Adversity and Resilience: Perils & Potential for Growth

Beyond food and shelter: Caring for Refugee Children

Selcuk Sirin

Selcuk Sirin
Professor of Applied Psychology, Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, and Human Development, New York University

February 28, 2019
3:30 to 5:00 pm

Jesse Wrench Auditorium, Memorial Union

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Free and open to the public

Selcuk R. Sirin is a Professor of Applied Psychology at New York University. Dr. Sirin studies the lives of marginalized children and youth and ways to enrich professionals’ skill set to better serve their educational and psychological needs in the US, Europe and Turkey. His work was published in top scientific journals, including Child DevelopmentReview of Educational ResearchPediatrics, and cited by New York Times, BBC, CNN and Forbes. Dr. Sirin received the Young Scholar Award from the Foundation for Child Development for his work on immigrant children, the Review of Research Award from the American Educational Research Association (AERA), Javits Professorship at NYU, along with Teaching Excellence Awards from Boston College and NYUSirin serves on the National Academies of Sciences Committee on Supporting the Parents of Young Children and writes a data-driven weekly column for Hurriyet, the flagship daily in Turkey


There are now more than 65 million displaced people in the world and about half of them children. While the world community has done a decent job to provide food and shelter we fail to meet basic educational and psychological needs of refugee children. In this presentation, I will provide overall picture of refugee children and their needs and share the result of Project HOPE an innovative digital game-based project we developed and implemented in Turkey.

Suggested Readings

Sirin, Selcuk R. and Lauren Rogers-Sirin. 2015. The Educational and Mental Health Needs of Syrian Refugee Children. Washington, DC: Migration Policy Institute.

Sirin, S. R., Ryce, P., Gupta, T., & Rogers-Sirin, L. (2012, May 7). The Role of Acculturative Stress on Mental Health Symptoms for Immigrant Adolescents: A Longitudinal Investigation. Developmental Psychology. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1037/a0028398

Selcuk Sirin, Jan L. Plass, Bruce D. Homer, Sinem Vatanartiran & Tzuchi Tsai (2018) Digital game-based education for Syrian refugee children: Project Hope, Vulnerable Children and Youth Studies, 13:1, 7-18, DOI: 10.1080/17450128.2017.1412551

Distinguished Lecture Series Contact:
Jacqueline Chenault, Department of Psychological Science