PhD candidate, UNSW

I am a registered psychologist and a Research Fellow at University of New South Wales in Sydney. My work focuses on highlighting and disseminating the knowledge of Syrian psychologists and psychiatrists working to support refugee communities in Jordan and Turkey. I apply an ecological framework to global mental health issues and work to promote community based approaches to psychosocial well-being, such as addressing human rights, physical activity or staff care, which may supplement standard psychological approaches.

Experience

  • –present
    PhD candidate, University of Sydney
  • 2017–2018
    Research fellow, University of New South Wales

Education

  • 2011 
    University of Sydney , BSc (hons 1)
  • 2007 
    University of Sydney , BArts

Publications

  • 2016
    Psychosocial Concerns Reported by Syrian Refugees living in Jordan: A Systematic Review of Unpublished Needs Assessments. , • Ruth Wells, Zachary Steel, Mohammad Abo-Hilal, Abdul Halim Hassan & Catalina Lawsin (2016). Psychosocial Concerns Reported by Syrian Refugees living in Jordan: A Systematic Review of Unpublished Needs Assessments. British Journal of Psychiatry. 209 (2) 99-106; DOI: 10.1192/bjp.bp.115.165084
  • 2016
    A Qualitative Study of Explanations of and Attitudes to Mental Health Concerns among Syrian Refugees Living in Jordan., • Wells, R., Wells, D., Steel, Z., Hunt, C., Alachkar, M., & Lawsin, C. (2016). A Qualitative Study of Explanations of and Attitudes to Mental Health Concerns among Syrian Refugees Living in Jordan. In Global Challenges and Cultural Psychiatry. World Association of Cultural Psychiatry
  • 2015
    The Relationship between Pre-morbid and Current Intellect Estimates on Schizophrenia: Cognitive, Symptom and Functional Status, • Wells, R., Swaminathan, V., Sundram, S., Weinberg, D., Bruggemann, J., Cropley, V., et al. (2015). The Relationship between Pre-morbid and Current Intellect Estimates on Schizophrenia: Cognitive, Symptom and Functional Status. npj Schizophrenia, 1, 15043.
  • 2015
    Understanding Psychological Responses to Trauma among Refugees: The Importance of Measurement Validity in Cross-cultural Settings., • Ruth Wells, David Wells, Catalina Lawsin (2015). Understanding Psychological Responses to Trauma among Refugees: The Importance of Measurement Validity in Cross-cultural Settings. Journal and Proceedings of the Royal Society of New South Wales. (Vol. 148, No. 455/456, p. 60)
  • 2012
    Matter Over Mind: A Randomised-Controlled Trial of Single-Session Biofeedback Training on Performance Anxiety and Heart Rate Variability in Musicians, • Wells, R., Outhred, T., Heathers, J. A. J., Quintana, D. S., & Kemp, A. H. (2012). Matter Over Mind: A Randomised-Controlled Trial of Single-Session Biofeedback Training on Performance Anxiety and Heart Rate Variability in Musicians. PLoS ONE, 7(10), e46597. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0046597