Kate Ellis, PhD

American University in Cairo - Egypt

Dr Kate Ellis is an Assistant Professor of Psychology and the Graduate Director of the Psychology Department at the American University in Cairo.  She is a qualified clinical psychologist who completed her Doctorate in Clinical Psychology at Canterbury Christ Church University, in England.  Dr Ellis works predominantly with refugees and individuals who have experienced trauma.  Her research focuses on the impact of violence and conflict, with a particular focus on young people, which was the focus of her first PhD awarded by the University of Ulster in Northern Ireland.  During her time in Egypt, Dr Ellis, has become increasingly involved in developing culturally appropriate interventions for trauma and for working with refugees.

Dr Ellis is also the course coordinator of the Leadership in Mental Health course, Eastern Mediterranean Region, held annually at the AUC.  This course was developed in collaboration with the WHO, in order to provide training to mental health professionals in the region, with the aims of up-scaling mental health services and putting mental health on the national health agenda in under resourced countries low economic status countries.  Dr Ellis, is also a member of the University of California Davis Arab region consortium working a longitudinal study “transforming refugee mental health: training practitioners”.


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