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Barbara Arnold
Junghee Bae
Giselle Balfour
Shena Brown
Dana Dillard
Lindsey Disney
Katherine Gower
Amanda Ham
Christi Hardeman
Catherine Harm
Leslie Herbert
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Joel Izlar
Porter Jennings
Eunhye Kim
Megan Lee
Sunwoo Lee
Tenesha Littleton
Yolanda Machado-Escudero
Stephen McGarity
George Mois
Tatiana Otalora
Jana Pruett
Greg Purser
Abha Rai
Sherinah Saasa
Brian Simmons
Sara Skinner
Trasie Topple
Xiaochuan Wang
Taylor Yates

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Ph.D. Candidate Profile


Lindsey Disney

MSW, New York University, 2011
BA, Interdisciplinary Studies, Psychology & Religion Concentrations, Nyack College, 2007

Curriculum Vitae

Lindsey Disney, LCSW, received her BA in Psychology and Religion from Nyack College in Nyack, New York and completed her MSW at New York University.  Her research interests include mental health and crossing cultural boundaries, the effects of underemployment on refugee mental health, and the underutilization of mental health services by ethnic and racial minorities. Prior to becoming a doctoral student, Lindsey worked as a mental health therapist at an outpatient clinic in Clarkston, Georgia where she had the opportunity to get to know Clarkston's multi-ethnic refugee and immigrant population.

Lindsey became interested in the areas of refugees and mental health from her experience as a practitioner, which continues to influence her research endeavors. Lindsey recently received an Innovative and Interdisciplinary Research Grant from the University of Georgia to study the employment experiences of college-educated Iraqi refugees to the U.S., and the impact of employment on resettlement to the U.S. and life satisfaction. Lindsey also received the Social Work & Christianity 2016 Graduate Student Paper Award for her paper "Associations between humanitarianism, othering, and religious affiliation," which examined subtle discrimination from the Christian community towards refugee, immigrant, and Muslim populations. Her goal is to become a professor with the important task of training competent and compassionate future social workers.