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Planning Grant: Low Intensity Family Support for Refugees in an LMIC

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Funding Fogarty Program

Global Brain Disorders Research

Project Information in NIH RePORTER

Low Intensity Family Support for Refugees in an LMIC

Principal Institution

University of Illinois at Chicago

Principal Investigator(s) (PI)

Weine, Stevan Merrill

Project Contact Information

Email: smweine@uic.edu

Year(s) Awarded



Turkey; Albania


Istanbul Medeniyet University; University of Prishtina, Centre for Global Health - Kosovo; Istanbul Medeniyet University

NIH Partners


Project Description

Refugee families in LMICs face multiple war- and displacement-related adversities, and often have one or more members with common mental disorders, but have little to no access to evidence-based mental health services. This project uses a low intensity intervention approach to develop and test for feasibility of family support (FS), a novel trans-diagnostic intervention for refugee families with common mental disorders. FS is delivered in a multiple family group format by community workers or nurses. 

Augmenting Dr. Weine’s existing research training program, Addressing Mental Illness and Physical Co-morbities in Migrants and their Families, this project will advance the capacities of researchers, academic institutions, and their community partners, in Istanbul. This research, conducted with the support and advice of the World Health Organization, will develop an evidence-based program and build research capacity in academic and community organizations that can enhance Turkey’s humanitarian response to 3 million Syrian refugees.

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