Courtney Mitchell

  • Biographical Description

    • Courtney Welton-Mitchell is the Director of the new Humanitarian Assistance Applied Research Group through the Josef Korbel School of International Studies at the University of Denver. She is also a Research Associate with the Institute of Behavioral Science's Environment and Society program, Natural Hazards Center, at the University of Colorado, Boulder. For three years she was a faculty member in the International Disaster Psychology M.A. program at the University of Denver (2010- December 2013) and is a former adjunct faculty at the American University in Cairo. Courtney has coauthored articles in the areas of international disaster psychology, mental health of refugees and other forced migrants, domestic violence, and trauma and memory in publications such as Forced Migration Review; International Journal of Migration, Health, and Social Care; Journal of Aggression, Maltreatment and Trauma; Journal of Women and Criminal Justice; and Journal of Applied Cognitive Psychology. Her current international research interests include mental health integrated disaster preparedness for refugees and internally displaced, local idioms of distress and coping among populations in migratory transition, and evidence-based interventions for marginalized groups including sexual minorities, victims of gender-based violence, and women living with HIV/AIDS. Courtney received her Ph.D. in Social Psychology from the University of Denver in 2012, holds two M.A. degrees, in social psychology and mental health counseling, and is a licensed clinician. She conducts psychological evaluations for asylum seekers and serves as an expert witness on immigration cases. Courtney is the 2013 recipient of the American Psychological Association: Division of Trauma Psychology’s dissertation award. Courtney worked for several years with U.N. and other humanitarian agencies with camp-based and urban refugees in Nepal, Tanzania, and Egypt (Peace Corps, UNWFP, UNHCR, AMERA) before returning to the U.S. She continues to do consultancy work for humanitarian agencies, including recently having completed a global evaluation for UNHCR of mental health and psychosocial services for humanitarian aid workers, with data collection in Bangladesh and Pakistan. Courtney also coordinates simulations focused on complex humanitarian crisis intended to prepare furture humanitarian aid workers for the challenges associated with international field work.

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