Cindy Mels


Cindy Mels started her research career at the Ghent University’s Department of Orthopedagogics, working on social support in unaccompanied asylum seeking minors residing in Belgium. Throughout her PhD study on the psychosocial wellbeing of war-affected Eastern Congolese adolescents she specialized in the cross-cultural adaptation and validation of psychological screening instruments, issues of trauma and daily stressors and their effects on mental health, and community-based research aimed at promoting psychosocial assistance in low-income and war-affected areas.

Currently living in Montevideo, Uruguay, she is professor at the Department of Developmental and Psychology and Education at the Universidad Católica de Uruguay, where she continues working on the cross-cultural adaptation of mental health instruments and the impact of community violence and daily stressors (poverty, social exclusion) on Latin-American low-income adolescents’ mental health.

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