Alyssa Clayden, MSW, LISW

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PhD Student
Education: 
MSW, University of Iowa
Research Interests: 
Access to mental health services for refugees

I am interested in research that identifies the barriers that refugees face when pursuing mental health supports. This includes issues of education, fear, and prejudice in mental health practitioners and systems, as well as the complexity of intergenerational struggles as refugee youth grow up in the US without access to cultural and social brokering and guidance at home. I am interested in pursuing research that can increase access to mental health services for refugees in the US, as well as build more bridges for successful integration, whether a family is newly arrived or has been in the US for an extended amount of time.