Mohammad Abo-Hilal, MD, is a clinical psychiatrist who founded Syria Bright Future to help Syrian refugees, particularly children. Its programs include one-on-one therapy and group sessions that try to help children cope with nightmares and flashbacks.
Syria Bright Future organization also offers activities to help children deal with the day-to-day challenges of being refugees. In the Za’atari Refugee Camp, Syria Bright Future provides awareness sessions for teenagers on underage marriage and gender-based violence, and safe spaces for younger children to play.
Himself a refugee, Abo-Hilal fled Syria in 2011 after being arrested and tortured by the government of President Bashar al-Assad.
Marcia Brophy, PhD, MsC, is a Child Psychologist, and Wellbeing and Mental Health Specialist working in this field for over 15 years. She is currenly working as Global Mental Health & Psychosocial Support Advisor for International Medical Corps, supporting the organisation’s global leading role in the advancement of mental health from emergency response through to long-term development in humanitarian settings.
Prior to this Marcia spent three years as Senior Regional Mental Health & Psychosocial Support Specialist (Middle East & Eurasia) for Save the Children International, based in Amman, Jordan. Her role as Regional MHPSS Specialist was to ensure access among children, youth and families affected by the conflict in the Middle East to high quality and well-coordinated MHPSS programming. During this time Marcia co-authored four key reports highlighting the mental health needs of children and adolescents growing up in the Syria crises; in Iraq post-ISIS; and in Gaza. She has also worked as a Mental Health Specialist for refugee communities for UNHCR based in Bangladesh; Regional Technical Advisor for ChildFund International based in Sri Lanka, advising on their youth programmes across Asia; and as a Mental Health Training Advisor in Jaffna, North of Sri Lanka for the Sri Lankan Government’s Department of Health. Marcia holds a M.Sc. and Ph.D. in developmental psychology from the Institute of Education and the Social, Genetic and Developmental Psychiatry Research Centre, Institute of Psychiatry, Kings College, London, U.K. respectively.
Khaled Nasser, PhD, is a family communication consultant who specializes in parenting, couple therapy and trauma management. Nasser practices at his private clinic in Beirut, where he also administers neurofeedback training. He also provides remote therapy sessions to refugee communities and journalists covering war and trauma, both in the Middle East and Europe.
Nasser is a lecturer in communication at the Lebanese American University and the American University of Beirut. His research currently focuses on war trauma as reflected in the family drawings of Syrian refugees and on mapping the trauma impact among Arab journalists covering tensions in the Middle East.