Enryka Christopher


I queer and I am a research specialist.//


I received my MSc in Global Mental Health from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine and King’s College London in 2018. My previous work has spanned from bereavement in military families with the Department of Defense to population health studies in South Africa and trauma in Hurricane Katrina survivors with Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health. I am currently a Clinical Research Specialist for the Trauma and Community Resilience Center at Boston Children’s Hospital and Harvard Medical School and a Social Science Research Specialist at the University of Illinois, Chicago. I also act as a consultant for the International Mental Health Association, a global non-profit dedicated to creating sustainable, community-based mental health supports worldwide. My research focuses on using trauma-informed, community-based, multidisciplinary interventions to prevent and combat violent extremism as well as rehabilitation from extremist contexts. My personal experience of being born and raised in an fundamentalist religious organization, my disengagement from this group in my youth, and moving around both internationally and within the US while growing up has made me passionate about studying the mental health of those who experience severe childhood adversity, displacement and acculturative stressors of cross-cultural resettlement, human trafficking, and radicalization to extremism.