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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
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)
  • War in Ukraine highlights need for social workers, according to UCF social work association
    Written By: Lauren Luteran | April 2, 2022
    A UCF social work assistant professor says that the war in Ukraine highlights the need for social workers. Originally from Turkey, Asli Cennet Yalim, assistant professor at UCF’s School of...
  • Social Work Faculty, Students and Alumni Present at Society for Social Work and Research Annual Conference
    Written By: UCF School of Social Work | January 12, 2022
    On January 12-16, teams of UCF School of Social Work faculty, students, alumni and other social work professionals will be presenting at the Society for Social Work and Research (SSWR)...
  • MSW Fellowship Students Share Their Research
    Written By: UCF School of Social Work | August 4, 2021
    The UCF School of Social Work MSW Traditional Track awarded six new first-year graduate level students with a $10,000 fellowship to assist them with tuition, fees, and other expenses for academic year...
  • Fostering Relationships with Refugees Through Psychosocial Support
    Written By: UCF School of Social Work | June 19, 2020
    Resettling into a new country can be difficult for anyone. UCF Social Work Assistant Professor Asli Cennet Yalim talks about the increased challenges refugees experience while resettling and the importance...
  • UCF School of Social Work Awards Seed Grants for Interdisciplinary Research
    Written By: UCF School of Social Work | March 9, 2020
    The UCF School of Social Work is committed to providing essential and unique research to health and mental health fields through the school’s Center for Behavioral Health Research and Training...
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