Current Environment:

Publications | Overview

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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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 Psychiatry, 47(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.