Asli Cennet Yalim
Assistant Professor; University of Central Florida School of Social Work
Dr. Asli Cennet Yalim is an assistant professor at the University of Central Florida School of Social Work. She received her master’s degree in Social Work from Florida State University and her PhD in Social Welfare from University at Buffalo. Prior to entering academia, she worked as a psychologist with children and families across different educational and health settings in Istanbul, Turkey. Dr. Yalim draws on her interdisciplinary background and international experience to study refugees’ psychosocial wellbeing, understand the challenges refugees face upon resettlement in another country, and develop culturally responsive interventions to improve post-resettlement outcomes of refugees. Her areas of research are refugee and immigrant mental health, barriers to mental health services, forced migration in the Middle East, refugee women, and acceptance and mindfulness-based interventions with refugees. Her methodological approach includes mixed-methods, grounded theory, and community-based participatory approach. Dr. Yalim has collaborated on funded projects including an interprofessional, evidence-based virtual program to prevent burnout, suicide, mental health conditions, and substance-use disorders among healthcare workers and developing and testing a randomized design mental health and psychosocial intervention project with refugee women in Turkey. She teaches courses on the topics of human behavior, research methods, micro-level interventions, social work in health settings, and social work with immigrants and refugees. Dr. Yalim is the recipient of the UCF College of Health Professions and Sciences Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching Award.