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December 2017

Connecting with Women ASPIRE By Dr. Maysa' Khadra and Research assistants

"Our goal for the Women ASPIRE study is to conduct rigorous scientific research to understand the gendered physical and mental health concerns of Syrian refugee women living in Jordan. Find below some links from our in-country principal investigator - Dr. Maysa’ Khadra, faculty at the University of Jordan School of Medicine - and our Research Assistants for the study. This videos are from July 2017 after our team..."  read more here

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November 2017

Reflections from Amman by Thaddeus De Caprio

"While searching the shops of downtown Amman for a reasonably priced necklace for my mother, I stumbled upon a silver shop called "Aleppo Gold". I found it unusual that a silver shop would have the word 'gold' in its name, so I decided to check it out. After a bit of browsing and haggling, I mentioned to the shop owner that my mother was Syrian, and her family originally from Aleppo. The owner looked up at me with genuine surprise. He explained that up until recently his shop once..." read more here


October 2017

Reflections from a doctoral student by Adam Brooks

"It has been six weeks since I started the PhD program at Columbia University School of Social Work (CSSW) and as a trainee in the ASPIRE project – a project led by Dr. Nabila El-Bassel & Dr. Neeraj Kaushal. During this time, I have worked alongside several master and PhD students, post-docs and faculty, attended the ASPIRE team’s regular Skype calls with Jordan and Turkey, delved into the literature on study..." read more here


September 2017

Inaugural blog post by Dr. Nabila El-Bassel and Dr. Neeraj Kaushal

"Welcome to ASPIRE’s inaugural blog post! Our blog will provide regular insights and updates from project staff on our work on refugee issues in the Middle East. Be on the lookout for posts to come.

For those of you new to ASPIRE (Advancing Solutions in Policy Implementation, Research and Engagement for Refugees), ASPIRE began with the acute need for a multifaceted..." read more here