The staggering influx of refugees presents unique challenges to host nations; the factor driving the global refugee crisis of the modern refugee experience is unprecedented psychological trauma. For example, before they escape their country, the typical Syrian refugee’...

November 2, 2017

Photo credit: Mohamad Abazeed in Syria

On November 8th, 2017, Dr. Sandhya will present her on-the-ground field research among refugees; it will provide a unique perspective on the five unique traumas endured by female refugees. Hear their stories in their own words and...

August 7, 2017

The refugee persecution the U.N. describes fuels their exodus but the failure of the countries that compose the U.N. to create legal pathways to safety for refugees cedes control to smugglers.

June 20, 2017

Dr. Shaifali Sandhya will give a talk on “Can Germany’s Newest Refugees Become “European”? Negotiating Self-Identity in the Wake of Psychological Trauma” on May 19, 2017 at The University of Bonn, Germany.

“Across Europe, migrating Muslim refugees are transforming it’s...

March 21, 2017

Rewarding’ Immigrant Experience Compels Chicagoan to Aid Refugees

Kristen Thometz | March 3, 2017 3:46 pm

Chicagoan Shaifali Sandhya knows what it’s like to be a foreigner.

“Being an immigrant is an incredibly rewarding experience, especially in America because you’r...

February 15, 2017

‘Nobody knows my heart is crying’ 

By Todd Stump


Everyone in Arbaz’s family is dead.

One brother disappeared more than two decades ago and another died after losing a leg in a bombing and an arm to the Taliban, who sawed it off at the shoulder.

Arbaz’s hosts have generou...

August 19, 2015

This is part 1 of a 3-part series on the Mental Health On A College Campus: the soaring levels of stress and suicide on college campuses, particularly among Asian-American women; the difference between anxiety and depression; and what colleges can do to instill a sense...

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