Mohamad Adam Brooks
Provost’s Postdoctoral Faculty Fellow/Assistant Professor
PhD, MSW, BS
Areas of Expertise: Refugee and Migrant Populations, Mental Health and Comorbidities, Gender and Mental Health, Violence and Trauma, Stigma, Vicarious Trauma, Secondary Traumatic Stress, and Vicarious/Post-Traumatic Growth
Mohamad Adam Brooks is a Provost’s Postdoctoral Faculty Fellow/Assistant Professor at NYU Silver School of Social Work. His research aims to reduce mental health disparities among migrant populations in the U.S. and in global settings. This includes identifying social-ecological risk factors and protective factors associated with mental health and expanding access to safe and culturally appropriate treatment and psychosocial interventions.
Dr. Brooks completed his PhD at Columbia School of Social Work where he was a Graduate Research Assistant for the Advancing Solutions in Policy, Implementation, Research and Engagement for Refugees (ASPIRE) project at Columbia University Social Intervention Group (SIG). A licensed independent clinical social worker, Dr. Brooks worked with individuals who experienced mental health emergencies and provided behavioral health services in outpatient settings in Western Massachusetts prior to his doctoral studies. As the Community Support Program Director at Jewish Family Service of Western Massachusetts (JFSWM), he supervised a culturally diverse clinical and paraprofessional staff who provided behavioral health and community support services for immigrants and refugees.
Dr. Brooks earned his MSW from Boston College and his BS in Psychology from the University of Connecticut. He has considerable global and life experience having lived in Indonesia and India and has been involved in several multinational research projects, most recently in Jordan and Turkey.
Brooks, M. A., Dasgupta, A., Şahin-Taşğın, N., Meinhart, M., Tekin, U., Yükseker, D., Kashual, N., & El-Bassel, N. (2022). Secondary traumatic stress, depression, and anxiety symptoms among service providers working with Syrian refugees in Istanbul, Turkey. Journal of Immigrant and Minority Health, 24(6), 1421-1430. https://doi.org/10.1007/s10903-022-01344-6
Brooks, M. A., Meinhart M.,Samawi, L., Mukherjee, T., Jaber R., Alhomsh, H., Kashual, N., Al-Qotob, R., Khadra, M., El-Basel, N. & Dasgupta, A. (2022). Mental health of clinic-attending Syrian refugee women in Jordan: associations between social ecological risks factors and mental health symptoms. BMC Women's Health, 22(1), 1-17. https://doi.org/10.1186/s12905-021-01584-y
Cratsley, K., Brooks, M. A., & Mackey, T. K. (2021). Refugee mental health, global health policy, and the Syrian crisis. Frontiers in Public Health, 9, 676000. https://doi.org/10.3389/fpubh.2021.676000
Frounfelker, R. L., Miconi, D., Farrar, J., Brooks, M. A., Rousseau, C., & Bentancourt, T. S. (2020). Mental Health of Refugee Children and Youth: Epidemiology, Interventions, and Future Directions. Annual Review of Public Health, 41, 159-176. doi:10.1146/annurev-publhealth-040119-094230
Parker, S., Brooks, M. A., Desrosiers, A., Piton, J., Testa, M. A., & Marc L. G. Report: Mental Health Screening for Haitians: Building Links between Primary Care Providers and Community Based Organization. Funded by Harvard Catalyst through the Community Health Innovation Program, 2012-2013.
Lombe, M., Newransky, C., Stokes, C., & Brooks, M. A. (2010). Exploring Moderating Effects of Violent Conflict on Household Welfare in a Resource Constrained Environment: The Case of Sub-Saharan Africa. Journal of Social Service Research, 36(4), 289-302. doi:10.1080/01488376.2010.493852
Park, C. L., Brooks, M. A., & Sussman, J. (2009, 3rd Quarter). Dimensions of Religion and Spirituality in Psychological Adjustment in Older Adults Living with Congestive Heart Failure. In A. Ai & M. Ardelt (Eds.), The role of faith in the well-being of older adults: Linking theories with evidence in an interdisciplinary inquiry. Hauppauge, NY: Nova Science Publishers