Jaime Ballard* is a research contractor in the Department of Family Social Science at the University of Minnesota. Her research focuses on supporting families and parents affected by traumatic stress. Jaime has developed community-engaged interventions to support families, including culturally appropriate, trauma-informed interventions with Karen refugees in St. Paul.
Elizabeth Wieling* is a Professor and Director of the Marriage and Family Therapy Doctoral Program at the University of Georgia. She is a family therapist and a prevention and intervention scholar working to develop parenting and family level evidence-based interventions for populations affected by traumatic stress. Wieling collaborates with interdisciplinary colleagues in post-conflict settings outside of the United States and with immigrant and refugee communities locally. Her teaching includes courses on clinical treatments for families affected by post-traumatic stress and topics related to social justice and mental health.
Catherine Solheim* is a Professor and Director of Graduate Studies in the Department of Family Social Science at the University of Minnesota. She teaches graduate and undergraduate courses on family finances, family theory, and global and diverse families. She has co-led six learning abroad courses to Thailand, focusing on how globalization impacts family, culture, and the natural environment. Solheim’s scholarship focuses on ways that culture, socio-economic status, and relationships impact the diverse ways families make decisions about their resources.
Lekie Dwanyen* is a Doctoral Candidate in the Department of Family Social Science at the University of Minnesota. Her research agenda centers on family-level adjustment and wellbeing in communities affected by war and organized violence. She is invested in understanding and advocating for the psychological and relational health of war-affected immigrant and refugee families, as well as families in post-conflict settings. Lekie is also interested in the development of family-level interventions for traumatic stress.