Dwanyen, Lekie Ph.D.


Dwanyen, Lekie Ph.D.

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Postdoctoral Research Associate


  • Ph.D., University of Minnesota – Twin Cities
  • M.S., University of Kentucky
  • B. S., University of Minnesota – Twin Cities

Areas of Interest

  • Immigrant and refugee mental health
  • Family-level resettlement and adjustment
  • Systemic interventions for traumatic stress
  • Communities exposed to war and organized violence
  • Critical feminist and social justice scholarship
  • Gender, war, and political resistance

Dr. Lekie Dwanyen received her Ph.D. in the Department of Family Social Science at the University of Minnesota – Twin Cities. Her research focuses on family-level adjustment, traumatic stress, and relational health in communities affected by war and organized violence. She is invested in understanding, addressing, and advocating for the psychological and relational health of immigrant and refugee families, as well as families in post-conflict settings. Dr. Dwanyen is interested in advancing the development of systemic family-level interventions for traumatic stress. She is committed to engaging in research and scholarly work grounded on social justice principles and practices. With a broader focus on communities exposed to war and organized violence, Dr. Dwanyen’s research also lies at the intersections of gender, family, conflict, and resistance. Her work in this area has involved systematically documenting the gendered experiences and family-level influences of Liberian women peace activists who not only ended 14 years of civil war in their home country, but also helped children, families, and communities rebound from extensive and repeated exposure to trauma in Liberia between 1989 and 2003.