Rachel Hyman, MA, Rachel Hyman received her M.A. in Clinical Psychology from Teachers College, Columbia University where she specialized in Global Mental Health and Trauma. She received her B.A. from Bard College with a major in Environmental and Urban Studies and a minor in Journalism. She is a Research Assistant with Columbia University's Global Mental Health Lab, the International Trauma Studies Program, and the Anxiety and Mood Program at the Montefiore Medical Center's Child Outpatient Psychiatry. She has assisted on various projects nationally and internationally with the aim to build skills needed to conduct high-impact mental health research in low-resource settings. She has worked with faculty and advanced graduate students on several studies. These include developing effective and culturally relevant pathways for integrating mental health into primary care for sex workers in rural Gujarat State, India; scaling up community mental health services in Lebanon for Syrian refugees and internally displaced people; and the implementation of a qualitative pilot study to assess potential risk and protective factors affecting the mental health needs of volunteer humanitarian aid workers in the U.S.-Mexico border region. Rachel is currently examining how operationalizing psychosocial staff support within humanitarian agencies may benefit aid workers and vulnerable beneficiary populations in complex emergency settings. Her research interests include integrating community based psychosocial interventions into primary care in low-resourced settings for trauma-exposed populations; feminist, multicultural counseling for marginalized communities; and the impact of forced migration on mental health outcomes in vulnerable populations.


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