Amanda Sim

Amanda is a DPhil student in Social Intervention and a Jacobs Foundation/International Society for the Study of Behavioural Development Fellow. She holds a Master of Arts degree in International Development from The Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University and a summa cum laude Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and Romance Languages from New York University. Amanda previously worked as Research and Evaluation Coordinator at the International Rescue Committee, where she conducted research on the causes and effects of violence against women and children, and the effectiveness of parenting and mental health interventions in humanitarian settings. She has over ten years of experience in research and programme implementation and evaluation in conflict-affected countries, including Uganda, Afghanistan, Liberia, Ethiopia, Lebanon, and the Thai-Burmese border.

Amanda’s research is on the development, implementation and evaluation of interventions to reduce violence and promote mental health and resilience among children affected by war. She is particularly interested in the feasibility and effectiveness of parenting and family interventions in conflict and displacement settings, and seeks to understand how parenting quality can mediate the impact of trauma and adversity on child functioning. Her doctoral research is a mixed methods study on the intergenerational impact of war among Syrian refugee families in Lebanon.

Murray, L.K., Hall, B.J., Dorsey, S., Ugueto, A.M., Puffer, E.S., Sim, A., ... Bolton, P.A. (in press, January 2018). An evaluation of a common elements treatment approach for youth in Somali refugee camps. Global Mental Health.

Sim, A., Fazel, M., Bowes, L. & Gardner, F. (2018). Pathways linking war and displacement to parenting and child adjustment: A qualitative study with Syrian refugees in Lebanon. Social Science and Medicine 200: 19-26. 

Giusto, A., Friis, E., Sim, A.L., Chase, R.M., Zayzay, J., Green, E. & Puffer, E. (2017). A qualitative study of mechanisms underlying effects of a parenting intervention in rural Liberia. European Journal of Development Research, 29(5).

Puffer, E.S., Annan, J., Sim, A., Salhi, C. & Betancourt, T.S. (2017) "The impact of a family skills training intervention among Burmese migrant families in Thailand: a randomized controlled trial", Plos One, 12(3). doi:

Annan, J., Sim, A., Puffer, E., Salhi, C. & Betancourt, T.S. (2016) "Improving mental health outcomes of Burmese migrant and displaced children in Thailand: A community-based randomized controlled trial of a parenting and family skills intervention", Prevention Science, 18. doi: 10.1007/s11121-016-0728-2.

Puffer, E. S., Green, E. P., Chase, R. M., Sim, A. L., Zayzay, J., Friis, E., & Boone, L. (2015) "Parents make the difference: a randomized-controlled trial of a parenting intervention in Liberia", Global Mental Health, 2. doi:

Hall, B. J., Puffer, E., Murray, L. K., Ismael, A., Bass, J. K., Sim, A., & Bolton, P. A. (2014) "The importance of establishing reliability and validity of assessment instruments for mental health problems: an example from Somali children and adolescents living in three refugee camps in Ethiopia", Psychological Injury and Law, 7(2): 153-164.

Sim, A. (2014) "Confronting Child Labor", J. Heath and A. Zahedi ed.,Children of Afghanistan. Austin: University of Texas Press.

Other Outputs

Building Happy Families: Impact evaluation of a parenting and family skills intervention for migrant and displaced Burmese families in Thailand. Sim, A., Annan, J., Puffer, E., Salhi, C. & Betancourt, T.S. (2014). International Rescue Committee Research Report View Online

Parents Make the Difference: Findings from a randomized impact evaluation of a parenting program in rural Liberia. Sim, A., Puffer, E., Green, E., Chase, R., Zayzay, J., Garcia-Rolland, E. & Boone, L. (2014). International Rescue Committee Research Report View Online

Family Strengthening Interventions in Humanitarian Contexts. Sim, A., Costigan, J., Boone, L. & Armstrong, M. (2011). Bernard van Leer Foundation Early Childhood Matters Journal View Online

Confronting Child Labour in Afghanistan. Sim, A. (2009). Afghanistan Research and Evaluation Unit Policy Brief View Online

Factors influencing decisions to use child labor: a case study of poor households in Herat. Sim, A. & Hoilund-Carlson, M. (2008). Afghanistan Research and Evaluation Unit Research Report View Online