Fithi Embaye, LISW is a doctoral student in the Brown School of Social Work.

Research Interests:

Global mental health, child wellbeing, intergenerational patterns of child maltreatment and gender-based violence, attachment based interventions


Born and raised in Eritrea, Fithi earned her BA in Sociology and Social Work from University of Asmara in 2007, and her MA (2012) and MSW (2017) from Ohio University. Fithi  is a Licensed Independent Social Worker (LISW) and certified Early Childhood Mental Health Consultant (ECMHC) in Ohio with over seven years of international and local research experience. Most recently, her work engaged evidence based practices and attachment based systems level mental health interventions aimed at promoting trauma informed care in early education settings. Under the guidance of Hopewell Health Centers Early Childhood Programs and Robin Gurwitch (PhD) of PCIT International, Fithi developed and oversaw the CARE Classroom Consultation pilot program implementation and evaluation in rural Appalachian Ohio. She also led the management and analysis of programs’ data from more than 150 early education classrooms, across 11 South-east Ohio counties, over a three year period. Her  research agenda emphasizes improving the behavioral, educational and health outcomes associated with childhood exposure and/or risk of trauma, particularly abuse and neglect in sub-saharan Africa, resource scarce communities, immigrant, refugee and internally displaced populations.