Theresa Betancourt

Theresa Betancourt

Harvard School of Public Health

theresa_betancourt@harvard.edu
Theresa S. Betancourt, ScD, MA, is Associate Professor of Child Health and Human Rights in the Department of Global Health and Population at the Harvard School of Public Health and directs the Research Program on Children and Global Adversity (RPCGA) at the François-Xavier Bagnoud Center for Health and Human Rights. Her central research interests include the developmental and psychosocial consequences of concentrated adversity on children and families, resilience and protective processes in child and adolescent mental health and applied cross-cultural mental health research. She has extensive experience in conducting research among children and families in low resource settings particularly in the context of humanitarian emergencies. She is the Principal Investigator of a prospective longitudinal study of war-affected youth in Sierra Leone and is developing and evaluating a Family Strengthening Intervention for HIV-affected children and families in Rwanda. She has written extensively on mental health and resilience in children facing adversity including recent articles in Child Development, The Journal of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, Social Science and Medicine and PLOS One.