Associate Professor Shameran Slewa-Younan


Associate Professor in Mental Health


Shameran Slewa-Younan is an Associate Professor 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 (2015 onwards), NSW Health. Finally, she also holds a position as an Adjunct Fellow, at The Chicago School of Professional Psychology, United States of America.

Associate Professor Slewa-Younan has been practicing as a cross-cultural bilingual psychologist since 2001 when she joined the NSW Transcultural Mental Health Service and currently practices in Fairfield, Sydney, an area of high need with significant  numbers of refugees. Her focus has always been on providing optimal psychological care for resettling refugees, Her clinical practice utilises a Cognitive Behavioural approach that is informed from a bilingual and bicultural perspective. Additionally, Associate Professor Slewa-Younan is well known within the South Western Sydney community and is frequently called upon to provide psycho-education to community members, leaders and treatment providers. She has provided talks on mental health topics at community forums and initiatives.

Since 2014, she has gained a reputation as one of the leading scholars on the mental health literacy of refugees and other cross-cultural populations, evidenced by her significant research output and collaborations with multiple institutions both domestic and international. She has published over 60 peer-reviewed publications including several invited articles and has appeared on ABC news regarding the mental health outcomes of Iraqi refugees in Australia and was awarded significant contribution prize by Australian Psychological Society for her teaching, research and clinical cross-cultural work (2017).

In 2017 she completed the Global Mental Health and Recovery Certificate through the School of Medicine, Harvard University.  Associate Professor Slewa-Younan’s academic, clinical and research expertise is driven by the goal of improving the wellbeing of refugees.

Research Interests

  • Refugee Mental Health
  • Mental Health Literacy
  • Mental Health Promotion for Refugee Populations
  • Mental Health Promotion for Refugee Populations
  • Psychotherapies in Refugee Mental Health


  • Member of Psychology Board of Australia, Australian Health Professional Registration Association (1998)
  • Member of Australian Psychological Society (M.A.P s) (2007)


  • Board Member of South Western Sydney Local Health District


  • 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

Awards and Recognition

  • 2017 Australian Psychological Society: Significant Contribution to Division of General Psychological Practice, for work in Cross Cultural Psychology Practice and Research
  • 2017 Mental Health Matters and WayAhead, NSW Health: Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Communities Research Award
  • 2015 Ingham Institute Applied Medical Research, South Western Sydney Local Health District, Ingham Institute Best Community Research Paper



  • 2021 Research Contract Funding Wellways Australia - $24,100: Mental Health Literacy for Arabic Speaking Refugee/Migrant Groups: Access to Mental Health Promotion Program & Consultancy
  • 2020 Research Contract Funding Anglicare Australia - $20,000: Mental Health Literacy and Promotion Program for Arabic Speaking Refugees – Further Pilot and Evaluation
  • 2019 Research Contract Funding from South West Primary Health Network - $20,000: An Evaluation of a Mental Health Literacy Training Program for Arabic Speaking Spiritual and Community Leaders
  • 2018 Sax Institute - $26,850: Rapid Review of Evidence for Psychosocial Interventions for Refugees and Asylum Seekers
  • 2018 Mental Health First Aid Australia - $117,664.27: Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Youth and Teen Mental Health First Aid Training. Collaborative Project with South West Primary Health Network.
  • 2017 The Al Jalila Foundation, United Arab Emirates - $125, 250 (DIRHAM): Clinical and Economic Evaluation of a Community Mental Health Support Service for Children and Adolescents with Chronic Health Conditions in the UAE. Collaborative project with Universities of Sharjah, UAE & Charles Sturt, Australia.
  • 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

Telephone +61 2 4634 4579
Location Macarthur Clinical School