Our Research

Families in the programThe Refugee Well-being Study is a 5 year-long Community-based Participatory Research study that interviews families over time to better understand processes of resettlement and to promote well-being. We implement both qualitative and quantitative methods of research.


Goodkind, J., Bybee, D, Hess, J.M., Amer, S., Ndayisenga, M., Greene, R.N., Choe, R., Isakson, B., Baca, B., & Pannah, M. (2020). Randomized controlled trial of a multi-level intervention to address social determinants of refugee mental health. American Journal of Community Psychology. doi: 10.1002/ajcp.12418.
Shah, S.F., Hess, J.M., & and Goodkind, J. (2019). Family separation and the impact of digital technology on the mental health of refugee families in the United States. Journal of Medical Internet Research, 21(9), e14171. doi:10.2196/14171.
Hess, J.M., Isakson, B., Amer, S., Ndaheba, E., Baca, B. & Goodkind, J. (2019). Refugee mental health and healing: Understanding the impact of policies of rapid economic self-sufficiency and the importance of meaningful work. Journal of International Migration and Integration, 20(3), 769-786. doi: 10.1007/s12134-018-0628-3.
Greene, R.N. (2019). Kinship, friendship, and service provider social ties and how they influence well-being among newly resettled refugees. Socius, 5, 1-11. doi:10.1177/2378023119896192.
Miller, A., Hess, J.M., Bybee, D., & Goodkind, J. (2018). Understanding the mental health consequences of family separation for refugees: Implications for policy and practice. American Journal of Orthopsychiatry, 88(1), 26-37. doi: 10.1037/ort0000272.
Soller, B., Goodkind, J., Green, R.N., Browning, C.R., & Shantzek, C. (2018). Ecological networks and community attachment among recently resettled refugees. American Journal of Community Psychology, 60, 332-343. doi: 10.1002/ajcp.12240.
Hess, J.M., Isakson, B., Nelson, M., & Goodkind, J. (2018). “My world is upside down”: Transnational Iraqi youth and parent perspectives on resettlement in the United States. Journal of Immigrant & Refugee Studies, 16(4), 391-412. doi: 10.1080/15562948.2017.1338367.
Goodkind, J., Amer, S., Christian, C., Hess, J.M., Bybee, D., Isakson, B., Baca, B., Ndaysenga, M., Greene, R., & Shantzek, C. (2017). Challenges and innovations in a community-based participatory randomized controlled trial. Health Education & Behavior, 44(1), 123-130doi: 10.1177/1090198116639243.
Goodkind, J., & Hess, J.M. (2017). Refugee well-being project: A model for creating and maintaining communities of refuge in the United States. In D. Haines, J. Howell & F. Keles (Eds.), Maintaining refuge: Anthropological reflections in uncertain times (pp. 139-145). Committee on Refugees and Immigrants, Society for Urban, National, and Transnational/Global Antroplogy, American Anthropological Association.
Nelson, M., Hess, J.M., Isakson, B., & Goodkind, J. (2016). "Seeing the life": Redefining self-worth and family roles among Iraqi refugee families resettled in the United States. Journal of International Migration and Integration, 17, 707-22. doi: 10.1007/s12134-015-0441-1.
Hess, J.M., Isakson, B., Githinji, A., Roche, N., Vadnais, K., Parker, D.P., & Goodkind, J. (2014). Reducing mental health disparities through transformative learning: A social change model with refugees and students. Psychological Services, 11(3), 347-356. doi: 10.1037/a0035334
Goodkind, J., Hess, J.M., Isakson, B., LaNoue, M., Githinji, A., Roche, N., Vadnais, K., & Parker, D.P. (2014). Reducing refugee mental health disparities: A community-based intervention to address post-migration stressors with African adults. Psychological Services, 11(3), 333-46doi: 10.1037/a0035081.
Goodkind, J., Githinji, A., & Isakson, B. (2011). Reducing health disparities experienced by refugees resettled in urban areas: A community-based transdisciplinary intervention model. In M. Kirst, N. Schaefer-McDaniel, S. Hwang, & P. O’Campo (Eds.), Converging disciplines: A transdisciplinary research approach to urban health problems (pp. 41–55). New York, NY: Springer.
Goodkind, J. (2006). Promoting Hmong refugees' well-being through mutual learning: Valuing knowledge, culture, and experience. American Journal of Community Psychology, 37(1/2), 77-93doi: 10.1007/s10464-005-9003-6.
Goodkind, J.(2005). Effectiveness of a community-based advocacy and learning program for Hmong refugees. American Journal of Community Psychology, 36(3/4),387-408. doi:10.1007/s10464-005-8633-z.
Goodkind, J., & Deacon, Z. (2004). Methodological issues in conducting research with refugee women: Principles for recognizing and re-centering the multiply marginalized. Journal of Community Psychology, 32(6), 721-739doi: 10.1002/jcop.20029.
Goodkind, J. R., Hang, P., & Yang, M. (2004). Hmong refugees in the United States: A community-based advocacy and learning intervention. In K. E. Miller & L. M. Rasco (Eds.), The mental health of refugees: Ecological approaches to healing and adaptation (pp. 295–336). Mahwah, NJ: Erlbaum, Inc.