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Nimo Bokore

Associate Professor

Degrees:BSW (Ryerson University), MSW (University of Toronto), Neuroscience Graduate Diploma (York University), PhD (York University)
Phone:613-520-2600 x 6692
Office:618 Dunton Tower


BSW (Ryerson University), MSW (University of Toronto), Neuroscience Graduate Diploma (York University), PhD (York University)

I am particularly interested in topics related to mental health and health, resettlement/integration barriers and finding new ways for individuals, family or community healing. My education, research and practice background in neuroscience and social work; migration and resettlement; forced migration, refugees, trauma and transference; equity and higher education; poverty and social policy.

I am the recipient of the 2014 Hilary M. Weston Scholarship for outstanding efforts and commitment to the study of mental health.

Currently, I am organizing a colloquium – Somali Studies: Resilience and Resistance. See the link:


Bokore, N. (2018). Exploring the Unique Experiences, Opportunities, and Challenges in Accessing Postsecondary Education for Somali-Canadian Youth in Ontario, In progress.

Bokore, N. (2018). Life History Method: Learning from the lives of Female Survivors of wars. SAGE Research Methods, Cases Politics and International Relations. In Production.

Bokore, N. (2018). The First Somali Studies in Canada: Resilience and Resistance, International Journal of Sociological Research,  published.

Bokore, N. (2018). Historical Trauma, Resettlement, and Intervention Strategies: An Analysis of Somali-Canadian’s Experiences. Journal of International Migration, Published online:

King, R., Bokore, N. Dudziak, S. (2017). Similarities between Canadian Aboriginal Communities & Rwandan Community Healing Practices, Journal of Indigenous Social Development. Volume 6, Issue,

MacDonnell JA, Dastjerdi M, Khanlou N, Bokore N & Tharao W. (2017). Activism as a feature of mental health and wellbeing for racialized immigrant women in a Canadian context. Health Care for Women International,38(2), 187-204

MacDonnell, J.A., Dastjerdi, M., Bokore, N., Tharao, W., Khanlou, N., & Njoroge, W. (2017). Finding a space for me outside the stereotypes”: Community engagement in mental health promotion research and policy for racialized immigrant women in a Canadian context. International Journal of Mental Health and Addiction, Published online June 8, 2017. DOI: 10.1007/s11469-017-9776-5

Bokore, N. (2016). “Somali-Canadian Women: Historical Past of Survival and Facing Everyday Challenges of Resettlement”. A Dissertation Submitted to The Faculty of Graduate Studies In Partial Fulfillment Of The Requirement For The Degree of Doctor Of Philosophy. Graduate Program in Social Work, York University, Toronto, Ontario. Retrieved from:

Bokore, N. (2016). Documenting Refugee Stories: Memories of Survivors of East African WarInternational Social Work Journal, ISSN 2332-7278 2016, Vol. 3, No. 1

MacDonnell, J.A., Dastjerdi, M.F, Bokore, N., Khanlou, N., Tharao, W., Vazquez, L.M. (2015). Activism and Immigrant Women’s Mental Health and Wellbeing. Information Sheet# 6. Office of Women’s Health Research Chair in Mental Health, York University.

MacDonnell, J.A., Dastjerdi, M.F, Bokore, N., Khanlou, N. (2012). Becoming Resilient: Promoting the Mental Health and Wellbeing of Immigrant Women in a Canadian Context. Journal of Nursing Research and Practice. Hindawi Publishing Corporation. Volume (2012), Article ID 576586

Bokore, N. (2012). Suffering in Silence: A Somali Canadian Case Study. Journal of Social Work Practice: Psychotherapeutic Approaches in Health, Welfare and the Community. Rutledge- doi:10.1080/02650533.2012.682979

MacDonnell, J.A., Dastjerdi, M.F, Bokore, N., Khanlou, N. (2012) “Becoming Resilient”: Promoting Mental Health and Wellbeing of Immigrant Women in a Canadian Context. Journal of Nursing Research and Practice. Hindawi Publishing Corporation. Volume (2012), Article ID 576586

MacDonnell, J.A., Dastjerdi, M.F, Bokore, N., Tharao, W., Khanlou, N. (2012). “Exploring How Immigrant Women Conceptualize Activism: Implications for Mental Health Promotion”. Final Report –submitted to CERIS- The Ontario Metropolis Centre

Bokore, N. (2009). Female Survivors of African Wars Dealing with the Past and Present. Journal of Sociological Research, Vol. 1. No 1


2018    Sector Literacy The event is hosted by Carleton School of Social Work on October 5, 2018. The Topic: Roundtable Discussion; Bringing academies, community organizational leaders, frontline workers and students to discuss creating a better collaboration system for community-based research.

2018    Community Collaboration &Black History Month 2018. Organized and presented at a half-day workshop/conversation on mental health in the Black community in Ottawa with the PQ community Health Center. The event is sponsored by Carleton University School Of Social Work on February 25, 2018. The event page:
Topic: Black Mental Health Matters 

2018    Roundtable Discussion CARFMS2018: Supporting Emerging Migration Scholars and Practitioners. CARFMS is an “Annual Canadian Association for Refugee and Forced Migration Studies. The event is hosted by Carleton University on May 22-25, 2018.
Topic: The exclusion of refugees in discussions involving research, dissemination, practice, and policy. She will also provide recommendations for having inclusive spaces in migration research and policy.

 2017-2018       A Member Of The Organizing Committee and the Programme Sub -Committee lead, “Annual Canadian Association For Refugee and Forced Migration Studies on May 22-25, 2018. Hosted by Carleton University

 2017    Organized the first Conference “Somali Studies in Canada: Resilience and Resistance” attended by 105 registered community members and 30 young Canadian Scholars on October 14, 2017. Hosted by Faculty of Social Work, Migration and Diaspora Studies, Canadian and Aboriginal Studies at Carleton University

2016     The 16th IASFM Conference held in Poznan, Poland. Hosted by the Centre for Migration Studies at the Institute of Ethnology and Cultural Anthropology, Faculty of Law and Public Administration at the Adam Mickiewicz University, Poznan, Poland, July 10-15, 2016

2016     Healthcare Conferences Canada” Collaborative Care: Youth, Adults and Seniors with Mental Illness.”  Hosted by Healthcare Conferences Canada Inc. (HCCI), Toronto, Ontario, October 28, 2016

2016     A Poster presentation at the Canadian Public Health Association conference Hosted by The Canadian Public Health Association, Toronto, ON, June 15, 2016

2015     Center for Forced Migration Studies (CFMS), Buffett Institute for Global Studies Forum. “Is The United States Refugee Resettlement Program a Global Model for Successful Humanitarian Response?” Chicago, IL, December 3, 2015

2015     The International In Sickness and In Health Conference, Hosted by The University of the Balearic Island, Spain, June 10-12, 2015

2015     The 17th National Metropolis Conference.“Broadening the Conversation: Policy and Practice in Immigration, Settlement and Diversity.” Hosted by The Association for Canadian Studies (ACS), Poster presentation at the Sheraton Wall Centre, Vancouver, BC, March 26-28, 2015

2014     1st Global Conference: “Testimony, Memory, Trauma, Truth and Engagement.” Hosted by Inter-Disciplinary.Net. Mansfield College, Oxford, UK, July 30, 2014

2012     Rainbow Conference:  Topic – “Reconstructing the Notion of a Good Citizen: Grounded Theory Insights into the Relationship between Activism and Mental Health Promotion for Sexually Diverse Immigrant Women.” Hosted by Rainbow Health Canada, Ottawa, ON, March 21, 2012

2012     “Power, Representation and Identity: Narratives by, about, and around refugees and forcibly displaced persons.” Graduate Student Conference, Toronto, ON, April 28, 2012

2011     “Women’s World 2011” Connect, Converse, Inclusions, Exclusions, Seclusions: Living in a globalized world.” Hosted by Women’s World Conference, Ottawa, ON, July 3, 2011

2009     “Women’s Mental Health in Ontario: Building Networks and Research Capacity.”Hosted by Women’s Mental Health in Ontario Conference, Toronto, ON, October 17, 2009