BSHS Dissertation Defense | Kira Rose DiClemente, MPH

Kira Rose DiClemente, MPH

The Department of Behavioral and Social Sciences is pleased to announce the dissertation defense of Kira DiClemente on May 20, 2021 at 1:00 p.m. EST.  

"Mental health experiences of women exposed to war and violence in Africa: a community-based approach"


Despite sharing a culture of resilience and strong community, African women exposed to war and violence carry a high burden of post-traumatic stress disorder, depression, and anxiety. Using a community-based approach, this dissertation examines the social context of the mental health experiences of African women exposed to war and violence. In partnership with members of the African refugee community in Providence, Rhode Island, Aims 1 and 2 of this research investigate key influences on women’s mental health, including exposure to traumatic events, sociocultural norms, and intimate partner relationships. Aim 3 presents an empirical investigation of these topics among women who remain in post-conflict settings. These findings offer novel and community-driven perspectives on intervention opportunities to address the mental health needs of this population.

Ph.D. Advisor: Abigail Harrison, MPH, Ph.D.



The dissertation defense will be live-streamed on May 20th at 1:00 p.m. Eastern Standard Time.

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