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Principal Investigator: Catherine Panter-Brick, Yale University


Youth focused interventions in humanitarian crises have never measured stress alleviation such as changes in ‘stress under the skin’ or ‘toxic stress’ in the brain. This project is the first to evaluate the progress of the No Lost Generation programme with a mixed-methods study combining screening instruments, cognitive evaluations and biological markers of stress. Appraisals of such interventions are essential in order to understand their effectiveness and to inform potential scale up strategies.

Expected Outcomes

With a focus on stress alleviation in refugee youths this project aims to strengthen the evidence base for such interventions. Specifically, this project will provide a ‘proof-of-concept tool-kit’ that will support academic and humanitarian actors to make informed choices around innovative methods for project evaluation.

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Latest Updates

Challenges of implementing a rigorous, innovative research methodology in a humanitarian setting: national partner perspectives

Mar 2016

It is one thing to design a research project in a series of meetings between collaborators; it is quite another to implement the resulting program of work in the field


Measuring resilience in Syrian refugee youth

Feb 2016

The youth and community centre in Mafraq we were visiting bore all the familiar hallmarks of facility serving contemporary global youth: poster-bedecked rooms depicting preoccupations with cute animals, music idols…



Article Mental Heath and Psychosocial Support

What strong partnerships achieve: innovations in research and practice

Peer Reviewed Mental Heath and Psychosocial Support

Hair cortisol concentrations in war-affected adolescents: A prospective intervention trial

Peer Reviewed Mental Heath and Psychosocial Support

Insecurity, distress and mental health: experimental and randomized controlled trials of a psychosocial intervention for youth affected by the Syrian crisis

Article Mental Heath and Psychosocial Support

Resilience in Context: A Brief and Culturally Grounded Measure for Syrian Refugee and Jordanian Host-Community Adolescents

Peer Reviewed Mental Heath and Psychosocial Support

C-reactive protein, Epstein-Barr virus, and cortisol trajectories in refugee and non-refugee youth: Links with stress, mental health, and cognitive function during a randomized controlled trial

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