Charity Mokgaetji Somo, M.Ed.

College of Family and Consumer Sciences

Human Development and Family Science

Doctoral Candidate (MFT Emphasis), Graduate Research Assistant

Address:
261A Dawson Hall
305 Sanford Dr.
Athens, GA 30602

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Education

Degree Field of Study Institution Graduation
Med: Educational Psychology Educational Psychology The University of Pretoria, South Africa. September, 9-2014

Research

My research is on mental health in low-income countries and minority families in the United States. I employ the culturally responsive framework to explore the mental health of minority populations.

Current Research

I am collecting data on the experiences of marriage and family therapists who have employed cultural brokers, advocates and interpreters to bridge significant cultural gaps between themselves and their clients. 

I am publishing research studies on the suicide behaviors of women in Cambodia. 

Teaching

I have teaching experience (undergraduates) in Educational Psychology. I taught undergraduate classes for 2 years, in (1) School counseling, (2) Developmental and learning disabilities, and  (3) School-based psychological interventions. 

Outreach

I am part of the Refugee Responsive Series at a local refugee resettlement center. I recently developed the Refugee Responsive Mental Health Series, which is a psychoeducational group to improve refugee family mental well-being. 

Areas of Expertise

1. Suicide in Cambodia 

2. Refugee mental health 

3. Culturally Responsive therapies and interventions 

4. Global mental health 

Prior Professional Positions

Organization / Department Title Years of Service
The University of Pretoria, South Africa Natural and Agricultural Sciences Faculty Student Advisor 2

Journal Articles

Somo, C. M., Seponski, D. M., Kao, S,. Lahar, C., Khann, S., & Schunert, T. (in press). Family, health, and poverty factors impacting suicide attempts in Cambodian women: A qualitative analysis from a randomized national sample. Crisis: The Journal of Crisis Intervention and Suicide Prevention

Armes, S., Somo, C. M., Khann, S., Seponski, D. M., Lahar, C., Schunert, T., Kao, S., Bunnak, P. & Sek, S. (2018). Mental health indicators of suicide in Cambodian Women. Asia Journal of Public Health. doi: 10.1177/1010539517751349

Potgieter, M., Harding, A., Kritzinger, Q., Somo, C. & Engelbrecht, J. (2015). Reflections of science students on their experiences of an academic development programme in South Africa: part 1. South African Journal of Higher Education 29 (1)

Publications

Other contributions: 

Seponski, D. M., & Somo, C. (2015, May/June). The MFT Profession Abroad. Family Therapy Magazine, 14(3)

Working Papers

Seponski, D. M., Somo, C. M., Kao, S., Lahar, C., Khann, S., & Schunert, T., (in progress). Mental health, worry, and suicide attempts in Cambodian women. Crisis: The Journal of Crisis Intervention and Suicide Prevention.

Somo, C.M. Seponski, D.M., Lewis, D., Spivey-Young, S. (in progress). Culturally responsive mental health interventions with refugee families. TBD.

Spivey-Young, S., Somo, C.M. Seponski, D.M., Lewis, D. (in progress). It takes a village: Refugee family resiliency in the face of mental health challenges. TBD.

Spivey-Young, Seponski, D.M., Lewis, D., Somo, C.M. (in progress). Refugee child obesity: A dynamic cascading systems approach. TBD.

Seponski, D. M., Alas, C., Mutinda, G., Jordan, L. S., Davis, A., Sotelo, J. M., Massoud, M. & Somo, C. M. (in progress). Client recruitment in underserved communities. TBD.

Bester. S., & Somo, C. M. (in progress). The success stories of students after academic Probation. South African Journal of Higher Education.