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Refugee Trauma & Recovery Program

UNSW Sydney

 

A research program dedicated to understanding the psychological and neurobiological effects of refugee trauma and pathways to recovery

 

Can you  help?

You can make a difference. 

We would like to invite refugees and asylum seekers who have experienced trauma to participate in research projects, aimed at gaining a better understanding of the refugee experience.

These projects will help us to improve the treatment of traumatic stress reactions among refugees.

Participation is open to all refugees and asylum seekers, including non-permanent visa holders.

We would like to hear from people who feel they are coping well, as well as those who are experiencing difficult reactions such as sadness, nightmares and distressing memories.

We will compensate eligible participants for their time.

 

Refugees & Asylum Seekers

If you would like to enquire about participating in our research projects, please click the "Enter your details" button and we will contact you by telephone, with an interpreter if needed. You can also contact us directly on 1300-130-700.

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Referrers

If you would like to refer someone to our program, please obtain their permission and enter their details below. We will contact them by telephone, with an interpreter if needed, to provide them with more information about our research.

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All information provided by participants is considered highly confidential and is only accessed by the research team..

Our Projects

The Refugee Adjustment Study

The Refugee Adjustment Study is an Australia-wide study, which aims to examine the potential role of resettlement factors on refugee adjustment over time. We also hope to understand the possible mechanisms through which resettlement might affect psychological wellbeing.     Find Out More...

The Experiences of Refugees Study

The Experiences of Refugees Study aims to understand how refugee experiences affect beliefs and emotions. Find Out More...

The Coping with Stress Study

The Coping With Stress Study aims to understand how individuals from refugee and asylum seeker backgrounds cope in difficult situations. Find Out More...

'Tell Your Story': The STRIDE Project

'Tell Your Story' is an innovative online program designed specifically for refugee men. Users can read and hear advice from other refugee men about what they found useful when dealing with stress. The program contains twelve online chapters with videos and information about stress. The program is available in Arabic, Farsi and Tamil.  You can access the program privately, on your phone or a computer at times that suit you.  Find Out More...

The Refugee Neuroimaging Study

The refugee neuroimaging project aims to build an understanding of the brain processes that underpin some of the key traumatic stress reactions experienced by refugees. These include difficulties processing emotions, managing stress, relating to others and dealing with loss and separation. This project is being conducted in collaboration with STARTTS to inform the development of new tools and strategies for supporting the recovery of refugees.    Find Out More...  

Our Team

The Refugee Trauma and Recovery Program is staffed by an experienced team of clinicians and researchers.

  Assoc Prof. Angela Nicker  son  RTRP Program Director

Assoc Prof. Angela Nickerson
RTRP Program Director

  Dr Belinda Liddell  Deputy Director

Dr Belinda Liddell
Deputy Director

  Dr Yulisha Byrow  Postdoctoral Fellow

Dr Yulisha Byrow
Postdoctoral Fellow

  Dr Shraddha Kashyap  Postdoctoral Fellow

Dr Shraddha Kashyap
Postdoctoral Fellow

  Shivani Uppal  Clinical Psychologist

Shivani Uppal
Clinical Psychologist

  Joel Hoffman  Provisional Psychologist PhD/Master of Psychology Candidate

Joel Hoffman
Provisional Psychologist
PhD/Master of Psychology Candidate

  Lillian Le  Psychologist PhD/Master of PSychology Candidate

Lillian Le
Psychologist
PhD/Master of PSychology Candidate

  Philippa Specker  Provisional Psychologist PhD/Master of Psychology Candidate

Philippa Specker
Provisional Psychologist
PhD/Master of Psychology Candidate

  Candy Liu  Research Assistant

Candy Liu
Research Assistant

  Alice Kim  Research Assistant

Alice Kim
Research Assistant

 
 

Lab Alumni

Collaborators and visiting scholars

Professor Richard Bryant
Professor Ulrich Schnyder
Dr Naser Morina
Dr Lonneke Lenferink
Tobias Spiller

post-doctoral researchers and clinical psychologists

Rosanna Pajak
Dr Susan Li
Dr Miriam Den
Dr Ola Ahmed
Dr Jessica Cheung
Dr Ly Huynh
Ben Garber

Research Assistants

Savannah Minihan
Daniela Peiris
Amber Hamilton
Emma Doolan

Contact Us

RTRP Intake Line: 1300 130 700

Email: refugee@unsw.edu.au

WESTMEAD

TRAUMATIC STRESS CLINIC

WESTMEAD MILLENIUM INSTITUTE

176 HAWKSBURY ROAD

WESTMEAD

NSW 2145

 

RANDWICK

SCHOOL OF PSYCHOLOGY

MATHEWS BUILDING

UNIVERSITY OF NEW SOUTH WALES

HIGH STREET

RANDWICK, NSW

 

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Recent Publications

  • Hoffman, J., Liddell, B. J., Bryant, R. A. & Nickerson, A. (2018). The relationship between moral injury appraisals, trauma exposure and mental health in refugees. Depression and Anxiety, 1–10. https://doi.org/10.1002/da.22787

For a list of our publications, click here.

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