Theses Doctoral

Promoting Healthy Developmental Pathways for Children In and Out of Situations of Extreme Adversity

Metzler, Janna

In three parts, this dissertation seeks to clarify constructs used in contemporary and emerging models of child resilience, examine the predictive capacity of these models, and delineate key steps towards improving and refining models useful to mental health and psychosocial support program and policy initiatives in humanitarian settings. Data collected for this research was part of an inter-agency evaluation of Child Friendly Spaces in Nepal following the 2015 earthquake. Findings from these studies call for future research directed towards the development of more rigorous and equitable indicators used to evaluate mental health and psychosocial support programs that allow for a longer tracing of healthy developmental trajectories for children affected by situations of extreme adversity.


  • thumnail for Metzler_cumc.columbia_0054E_10036.pdf Metzler_cumc.columbia_0054E_10036.pdf application/pdf 1.83 MB Download File

More About This Work

Academic Units
Population and Family Health
Thesis Advisors
Ager, Alastair
Ph.D., Columbia University
Published Here
February 9, 2018