- School of Social Work
- PhD: Boston University, Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, Psychology, May 1994
- Dissertation: The interrelationship of stress, self-esteem, spiritual well-being and coping resources among African immigrants in the United States
- MSW: Boston College, 1989
- MDiv: Harvard University, Divinity School, 1987
- Dip. Phil.: St. Thomas Aquinas Seminary, Nairobi, Kenya, Philosophy and Religious Studies, 1983
- Licensed Psychologist
- Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker (LICSW)
- Certified Group Psychotherapist (CGP)
- Certified Oral Proficiency Tester, American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL)
What I Teach
- Evaluation in Social Work Practice
- Simmons World Challenge (Brutality: Violence at Local, National and International levels; Non-violence as Option for Change; Language, Power and Violence)
- Teaching and Learning (Doctoral Program)
- Social Work with Groups
- Spirituality and Social Work
- Social Action and Advocacy: Human Services in Developing Countries
- Narrative Approaches to Social Work Practice (on ground)
- Narrative Approaches to Social Work Practice (Online)
- Critical Analysis of Clinical Practice (Doctoral Program)
- Advanced Clinical Practice
- Social Work Practice
- The Relational and Multi-contextual Treatment of Trauma
- Family Therapy Approaches
- 2005-Present: Board/Founding Member, Makula Fund for Children
- 2005-Present: Board Member, Girma Haddis Foundation
- 1995-Present: Founding Member, Boston Institute for Culturally Affirming Practices
- 2004-Present: Advisory Board Member, The Guidance Center, Inc.
- 1992-Present: Board Member, De Novo: Center for Justice and Healing (formally Community Legal Services and Counseling Center)
- 1997-2008: Board Member, St. Elizabeth Medical Center, Clinical Pastoral Education Program
- 1996-Present: Board Member, The Danielsen Institute, Boston University
- 1995-Present: Consultant, Center for Multi-Cultural Training in Psychology, Boston Medical Center
- 1997-1999: Consultant, International Institute of Boston
- 1992-1996: Member, Diversity Task Force for Northeastern Society for Group Psychotherapy
- 1990-1996: Board Member, Temporary Care Services - Respite Care for Mentally Handicapped Children
Caring across communities; community capacity building; enhancing social, cultural, and human capital in immigrant and refugee populations; suicide prevention education; the psychological impact of war, political persecution, trauma on children and families; HIV/AIDS; family therapy; international practice and human rights; spirituality; health disparities; youth and social economic development in sub-Saharan Africa; qualitative methods and designing international studies.
Kamya, H. (2019). Children, war, HIV/AIDS and the human rights imperative: Bio-psychosocial outcomes. In Marinilda Rivera Diaz (Ed.) HIV/AIDS, Migrations and Human Rights: Interdisciplinary Perspectives. (pp. 173-189). Miami: Latin American Council of Social Sciences (CLACSO)
Kamya, H. & Mirkin, M. (2019). Working with immigrant and refugee families. In Monica McGoldrick and Kenneth Hardy (Eds.). Revisioning Family Therapy: Race, culture and gender in clinical practice. 3nd edition. (pp. 403-418). New York: Guilford Press.
Kamya, H. (2018). Harnessing spirituality within traditional healing systems: A personal journey. In D. Trimble (Ed.), Engaging with spirituality in family therapy: Meeting in sacred space (67-81). Cham, Switzerland: AFTA Springer Briefs in Family Therapy.
Bacigalupe, G., Ham, M., Kamya, H., King, J., Kliman, J., Llerena-Quinn, R., Pinderhughes, E., Romney, P., & Trimble, D., (BICAP). (2017). Deconstructing power to build connection: The importance of dialogue. In Pinderhughes, E., Jackson, V., & Romney, P. Understanding power: An imperative for human services. (pp. 195-218). Washington, D.D.: NASW Press.
Kamya, H. (2014). Developing Effective International Partnerships in Social Work: HIV/AIDS and the Case of Uganda. In Libal, K., Healy, L., Thomas, R., & Berthold, M. Advancing Human Rights in Social Work Education, (pp. 299-316) Alexandria, VA: CSWE.
Roberts, J., Abu-Baker, K., Diez Fernández, C., Chong Garcia, N., Fredman, G., Kamya, H., Martín Higarza, Y., Fortes de Leff, J., Messent, P., Nakamura, S., Reid, F., Sim, T., Subrahmanian, C., & Vega, R. (2014). Up Close: Family Therapy Challenges and Innovations Around the World, Family Process, 53, 3, 544-576. DOI: 10.1111/famp.12094
Healy, L. & Kamya, H. (2014). Ethics and international discourse in social work: The case of Uganda's anti-homosexuality legislation. Ethics and Social Welfare, 8, 2, 151-169.
Kamya, H. (2013). Engaging spirituality in family conflict: Witnessing to hope and dialogue. Journal of the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers, 26, 4, 901-916.
Kamya, H. (Spring, 2012). Motivational interviewing: A key ingredient of supervision. Field Educator, 1(2).
Kamya, H. (2012). The cultural universality of narrative techniques in the creation of meaning. In B. MacKin, Newman, E., Fogler, J., & Keane, T. (Eds.) Trauma therapy in context: The science and craft of evidence based practice. (pp.231-246). Washington, D.C: American Psychological Association.
Kamya, H. (2012). HIV/AIDS: The Global Pandemic. HIV/AIDS. In Healy, M. & Link, R. (Eds.). Handbook of International Social Work. Oxford: Oxford University Press.
Kamya, H. (2011). The impact of war on children: The psychology of displacement and exile. In Kelle, B. (Ed.). Interpreting Exile: Interdisciplinary studies of displacement and deportation in Biblical and modern contexts. (pp.235-249). Atlanta: Society of Biblical Literature Press.
Kamya, H. & White, E. (2011). Expanding cross-cultural understanding of suicide among immigrants: The case of the Somali. Families in Society, 92(4), 419-425.
- Peer to Peer Support for Immigrant High School Students: Enhancing Social Work Services in School Settings. CSWE 65th Annual Program Meeting, Denver, CO. October 24-27, 2010.
- Working with Immigrants and Refugees: Implications for Cross-Cultural Treatment. Wayside Youth and Family Support. May 8, 2019
- Engaging Spirituality in Family Therapy. IFTA World Therapy Congress. Aberdeen, Scotland. March 28-30, 2019
- Understanding the needs of Immigrant High School Students: Importance of Multiple Perspectives through a Social Justice Lens. 23rd Annual Conference of the Society for Social Work and Research (SSWR), San Francisco, CA. January 15-19, 2019.
- Understanding the needs of Immigrant High School Students: Importance of Multiple Perspectives. CSWE 64th Annual Program Meeting, Orlando, FL. November 8-11, 2018
- Cross-cultural treatment issues with Refugees: The case of the Somali. Global & Local Center for Mental Health Disparities Global Dinner Series, Boston Medical Center, Boston, MA. May 21, 2018
- Developing Effective Partnerships. Boston Medical Center, Boston, MA. April 18, 2018
- Working with Immigrants and Refugees: Cross-cultural treatment issues. Boston Medical Center, Boston, MA. April 11, 2018
- Narrative Practices with Trauma and Loss: Cross-cultural treatment. Salem State University, Salem, MA March 24, 2018
- It Takes a Community: Collaboration Among Adolescents, Parents, School Personnel to “Raise” an Immigrant High School Student: An Ecological Perspective. CSWE 63rd Annual Program Meeting, Atlanta, GA. October 19-22, 2017
- Working with immigrants and refugees. Greater Lynn Senior Services. Boston, MA. April 2017 and May 2017
- Spirituality and Mental health. Institute of Living, Hartford, CT. March 30, 2017
- Violence against children and families: The inter-sectionalities of intervention approaches. 25th IFTA Family Therapy Congress. Malaga, Spain. March 15-18, 2017
- Trauma, Attachment Disruption and Narrative Practices: Health Crisis and Cross-cultural Trauma Treatment. Dana Cancer Institute. Boston, MA February 3, 2017
- Responsible Citizenship: HIV/AIDS and South Africa. 27th Annual National Conference on Social Work and HIV/AIDS. Minneapolis, MN, May 26-29, 2016.
- Working with African Immigrant Children and Parents: Challenges and Training Needs from Middle and High School Teachers’ Perspectives. 20th Annual Conference for Society for Social Work and Research, Washington, DC, January 13-17, 2016
- Developing an Innovative Field Placement: Building Capacity at an African Immigrant-led Organization. CSWE 611st Annual Program Meeting, Denver, CO. October 15-October, 18, 2015.
- Recognizing the Universality of Loss: Lived Experiences of Attachment Disruption. Trauma of Displacement and Disrupted Attachment. 16th Annual conference. Worcester Institute on Loss and Trauma, Worcester, MA September 16, 2015
- Uganda’s ABC to South Africa: Challenges and Opportunities. 19th International Symposium of the International Consortium for Social Development. SIM University, Singapore, July 7-10, 2015.
- Challenges in Addressing HIV/AIDS Among Immigrant Populations: A Case Study. 27th Annual National Conference on Social Work and HIV/AIDS. Minneapolis, MN, May 26-29, 2016.
- Child-headed Households in the African Context: What does the future promise? 26th Annual National Conference on Social Work and HIV/AIDS. Denver, May 22-25, 2014
- Peace psychology: From monologue to dialogue - Engaging trauma and disparities. Bay Cove Human Services, Boston. May 7, 2014
- Transforming Life Narratives: Weaving Stories of Healing. 23rd Annual Anniversary Culture Conference, The Multicultural Family Institute. April 11-12, 2014
- A Cross cultural understanding of trauma in families, and
- Community organizing and social development. PROSOWO Conference, International Social Work Conference, Kampala Uganda. March 17-18, 2014
Professional Affiliations & Memberships
- National Association of Social Workers (NASW)
- Association of Black Social Workers (ABSW)
- American Psychological Association
- American Group Psychotherapy Association (AGPA)
- Boston Institute for Culturally Affirming Practices (BICAP)
- Northeastern Society for Group Psychotherapy
- American Family Therapy Academy (AFTA)
- Council on Social Work Education (CSWE)
- Commission on Global Education in Social Work (CSWE)
- International Society for Traumatic and Stress Studies (ISTSS)
- International Consortium of Social Development (ICSD)
- International Federation of Social Workers (IFSW)
- 2018-2021: Social Work Alumni Fund Endowed Chair
- 2018: Center for Global Education Leadership Award, Simmons University, Boston, MA
- 2016: Mentor Recognition, Society for Social Work Research Conference, Washington, DC.
- 2014: Fulbright Specialist Roster. U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs (ECA) and the Institute of International Education’s Council for International Exchange of Scholars (CIES)
- 2014:Greatest Contribution to Social Work Education. NASW Mass Chapter Symposium 2014. NASW Mass Chapter Symposium, Framingham, MA.
- 2003: Cultural and Economic Diversity (Social Justice) Award by the American Family Therapy Academy, Miami, FL.
- 1999: Paradigm Shift Award. Distinguished Service Award in Pastoral Psychotherapy, Andover-Newton, MA
- 1999: Paul Johnson Award. Nomination for Teaching Assistantship, Boston University, Boston, MA.