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Dr. Maryam Rafieifar is an assistant professor in the Department of Social Work & Child Advocacy at Montclair State University. Her research specialty is targeted at serving disenfranchised children and families with community-based participatory methods. Her translational objective is to mitigate the effects of immigration enforcement on trauma among children born to immigrant families through examining community-based initiatives. She has advanced training in quantitative and qualitative research methods and is presently conducting systematic reviews and meta-analyses.

Dr. Rafieifar has a successful track record of financial achievement, as indicated by accolades from multiple organizations. Dr. Rafieifar received academic awards and grants from the American Association of University Women, the Society for the Psychological Study of Social, and multiple centers at Florida International University. In addition, she secured external funding for the Nora Sandigo Children’s Foundation, which supports U.S. citizen children separated or at risk of separation from their undocumented parents. Previously, she worked with immigrant communities at different international organizations, including the United Nations and the International Committee of the Red Cross. Dr. Rafieifar has also enhanced the lives of the graduate student body with her innovative community service.

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Targeted at serving disenfranchised children and families with community-based participatory methods. 

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being
  • SDG 5 - Gender Equality
  • SDG 10 - Reduced Inequalities
  • SDG 16 - Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions


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