SUMMARY: A child at heart, I try to find the small pleasures in all. Some times are harder than others. With gratitude, work is my passion: interweaving an academic approach of clinical practice, research, and policy, to humanitarian issues — specifically around the effects of violence on youth, at home and abroad.
I’m medical director and child/adolescent & adult psychiatrist (MD, MPH, PhD(c) of the Asian Americans for Community Involvement clinic where we see low-income clients and families, in addition to our Center for Survivors of Torture.
M.D. from the University of Chicago Pritzker Medical school,
Adult psychiatry residency training at Harvard Longwood,
Pediatric psychiatry fellowship at Stanford.
Systemic family therapy through the Bay Area Family Therapy Program
Parent-child psychodynamic trauma therapy at the CTI/UCSF.
MP.H. in health policy from the Harvard School of Public Health
Former White House APIA Initiative fellow.
On a team of policy advisors to the Ministry of Health, Liberia, with Harvard/MGH
Former research assistant at the Harvard Department of Health Policy
Stanford/VA MIRECC post-doctoral research fellow
University of Amsterdam, PhD candidate on clinical interventions for war-affected youth (former child soldiers in post-conflict Africa and survivors of torture in the US)
PUBLIC HEALTH/GLOBAL EXPERIENCE
George Soros Open Society Initiative fellow, with survivors of sexual and gender based violence.
HIV work in KwaZulu/Natal, South Africa (1999),
Capacity building in child mental health in Ethiopia
Mental health systems of care for former child soldiers Sierra Leone
Humanitarian parole evaluations in Haiti and research with vulnerable children post-earthquake
Pro-bono work: Physicians for Human Rights (since 2004) I am currently not taking any further pro-bono work.
1. Rickman D, Tyagi R, Zhu XX, Bobek M, Song S., M. Blavias, et.al. (2001). The Gene for the Axonal Cell Adhesion Molecule TAX-1 is Amplified and Aberrantly Expressed In Malignant Gliomas. Cancer Research 61, 2162-2168
2. Ho V, Newman N, Song S, et al. (2005) Ischemic Optic Neuropathy Following Spine Surgery. Journal of Neurosurgical Anesthesiology, 17(1):38-44
3. Carrion V., Haas B, Garrett A., Song S., Reiss A. (2009) Reduced Hippocampal Activity in Youth with Post-traumatic Stress Symptoms: an fMRI study. Journal of Pediatric Psychology. 35(5):559-569
4. Pumariega, A., Rothe, E., Song, S., Lu, F. (2010). Culturally-informed child psychiatric practice. Child & Adolescent Psychiatry Clinics of North America, 19(4), 739-57.
5. Song, S. & Frid, D. (2010). Haitian mental health post-earthquake. American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry News (AACAP News), July issue
6. Song, S. (2010) Children and Armed Conflict: risk, resilience, and protective factors. Intervention: International Journal of Mental Health, Psychosocial Work and Counseling in Areas of Armed Conflict, 8(2): 173-174.
7. Song, S., Ziegler, R., Frid, L., Arsenault, L., & Hacker, K. (2011). Asian student depression in American high schools: Differences in risk factors. Journal of School Nursing, 27(6), 455-462
8. Song, S. (2011). An ethical approach to lifelong learning: Implications for global psychiatry. Academic Psychiatry, 35:391-396
9. Carrion, V., Reicherter, D., Aylward, A., Fleming, J., Cooper, H., Frid, D., Ijadi-Maghsoodi, P., and Song, S. (2012) Building an effective medico-legal intervention model in post-earthquake Haiti. Revista de AEPNYA, Journal of Child/Adolescent Psychiatry, Spain
10. Song, S., O’Hara, R., Koopman, C., & Joop de Jong (2013). Intergenerational trauma from Burundian former child soldiers to their children. Special Edition on Child Soldiers, Journal of Aggression, Maltreatment and Trauma, 22(7), in press.
11. Tol, W., Song, S., Jordans, M., et al. (2013). Annual Research Review: Resilience and mental health in children and adolescents living in areas of armed conflict – a systematic review of findings in low- and middle-income countries. Journal of Child Psychology & Psychiatry, 54(4), 445-460.
12. Song, S., van der Waal, H., & de Jong, J. (2013) Who cares for former child soldiers? Mental health systems of care in Sierra Leone. Accepted for publication to the Community Mental Health Journal.
13. Song, S. & Shaheen, M. (2013). Conducting mental health research on trauma in children in low-income countries. Accepted for publication to the Child and Youth Care Forum Journal.
14. Song, S., de Jong, J. (2013). The role of silence in Burundian former child soldiers. Accepted for publication to the Journal for the Advancement of Counselling
15. Song, S., Belfer, M. (2012) The United Nations’ Convention on the Rights of the Child and implications for clinical practice, policy and research. In: International Association of Child and Adolescent Psychiatrists (IACAPAP) Textbook of Child and Adolescent Mental Health. J. Reyes, Ed. Geneva.
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