Dr. Athena Madan is interested in social and political forces underpinning health and long-term health outcomes, specifically in instances of protracted conflict and fragile states, and as applied to the implementation of interventions for improved equity and social justice. Her publications, photo-essays, and collaborations have contributed to the following areas: education in emergencies; explanatory models of illness; intergenerational trauma; participatory and arts-based research methods; psychosocial intervention in humanitarian and emergency settings; refugee mental health; rehabilitation of child soldiers; social innovation and theories of change; socio-political contexts of addictions; and therapeutic governance and human rights.
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Intersections of war trauma, culture, and socioanalysis in mental health intervention for post-traumatic stress (International Journal of Child Youth and Family Studies, 2011)“Refugee war trauma” is a poor adjunct to post-traumatic stress, lacking context for a civilian survivor of war. The “therapeutic mission”, or consolidating a therapeutic agenda with political reconstitution, has its ...