Researcher

Dr Ruth Wells

Biography

Ruth Wells is a Research Fellow in the Trauma and Mental Health Unit, School of Psychiatry, UNSW, and a registered psychologist. Her research focuses on understanding the social and cultural processes that shape individual and community responses to conflict and displacement. She has worked extensively with psychosocial professionals in the Syrian refugee communities in Jordan, Turkey and Iraq to culturally adapt clinical treatments and...view more

Ruth Wells is a Research Fellow in the Trauma and Mental Health Unit, School of Psychiatry, UNSW, and a registered psychologist. Her research focuses on understanding the social and cultural processes that shape individual and community responses to conflict and displacement. She has worked extensively with psychosocial professionals in the Syrian refugee communities in Jordan, Turkey and Iraq to culturally adapt clinical treatments and co-design research programs.

Ruth's has conducted in-depth qualitative and participatory research together with members of the Syrian refugee communities in Jordan, Turkey, Lebanon and Iraq. This has included assessing community readiness to address the psychosocial consequences of war and displacement, with follow up training and supervision to share skills with Syrian professionals. A strengths-based framework has guided her ethnographic qualitative work in these Syrian communities towards developing an ecological model for intervention that can build on community resources. 

Ruth is currently working on the Reassure study, a 2.5 year longitudinal study to examine the impact of Australia's harsh immigration policies on Farsi and Dari speaking refugees and asylum seekers living in Sydney. She brings a critical lens to the design of quantitative research in culturally and linguistically diverse communities which includes collaborating with bi-cultural workers to inform statistical modelling of the consequences of social policy on well-being. 

She is currently leading a project, together with colleagues from social science and Black Dog Insititute, to work together with a member of the Syrian / Iraqi refugee community with lived experience of disability. This group aims to use arts-based qualitative research methods to highlight the unique service needs of this group. 


My Grants

Embodied Experiences of Syrian and Iraqi Refugees Living with Disability Through a Lived Experience Lens. Disability Innovation Institute Seed Funding 


My Qualifications

PhD

Doctorate in Clinical Psychology 

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