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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 Ph.D. in Social Welfare from University at Buffalo. Asli’s areas of research are refugee mental health, forced migration, refugees from the Middle East, barriers to mental health services, culturally competent practice, and community-based participatory research. She volunteered for and collaborated with the local refugee resettlement agencies in Buffalo, NY and Tallahassee, FL. She is a member of the Orlando Refugee Task Force. Asli worked as a clinical psychologist in different settings in Istanbul, Turkey before starting her career in the United States. She teaches courses in human development and social environment, research methods, and social work with immigrants and refugees.  Asli is a fellow at the UCF Center for Global Economic and Environmental Opportunity (GEEO)

  • Ph.D., Doctor of Philosophy, Social Work, University at Buffalo
  • MSW, Master of Social Work, Florida State University
  • MA, Master of Arts, Forensic Sciences, Istanbul University
Areas of Specialty
  • Refugee mental health and psychosocial wellbeing
  • Syrian refugees
  • Forced migration in the Middle East
  • Use of mental health services among refugee and immigrant populations
  • Community-based participatory research
  • Culturally competent practice
  • Resilience and empowerment
  • Refugee Women
Research Grants
Physical TherapySocial Work

Developing a Resilient Health Care Work Force: A UCF Model for Academic Health Science Centers

  • PI: Magdalena Pasarica - College of Medicine
  • Co-PI: Laurie Neely
  • Co-PI: Patrick Pabian
  • Co-PI: Asli Cennet Yalim
  • Amount: $1,496,127 | Timeframe: 01/01/2022 - 12/31/2024
    Funding Type: Extramural Research
    Funding Agency: Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA)
    Social Work

    The impacts of refugee policies on the wellbeing of muslim refugees in the United States and Germany

  • PI: Asli Cennet Yalim
  • Amount: $2,000 | Timeframe: 01/01/2021 - 12/31/2021
    Funding Type: Foundation/Industry
    Funding Agency: Society for Psychological Study of Social Issue
    Health Sciences

    Understanding Barriers to Implementation of a Refugee Mental Health Assessment for Newly Arrived Refugees in Central Florida

  • PI: Asli Cennet Yalim
  • Co-PI: Katia Ferdowsi
  • Amount: $5,000 | Timeframe: 01/01/2020 - 12/31/2020
    Funding Type: Internal
    Funding Agency: Center for Behavioral Health Research and Training (CBHRT)

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