Stevan Weine

Prof Stevan Weine

Professor of Psychiatry, Director of Global Medicine
Institution: University of Illinois at Chicago
Current Insitution Location: United States of America

Phone Number: 312-355-5407
Website: Go to website

Psychiatric Institute 1601 W. Taylor St. Rm. 589 Chicago, IL 60612

Migration Health Research Area/Expertise:
Stevan Weine, M.D. is Professor of Psychiatry at the University of Illinois at Chicago College of Medicine, where he is also the Director of the International Center on Responses to Catastrophes and the Director of Global Health Research Training at the Center for Global Health. For 25 years he has been conducting research both with refugees and migrants in the U.S. and in post-conflict countries, focused on mental health, health, and countering violent extremism. He leads an active, externally funded research program which has been supported by multiple federal, state, university, and foundation grants, from 1998 to the present, all with collaboration from community partners. Weine is author of When History is a Nightmare: Lives and Memories of Ethnic Cleansing in Bosnia-Herzegovina (Rutgers, 1999) and Testimony and Catastrophe: Narrating the Traumas of Political Violence (Northwestern, 2006).

Research Focus/Expertise on Relevant Migrant Categories:
Internal Migration
Internally displaced persons (Children, Adolescents, Adults, Elderly)
Left-behind migrant families (Children, Adolescents, Adults, Elderly)
Migrant Workers (Children, Adolescents, Adults, Elderly)
Students (Children, Adolescents, Adults)

International/Cross-Border Migration
Asylum seekers (Children, Adolescents, Adults, Elderly)
Human trafficking (Children, Adolescents, Adults)
Humanitarian entrants/ Refugee resettlement programs (Children, Adolescents, Adults, Elderly)
International migrant workers (Children, Adolescents, Adults, Elderly)
International students (Children, Adolescents, Adults, Elderly)
Patient mobility across borders (Children, Adolescents, Adults, Elderly)
Refugees (Children, Adolescents, Adults, Elderly)

General Research Focus/Expertise: 
Adolescent health
Disaster preparedness and response
Health of detainees/ incarceration
Health policy
Health promotion/ Health education
Labour migration and health
Mental health
Public Health
Refugee health

Relevant Projects

Title Year Published Region/Country Role in the Project Main Outcome Link to Study Reports and publications
Addressing Mental Illness and Physical Comorbidities in Migrants and their Families 2014 South-Eastern Europe Eastern Europe and Central AsiaTajikistan
South-Eastern Europe Eastern Europe and Central AsiaUNSC Resolution 1244-Administered Kosovo
Principal Investigator Build research capacity in low- and middle-income countries concerning this major global health problem. It focuses on migration in Eastern Europe and Central Asia from two of the world’s highest migrant-sending countries, Kosovo and Tajikistan, both Muslim majority LMICs.
A Case-Control and Mixed Methods Study of HIV Risk and Protection among Labor Migrants 2014 South-Eastern Europe Eastern Europe and Central AsiaRussian Federation Principal Investigator This study aims to build scientific knowledge on the multilevel risks associated with labor migration that can lead to HIV infection as well as the spectrum of involvement in HIV prevention and care among labor migrants.
Transnational Crimes among Somali-Americans: Convergences of Radicalization and Trafficking 2013 Central and North America and the CaribbeanTurks and Caicos Principal Investigator Build scientific knowledge on the emergence and trajectories of the co-occurrence of radicalization and trafficking in the Somali American community to better understand the transnational and convergence issues involved and how this knowledge can inform evidence-based prevention and intervention programs.
Labor Migration and Multilevel HIV Prevention 2010 Principal Investigator Goals for this proposal include: 1) training and mentoring students, trainees, and junior faculty in patient-oriented research generally, and multilevel HIV prevention and refugee and migrant research specifically; 2) receiving consultation from senior researchers regarding mixed methods in preventive intervention development, research collaborations with families and communities, and ethics in HIV/AIDS and migration research; and 3) expanding research activities so as to build the intervention content and methodology needed to develop and evaluate multilevel HIV preventive interventions for labor migrants.
Migrancy, Masculinity and Preventing HIV in Tajik Male Migrant Workers 2008 South-Eastern Europe Eastern Europe and Central AsiaTajikistan Principal Investigator Data focus on the social, cultural, and psychological factors shaping masculinity; how masculine norms impact male migrants' HIV risk and preventive behaviors; and how HIV prevention skills can be enhanced among this population in the context of their lives and the organizations that work with them.
A Services Approach to Preventive Mental Health for Adolescent Refugees 2011 Central and North America and the CaribbeanUnited States of America Principal Investigator This five-year study of at-risk refugee adolescents uses ethnography to develop contextual knowledge on family and ecological resources that protect against mental health problems and uses that knowledge to develop a prevention intervention which is adaptable for different cultures and different service settings.
A Prevention and Access Intervention for Bosnian Survivor Families 1998 Central and North America and the CaribbeanUnited States of America Principal Investigator The overall purpose of the proposed research is to test a Prevention and Access Intervention for Families (PAIF) with Bosnians in Chicago who are torture survivors and who are not utilizing formal mental health services. The intervention aims to: 1) help families to be better able to draw upon the families' strengths and resources to cope together under the stresses of survival and displacement; and 2) improve the families' ability to obtain appropriate care for possible mental health consequences of torture from sources outside the family.

Relevant Publications

Title Author Year Published Link to Publication
HIV sexual risk behaviors and multilevel determinants among male labor migrants from Tajikistan Weine, S., Bahromov, M., Loue, S., & Owens, L. 2013
Evaluating a multiple‐family group access intervention for refugees with PTSD Weine, S., Kulauzovic, Y., Klebic, A., Besic, S., Mujagic, A., Muzurovic, J., Spahovic, D., Sclove, S., Pavkovic, I, Feetham, S, & Rolland, J. 2008
Thriving, managing, and struggling: A mixed methods study of adolescent African refugees’ psychosocial adjustment Weine, S., Ware, N., Tugenberg, T., Hakizimana, L., Dahnweih, G., Currie, M., Wagner, M., & Levin, E. 2013
Secondary migration and relocation among African refugee families in the United States Weine, S. M., Hoffman, Y., Ware, N., Tugenberg, T., Hakizimana, L., Dahnweigh, G., Currie, M., & Wagner, M. 2011
Trauma exposure, PTSD, and HIV sexual risk behaviors among labor migrants from Tajikistan Weine, S., Bahromov, M., Loue, S., & Owens, L. 2012
Unprotected Tajik male migrant workers in Moscow at risk for HIV/AIDS Weine, S., Bahromov, M., & Mirzoev, A. 2008
The roles of labor migrants' wives in HIV/AIDS risk and prevention in Tajikistan Golobof, A., Weine, S., Bahromov, M., & Luo, J. 2011
Female migrant sex workers in Moscow: gender and power factors and HIV risk Weine, S., Golobof, A., Bahromov, M., Kashuba, A., Kalandarov, T., Jonbekov, J., & Loue, S. 2012
Developing preventive mental health interventions for refugee families in resettlement Weine, S. 2011
Reintegrating Returned Migrants to Kosovo Weine, S., & Arenliu, A. 2016
The TAFES multi-family group intervention for Kosovar refugees: A feasibility study Weine, S. M., Raina, D., Zhubi, M., Delesi, M., Huseni, D., Feetham, S., ... & Pavkovic, I. 2003
Family roles in refugee youth resettlement from a prevention perspective Weine, S. 2008
Using mixed methods to build knowledge of refugee mental health Weine, S., Durrani, A., & Polutnik, C. 2014
HIV prevention for migrants in transit: developing and testing TRAIN Bahromov M., & Weine, S. 2011
Fostering resilience: Protective agents, resources, and mechanisms for adolescent refugees’ psychosocial well-being Weine, Stevan; Ware, Norma; Hakizimana, Leonce; Tugenberg, Toni; Currie, Madeleine; Dahnweih, Gonwo; Wagner, Maureen; Polutnik, Chloe; & Wulu, Jacqueline 2014
Building resilience to violent extremism in Muslim diaspora communities in the United States Weine, S. 2012
Family consequences of refugee trauma Weine, S., Muzurovic, N., Kulauzovic, Y., Besic, S., Lezic, A., Mujagic, A., ... & Knafl, K. 2004
Socio-structural barriers, Protective factors, and HIV risk among Central-Asian female migrants in Moscow Zabrocki, C., Weine, S., Chen, S., Brajkovic, I., Bahromov, M., Loue, S., Jonbekov, J., & Shoakova, F. 2013
Building Resilience to Violent Extremism Among Somali‐Americans in Minneapolis‐St. Paul Weine, S, & Ahmed, O. 2012
PTSD symptoms in Bosnian refugees 1 year after resettlement in the United States Weine, S. M., Vojvoda, D., Becker, D. F., McGlashan, T. H., Hodzic, E., Laub, D., ... & Lazrove, S. 1998
Bosnian and Kosovar Refugees in the United States: Family Interventions in a Services Framework Weine, S., Feetham, S., Kulauzovic, Y., Besic, S., Lezic, A., Mujagic, A., ... & Pavkovic, I. 2004
A Mixed Methods Study of Refugee Families Engaging in Multiple‐Family Groups Weine, S., Knafl, K., Feetham, S., Kulauzovic, Y., Klebic, A., Sclove, S., ... & Spahovic, D. 2005
A family beliefs framework for socially and culturally specific preventive interventions with refugee youths and families Weine, S., Feetham, S., Kulauzovic, Y., Knafl, K., Besic, S., Klebic, A., ... & Pavkovic, I. 2006