Author's School

Brown School

Author's Department

Social Work


English (en)

Date of Award

Spring 5-15-2023

Degree Type


Degree Name

Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)

Chair and Committee

Patricia Kohl

Committee Members

Jean-Francois Trani, Ilana Seff, Tonya Edmond, Sabrina Hermosilla,


There are increasingly more children and families affected by conflict and displacement. Conflict and displacement can cause severe mental health challenges and social fragmentation. Programs that support the mental health and wellbeing of communities and families living in humanitarian contexts are vital to improving future outcomes. This dissertation utilizes evidence from a psychosocial support intervention designed to support caregivers living in Kiryandongo refugee settlement, Uganda. Findings from this study highlight the importance of utilizing children’s voices in the development of programs, equipping researchers with instruments that have been tested for reliability and validity in differing contexts, and evaluating differing program outcomes for population subgroups. Study findings are vital to enhancing mental health and psychosocial policies, programming, and research for the burgeoning population experiencing forced displacement.