Area of Focus

Refugee, Immigrant, and Global Health

Researcher teams at the Institute have long been engaged in conducting research that improves the lives of refugee and immigrant populations. Through a decades long community-partnership, Dr. Lincoln has been engaged with Dr. Heidi Ellis and the Boston Children’s Hospital Refugee Trauma and Resilience Center.

Most recently these teams have received NIMHD funding to support expanded study of the relationships among Discrimination and Health among Somali Refugees. Newer work, partnered with the College of Social Sciences and Humanities, and the Northeastern School of Law, is examining the role of Sanctuary Cities on Health and Well-being.

We are highly committed to continuing to expand our research partnerships with refugee and immigrant communities as they strive to improve their health and well-being as well as continuing to work to understand the ways that current policies and practices effect health.

In addition, we are growing our collaborative efforts with partners engaged in Global Health efforts – particularly those addressing global disparities and efforts to improve the health of marginalized communities.

Alisa Lincoln - Northeastern University

Alisa Lincoln
Director of IHESJR
Northeastern University

Tiffany Joseph

Tiffany Jospeh
Associate Professor
Northeastern University

Carmel Salhi - Institute of Health Equity and Social Justice Research

Carmel Salhi
Assistant Professor
Northeastern University

Liza Weinstein - Northeastern University

Liza Weinstein
Associate Professor
Northeastern University



Lincoln, A.K., Lazarevic, V., White, M.T., Ellis, H.B. (2015). The Impact Of Cultural Identity And Acculturative Hassles On The Mental Health Of Somali Adolescent Refugees, Journal Of Immigrant And Minority Health, 1-8.

Ellis, H.B., Abdi, S.M., Miller, A.B., White, M.T., and Lincoln, A.K. (2015). Protective Factors For Violence Perpetration In Somali Youth: The Role Of Community Belonging And Neighborhood Cohesion. Psychology Of Violence. 5 (4), 384.

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

Ellis, H.B. Abdi, S., Lazarevic, V., White, M.T., Lincoln, A.K., Stern, J., Horgan, J.G. (2016). Relation of Psychosocial Factors to Diverse Behaviors and Attitudes Among Somali Refugees. American Journal Of Orthopsychiatry. Vol 86(4), 2016, 393-408.

Beatriz ED, Molnar BE,* Griffith JL, Salhi C. Urban-rural disparity and urban population growth: A multi-level analysis of under-five mortality in 30 sub-Saharan African countries. Health and Place 2018; 52: 196-204.

Beatriz ED, Salhi C, Griffith, JL, Molnar BE.* Urbanicity matters in self-reported child maltreatment prevalence: Findings from a nationally representative study. Child Abuse & Neglect 2018; 79: 371-383.

Johnson RM, Duncan DT, Gilreath T, Rothman EF, Hemenway D, Molnar BE, Azrael D. Fighting with siblings and with peers among urban high school students.  Journal of Interpersonal Violence 2015; Vol. 30(13): 2221-37.

Molnar BE, Beatriz ED, Beardslee WR. Community-level approaches to child maltreatment prevention. Trauma, Violence & Abuse 2016; Vol. 17(4): 387-97.

Molnar BE, Goerge RM, Gilsanz P, Subramanian SV, Holton JK, Hill A, Duncan DT, Beatriz ED, Beardslee WR.  Neighborhood-level social processes and substantiated cases of child maltreatment. Child Abuse & Neglect 2016; Vol. 51: 41-53. (Winner of journal’s award for “Paper of the Year – 2016”)

Faculty Scholars

Joseph, T. D. 2017. Falling through the cverage cracks: How documentation status minimized immigrants’ access to health care. Journal of Health Policy, Politics, and Law. 42:961-984, published online June 29, DOI: 10.1215/03616878-394049.

Joseph, T. D. 2017. Still left out: Health care stratification under the Affordable Care Act. Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies. 12: 2089-2107, published online June 12, DOI:

Joseph, T.D. and Marrow, H. B. 2017. Health care, immigrants and minorities: Lessons from the Affordable Care Act in the United States. Special Issue of the Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies. 12: 1965-1984, published online June 12, DOI:

Terriquz, V. and Joseph, T.D. 2016. Ethnoracial inequality and in surance coverage among Latino young adults. Social Science & Medicine. 168: 150-158, published online Sep. 20, DOI:

Joseph, T.D. 2016. What healthcare reorm means for immigrants: A comparison of the Affordable Care Act and Massachusetts Health Reforms. Journal of Health Policy,Politics, and Law. 41: 101-116, DOI:10.1215/03616878-3445632.

Marrow, H. B. and Joseph, T. D. 2016. Excluded and frozen out: Unauthorized Immigrants’ (non) access to care after healthcare reforms. Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies 41:2253-2273, DOI:

Joseph, T.D. 2015. Race on the Move: Brazilian Migrants and the Global Reconstruction of Race. Series on Comparative Studies of Race and Ethnicity. Palo Alto: Stanford University Press.

Joseph, T.D. Forthcoming. “Race, Phenotype, and National Identity in Brazil and the United States.” The Oxford Handbook of the Sociology of the Body and Embodiment. (Editors Kate Mason and Natalie Bolero). New York: Oxford University Press.

Joseph, T.D. Forthcoming.  “Whitening Citizenship: Race, Ethnicity, and Documentation Status as Brightened Boundaries of Exclusion in the U.S. and Europe.” International Handbook of Contemporary Racisms. (Editor John Solomos). New York: Routledge Press.

Joseph, T.D. 2018. “Stratification and “Universality: Immigrants and Barriers to Coverage in Massachusetts.” Chapter 3 in Unequal Coverage: The Experience of Health Care Reform in the United States. (Eds. Heide Castañeda and Jessica Mulligan). New York: New York University Press.

Joseph, T.D. 2016. “A (Black) American Trapped in a (‘Non-Black’) Brazilian Body:Reflections on Navigating Multiple Identities in International Fieldwork.” Pp. 77-89 in Race and the Politics of Knowledge Production: Diaspora and Black Transnational Scholarship in the USA and Brazil. (Eds. Gladys Mitchell-Walthour and Elizabeth Hordge-Freeman). New York: Palgrave Press.

Joseph, T.D. 2014. “‘U.S. Blacks are Beautiful but Brazilian Blacks are not Racist’: Brazilian Return Migrants’ Perceptions of U.S. and Brazilian Blacks.” Pp. 151-171 in Re-Positioning Race: Prophetic Research in a Post-Racial Obama Age. (Eds. Sandra Barnes, Zandria Robinson, and Earl Wright II.) Albany: SUNY Press.

Annan J, Sim A*, Puffer ES, Salhi C, Betancourt TS. (2016). 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, 1-11.

Beatriz ED*, Molnar BE, Griffith, JL, & 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.

Jeong J*, McCoy DC, Yousafzai AK, Salhi C, Fink G. (2016). Paternal stimulation and early child development in low-and middle-income countries. Pediatrics, e20161357.

McBain RK, Salhi C, Hann K, Kellie J, Kamara A, Salomon JA, Betancourt TS. (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.

McCoy DC, 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.

Kim, E.J., Parish, S.L., Skinner, T. (in press). The impact of gender and disability on the economic well-being of disabled women in the UK: a longitudinal study between 2009-2014. Social Policy & Administration.

Magaña, S., Parish, S.L., & Son, E. (2016). Functional severity and Latino ethnicity in specialty services for children with autism spectrum disorder. Journal of Intellectual Disability Research, 60, 424-34. [DOI: 10.1111/jir.12293]

Menon, N., Parish, S.L., & Rose, R. (2014). The “state” of persons with disabilities in India. Journal of Human Development and Capabilities, 15, 391-412. [DOI:10.1080/19452829.2014.938729]

Parish, S.L., Magaña, S., Son, E., & Igdalsky, L. (under review). The persistence of health care access disparities among Latino and white children with autism and other developmental disabilities.

Parish, S.L., Magaña, S., Son, E., &  Pedraza-Martinez, F. (under revision). Parent-provider interactions and service use for Latino children with developmental disabilities.

Weinstein, Liza. 2014. The Durable Slum: Dharavi and the Right to Stay Put in Globalizing Mumbai. Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press.

Weinstein, Liza. 2017. “Insecurity as confinement: The entrenched politics of staying put in Delhi and Mumbai,” International Sociology, 32(4): 512-531.

Weinstein, Liza, Andrew Rumbauch, Saumitra Sinha. 2019. “Resilient Growth: Fantasy Plans and Unplanned Developments in India’s Flood‐Prone Coastal Cities,” International Journal of Urban and Regional Research,43(2): 273-291.

Al-Moujahed A*, Alahdab F, Abolaban H*, Beletsky L. Polio in Syria: Problem still not solved. Avicenna Journal of Medicine. 2017;7(2):64–66. [download]

Arredondo J*, Gaines T, Manian S, Vilalta C, Bañuelos A, Strathdee SA, Beletsky L. The Law on the Streets: Evaluating the Impact of Mexico’s Drug Decriminalization Reform on Drug Possession Arrests in Tijuana, Mexico. International Journal of Drug Policy. 2018;54:1-8. [Editor’s Choice]. [download]

Arredondo J*, Strathdee SA, Cepeda JA, Abramovitz D, Artamonova I, Clairgue E, Bustamante E, Mittal ML, Rocha T, Banuelos A, Olivarria OH, Morales M; Rangel G, Magis C, Beletsky L. Measuring Improvement in Knowledge of Drug Policy Reforms following a Police Education Program in Tijuana, Mexico. Harm Reduction Journal. 2017;14:72-79. [download]

Beletsky L, Baker P, Arredondo J, Emuka A, Goodman-Meza D, Medina-Mora ME, Werb D, Davidson P, Amon JJ, Strathdee SA and Magis-Rodriguez C. The global health and equity imperative for safe consumption facilities. The Lancet 2018; 392(10147):553-4. [download]

Beletsky L, Wagner KD, Arredondo J*, et al. Implementing Mexico’s “Narcomenudeo” Drug Law Reform: A Mixed-Methods Assessment of Early Experiences among People Who Inject Drugs. Journal of Mixed Methods Research. 2015;10(4):384-401. [download]

Borquez A, Beletsky L, Nosyk B, et al. Evaluating the impact of public health-oriented drug law reform on HIV incidence among people who inject drugs in Tijuana, Mexico: an epidemic modelling analysis. The Lancet Public Health. 2018; 3(9):e429–e437. [download]

Cepeda JA, Eritsyan K, Vickerman P, Lyubimova A, Shegay M, Odinokova V, Beletsky L, Borquez A, Hickman M, Beyrer C, Martin NK. Modelling the potential impact of implementing and scaling-up harm reduction and antiretroviral therapy on HIV and overdose deaths among people who inject drugs in two Russian cities. The Lancet HIV 2018; 5(10):578-87.

Gaines T, Beletsky L, et al. Examining the Spatial Distribution of Law Enforcement Encounters among People Who Inject Drugs after Implementation of Mexico’s Drug Policy Reform. Journal of Urban Health. 2015;92(2):338-51. [download]

Hammett T, Phan S, Gaggin J, Case P, Zaller N, Lutnick A, Kral AH, Fedorova EV*, Heimer R, Small W, Pollini R, Beletsky L, Latkin K and Des Jarlais DC. Pharmacies as Providers of Expanded Health Services for People Who Inject Drugs: A Review of Laws, Policies, and Barriers in Six Countries. BMC Health Services Research. 2014;14:261. [download]

Mackey TK, Werb D*, Beletsky L, Rangel G, Arredondo J, and Strathdee SA. Mexico’s “Ley de Narcomenudeo:” Drug Policy Reform and the International Drug Control Regime. Harm Reduction Journal. 2014;11(21):e1-e7. [download]

Mittal ML, Artamonova I, Baker P, Strathdee SA, Cepeda J, Bañuelos A, Morales M, Arredondo J, Rocha T, Clairgue E, Bustamante E, Efrain Patiño, Gaines T, Beletsky L. Improving Police Conceptual Knowledge of Mexico’s Law on Cannabis Possession: Findings From an Assessment of a Police Education Program. The American Journal on Addictions (in press).

Mittal ML*, Beletsky L, Patiño E, et al. Prevalence and correlates of needle-stick injuries among active duty police officers in Tijuana, Mexico. Journal of the International AIDS Society. 2016;19(4 Suppl. 3). [download]

Piñedo M, Beletsky L, Alamillo N, et al. Health-damaging policing practices among persons who inject drugs in Mexico: are deported migrants at greater risk? International Journal of Drug Policy. 2017;46:41-46. [download]

Rolon M*, Patiño Mandujano E, Beletsky L, Arredondo J*, Rocha T*, Olivarria O, Bañuelos A, Rangel Gomez M, Strathdee SA. Más miedo a una enfermedad que a un balazo [More afraid of a disease than a bullet]: Implementation of system-wide needlestick injury surveillance system in the Tijuana Police Department, Mexico. Annals of Global Health. 2015;81(1):9-12. [download]

Werb D*, Medina Mora G, Beletsky L, Arredondo J*, and Strathdee SA. Mexico’s Drug Policy Reform: Cutting Edge Success or Crisis in the Making? International Journal of Drug Policy. 2014;25(1):823-825. [download]

Werb D*, Strathdee SA, Meza E, Rangel G, Palinkas L, Medina-Mora ME, Beletsky L. Institutional stakeholder perceptions of barriers to addiction treatment under Mexico’s drug policy reform. Global Public Health. 2015;12(5):519-530. [download]

Werb D*, Strathdee SA, Vera A, Arredondo J*, Beletsky L, Gonazalez-Zuniga P, Gaines T. Spatial patterns of arrest, police assault, and addiction treatment center locations in Tijuana, Mexico. Addiction. 2016;111(7):1246-5. [download]

Werb D*, Wagner KD, Beletsky L, Gonzalez-Zuniga P, Rangel G, Strathde SA. Police Bribery and Access to Methadone Maintenance Therapy within the Context of Drug Policy Reform in Tijuana, Mexico. Drug and Alcohol Dependence. 2015;148(1)221-5. [download]

Wood EF, Werb D, Beletsky L, et al. Differential experiences of Mexican policing by people who inject drugs residing in Tijuana and San Diego. International Journal of Drug Policy. 2017; 41(1):132-139. [download]

Student Graduate Assistants

Agrest, M., Le, P.T., Yang, L., Mascayano, F., Alves-Nishioka, S., Dev, S., Kankan, T., Tapia-Munoz, T., Sawyer, S., Toso-Salman, J., Dishy, G., Schilling, S., Pratt, C., Price, L., Valencia, E., Conover, S., Alvarado, R., Susser, E. (2019). Implementing a community -based task -shifting psychosocial intervention for individuals with psychosis in Chile: Perspectives from users. International Journal of Social Psychiatry, 65(1), 38-45.

Musyimi, C. W., Mutiso, V. N., Nayak, S. S., Ndetei, D. M., Henderson, D. C., & Bunders, J. (2017). Quality of life of depressed and suicidal patients seeking services from traditional and faith healers in rural Kenya. Health and Quality of Life Outcomes, 15(1),

Mutiso, V. N., Musyimi, C. W., Nayak, S.S., Musau, A. M., Rebello, T., Nandoya, E., … & Ndetei, D. M. (2017). Stigma-related mental health knowledge and attitudes among primary health workers and community health volunteers in rural Kenya. International Journal of Social Psychiatry, 63(6), 508-517.

Nayak, S.S., Kshtriya, S., & Neugebauer, R. (2019) Trauma Alleviation Treatment for unaccompanied children after the Rwandan Genocide: A cautionary tale. Intervention: Journal of Mental Health and Psychosocial Support in Conflict Affected Areas.