Andrew Rasmussen is a psychologist on faculty (Associate Professor) at Fordham University, and the Director of the MS Program in Applied Psychological Methods. (He was formerly on faculty at New York University School of Medicine, where he was the Research Director at the Bellevue/NYU Program for Survivors of Torture.) His work revolves primarily around displaced populations (refugees, IDPs, asylum seekers) and evaluation of programs that aim to aid these communities. Other interests include trauma and psychosocial stressors, measurement of culturally-specific expressions of distress, and families’ responses to immigration stressors. A New Yorker since his teenage years, he currently resides in Brooklyn.

Dr. Rasmussen’s work is supported in part by a K23 Career Development Award (K23HD059075) from the Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child & Human Development (NICHD, an institute of the NIH). The content of this blog is solely the responsibility of author and does not necessarily represent the official views of the NICHD or the NIH. Dr. Rasmussen is also supported by the Foundation for Child Development’s Young Scholars Program.

Dr. Rasmussen’s publications (since 2010) include:

Keatley, E., Ashman, T., Im, B., & Rasmussen, A. (2013). Self report traumatic brain injury among refugee survivors of torture. Journal of Head Trauma Rehabilitation, 1-6. DOI: 10.1097/HTR.0b013e3182776a70

Rasmussen, A., Crager, M., Chu, T., & Gany, F. (2012). Onset of posttraumatic stress disorder and major depression among refugees and voluntary migrants to the United States. Journal of Traumatic Stress, 25, 705-712. DOI: 10.1002/jts.21763

Chu, T., Keller, A. S., & Rasmussen, A. (2012, September). Effects of post-migration factors on PTSD outcomes among immigrant survivors of political violence. Journal of Immigrant and Minority Health. Advance online publication. DOI: 10.1007/s10903-012-9696-1.

Rasmussen, A., Akinsulure-Smith, A., Chu, T., & Keatley, E. (2012). “911” among West African immigrants in New York City: A qualitative study of disciplinary practices and perceptions of child welfare authorities. Social Science and Medicine, 75, 516-525. doi: 10.1016/j.socscimed.2012.03.042

Akinsulure-Smith, A.M., Keatley, E. & Rasmussen, A. (2012). Responding to secondary traumatic stress: A pilot study of torture treatment programs in the United States. Journal of Traumatic Stress, 25, 232-235. doi: 10.1002/jts.21684

Raghavan, S., Rasmussen, A., Rosenfeld, B., & Keller, A. S. (2012). Correlates of Symptom Reduction in Treatment-Seeking Survivors of Torture. Psychological Trauma: Theory, Research, Practice, and Policy. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1037/a0028118

Rasmussen, A., Crager, M., Keatley, E., Keller, A. S., & Rosenfeld, B. (2011). Screening for Torture: A narrative checklist comparing legal definitions in a torture treatment clinic. Zeitschrift für Psychologie / Journal of Psychology, 219(3), 143-149. doi: 10.1027/2151-2604/a000061

Rasmussen, A., Katoni, B., Keller, A.S., & Wilkinson, J. (2011). Posttraumatic idioms of distress among Darfur refugees: Hozun and majnun. Transcultural Psychiatry, 48(4), 392-415. doi: 10.1177/1363461511409283

Rasmussen, A., Nguyen, L., Wilkinson, J., Raghavan, S., Vundla, S., Miller, K., Keller, A.S. (2010). Rates and impact of trauma and current stressors among Darfuri refugees in eastern Chad. American Journal of Orthopsychiatry, 80(2), 227-236.  doi: 10.1111/j.1939-0025.2010.01026.x

Rasmussen, A., & Annan, J. (2010). Predicting stress related to basic needs and safety in Darfur refugee camps: A structural and social ecological analysis. Journal of Refugee Studies, 23, 23-40. doi: 10.1093/jrs/fep044

Greene, D., Rasmussen, A., & Rosenfeld, B. (2010). Defining torture: A review of 40 years of health science research. Journal of Traumatic Stress, 23(4), 528-531. doi: 10.1002/jts.20552

Miller, K. & Rasmussen, A. (2010). War exposure, daily stressors, and mental health in conflict and post-conflict settings: Bridging the divide between trauma-focused and psychosocial frameworks. Social Science & Medicine, 70, 7-16. doi:10.1016/j.socscimed.2009.09.029

Hooberman, J., Rosenfeld, B., Rasmussen, A., & Keller, A. (2010). Resilience in Trauma-Exposed Refugees: The Moderating Effect of Coping Style on Resilience Variables. American Journal of Orthopsychiatry, 80(4), 557-563. doi: 10.1111/j.1939-0025.2010.01060.x

Dr. Rasmussen has been a consultant for USAID, the Hebrew Immigrant Aid Society, the United States Commission on International Religious Freedom, and Physicians for Human Rights. Contact him by leaving a comment, below.


4 Responses to “About the author”

  1. 1 Abdelkarim Ali M Nour June 30, 2010 at 4:36 am

    Hi, MR Rasmussen.
    It’s sounds good to write to you, and it’s nice to receive from you those information. Thank you alot for your humanitarian efforts twards Darfurian, Chadian IDPs. Really I would like to meet you but the distance between us is so far I’m here in Niger and you in USA. any how we are watching you activies via media and Eunice’s emails concerning Massalit Languages…
    May God bless you for more
    Karim Ali
    +227 90499422

  2. 2 Gabrielle September 21, 2010 at 10:39 am

    Dear Mr. Rasmussen,

    I am an intern at the Institute for War and Peace Reporting office in The Hague, Netherlands. I would like to bring your attention to a recent article that we believe would be of interest to you. IWPR is working with African journalists from Uganda, DRC and Sudan, training them and jointly producing reports and radio programs on justice and accountability, hosting trainees in The Hague as part of the ICC-Court reporting exchange project, and organizing public debates in the regions in association with civil society groups.

    Given your interests, I thought you might be interested in an article written by IWPR reporters entitled “Concerns Over Sudanese IDP Relocation Plan,” which can be accessed at For more articles and information on IWPR, visit Any feedback is welcome.

    Thank you

    Gabrielle Grow
    IWPR Intern, The Hague

    • 3 andyrasmussen September 22, 2010 at 9:27 am

      Thanks for tip — you’ll see you show up as a “hat tip” in today’s posting. What are your thoughts on the 24 Hours for Darfur report?

      • 4 Gabrielle September 28, 2010 at 8:59 am

        Dear Andy,

        Thank you for showing me the report- I forwarded it to our Africa editor who might be interested in reading it. I hope through media such as local radio, that the Darfuri people might learn more about the ICC. This report is similar to a special report published by IWPR after the ICC Review Conference and gives Ugandan victims’ perspectives. If you would like to see it, it is available at

        If you are interested in more articles on these issues, please let me know and I can contact you when we publish more articles.


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