Effectiveness of Psychosocial Interventions in the Context of Migrations: A Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis

UVA Health System

Although the mental health impacts of emergencies have long been recognized, efforts to systematically understand the effectiveness of psychosocial interventions is missing. "Mental Health and Psychosocial Support" interventions range from incorporating social and psychological considerations in the delivery of basic services to activities focused on clinical treatment for those affected by mental disorders. Many psychosocial support (PSS) programs aim to reduce the likelihood of developing mental health problems by strengthening resilience and protective factors and reducing distress for people affected by humanitarian crises. With funding from the German Corporation for International Cooperation, this project conducts a global systematic review of PSS interventions with a specific focus on populations affected by forced migration.

    The Team

    Faculty, Staff and Students

    Our core faculty and staff oversee the Global Policy Center and promote research and education within the humanitarian sector.
    External Faculty Partners

    Molly Lasater, Post-Doctoral Fellow, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health

    Catherine Lee, Research Associate, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health

    Steering Committee Practice Experts

    This project is being carried out in close consultation with a steering committee comprised of the following practice experts:

    • Nancy Baron, Founder & Director, Psychosocial Services and Training Institute in Cairo (PSTIC)
    • Carmel Gaillard, Senior Technical Specialist, Africa Psychosocial Support Institute
    • Ananda Galappatti, Co-Founder & Co-Director, MHPSS.net
    • Sarah Harrison, Technical Advisor, Reference Centre for Psychosocial Support, IFRC; Co-Chair, IASC MHPSS Reference Group
    • Felicity Brown, Senior Researcher (Middle East), War Child Holland
    • Patrick Onyango Mangen, Country Director, TPO Uganda
    • Zeinab Hijazi, MHPSS Specialist, Child Protection in Emergencies, UNICEF
    • Rabih El Chammay, Head, MHPSS Task Force, Lebanon Ministry of Public Health
    • Theresa Betancourt, Salem Professor in Global Practice & Director of the Research Program on Children and Adversity, Boston College School of Social Work

    This project is informed by a previous USAID Office of Foreign Disaster Assistance (OFDA)-funded review and stakeholder engagement effort, reported in the below papers:

    1. Lee C, Nguyen AJ, Haroz E, Tol W, Aules Y, Bolton P. (2019). Stakeholder engagement to prioritize psychosocial support programs for further research in humanitarian settings. Global Mental Health, 6, e23, 1-10. doi:10.1017/gmh.2019.19.
    2. Haroz EE, Nguyen AJ, Lee C, Tol W, Fine S, Bolton P. (2020, In Press). What works in psychosocial programming in humanitarian contexts: A systematic review of the evidence. Intervention: Journal of Mental Health and Psychosocial Support in Conflict Affected Areas.