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Research

The WCCHR is actively seeking clinical research professionals to spearhead research efforts in collaboration with interested medical students. All WCCHR client data collected since 2010 is stored in a secure, de-identified, HIPAA-compliant REDCap database that can be utilized for retrospective analysis. We are in the process of developing a prospective cohort study with robust infrastructure to support clinician and medical student involvement.  

We regularly consult our colleagues in the Division of Medical Ethics at the medical college to ensure that we do not infringe upon our clients’ rights in any way. In addition, the WCCHR makes clear to every client that declination or participation in research will have zero bearing on their forensic evaluation, medical affidavit, and immigration proceedings. 

Please see below for a list of our past projects.

Past Projects:

Aguirre, N. G., Milewski, A. R., Shin, J., & Ottenheimer, D. (2020). Gender-based violence experienced by women seeking asylum in the United State: A lifetime of multiple traumas inflicted by multiple perpetrators. Journal of Forensic and Legal Medicine, 72, 101959.

Ackerman, K., Habbach, H., Hampton, K., Rosenberg, L., Stoughton, S., & Shin, J. (2019).
There Is No One Here to Protect You: Trauma Among Children Fleeing Violence in Central America. Physicians for Human Rights.

Geynisman-Tan, J., Milewski, A. R., Dahl, C., Collins, S., Mueller, M., Kenton, K., & Lewicky-Gaupp, C. (2019). Lower Urinary Tract Symptoms in Women With Female Genital Mutilation. Female Pelvic Medicine and Reconstructive Surgery, 25(2), 157–160.

Sharp, M. B., Milewski, A. R., Lamneck, C., & McKenzie, K. (2019). Evaluating the Impact of Student-run Asylum Clinics in the US from 2016–2018. Health and Human Rights, 21(2), 309–323.

Chelidze, K., Milewski, A. R., & Freeman, E. E. (2017). Assessing and assisting asylum seekers. Dermatology World, 7(26), 40–42.

Dubin, K., Milewski, A. R., Shin, J., & Kalman, T. P. (2017). Medical Students’ Attitudes toward Torture, Revisited. Health and Human Rights, 19(2), 265-277.

Chelidze, K., Sirotin, N., Fabiszak, M., Gallen-Edersheim, T., Clark, T., Villegas, L., . . . Ahola, J. (2015). Documenting Torture Sequelae: The Weill Cornell Model for Forensic Evaluation, Capacity Building, and Medical Education. In B. Lawrance & G. Ruffer (Eds.), Adjudicating Refugee and Asylum Status: The Role of Witness, Expertise, and Testimony (pp. 166-179). Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.

Emery, E., Stellar, C., Dubin, K., Clark, T., Duncan, A., Lopez, A., . . . Sirotin, N. (2015). Student Leadership in the Creation and Operation of an Asylum Clinic. Health and Human Rights Journal, Perspectives.

 

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