Sabrina Hermosilla, PhD

Research Investigator, University of Michigan Institute for Social Research

Sabrina is a Research Investigator at the University of Michigan Institute for Social Research. She completed her PhD, MIA and MPH at Columbia University, holds an MS from The City College of New York, and a BA from Colgate University. Dr. Hermosilla has almost two decades of experience designing and conducting applied research studies. She applies epidemiologic principles and methods to study social determinants of mental health and psychosocial outcomes in complex global settings. With an explicit focus on potentially modifiable factors, her research in implementation science explores and builds the evidence around commonly implemented interventions, primarily in humanitarian and forced migration settings. Her teaching centers on the epidemiology of global and adolescent mental health, and applied data collection and management best practices.


Professional Expertise


Biostatistics, Epidemiology, Public health, Psychology, Psychiatry, Social and behavioral sciences


Common mental health conditions, Conflict/post-conflict settings, Disaster relief/response, Displaced population health, migration/refugee issues, Resilience, Security and safety issues/protection, Stress and coping, Trauma

Methodological Areas

Grant and proposal writing, Large database analytics, Measurement/psychometrics, Qualitative methods, Quantitative methods, Research evaluation methods, Survey development, Systematic review/metaanalyses

Strategies expertise

Capacity building, Dissemination and implementation, Partnership development, Supervision and coaching

Intervention Expertise

Mental health awareness/promotion, Family interventions, Psychosocial skills

Partnership Expertise

Professional associations, Schools and universities