Madeline Van Husen

  • 2019 Summer Intern

Madeline Van Husen is a rising senior at Boston College double majoring in Islamic Civilization and Societies and International Studies with a concentration in Ethics and International Social Justice. She initially became interested in global mental health after working with resettled refugees in her hometown of Syracuse, NY. This interest was enhanced by her internship at the Institute for Family Health in Amman, Jordan, where she learned about the unique psychosocial support services needed for refugees and vulnerable populations in the MENA region.

At the Global Mental Health Programs, Madeline Van Husen worked with Dr. Sabrina Hermosilla and looked at the factor symptom structure of the results of the Child PTSD Symptom Scale used amongst Nepali children and adolescents participating in humanitarian intervention after the 2015 earthquakes. Through this experience, she was able to assist in drafting the manuscript, while learning about the process of data analysis and translating data into narrative text so it is accessible to everyone. Madeline enjoyed her summer in the Global Mental Health Programs because it exposed her to the research process, provided her with useful pre-professional training, and connected her with a diverse network of researchers who taught her how to combine her International Studies background and her passion for global mental health.

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