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Meet the team behind the Mental Health and Welbeing Portal

Professor Rachel Tribe, Head of Group (Portal)
Rachel is Professor of Applied Psychological Practice at the School of Psychology, University of East London.   In 2014 she was awarded the British Psychological Society Award for Challenging Social Inequalities in Psychology. She is a Fellow of the British Psychological Society and an HCPC registered psychologist. She has over 30 years’ experience of developing clinical services and conducting research both in the UK and abroad.   She is active in national and international consultancy and training work.  She has experience of working in the private, public, charity and academic sectors. She has worked clinically with a range of diverse communities.

She has published widely on migration and mental health, refugees and asylum seekers, community psychology, critical psychology, social justice, professional and ethical practice, ageing and trauma. She was a member of the Royal College of Psychiatrists’ expert panel on Improving Services for Refugees and Asylum-Seekers and the World Psychiatric Association’s Task Force on Migration and Mental Health.  She is currently a member of the BPS Presidential Task Force on Refugees and Asylum Seekers.  She co-wrote the BPS guidelines with Dr Kate Thompson on Working with Interpreters in Health Settings. Professor Tribe also co-edited a book on Working with Interpreters in Mental Health with Dr Hitesh Raval, re-issued in 2014. In 2011 with Dr Pauline Lane she produced a DVD and guidance notes on Working with Interpreters in Mental Health for the Department of Health. Her latest book co-edited with Jean Morrissey is the 2nd edition of The Handbook of Professional and Ethical Practice for Psychologists, Psychotherapists and Counsellors.     
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Email: r.tribe@uel.ac.uk

Dr Farkhondeh (Farah) Farsimadan (Portal’s content developer)   
BSc, PsychD, CPsychol, AFBPsS

Dr Farsimadan is a chartered counselling psychologist, an Associate Fellow of the British Psychological Society and an HCPC registered psychologist. 

She has gained extensive experience working with refugees and asylum seekers and migrant communities in secondary and tertiary settings in NHS including CMHRCs, Psychotherapy, Assertive Outreach, Acute Inpatient and Psychiatric Intensive Care units at West London Mental Health NHS Trust.  She had a key role in setting up Ealing Assertive Outreach service in 2003 at WLMHT.  She was also the Trust’s training co-ordinator and clinical supervisor for doctoral trainee counselling psychologists studying at University of East London and City University for a number of years. In addition, whilst studying for her PsychD in Psychotherapeutic and & Counselling Psychology at Surrey University, Guildford she conducted a number of research on migrant population which was followed by further research and publications in the field.  She has a special interest in working with refugees and ethnic minority clients and their experiences in therapy and the effects of ethnicity on process and outcomes of therapy.

She retired in 2012, but has continued with her passion, working on refugee projects on a voluntary basis. The entire content and various resources on the Mental Health & Wellbeing Online Portal for Refugees and Asylum Seekers have been researched and developed by Dr Farsimadan. She regularly presents at workshops on working with refugees and asylum seekers including, A Call to Action for Counselling Psychology: Refugees and Social Justice at the DCoP Annual Conference in July 2016 in Brighton and  CPD Training workshops for BPS members and other mental health professionals working with refugees, asylum seekers and minority communities. She is a member of the BPS Presidential Task Force on Refugees and Asylum Seekers and contributed to the guidelines for psychologists working with refugees, asylum seekers and migrant population titled ‘Responding to refugees, asylum seekers and other migrants in the UK: Guidance for Psychologists’ published by the PTFRM in 2017.  Dr Farsimadan is also co-running the UEL London Scholars Programme on Building Bridges: Developing and using skills as a bilingual student to assist vulnerable migrants and refugees with Professor Rachel Tribe in 2017.  


Email: farahfarsimadan@yahoo.co.uk

Paul Dudman
Paul is the Archivist based at the University of East London.  Paul has been responsible for the UEL Archives including the Refugee Council Archive and British Olympic Association Archive at UEL since 2002 and has over a decade’s experience working within higher education archives.  Paul is involved in a number of projects including being a Co-convenor of the IASFM (International Association for the Study of Forced Migration) Working Group on the Archiving and Documentation of the History of Forced Migration and also the Oral History Society Special Interest Group on Migration.  Paul is also responsible for Web and Strategy at the Migration and Asylum Network and has worked with the Campaign for Voluntary Sector Archives and manages the Living Refugee Archive website.   

Email: p.v.dudman@uel.ac.uk 
Dr Patricia Smith
Patricia is a Senior lecturer in Physiotherapy in the School of Health Sport and Biosciences and a registered member of the Chartered Society of Physiotherapist (CSP). She has worked in Jamaica as a physiotherapist both in the clinical and community setting before embarking on a career in teaching and research at UEL. She is actively involved in research in the area of Community Based Rehabilitation, Cultural Competency and Disability in Newham and in Jamaica and has a special interest in qualitative research methodologies.  She is an active member of the Black and Minority Ethnic (BME) Network of the CSP and also serves on the ADAPT Special Interest Group for Physiotherapist working internationally and in crisis zones. Patricia has been working closely with community groups in Newham on the setting up of this website portal for refugees.
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Email: p.a.smith@uel.ac.uk

Dr Lucia Berdondini PhD
Lucia is a Lecturer and Programme Leader of BSc (Hons) Counselling and Psychotherapy at the School of Psychology, University of East London. She is also a BACP registered Gestalt psychotherapist and has been practicing for the past 15 years with individuals and groups running a small private practice. She is particularly interested in Psychology of Disasters and Humanitarian Projects and has focused her professional activity on developing counselling training courses in countries in war and post conflict, such as Afghanistan, India and Angola.
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Email: l.berdondini@uel.ac.uk

Dung Jidong 

Dung is a Holder of the University of East London excellence PhD Studentship. His research interests include general mental health and wellbeing in relation to languages, cultures, mental healthcare interpreting and interpreters. He has received training as the refugee portal’s Content Editor.

Email: d.e.jidong@uel.ac.uk