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Adeyinka M. Akinsulure-Smith

Associate Professor

School/Division

Colin Powell School for Civic and Global Leadership

Department

Psychology

Affiliated Departments

Women's Studies

Office

NAC 7/302

p: 212-650-5706

f: 212-650-5659

e: aakinsulure-smith@ccny.cuny.edu

  • Profile

     Adeyinka M. Akinsulure-Smith, Ph.D. holds a Doctorate of Philosophy in Counseling Psychology from Columbia University. Originally from Sierra Leone, she is a licensed psychologist and an Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychology at City College of the City University of New York. She has extensive clinical experience working with war trauma survivors, refugees, asylees and asylum seekers, survivors of sexual violence, persons afflicted with and affected by HIV/AIDS, and culturally diverse populations. Since 1999, Dr. Akinsulure-Smith has cared for forced migrants from around the world at the Bellevue/NYU Program for Survivors of Torture. 

     Dr. Akinsulure-Smith is a proud co-founder of Nah We Yone, Inc., a non-profit organization created in 1997 to proactively respond to war victims from the various communities within the African Diaspora. From 1997-2010, Nah We Yone served over 500 African refugees and asylees and their families in New York City, offering them direct services and referrals to legal, mental health, and social services. Dr. Akinsulure-Smith and her co-founders at Nah We Yone are 2003 winners of New York City’s prestigious Union Square Awards. Dr. Akinsulure-Smith received the Early Career Award from Teachers College, Columbia University in 2005. In 2009 the Hunter College Center for Community and Urban Health selected Dr. Akinsulure-Smith to receive a four-year fellowship in the Research in HIV Intervention Skills for the Community program, funded by National Institute of Mental Health

                 From 2008-2010, she served on the American Psychological Association’s Task Force on the Psychosocial Effects of War on Children and Families Who are Refugees from Armed Conflict Residing in the United States. Along with Drs. Rasmussen and Chu, she is a founding member of the West African Families Project, a multi-site community research collaboration committed to developing psychosocial supports for West African immigrants in New York. In addition to research and scholarly publications, Dr. Akinsulure-Smith has been integrally involved in human rights investigations in Sierra Leone with Physicians for Human Rights and the United Nations Mission in Sierra Leone, Human Rights Division. In 2010, she was retained by Trial Chamber III to serve as a joint expert on gender crimes and Post Traumatic Stress Disorder for all parties and participants in a case before the International Criminal Court.

  • Education

    Degree/Date: Ph.D., 1997
    Institution: Columbia University
    Specialization: Counseling Psychology

    Degree/Date: M.Phil, 1995

    Institution: Columbia University
    Specialization: Counseling Psychology

    Degree/Date: Ed.M., 1992

    Institution: Teachers College, Columbia University
    Specialization: Psychological Counseling

    Degree/Date: M.A., 1991

    Institution: Teachers College, Columbia University
    Specialization: Psychological Counseling

    Degree/Date: B.A., 1989

    Institution: University of Western Ontario
    Specialization: Honors Psychology

  • Courses Taught

    UNDERGRADUATE COURSES
    Psychology 24600 - Infancy and Childhood
    Psychology 25600 - Adolescent Development
    Psychology 31823 - Women and Violence
    Psychology 41000 - Contemporary Issues in Human Rights and Social Justice


    GRADUATE COURSES
    Psychology B9732 - Theories and Techniques of Counseling
    Psychology B9760 - Multicultural Issues in Counseling
    Psychology V6597 - Foundations of Counseling

  • Research Interests

    Experiences of forced migrants; impact of torture, human right abuses, war, armed conflict and displacement;  vicarious trauma in service providers; HIV/AIDS risk and preventative factors among African immigrants; and multicultural issues.

     

  • Publications

    Berthold, S.M. & Akinsulure-Smith, A.M. (in press). Survivors and victims of terrorism. In A. Glitterman (Ed.). Handbook of Social Work with Vulnerable and Resilient Populations, 3rd Ed., New York, NY. Columbia University Press.

    Akinsulure-Smith, A.M. & Smith, H. (2014). Emerging family policies in Sierra Leone. In M. Robila (Ed.), Family Policies across the Globe (pp15-29). New York, NY: Springer.

    Clauss-Ehlers, C.S. & Akinsulure-Smith, A.M. (2013). Working with Forced Migrant Children and their Families: Mental Health, Developmental, Legal, and Linguistic Considerations in the Context of School-Based Mental Health Services. In C. Clauss-Ehlers, Z. Serpell & M. Weist (Eds.), of Culturally Responsive School Mental Health: Advancing Research, Training, Practice, and (pp.135-146). New York, NY: Springer.

    Robila, M. & Akinsulure-Smith, A.M. (2012). Psychological ethics and immigration. In M.M. Leach, M.J. Stevens, A. Ferrero, Y. Korkut, & G. Lindsay (Eds.). The Oxford Handbook of International Psychological Ethics. New York, NY Oxford University Press (pp 191-200).

    Akinsulure-Smith, A.M. (2007). Use of Interpreters with Survivors of Torture, War, and Refugee Trauma. In Smith, H.E., Keller, A.S., & Lhewa, D.W. (Eds.). "…Like a Refugee camp on First Avenue Insights and Experiences from the Bellevue/NYU Program for Survivors of Torture. The Bellevue/NYU Program for Survivors of Torture, New York (pp 82-105).

    Porterfield, K. & Akinsulure-Smith, A.M. (2007). Therapeutic Work with Children and Families. In Smith, H.E., Keller, A.S., & Lhewa, D.W. (Eds.). "…Like a Refugee camp on First Avenue." Insights and Experiences from the Bellevue/NYU Program for Survivors of Torture. The Bellevue/NYU Program for Survivors of Torture, New York (pp 299-336).

    Smith, H.E. & Akinsulure-Smith, A.M. (2004). A global perspective on youth outreach. In C.S. Clauss Ehlers & M.D. Weist (Eds.), Community Planning to Foster Resiliency in Children. New York: Kluwer Academic/Plenum publishers.

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