Nada Nessan is a CIHR Doctoral Student Trainee in Voices against Violence project. She is currently a PhD student in the Health and Rehabilitation Sciences with special concentration in Health Promotion at Western University. As a professional, Nada has a Master’s Degree in Counseling Psychology and previous training in clinical psychology at the Regional Mental Health Care in St. Thomas (Specialized Adult Program) and London (Concurrent Disorder Program). She has worked several years in mental health, and has extensive experience specifically working with refugees and immigrant families providing: assessment, crisis intervention, and counseling, coordination with service providers, advocacy and education. Her academic interests focus on violence in the lives of families and youth who have experienced trauma due to war and terrorism. Nada believes in the importance of understanding context and culture, and the essential role that both play in shaping behaviors; they determine values, customs, beliefs, and ways of responding to extreme stress and trauma. She believes that working with families in general and mental health specifically, needs so much cultural awareness to fully understand individuals and their experiences especially if they come from war zone and have been traumatized.