Dr Shameran Slewa-Younan


Senior Lecturer in Mental Health


Dr Slewa-Younan is a Senior Lecturer in Mental Health at the School of Medicine, Western Sydney University and Honorary Senior Research Fellow, Centre for Mental Health, University of Melbourne.  She is also a board member of South Western Sydney Local Health District.  She has been working as a sessional psychologist to the NSW Transcultural Mental Health Centre since 2001 working specifically with Iraqi refugees and more recently Syrian arrivals.  Since taking on her lectureship at WSU, she has worked on several projects examining trauma related mental health disorders in this group of refugees, including the measurement of psychological and physiological measures of distress and the mental health literacy of refugee populations. She has developed collaborative networks with academics at Universities of Melbourne, Charles Sturt, and Sharjah (UAE) and with NSW Refugee Health Service. She has published over 50 peer-reviewed publications including several invited articles and has appeared on ABC news regarding the mental health outcomes of Iraqi refugees in Australia.

Research Interests

  • Mental Health Literacy
  • Mental Health and Help Seeking Amongst Refugees
  • Psychophysiology
  • Psychotherapies in Refugee Mental Health
  • Refugee Mental Health
  • Sex Differences in Trauma
  • Trauma-Related Disorders
  • Traumatic Brain Injury


  • M.A.P. 2007


  • Board Member of South Western Sydney Local Health District

Qualifications and Recognition

  • 2017 Certificate in Global Mental Health and Recovery, Harvard University, Boston, USA
  • 2003 PhD in Psychological Medicine University of Sydney
  • 1994, Bachelor of Psychology (Honours) University of Wollongong
  • 1993 Bachelor of Arts (Psychology), University of Sydney


  • 2017 Research Contract – NSW Refugee Health Service“A Program to Improve Mental Health Outcomes for Resettled Refugees in Australia: A Pilot”.
  • 2012 Partnership Grant – NSW Refugee Health Service and University Of Western Sydney: "Mental health literacy in a resettled refugee community in New South Wales: Paving the way for mental health education and promotion in vulnerable communities"
  • 2008 UWS Seed Grants for Early Career Researchers: "Psychological distress and psychophysiological arousal in Iraqi refugees in Australia"
  • 2008 School of Medicine, UWS: "Trauma and Gender"
  • 2004-2008 Motor Accidents Authority Major Grant: "Investigating the Mechanisms of Recovery following Acute Traumatic Brain Injury: The Role of Sex Hormones"
  • 2004-2008 National Health & Medical Research Council: "Australian Clinical Research Fellowship"
  • 2004-2007 Motor Accidents Authority Major Grant: "Evaluating Markers of Dysautonomia and Noradrenaline Related Cardiac Damage Following Severe Traumatic Brain Injury"
  • 2001 Westmead Charitable Trust Travel Grant
  • 1999 New South Wales Institute of Psychiatry Training Scholarship

Research and Publications

Contact Details

Email S.Younan@westernsydney.edu.au
Telephone +61 2 4634 4579
Location Macarthur Clinical School