Jennifer Siegel

Jennifer Siegel Jennifer Siegel is a PhD student at the University of Maryland School of Social Work. Her research is related to behavioral health and integration outcomes for vulnerable refugee and immigrant populations in the U.S. Her research elucidates how exposure to trauma and psychosocial stress before, during and post-migration affects the behavioral health of immigrant and refugee children and families living in the U.S. She also examines the social and economic experiences of vulnerable immigrants in the U.S. and how this impacts their general wellbeing and level of integration in U.S. communities. She is currently engaged in research examining the psychological well-being and substance use patterns of Latino immigrant day laborers in a new immigrant settlement city. Formerly she served as Refugee Child Protection Coordinator at the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) where she monitored national programming for attached and unaccompanied refugee children. Her interest in international social work with migrant populations led Jennifer to the Meheba Refugee Settlement in Zambia, where she was deployed with RefugePoint working as a child protection officer conducting Best Interest Determination (BID) assessments for vulnerable children.