Center for Victims of Torture Research Associate
Dr. Vukovich serves as co-principal investigator on the Healing Hearts RCT examining the effectiveness of embedding trauma-specialized MH and targeted case management services in primary health clinics in Twin Cities and a CBPR project evaluating the Minnesota’s mental health screening and referral processes for newly arrived refugees in partnership with University of Minnesota. Additionally, she provides technical leadership for research and evaluation on CVT’s direct service and capacity building programs. In the past, Maria has worked as an evaluator and researcher in Central America, Ethiopia, and Burma/Myanmar. Her research interests and expertise include cross-cultural measurement, Rasch model and IRT analyses, community-based participatory research, refugee mental health, mixed method methodology, propensity score analysis, and multilevel modeling. Maria received her Ph.D. at the University of Denver (DU) in Research Methods & Statistics with concentrations in global health and human rights, where her mixed methods dissertation explored changes in distress among newly arrived refugees from Burma, Bhutan, Iraq, Somalia, and the Democratic Republic of Congo across the first year of resettlement. She also has a MA in International Disaster Psychology from DU.