Ozge Sensoy Bahar’s research focuses on child and family well-being in global contexts characterized by poverty and associated stressors. Specifically, her dissertation project utilized ethnographic methods to examine the interrelatedness of poverty, migration and marginalization, and the consequences (such as child labor) for children and families in a poverty-impacted ethnic community in Turkey.
Her current research program focuses on youth experiences of child work and labor, as well as the individual, family, and contextual factors leading to child labor in two country contexts, Turkey and Ghana. The goal of her work is to develop culturally and contextually-relevant interventions to reduce risk factors associated with child labor.
Additionally, Sensoy Bahar serves as the lead to the SMART Africa Center. Funded by NIMH, SMART Africa aims to advance child behavioral health services and implementation science capacity across three countries in Africa, including Uganda, Ghana and Kenya.
Sensoy Bahar recently completed a three year, externally funded post-doctoral fellowship at the McSilver Institute for Poverty Policy and Research at New York University Silver School of Social Work.
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