International Social Justice Issues in Mental Health Research Team

Team Members in Thailand

Research Team Faculty Director: Dr. Elin Ovrebo

Research Team Student Lead: Madeline Stenersen

Research Team Description: Our team focuses on international social justice issues in mental health, primarily related to human trafficking, refugees, people with disabilities, and recent immigrants. Occasionally we can't resist an international student project or international competence based study that contributes to competence based (and non-imperialist) advancement of the Globalization of Counseling Psychology (or mental health in general). We also work with the community on some non-traditional research outcomes such as scale development for on-going program evaluation that may or may not lead to future studies, but that will contribute to evidence based practice for local organizations working with marginalized groups (and allows us to do more than just stay in our "labs"). We are active contributors at APA, smaller diversity based conferences, and international conferences.

Current Research Team Members:

Casey Brasfield, Brian Bruijn, Joe Dunn, Hannah Emery, Sarah Hatcher, Angela Izmirian, Jessica Nicholson, Ishita Pareek, Huan-Hsiang Ueng

Current Projects:

• Examining human trafficking survivor aftercare needs from the survivor perspective.
• Examining the mental health and vocational needs of refugees living in the Memphis area
• International students' impact on internationalizing Counseling Psychology Training.
• Counseling Psychology experiences abroad: Does it make a difference on international competence?

Select Publications or Work Under Review:
Bruijn, B., Ovrebo, E, Stenersen M. R., Dunn, J., Hatcher, S., Emery, H. E., DeBoard, R , & (in review). Examining human trafficking survivor aftercare needs from the support worker perspective.

Ovrebo, E., Lease, S. H. & Izmirian, (in review). Long term international students' repatriation distress: The impact of cultural identity, desire to leave, cultural distance, time, and interaction with home nationals. Manuscript submitted to Journal of College Student Development.

Lease, S. H., Montes, S. H., Baggett, L. R., Sawyer, R. I., Fleming-Norwood, K. M., Hampton, A. B., & ... Boyraz, G. (2013). A cross-cultural exploration of masculinity and relationships in men from Turkey, Norway, and the United States. Journal of Cross-Cultural Psychology, 44, 84-105. doi:10.1177/0022022111432293

Select Works in Progress:
Bruijn, B. & Ovrebo, E, Examining human trafficking survivor aftercare needs from the survivor perspective. Manuscript to be submitted to the Journal of Counseling Psychology, Summer 2017.

Buttacavoli-Smith, J. N., Ovrebo, E., Izmirian, A., & Dunn, J. P. Breaking Barriers: Investigating Study Abroad Obstacles for African-American Students. Manuscript to be submitted to Journal of College Counseling, Spring 2017.

Select Conference Presentations:

Bruijn, B., Ovrebo, E, Sobieski, J., Loew, M. M., Hatcher, S. K, Moses, J., DeBoard, R. (2015, August). Human trafficking survivor aftercare needs from the support worker perspective. Poster presented at the 123rd Annual Convention of the American Psychological Association, Toronto, Canada.

Ovrebo, E., Prakongpan, P., and Tien, L. (2015, August). Barriers, treatment and psycho-social aspects of disability: Snapshots from Thailand and China. Presentation in symposium at the 123rd Annual Convention of the American Psychological Association, Toronto, Canada.

Ovrebo, E., Lancaster, C., Sobieski, J. & Izmirian, A. (2014 August). Creating sustainable opportunities for advocacy: Beyond the classroom and research lab. Symposium presented at the 122rd Annual Convention of the American Psychological Association, Washington D.C.

Ovrebo, E., Izmirian, A. A.,Bruijn, B., Smith, J. E., & Sobieski, J. (2014 August). Student Reported Outcomes of International Experiences Abroad and at Home. Poster presented at the 122rd Annual Convention of the American Psychological Association, Washington D.C

Ovrebo, E., Sobieski, J., Izmirian, A., & Smith, J. (2014, August). An up-close look at refugee experiences: Adjustment, identity Issues, and vocational development. Poster presented at the 122rd Annual Convention of the American Psychological Association, Washington D.C.

Sobieski, J. D., Smigelsky, M., Izmirian, A., Boyd, Q. E. & Ovrebo, E. (2014, August). Efficacy of a Self-Care Workshop for non-mental health professionals working with survivors of trauma. Poster presented at the 122rd Annual Convention of the American Psychological Association, Washington D.C.

Zuckerman, S., Stubbs, W.J., Ovrebo, E., Smith, J.N., Ueng, H. (2014, August). Predictors of intention to seek counseling in Asian international students. Poster presented at the 122rd Annual Convention of the American Psychological Association, Washington D.C.

Bruijn, B., Ovrebo, E., Lowe, M., Izmirian, A., & Owens, A. (2014, March). The counseling psychologist as an advocate for human trafficking survivors. Poster presented at the APA Division 17 Counseling Psychology Conference, Atlanta, GA.

Smith, J. N. & Ovrebo, E (2014, March). The social and psychological costs and barriers to women's upward social mobility through education. Poster presentation presented at the APA Division 17 Counseling Psychology Conference, Atlanta, GA.

Zuckerman, S., Lancaster, C., & Ovrebo, E. (March, 2014). Zuckerman, S., Lancaster, C.,Ovrebo, E. (2014, August). Failing the needs of foster-care and adoptive families: A glimpse into the world of their counselors. Poster presentation presented at the APA Division 17 Counseling Psychology Conference, Atlanta, GA.

Smith, J. & Ovrebo, E. (2013, June). The social and psychological costs and barriers to women's upward social mobility through education. Poster presented at La.R.I.O.S. Life Design International Conference, Padova, Italy.

Smith, J, Ovrebo, E., and McGhee, R. (2012, August). Breaking Barriers: Investigating Study Abroad Obstacles for African-American Students. Poster presented at the 120th Annual Convention of American Psychological Association, Orlando, FL.