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Ozer, S., & Sirin, S. R. (2013, April 30). Provide education and health care for the refugee children in Syria. The New York Times. Retrieved from solutions for Syria’s growing refugee crisis

I currently write a weekly, data-driven column in Turkish for the most influential newspaper in the country, Hürriyet, The newspaper is the Number 1 most visited web page in the Turkish language.


I have been invited to appear on live interviews on BBC and CNN to share my work on Syrian refugees.
BBC: (2016, February 16). Global: Refugee Mental Health.

CNN: (2013, January 2). Syrian Kids and Families Research.


My work has been covered widely in several international media and news outlets, such as CNN, BBC, PBS, The New York Times, NPR, the Guardian, Quantara (German and Arabic versions), Examiner, and International Business Times. My research has also been reviewed in the APA Monitor and in the Harvard Education Review.

Daily Sabah: (2014, November 17). Hidden wounds combatting post-traumatic stress disorder

CNN: (2013, March 13). The cost of war: 2 million Syrian children afflicted by trauma, disease, malnutrition

Refugees Daily: (2013, March 13). ‘Two million children’ suffering in Syrian war: Charity blames conflict for ‘collapse in childhood’ report paints grim picture of violence and hunger.

BBC: (2013, March 13). Syria crisis: Children ‘recruited’ by armed groups.

BBC: (2013, March 13). Syria’s children targeted and under fire.

Independent: (2013, March 13). Two million children are Syria’s ‘forgotten victims’.

ANSAmed. (2013, March 13). Syria: Save children, millions lose childhood to war. from

The Guardian: (2013, March 12). Syrian war has caused ‘collapse in childhood’, Save the Children warns.

Borgen Magazine: (2013, August 21). Save the Children brings hope to Syrians.

IBTimes: (2013, March 13). Syria civil war: Two million children affected, says charity.

Alyunaniya. (2013, March 13). Syria: 2 million children suffer from disease, trauma, malnutrition.

United Press International: Report: 2M kids caught in Syrian conflict. (2013, March 13).

Saudi Gazette. (2013, March 14). Childhood under fire: Syria war affects generation of children.

Brookings. 2013, April 2). Syria’s children are in desperate need of educational aid.

International Business Times: (2013, March 13). Armed forces recruit Syrian children; many maimed, tortured, killed: Report.

ABC News Radio: (2014, March 14). Report: Syrian children deeply affected by conflict.

Middle East Confidential: (2013, March 13). Syrian conflict, childhood stealer.

PBS: Bringing the classroom to Jordan’s exploding refugee population.

Examiner: (2013, June 22). Violence and hunger killing a generation of Syrian children.

BBC: (2013, March 13). Syrian children’s war drawings.

The Sun: What did you draw in art class today?

Qantara: (2013, March 9). The emotional scars of the refugee children.

NPR: (2012, December 26). Syria’s war leaves its scars on the children.

APA Monitor: September 2011. Muslims in America, post 9/11 in America

The New York Times: May 28, 2011. Can Turkey Unify the Arabs? Turkey unify the Arabs

Harvard Educational Review: 2008. Muslim American Youth: Understanding Hyphenated Identities through Multiple Methods.


My views on Turkish education and politics appears frequently in Turkish media, including more than 100 interviews across all major Turkish newspapers, including Aksam, Birgun\ Cumhuriyet, Hurriyet, Milliyet, Sabah, Taraf, Yeni Safak, and Zaman. I regularly appear on Turkish TV networks, including CNNTurk, NTV, and Haberturk. I was also featured in biographies on TRT (Turkish public TV network) and on TGRT TV.