Trauma and Community Resilience Center | Publications

Selected Publications

  • Ellis, B.H., Sideridis, G., Miller, A., Abdi, S.M., & Lincoln, A.K. (in press). Civic development and antisocial attitudes/behaviors among Somali immigrants: Change over one year. Cultural Diversity and Ethnic Minority Psychology. https://doi.org/10.1037/cdp0000432

  • Ellis, B.H., Cardeli, E., Bloom, M., Brahmbhatt, Z., & Weine, S. (in press). Understanding the needs of children returning from formerly ISIS-controlled territories through an emotional security theory lens: Implications for practice. Child Abuse & Neglect. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.chiabu.2020.104754

  • Lincoln, A.K., Cardeli, E., Sideridis, G., Salhi, C., Miller, A.B., Da Fonseca, T., Issa, O., & Ellis, B.H. (in press). Understanding discrimination, marginalization, belonging, and mental health among Somali immigrants in North America. American Journal of Orthopsychiatry.

  • Miller, A.B., Issa, O., Hahn, E., Agalab, N., & Abdi, S.M. (in press). Developing advisory boards within community-based participatory approaches to improve mental health among refugee communities. Progress in Community Health Partnerships.

  • Winer, J. P., Forgeard, M., Cardeli, E., Issa, O., & Ellis, B. H. (2020). Factor structure and concurrent validity of the Cognitive Fusion Questionnaire (CFQ) in a sample of Somali immigrants living in North America. American Journal of Orthopsychiatry. Advance online publication. https://doi.org/10.1037/ort0000509

  • Gillespie, S., Cardeli, E., Sideridis, G., Issa, O., & Ellis, B.H. (2020). Residential mobility, mental health, and community violence exposure among Somali refugees and immigrants in North America. Health & Place, 65, 102419. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.healthplace.2020.102419

  • Ellis, B.H., Miller, A.B., Schouten, R., Agalab, N.Y., & Abdi, S.M. (2020). The challenge and promise of a multidisciplinary team response to the problem of violent radicalization. Terrorism & Political Violence. https://doi.org/10.1080/09546553.2020.1777988

  • Cardeli, E., Phan, J., Mulder, L., Benson, M., Adhikari, R., & Ellis, B.H. (2020). Bhutanese refugee youth: The importance of assessing and addressing psychosocial needs in a school setting. Journal of School Health. https://doi.org/10.1111/josh.12935

  • Weine, S., Brahmbhatt, Z., Cardeli, E., & Ellis, B.H. (2020). Rapid review to inform the rehabilitation and reintegration of child returnees from the Islamic State. Annals of Global Health, 86(1), 64. http://doi.org/10.5334/aogh.2835

  • Ellis, B.H., Decker, S.H., Abdi, S.M., Miller, A.B., Barrett, C., & Lincoln, A.K. (2020). A qualitative examination of how Somali young adults think about and understand violence in their communities. Journal of Interpersonal Violence. https://doi.org/10.1177/0886260520918569

  • Cardeli, E., Sideridis, G., Lincoln, A., Abdi, S., & Ellis, B.H. (2020). Social bonds in the diaspora: The application of Social Control Theory to Somali refugee young adults in resettlement. Psychology of Violence, 10(1), 18-29. 

  • Ellis, B.H., Sideridis, G., Miller, A., Abdi, S., & Winer, J. (2019). Trauma, trust in government, and social connection: How social context shapes attitudes related to the use of ideologically or politically motivated violence. Studies in Conflict and Terrorism. 
  • Ellis, B.H., Lincoln, A., Abdi, S.M., Nimmons, E., Issa, O., & Decker, S. (2018). "We all have stories": Black Muslim Immigrants' Experience with the Police. Race and Justice
  • Ellis, B.H., & Abdi, S.M. (2017). Building community resilience to violent extremism through genuine partnerships. American Psychologist, 72(3), 289-300. 
  • Ellis, B.H., Abdi, S.M., Lazarevic, V., Lincoln, A., White, M., Stern, J., & Horgan, J. (2016). Relation of psychosocial factors to diverse behaviors and attitudes among Somali refugees. American Journal of Orthopsychiatry, 86(4), 393-408. 
  • Ellis, B.H., Abdi, S.M., Miller, A., White, M.T., & Lincoln, A. (2015). Protective factors for violence perpetration in Somali young adults: The role of community belonging and neighborhood cohesion. Psychology of Violence, 4(5). 
  • Lincoln, A., Lazarevic, V., White, M., & Ellis, B.H. (2016). The impact of acculturation style and acculturative hassles on the mental health of Somali adolescent refugees. Journal of Immigrant and Minority Health, 18(4), 771-778. 
  • Ellis, B.H., Benson, M.A., Miller, A., Geltman, P.L., Lankau, E.W., Ao, T.,...& Cochran, J. (2015). Understanding Bhutanese refugee suicide through the Interpersonal-Psychological Theory of Suicidal Behavior. Journal of Orthopsychiatry, 85(1), 43-55. 
  • Betancourt, T.S., Abdi, S., Ito, B., Lilienthal, G.M., Agalab, N., & Ellis, B.H. (2014). We left one war and came to another: Resource loss, acculturative stress, and caregiver-child relationships in Somali refugee families. Cultural Diversity and Ethnic Minority Psychology, 21(1). 
  • Ellis, B.H., Abdi, S., Horgan, J., Miller, A., Saxe, G., & Blood, E. (2014). Trauma and openness to legal and illegal political activism among Somali refugees. Journal of Terrorism and Political Violence, 1-27.
  • Cochran, J., Geltman, P.L., Ellis, B.H., Brown, C., Anderton, S., Montour, J.,...& Ao, T. (2013). Suicide and suicidal ideation among Bhutanese refugees - United States, 2009-2012. Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report, 62(26), 533-536.
  • Ellis, B. H., Miller, A., Abdi, S., Barrett, C., Blood, E. & Betancourt, T. S. (2012). Multi-tier mental health program for refugee youth.  Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology, 81(1), 129-140.
  • Ellis, B.H., Miller, A., Baldwin, H., Abdi, S. (2011).  New directions in refugee youth mental health services: Overcoming barriers to engagement.  Journal of Child and Adolescent Trauma, 4(1), 69-85.
  • Ellis, B. H., Fogler, J., Hansen, S., Forbes, P., Navalta, C. P. & Saxe, G. (2011). Trauma Systems Therapy: 15-month outcomes and the importance of effecting environmental change. Psychological Trauma: Theory, Research, Practice, and Policy. 
  • Saxe, G., Ellis, B.H., Fogler, J. & Navalta, C.P. (2011). Innovations in Practice: Preliminary evidence for effective family engagement in treatment for child traumatic stress–trauma systems therapy approach to preventing dropout. Child and Adolescent Mental Health. 
  • Ellis, B. H., Lincoln, A. K., Charney, M. E., Ford-Paz, R., Benson, M., & Strunin, L. (2010). Mental health service utilization of Somali adolescents: Religion, community, and school as gateways to healing. Transcultural Psychiatry47(5), 789-811.
  • Ellis, B., MacDonald, H., Klunk-Gillis, J., Lincoln, A., Strunin, L., & Cabral, H. (2010). Discrimination and mental health among Somali refugee adolescents: the role of acculturation and gender. The American Journal Of Orthopsychiatry, 80(4), 564-575.
  • Ellis, B. H., Lincoln, A. K., MacDonald, H. Z. & Cabral, H. J. (2008).  Mental health of Somali adolescent refugees: The role of trauma, stress, and perceived discrimination.  Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology, 76(2), 184–193.
  • Geltman, P., Grant-Knight, W., Ellis, H., & Landgraf, J. (2008). The "lost boys" of Sudan: use of health services and functional health outcomes of unaccompanied refugee minors resettled in the U.S. Journal of Immigrant & Minority Health, 10(5), 389-396.
  • Murray, L. K., Cohen, J. A., Ellis, B., & Mannarino, A. (2008). Cognitive behavioral therapy for symptoms of trauma and traumatic grief in refugee youth. Child and Adolescent Psychiatric Clinics of North America, 17(3), 585-604. doi:10.1016/j.chc.2008.02.003
  • Ellis, B., Kia-Keating, M., Yusuf, S., Lincoln, A., & Nur, A. (2007). Ethical research in refugee communities and the use of community participatory methods. Transcultural Psychiatry, 44(3), 459-481.
  • Kia-Keating, M., & Ellis, B. (2007). Belonging and connection to school in resettlement: young refugees, school belonging, and psychosocial adjustment. Clinical Child Psychology & Psychiatry, 12(1), 29-43.
  • Ellis, B. H., Lhewa, D., Charney, M., & Cabral, H. (2006). Screening for PTSD among Somali adolescent refugees: Psychometric properties of the UCLA PTSD Index. Journal of Traumatic Stress, 19, 547–551.
Other resources

Listen to Dr. Heidi Ellis present on "Mental Health, Violence, and Resilience Among Young Somali Refugees: When Community Engagement is not a Method but an Answer" at the Judge Baker Child's Center, Child Mental Health Forum here.