this vulnerable population.