Some of Our Current CNNC Fellows

Diya Abdo, Ph.D.
Research Interests: Direct services, training, research, evaluation, grant writing, programming, curricular development.
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Gina Arnone, Ph.D.
Research Interests: Research on students/families experiences in school communities, language in education, identity, mental health.

Sarah Ascienzo, PhD, LCSW
Research Interests: NC State University, School of Social Work Development, implementation and cultural adaptation of clinical and psychosocial interventions for trauma, particularly complex trauma; resiliency-building; child maltreatment and sexual violence; trauma-informed care with organizations; vicarious trauma/secondary trauma.
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Raleigh Bailey, Ph.D.

Christelle Barakat
Research Interests: Research on transitional justice for Syrian refugees in Lebanon and broader research on refugees in the Middle East and in the EU as it relates to refugee status, asylym, education, needs and basic services, healthcare, and resilience.
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Kelsie M. Bernot, Ph.D.
Research Interests: Service Learning and Community-Engaged Research around health disparities in under served communities.
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Sarah C. Bishop, Ph.D.
Research Interests: Asylum policy and practice, immigration advocacy, political communication, international education, nonprofit management, enculturation, country conditions in Central America

Andrea Clark
Research Interests: Resilience/PACES, prevention science, implementation science, and collective impact.

Krista Craven Ph.D.
Research Interests: Participatory action research with undocumented youth & immigrant-led groups/orgs.
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Karen Cruz-Ruiz
Research Interests: Immigrant health, Undocumented youth, Community-engaged research surrounding health disparities and inequities, Latinx/Hispanic maternal health and reproductive experiences
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Kunga Denzongpa, Ph.D., MPH 
Research Interests: Health Equity, community engaged research (CeR), Refugee health disparities, Equitable evaluation, and authentic institutional-community partnerships.
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Dominique L-Divers Ph.D.
Research Interests: Literacy Teaching, ESOL Health Literacy and Research.
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Nneze Eluka Ph.D.
Research Interests: Global public health, women’s health, refugee access to health care.

Betsy Jenson, MA
Research Interests: Provide Immigration services and stay abreast of changes in immigration policy.
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Mohammed Jibriel, M.Sc.
Research Interests: Global health and emerging infectious diseases, religion and spirituality as determinants of public health among immigrants and refugees as well as sexual and gender minorities, HIV prevention & care engagement, and mixed methods research.
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Alison Johnson, Ph.D.
Research Interests: Research on how trauma affects disenfranchised communities differently, the expressions of trauma, and non-Western based coping mechanisms.

Mark Justad, Ph.D.
Research Interests: Curriculum and Project-Based teaching and learning.

Lisa Kiang, Ph.D.
Research Interests: Research on adolescents and families from immigrant and refugee backgrounds.
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Cindy Knul
Research Interests: Community engagement-finding support in faith based communities for refugees and immigrants.

Duabhav BJ Lee
Research Interests: Hmong-American, refugee, displacement, resettlement, bilingualism, healing through storytelling.
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Christian Matheis, Ph.D.

Carmen Monico Ph.D., MSW, MS, BS, GCIER, SEP
Research Interests: Intercountry adoption, global migration, and human trafficking, and
civic engagement and social accountability.
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Maura Nsonwu, Ph.D.
Research Interests: Social work with immigrants and refugees; human trafficking; child welfare; women’s issues; health education; and violence against women and children.
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Natacha Nikokeza, LLM
Research Interests: Mental health of refugees, particularly congolese refugee women.
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Love Odetola, MPH
Research Interests: Pregnancy/Perinatal health and environmental exposures among immigrant populations.
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Nida Qamar
Research Interests: Refugee health, violence prevention, health disparities reduction, access to health services and community-based participatory research.
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Naglaa Rashwan
Research Interests: Mental Health and Psychosocial Support for Immigrants and Refugees.

Deb Reisinger, Ph.D.
Research Interests: Curriculum development and research related to service-learning courses that connect university language students with Durham resettlement agencies.
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Jeremy Rinker, Ph.D.
Research Interests: South Asian Diaspora; intersections of narrative, conflict, and trauma; and restorative and transformative justice for marginalized communities.
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Recent Panel discussion on restorative Justice:
Recent article about upcoming Fulbright to India:

Leilani Roughton
Research Interests: Direct Services, training, grantwriting, program development.

Sonalini Sapra, Ph.D.
Research Interests: Gender and Environmental Justice, Civic Engagement, Transnational Feminisms, and the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning.
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Nupur Sharma
Research Interests: Global Health, Health Equity, Refugee Health and Resilience, Disease Prevention, and Management.
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Zulfiya Tursunova, Ph.D.
Research Interests: Assessment of FaithAction ID Drive with undocumented and refugee populations; Assessment of health disparaties among Filipino immigrant caregivers in Canada.
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Kelsey White, MSW, MPH
Research Interests: Public health social work, health equity and health access, mental health and substance use (culturally appropriate interventions), roles of CHWs, mutual aid, community organizing.
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