Adam Brooks is a doctoral student at Columbia University School of Social Work working within the Advancing Solutions in Policy, Implementation, Research and Engagement for Refugees (ASPIRE) project at SIG. His current research interest focuses on the mental health of refugees as well as the service providers who assist them.
Adam completed his MSW from Boston College and his BS in Psychology from the University of Connecticut. As a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LICSW) in Massachusetts, he worked with individuals who experienced mental health emergencies and provided behavioral health services in outpatient settings. Prior to joining ASPIRE, Adam was the Community Support Program Director at Jewish Family Service of Western Massachusetts (JFSWM), and supervised a culturally diverse clinical and paraprofessional staff who provided behavioral health and community support services for refugees. At JFSWM, Adam liaised with Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health researchers to focus mental health disparities among Bhutanese refugee youth. He has considerable global and life experience having lived in Indonesia and India and completed his MSW internship in South Africa.