Andrew Rasmussen

Andrew Rasmussen

Professor of Psychology
Associate Chair of Master's Programs
Curriculum Vitae

Email: [email protected]

Rose Hill Campus: Dealy Hall, Room 334
Phone: 718-817-4692

Research Group: Culture, Migration, and Community

Not currently accepting CPDP students for the 2023-2024 application cycle.
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  • Andrew Rasmussen, Ph.D., is an Associate Professor of Psychology (tenured); head of the Culture, Migration, and Community research group; and the Director of the Master’s Program in Applied Psychological Methods. Dr. Rasmussen’s research focuses primarily on the psychosocial needs and assessment of forcedly displaced populations (e.g., refugees, asylum seekers). Although well versed in psychological trauma, Dr. Rasmussen’s more recent work focuses on other forms of stress experienced by forced migrants, how cultural features interact with service delivery to this population, and the wellbeing of low-income immigrant communities in general. Following his doctorate, Dr. Rasmussen worked at Bellevue Hospital’s Program for the Survivors of Torture before coming to Fordham in 2012. In addition to scholarly research, Dr. Rasmussen has been involved in policy development and program evaluation of psychosocial programs serving trauma-affected populations around the world.

    • 1994 BA, Political Science, Columbia University, New York, NY
    • 2002 MA, Clinical/Community Psychology, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign; Urbana-Champaign, IL
    • 2004 PhD, Clinical/Community Psychology, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign; Urbana-Champaign, IL
    • Social-ecological effects of forced migration
    • Measurement of culturally-defined idioms of distress
    • Trauma and psychosocial stressors in humanitarian disasters
    • Immigrants' access to healthcare
    • Program evaluation
    • Introductory Psychology (Eloquentia Perfecta)
    • Social Psychology
    • Statistics
    • Qualitative Methods
    • Trauma and Family Violence
    • Global Mental Health
  • Professional Affiliations

    • Member, Association for Psychological Science
    • Member, Society for Community Research and Action (APA Div. 27)
    • Member, Society for the Psychological Study of Ethnic Minority Issues (APA Div. 45)
    • Lecturer, Fordham University Institute for International Humanitarian Affairs


    • Dr. Adeyinka Akinsulure-Smith, City College of New York, CUNY, New York, NY
    • Dr. Tracy Chu, Brooklyn College, CUNY, Brooklyn, NY
    • Dr. Francesca Gany, Sloan Kettering Cancer Research Institute, New York, NY
  • Rasmussen, A., Leon*, M., & Elklit, A. (2022). Cross-cultural measurement invariance of the Harvard Trauma Questionnaire: Configural, metric, but not scalar invariance across youth samples from nine countries. Assessment, OnlineFirst, 1-10. DOI: 10.1177/10731911221101912.

    Jayawickreme, N., Knight, S., Rasmussen, A., & Ryder, A. G. (2021). Cultural Issues in Psychological Assessment. In M. Bagby & M. Sellbom (Eds.), Comprehensive Clinical Psychology, 2nd Edition.  Oxford, UK: Pergamon.

    Nickerson, A., Byrow, Y., Rasmussen, A., O’Donnell, M. O., Bryant, R. A., Murphy, S., Mau, V., McMahon, T., Benson, G. & Liddell, B. J. (2021). Profiles of exposure to potentially traumatic events in refugees living in Australia. Epidemiology and Psychiatric Sciences, 30, e18, 1-12. DOI: 10.1017/S2045796021000068.

    Anakwenze*, O., & Rasmussen, A. (2021). The impact of parental trauma, parenting difficulty, and planned family separation on the behavioral health of West African immigrant children in New York City. Psychological Trauma: Theory, Research, Practice, and Policy, 13(4), 457–466. DOI: 10.1037/tra0001011. 

    Cissé*, A., & Rasmussen, A. (2021). Qualitative Methods. In Reference Module in Neuroscience and Biobehavioral Psychology, Elsevier. DOI: 10.1016/B978-0-12-818697-8.00216-8

    Rasmussen, A., Romero*, S., Leon*, M., Verkuilen, J., Morales*, P., Martinez-Mallaganes*, S., & García-Sosa, I. (2020). Measuring trauma exposure: Counts of potentially traumatic events versus variety in a binational sample. Journal of Traumatic Stress, 33(6), 973-983. DOI: 10.1002/jts.22563. 

    Rasmussen, A. & Jayawickreme, N. (2020). Introduction to the special collection: Developing valid psychological measures for populations impacted by humanitarian disasters. Conflict & Health, 14 (10). DOI: 10.1186/s13031-020-00260-6.

    Cissé*, A., De Haene, L. L., Keatley, E., & Rasmussen, A. (2020). Pre- and post-migration trauma and adversity: Sources of resilience among West African refugee families. In L. De Haene & C. Rousseau (Eds.), Working with refugee families: Coping with trauma and displacement in family relationships. Cambridge, UK: Cambridge University Press.

    Ahmed*, S., & Rasmussen, A. (2020). Changes in social status and post-migration mental health among West African immigrants. American Journal of Orthopsychiatry, 90(2), 171-180. DOI: 10.1037/ort0000419

    Auguste*, E., & Rasmussen, A. (2019). Vodou’s role in Haitian mental health. Global Mental Health, 6. DOI: 10.1017/gmh.2019.23

    Mootoo*, C. J., Fountain, C., & Rasmussen, A. (2019). Formative psychosocial evaluation using dynamic causal networks: Trauma, stressors, and distress among Darfur refugees living in Chad. Conflict & Health, 13(30). DOI: 10.1186/s13031-019-0212-2

    Rasmussen, A., Verkuilen, J., Jayawickreme, N., Wu, Z, & McCluskey, S. T. (2019). When did PTSD get so many factors? Confirmatory factor models since DSM-5. Clinical Psychological Science, 7(2), 234-248. DOI: 10.1177/2167702618809370.

    * indicates authors who were Fordham students at the time of submission.

    Andrew Rasmussen on ResearchGate