Jude Ash

Psychology & Peace Studies

Jude Ash (psychology & peace studies) is a peace and human rights activist who has worked with refugees and other trauma-afflicted communities in five countries, designing and implementing trauma-therapy and community-building interventions. During his time in the field, he founded and led several initiatives, including the Psychosocial Support Department at the Syrian Red Crescent (2009), an international nonprofit specializing in trauma-therapy and community-building (New Syrian Human, 2014), and the first E-newspaper to publish in the Syrian  language (InSyrian, 2016).

Jude holds a Bachelor in Engineering and an M.A. in Peace Studies. In the Clinical Psychology and Peace Studies PhD program, Jude’s research focuses on the study of human emotion and post-emotion response. In his first year, Jude conducted a study that examined the role of emotions in victim blaming. Currently, as part of his Master’s thesis, he is conducting the second of a series of studies that aim to develop and validate the Kroc Emotion Processing Scale, through which Jude seeks to examine how accepting, exploring, experiencing, and expressing emotions affects both mental health and peaceful/violent behavior.