Dr. Alexandra Chen
Child Trauma Specialist
Alexandra Chen (A.B., A.M., Ed.M., PhD. Candidate, Harvard University) is a child protection and mental health specialist from Hong Kong serving refugees in conflict and post-conflict zones. For over a decade, Alexandra has been working with vulnerable and displaced communities in and from Palestine, Iraq, Somalia, Pakistan, Afghanistan, Ethiopia, South Africa, Senegal, Myanmar, and most recently as advisor to UN agencies on the Syria crisis. She is currently serving refugee communities in Lebanon, Syria, Jordan, Iraq and Turkey, focused on providing early childhood education and trauma therapy for victims of sexual violence and torture. Alexandra is also completing her PhD at Harvard University, studying the impact of trauma and toxic stress on children’s cognitive functioning and mental health. She speaks 10 languages, including Chinese, Arabic and French.