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Dr Duygu Cantekin

Mental Health

Nisantasi University



Duygu Cantekin received her Master’s and PhD degrees in Clinical Psychology from the Middle East Technical University (METU) in Ankara, Turkey. She is currently an Assistant Professor at Nisantasi University in Istanbul, Turkey. Her main fields of academic interest are forced migration, disaster, gender-based violence, mental health, psychological trauma, coping resources, rights-based and culturally congruent mental health and psychosocial interventions.

Her PhD dissertation, awarded the Best METU Thesis Award, focused on the risk factors and coping resources for the mental health of Syrian refugees in Turkey during pre-migration, migration and post-migration periods. During her doctorate studies, she stayed as a visiting researcher for six months at the University of Groningen, and also conducted a research project on mental health of Turkish migrants in the Netherlands.

During 2015-2016, she was based at the University of Oxford's Centre on Migration, Policy and Society (COMPAS) as a post-doctoral visiting academic. In her post-doctoral research at COMPAS, she investigated the mental health issues of Turkish and Kurdish migrants from Turkey living in London with respect to the role of social capital, social identities, perceived discrimination and acculturation.

Apart from her academic studies, she has worked professionally as a psychosocial officer in post-conflict and post-disaster environments and as an Operations Executive in refugee camps for Turkish Red Crescent. She carried over a number of policy- and intervention-oriented projects concerning refugees, asylum seekers and migrants in collaboration with a number of institutions and NGOs such as the General Directorate for Migration Management, the UN World Food Program, and the UN Populations Fund in Turkey as well as with small-scale charities and community centers in London. In addition, she has worked in London as a psychologist with refugees, migrants and women who have suffered from gender-based violence.