Dr. Carranza: Refugees and Mental Health

McMaster University, Mental Health Forum, Original 3 Key Works, Social Sciences
  • About Dr.carranza_mirna Mirna Carranza
  • Field: Family Relations & Human Development
  • Associate Professor, McMaster University
  • School of Social Work

Dr. Carranza’s recommended readings to inspire your own research in refugee mental health.

Dr. Carranza’s 3 Key Works:

Refugees and Mental Health

1) Building Resilience and Resistance Against Racism and Discrimination Among Salvadorian Female Youth in Canada

Reference: Carranza, M. E. (2007). Building resilience and resistance against racism and discrimination among Salvadorian female youth in Canada. Child & Family Social Work, 12(4), 390-398.

2) Surviving War and Trauma: Consequences for Salvadorian Mother-Daughter Relationships

Reference: Carranza, M. E. (2011). Surviving War and Trauma: Consequences for Salvadorian Mother-Daughter Relationships. In D. Smith- Silva & J. Santiago (Eds.), Latina/Chicana mothering (pp. 165-175). Toronto: Demeter Press.

3) Salvadorian Women Speak: Coping in Canada with Past Trauma and Loss

Reference: Carranza, M. E. (2008). Salvadorian women speak: Coping in Canada with past trauma and loss. Canadian Social Work Review/Revue canadienne de service social, 23-36.

Research Interests

Mirna E.  Carranza is an Associate Professor at the School of Work, McMaster University. She is a practitioner and a clinical member of the American and Ontario Association for Marriage & Family Therapy (AMMFT & OAMFT), and the National Council of Family Relations (NCFR). Mirna has worked for more than twenty years with immigrants and refuge families who have endured violence (i.e, war, social and intimate partner) and other traumatic experiences 

As a researcher, Mirna’s interests are both local and abroad.  Locally, the focuses on people immigrant or refugees to Canada and their process of acculturation as family units.  She is also interested in studying issues of grief, ambiguous losses, trauma due to war and torture, social violence, intimate partner violence, identity development, the maintenance of transnational relationships, and the impact of these on parenting practices, addictive behaviours, and mental health.  Specifically, the context in which families settle and its impact on “successful” or “non-successful acculturation” is a focus of her studies. Internationally, she works collaboratively with academic and government institutions and grassroots organizations to combat gender violence particularly in Central American countries (Nicaragua, El Salvador and Guatemala) and the Caribbean (Dominican Republic and Jamaica).

Contact Info

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