Farah Hussain

2018 Global Practica Student

A dual degree MPH/MSW student in Mailman’s department of Population and Family Health and Columbia’s School of Social Work, Farah Hussain spent her Global Practica summer doing research at Sangath, an Indian NGO that bridges the treatment gap for mental health disorders by training lay counselors on culturally appropriate evidence based practices in order to provide professional healthcare services. She worked with a research team on a study looking at the experiences and support needs of survivors of domestic violence in families affected by alcohol use disorder. She brought to her practicum 13 years of experience in both development and academic settings, where she worked to build local capacity of health care workers in under-resourced communities, delivered programs on stress management and resilience training for suicide prevention, and conducted research on psychosocial support for low-income pregnant women and assessed the impact of gender based violence on adolescent girls.

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