Alumni Ambassadors

Courtney Welton-Mitchell

Courtney Welton-Mitchell
Public Health and Social Psychology
  • Title: Clinical Assistant Professor; Research Associate
  • Project: Development and Testing of a Gender-based Violence Intervention to Address Intimate Partner Abuse Among Rohingya in Malaysia
  • Academic Year: August 2017 - June 2018
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I'm a Clinical Assistant Professor in the Department of Environmental and Occupational Health at the Colorado School of Public Health, where I work primarily with the Public Health Preparedness and Disaster Response certificate programs. I am also a Research Associate with the Natural Hazards Center, Institute for Behavioral Science, University of Colorado, Boulder. My research focuses on health/public health interventions in disasters and complex humanitarian crises using mixed methods. I have conducted studies on group-based mental health, gender-based violence, and disaster preparedness interventions, including public health messaging campaigns and social norms approaches to attitude and behavioral change. Increasingly, I have turned my attention to understanding psychological and other factors influencing risk communication, perception, and behaviors, including in relation to COVID-19.

During my Fulbright I was based in Penang, Malaysia with travel to Kuala Lumpur for data collection. I worked with a local immigrant rights organization (Tenaganita) on research with Rohingya refugees. Initially I received funding for this multi-year initiative from the U.S. State Department, Bureau of Population and Refugee Migration (BPRM). However, the addition of Fulbright provided me with an opportunity to relocate with my family to Malaysia for 10 months, based at the Centre for Research on Women & Gender (KANITA), University of Science, Malaysia. While at KANITA, USM I taught research seminars, facilitated a journal club and advised students. Fulbright enabled me to build relationships with students, colleagues and community members, engaging in bidirectional capacity building on a deeper level than would have otherwise been possible with the BPRM grant funding alone. Joint publications and collaborative research initiatives have resulted from the connections I made during my Fulbright in Malaysia.

Ask Me About:

  • Relocating with family for Fulbright
  • Managing visa challenges
  • Securing additional research funding while on a Fulbright
  • Working with local civil society organizations
  • Being based at an interdisciplinary research institute
  • Working with sensitive research topics and disenfranchised groups including refugees and other immigrants