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Dr. Alexandra Chen

Executive Director (Interim) — Trauma Psychologist & UN Advisor

Dr. Alexandra Chen (A.B., A.M., Ed.M., PhD., Harvard University) is a trauma psychologist from Hong Kong serving refugees in armed conflict and displacement. For 15 years, Alexandra has been working with war-affected children and their families in the Middle East and Africa, advising the UN, World Bank, government ministries and non-profit agencies to design mental health and early childhood education interventions, and to provide therapy for victims of sexual- and gender-based violence and torture in Lebanon, Syria, Iraq, Jordan and Turkey.Alexandra has spoken at the World Economic Forum in Davos since 2011 on behalf of refugee children, and has been interviewed by NYTimes, NPR, Aljazeera, and other international news outlets on her work. Alexandra has also published in The Lancet, Child Development, and other academic journals on the neuropsychological impact of trauma and toxic stress on refugee children’s cognitive functioning and on parenting in forced displacement. She also serves on the Board of Directors and Trustees for multiple non-profits globally. Alexandra speaks 10 languages, including Chinese, Arabic and French