- M.S.W., Portland State University
- M.P.H., University of Washington
- Ph.D., University of Washington
Cindy Sousa, PhD, MPH, MSW convenes and teaches in our Community Practice, Policy, and Advocacy concentration, along with teaching courses in integrated health, qualitative research, and global public health. She has over a decade of experience in social service, including over five years in program management in health education, youth development, advocacy, and counseling programs for homeless, immigrant, adjudicated and underserved youth.
Cindy’s scholarship focuses the consequences and processes of resilience related to violence, including political, community, and family violence. Among other themes, her work highlights the health effects of violence across the life-course; the need to examine the relationships between and particular effects of distinct types of violence; the protective role of culture, place, and community; and professional responsibility in the face of collective suffering. Her work is focused on promoting understanding about the conditions underlying health, using a lens informed by feminist and critical race theories that prioritize the social and political contexts of well-being. She has several new projects focused on the lived experience of parenting within adversity, and the varied ways parents protect themselves, their children, cultures, and communities, including one done in partnership with Philadelphia’s leading agency for refugee resettlement, the Nationalities Service Center (NSC).
Research & Scholarly Interests: health; political violence; community and historical trauma; parental resilience and family well-being; individual and collective resilience
Substantive Specialization: The political contexts and health effects of individual and collective experiences of violence and resilience; professional responsibility in the face of collective suffering