Elizabeth Newnham

Research Associate

FXB Center for Health and Human Rights

FXB Center for Health and Human Rights

FXB Building, 7th Floor
651 Huntington Avenue
Boston, Massachusetts 02115


Elizabeth Newnham is a postdoctoral research fellow at the François-Xavier Bagnoud Center for Health and Human Rights. Her work focuses on the psychological response of children and adolescents to war and disaster, and evidence-based intervention for war-affected youth. In collaboration with Dr. Theresa Betancourt, Dr. Newnham is currently investigating models of capacity building for mental healthcare in low- and middle-income countries; the long-term psychological response of former child soldiers in Sierra Leone; mental health risks and resiliencies among refugees in the United States; and rights-based assessment of child protection in India.

Dr. Newnham joined the FXB Center in 2010 as the inaugural Morgan Stanley Pediatrics Fellow. She trained in clinical psychology at The University of Western Australia and has conducted work in Australia, Singapore, Sierra Leone, India and the United States. Dr. Newnham was recently awarded an Australian National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) Early Career Fellowship to examine the mediating role of daily hardship in post-traumatic stress among war- and disaster-affected children. She holds a concurrent position as Research Associate at The University of Western Australia.