Being a refugee and victim of domestic violence: Towards an intersectional understanding of the duality of the experience of violence

Presenter: Ghayda Hassan, PhD, psychologist and professor, Université du Québec à Montréal (UQAM)
Date: June 20, 2018, 12-1pm EST



This presentation will offer an intersectional analysis of the duality of being a refugee and the experience of domestic violence. Discussion will involve the unique aspects at the intersection of these two phenomena as well as overview of intervention approaches.

Presenter Biography

Dr. Ghayda Hassan is a clinical psychologist and professor of clinical psychology at Université du Québec à Montréal (UQAM). She has several research, clinical and community-based national and international affiliations. She is a researcher in the SHERPA team of the CIUSSS Center-West of the island of Montreal. Her systematic reviews, research and clinical activities are centred around the four main areas of clinical cultural psychology: 1) social suffering, intercommunity relations and violent extremism; 2) intervention in family violence & cultural diversity; 3) identity, belonging and the mental health of children and adolescents from ethnic/religious minorities; and 4) working with vulnerable immigrants and refugees. She is currently co-leading the research, training and prevention/intervention activities of the FRQSC -funded RAPS team (SHERPA sub-team for Research and Action on Radicalization and Social Suffering).

Her clinical and research activities focus on the interplay of culture, identity, mental health and violence among specific studied groups. Often what determines work with a given group stems from the social realties at hand and particularly, the needs of the clinical and community milieux with whom she works closely.