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Suna is a Research Fellow at the Centre for Health Research (CHR). Her research focuses on promoting wellbeing and development of children and young individuals taking into account biological and contextual risk and protective factors. She has an expertise in human development from prenatal period to young adulthood including psychosocial and cognitive development, wellbeing, education, and quality of life. After joining the Resilience research group at the CHR, Suna's research interest has expanded to areas of co-produced resilience research development through community-university partnership, and a whole system approach to promoting child/young individual wellbeing.
In collaboration with the not-for-profit Boingboing resilience research and practice organisation, Suna is currently working on the evaluation of a multi-disciplinary and multi-national Imagine – The Social Context of building resilient collective futures programme. This programme emphasizes community-university partnership and aims to develop a resilient system of evidence-based community support for children and young individuals with life challenges. She is also actively involved in developing and testing novel measures of resilience (i.e., Resilience Q-sort) which can be used both in research and practice. She has an extensive experience in longitudinal study designs/data analyses and mixed-method designs for program evaluation. Prior to joining the CHR, she worked as a research fellow of longitudinal studies in the Department of Psychology, University of Warwick (Bavarian Longitudinal Study – Social adjustment and quality of life after very preterm birth: Risk and resilience from infancy to adulthood); as a post-doctoral research assistant at the Institute for the Study of Children, Families and Social Issues at Birkbeck (Families, Children and Childcare project); and as a research worker at the Institute of Psychiatry at King's College (National Academy of Parenting Practitioners).
Suna received her PhD in Human Development and Family Studies from Auburn University (USA). She obtained a Master's degree in Guidance and Psychological Counselling with a BA in Educational Sciences from Bogazici University (Turkey).