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Hanna-Tina Fischer

Instructor, Program on Forced Migration and Health in the Department of Population and Family Health at Columbia University

About Me

Hanna-Tina Fischer is an Instructor in the Program on Forced Migration and Health at Columbia University’s Mailman School of Public Health and a Doctoral candidate in the DrPH program on Leadership in Global Health and Humanitarian Systems. Her research focuses on the impact of adversity on children’s wellbeing and development, analysing risk as a function of family level system adaptation to crises. Tina has significant experience working with United Nations agencies and non-governmental organisations on issues of child welfare and protection in humanitarian and development contexts. She has led post-disaster needs assessments in Thailand and Bangladesh, implemented psychosocial support programs in Pakistan-administered Kashmir and supported post-disaster family tracing and reunification programs for children in the Philippines. In Africa, Tina has worked on programs to support children associated with armed forces in South Sudan, refugee children in Dadaab, Kenya, and unaccompanied minors in South Africa and Zimbabwe. Tina also has experience of working with refugee populations in Germany and earthquake affected populations in L’Aquila, Italy. She has worked with a variety of organisations including UNHCR, Save the Children, ILO and the IRC as well as national NGOs in India and Germany. Prior to starting the DrPH, Tina worked with the UNICEF-led Global level Child Protection Working Group of the Global Protection Cluster to strengthen field-based humanitarian coordination. Born in Botswana and raised in India and Pakistan, Tina has a BA in Anthropology and Communication Studies from Goldsmiths’, University of London and an MSc in Development Management from the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE).

Courses and Programs taught by Hanna-Tina Fischer