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Dr. Alexandra Chen

Trauma Psychologist & UN Advisor

Dr. Alexandra Chen (A.B., A.M., Ed.M., PhD., Harvard University) is a child psychologist and trauma specialist from Hong Kong serving refugees in conflict and post-conflict zones. For over a decade, Alexandra has been working with war-affected children and their families in and from the Middle East and Africa, most recently as advisor to UN agencies on the Syria crisis. Alexandra is currently partnering with UN, World Bank, government ministries and non-profit agencies to design early childhood and mental health interventions, and to provide psychotherapy for victims of sexual violence and torture in Lebanon, Syria, Iraq, Jordan and Turkey. Alexandra completed her PhD at Harvard University, studying the impact of trauma and toxic stress on refugee children’s cognitive functioning and mental health. 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. She also serves on the Board of Directors and Trustees for multiple non-profits globally. Alexandra speaks 10 languages, including Chinese, Arabic and French.