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Andrew Rasmussen

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Associate Professor of Psychology
Director of MS Program in Applied Psychological Methods
Curriculum Vitae


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

Research Group: Culture, Migration, and Community


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

Major Research Interests

  • 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 and Cooperations

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

Recent Publications

Rasmussen, A., Verkuilen, J., Jayawickreme, N., Wu, Z, & McCluskey, S. T. (2018). When did PTSD get so many factors? Confirmatory factor models since DSM-5. Clinical Psychological Science. DOI: 10.1177/2167702618809370.

Fernandez, J., Mootoo, C. J., Romero, S., Rasmussen, A. (2018). Role conflict among family childcare providers in the Bronx. Children & Society, 32, 470-480. DOI: 10.1111/chso.12282.

Rasmussen, A., Cissé, A., Han, Y., & Roubeni, S. (2018). Migration factors in West African immigrant parents’ perceptions of their children’s neighborhood safety. American Journal of Community Psychology, 61, 321-331. DOI: 10.1002/ajcp.12230.

Jayawickreme, N., Mootoo, C. J., Fountain, C., Rasmussen, A., Jayawickreme, E., Bertuccio, R. F. (2017). Post-conflict struggles as networks of problems: A network analysis of trauma, daily stressors and psychological distress among Sri Lankan war survivors. Social Science & Medicine, 190, 119-132. DOI: 10.1016/j.socscimed.2017.08.027.

Miller, K. E., & Rasmussen, A. (2016). The mental health of civilians displaced by armed conflict: An ecological model of refugee distress. Epidemiology and Psychiatric Sciences. 26(2): 129-138. DOI: 10.1017/S2045796016000172

Akinsulure-Smith, A.M., Mirpuri, S., Chu, T., Keatley, E. & Rasmussen, A. (2016). Made in America: Perspectives on Friendship in West African Immigrant Families. Journal of Child and Family Studies, 25(9), 2765-2777. DOI: 10.0007/s10826-016-0431-8.

Rasmussen, A., Verkuilen, J., Ho, E., & Fan, Y. (2015). Post-traumatic stress among refugees: Measurement invariance acrossculture in Harvard Trauma Questionnaire scores. Psychological Assessment.Advance online publication. DOI: 10.1037/pas0000115

Roubeni, S., De Haene, L.L., Keatley, E., Shah, N., & Rasmussen, A. (2015). “If we can’t do it, our children will do it one day”: A qualitativestudy of West African immigrant parents’ educational expectations for their children. American Educational Research Journal, 52(2), 275-305. DOI:10.3102/0002831215574576

Rasmussen, A., Eustache, E., Raviola, G., Kaiser, B., Grelotti, D., & Belkin,G. (2015). Development and validation of a Haitian Creole screening instrument for depression. TransculturalPsychiatry, 52(1), 33-57. DOI: 10.1177/1363461514543546

(Transcultural Psychiatry has produced an interview with Dr. Rasmussen and his co-author Fr. Eddy Eustache, Director of Mental Health and Psychosocial Services for Zanmi Lasante. Listen to the podcast here.)

Italicized names indicate authors who were Fordham students at the time of submission.

Andrew Rasmussen on ResearchGate