Joelle Taknint, PhD, MSc
Assistant Professor
Boston University Chobanian & Avedisian School of Medicine

PhD, University of Victoria
MSc, University of Victoria
BA, Macalester College

Dr. Joelle Taos Taknint (she/her) is an Assistant Professor of Psychiatry at Boston University Chobanian & Avedisian School of Medicine and a practicing clinical psychologist at Boston Medical Center (BMC). Dr. Taknint is Director of Behavioral Health for the Immigrant and Refugee Health Center (IRHC) at BMC. Dr. Taknint also oversees the Therapeutic Assessment and Psychological Testing (TAPT) service housed in outpatient psychiatry, which is the generalist psychological assessment service for adult patients. There is a small research arm to the TAPT service which evaluates the longitudinal effects of therapeutic assessment, for which Dr. Taknint is principal investigator.

Dr. Taknint’s research expertise is in immigrant and refugee mental health across the lifespan. Her research has focused on strengthening relationships amongst immigrant and refugee families, the psychological effects of discrimination on migrants in the US and Canada, and the roles of migrant receiving communities and healthcare systems in fostering refugee well being. Dr. Taknint leverages qualitative and quantitative methodologies in her research. Dr. Taknint is trained in prevention science, and enjoys working with community partners to evaluate and sustain mental health programming that is community grown. Dr. Taknint is a settler in the U.S., and a 2nd generation immigrant of Amazigh (indigenous North African), European, and Middle Eastern ancestry.

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  1. Mattar S, Ipekci B, Louis EF, Taknint JT. Training considerations for providers engaged in refugee mental health care. International Perspectives in Psychology: Research, Practice, Consultation. 2022.
  2. Costigan CL, Taknint JT, Mudryk E, Al Qudayri B. Building community: Connecting refugee and Canadian families. Cultur Divers Ethnic Minor Psychol. 2022 Jul; 28(3):338-348. PMID: 34941281
  3. Thomas FC, Bowie J-A, Hill L, Taknint JT. Growth-promoting supervision: Reflections from women of color psychology trainees. Training and Education in Professional Psychology. 2019; 13(3):167.
  4. Costigan C, Taknint J, Miao S. Parenting and families in the United States and Canada. Handbook on positive development of minority children and youth. 2017; 157-73.
  5. Marshall EA, Butler K, Roche T, Cumming J, Taknint JT. Refugee youth: A review of mental health counselling issues and practices. Canadian Psychology/psychologie canadienne. 2016; 57(4):308.
  6. Torres L, Taknint JT. Ethnic microaggressions, traumatic stress symptoms, and Latino depression: A moderated mediational model. J Couns Psychol. 2015 Jul; 62(3):393-401. PMID: 25867692

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2016 Canadian Psychological Association: Certificate of Academic Excellence - Master’s Thesis Award
2015 Centre for Youth and Society, University of Victoria: Mary Catherine Marshall Memorial Award Winner
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