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Dr. Saida Abdi
University of Minnesota

Dr. Saida M. Abdi, PhD is an Assistant Professor in the School of Social Work in the College of Education and Human Development at the University of Minnesota.

She is a clinical social worker and an expert in refugee trauma and resilience. Dr. Abdi has worked for more than 20 years with refugee youth and families in the diaspora. Her area of focus is building individual, family, and community resilience and improving systems of care responsiveness to the needs of refugee and immigrant communities. She is the co-author of the recently published book, Mental Health Practice with Immigrant and Refugee Youth: A Socioecological Framework (APA, 2019).

Selected Publications:

Ellis, B. H., Abdi, S. M., & Winer, J. P. (2020). Mental health practice with immigrant and refugee youth: A socioecological framework. American Psychological Association. ISBN 978-1-4338-3149-2.

Abdi, S. (2018). Mental Health of Migrant Children. Global Public Health.

Ellis, B. H., Lincoln, A. K., Abdi, S. M., Nimmons, E. A., Issa, O., & Decker, S. H. (2018). “We All Have Stories”: Black Muslim Immigrants’ Experience with the Police. Race and Justice, 10(3).

Betancourt, T. S., Abdi, S., Ito, B. S., Lilienthal, G. M., Agalab, N., & Ellis, H. (2015). We left one war and came to another: Resource loss, acculturative stress, and caregiver–child relationships in Somali refugee families. Cultural Diversity and Ethnic Minority Psychology, 21(1), 114.


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