Carmel Salhi Biography

Carmel Salhi - Institute of Health Equity and Social Justice Research

Carmel Salhi

Associate Professor of Health Sciences
Bouvé College of Health Sciences

[email protected] 

Areas of Expertise

Child mental health in US and developing countries


Dr. Carmel Salhi is an associate professor in the Department of Health Sciences at Northeastern University. His work combines qualitative and epidemiological methods to examine child mental health in the US and developing countries, with particular emphasis on socioeconomically marginalized populations and the caregiver-child relationship.

Project Description

Lebanon has resettled increasing numbers of Syrian refugees since the start of the Syrian civil war, with the estimated proportion of the population now being 15% to 30% Syrian refugees. Dr. Salhi’s work uses a nationally representative sample of primary health care clinics and their patient population to understand the health needs of the Syrian refugee population in Lebanon and examine the response of the Lebanese healthcare system to those needs.

Publications – Past Five Years

Amso, D., Salhi, C., & Badre, D. (2018). The relationship between cognitive enrichment and cognitive control: A systematic investigation of environmental influences on development through socioeconomic status. Developmental psychobiology, 61, 159-178. 

Annan, J., Sim, A., Puffer, E. S., Salhi, C., & Betancourt, T. S. (2017). Improving mental health outcomes of Burmese migrant and displaced children in Thailand: A community-based randomized controlled trial of a parenting and family skills intervention. Prevention Science, 18(7), 793-803.   

Azrael, D., Cohen, J., Salhi, C., & Miller, M. (2018). Firearm storage in gun owning households with children: Results of a 2015 national survey. Journal of Urban Health, 95(3), 295-304.  

Beatriz, E. D., Molnar B. E., Griffith, J. L., & Salhi, C. (2018). Urban-rural disparity and urban population growth: A multilevel analysis of under-5 mortality in 30 sub-Saharan African countries. Health & place, 52, 196-204. 

Beatriz, E. D., Salhi, C., Griffith, J. L., & Molnar, B. E. (2018). Urbanicity matters in self-reported child maltreatment prevalence: findings from a nationally representative study. Child abuse & neglect, 79, 371-383. 

Jeong, J., McCoy, D. C., Yousafzai A. K., Salhi, C., & Fink, G. (2016). Paternal stimulation and early child development in low-and middle-income countries. Pediatrics, 138(4), e20161357.   

McBain, R. K., Salhi, C., Hann, K., Kellie, J., Kamara, A., Salomon, J. A., & Betancourt, T. S. (2015). Improving outcomes for caregivers through treatment of young people affected by war: a randomized controlled trial in Sierra Leone. Bulletin of the World Health Organization, 93(12), 834.  

McBain, R. K., Salhi, C., Hann, K.., Salomon, J. A., Kim, J. J., & Betancourt T. S. (2015). Costs and cost-effectiveness of a mental health intervention for war-affected young persons: decision analysis based on a randomized controlled trial. Health policy and planning, 31(4), 415-424 

McCoy, D. C., Salhi, C., Yoshikawa, H., Black, M., Britto, P., & Fink, G. (2018). Home-and center-based learning opportunities for preschoolers in low-and middle-income countries. Children and Youth Services Review, 88, 44-56. 

Puffer, E. S., Annan, J., Sim, A. L., Salhi, C., & Betancourt T. S. (2017). The impact of a family skills training intervention among Burmese migrant families in Thailand: A randomized controlled trial. PLOS ONE, 12(3), e0172611. 

Salhi, B., Salhi, C.Stettner, E.Shayne, P. (2016). The effects of gender on the evaluation of faculty in emergency medicine. Academic Emergency Medicine, 22, S365-S365. 

Tallon, L. A., Manjourides, J., Pun, V. C., Salhi, C., Suh, H. (2017). Cognitive impacts of ambient air pollution in the National Social Health and Aging Project (NSHAP) cohort. Environment International, 104, 102-109