• E-mailSamantha.Harris@uib.no
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    Christiesgt. 12
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    5020 BERGEN

I am a PhD candidate affiliated with the research project Clinical encounters with refugees suffering from mental health problems, within the Society and Workplace Diversity research group. My project will focus on understanding the possible obstacles faced by general practitioners in Norway when treating refugees with mental health problems. In 2015, I graduated with a BSc in Psychology from the University of York. I completed my MSc in Clinical Mental Health Sciences in 2017 at University College London (UCL). My research at UCL focused on comparing hospital admissions for substance-use disorders in refugees, non-refugee migrants, and the native population in Sweden, with a focus on the role of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). Following this, I trained as a psychological wellbeing practitioner at UCL and conducted low intensity cognitive behavioural interventions on people suffering from mild to moderate depression and anxiety.

My research interests include exploring the obstacles faced in providing appropriate care to refugees with mental health problems, attitudes of refugees towards health care services and mental health, and the role of drugs and alcohol in mental illness.

Journal articles
  • Harris, Samantha Marie; Dykxhoorn, Jennifer; Hollander, Anna-Clara; Dalman, Christina; Kirkbride, James. 2019. Substance use disorders in refugee and migrant groups in Sweden: A nationwide cohort study of 1.2 million people. PLoS Medicine. doi: 10.1371/journal.pmed.1002944

More information in national current research information system (CRIStin)

Clinical Encounters with Refugees Suffering from Mental Health Problems, University of Bergen



PsyLife Group, University College London