Hugo Kamya, Ph.D.

Hugo Kamya
Email Address: 
Phone Number: 

(781) 608-2387 


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Faculty Program(s): 


Teaching and/or Research Emphasis and Interest Areas: 

Caring across communities; community capacity building; enhancing social, cultural, and human capital  in immigrant and refugee populations; suicide prevention education; the psychological impact of war, political persecution, trauma on children and families; HIV/AIDS; family therapy; international practice and human rights; spirituality


Boston University, Ph.D., Psychology, 1994 
Boston College Graduate School of Social Work, MSW, 1989 
Harvard University, MDiv., 1987 
St. Thomas Aquinas Seminary, Dip. Philosophy and Religious Studies


Hugo Kamya, Ph.D. is professor of clinical practice, trauma, family and narrative therapies.  Originally from Uganda, Kamya came to the United States more than 20 years ago. He studied  at Harvard University, Boston College and Boston University and began a career in interrelated practices and trainings in social work, psychology, and theology. Kamya’s work has focused on immigrant populations and international efforts to assess social service needs  of people affected by HIV/AIDS. His interests include spirituality, narrative and group work. He continues to consult to, and develop collaborative partnerships with, agencies and organizations and to present nationally and internationally, and to do research, train, write and publish on HIV/AIDS, multicultural, diversity and cultural competence issues. He collaborates in a project on community based services for refugees and immigrants that examines social, cultural and human capital toward family functioning and well-being. Over the last few years Kamya has facilitated bilateral cultural and educational exchanges between Uganda and the United States. He has been involved in the Study Abroad Program for over 12 years. In 2003, he received an award from the American Family Therapy Academy for Distinguished Contribution to Social and Economic Justice. Kamya’s work internationally has focused on human rights and developing effective international partnerships. In 2014, Kamya was accepted into the Fulbright Specialist Roster Program. Dr. Kamya completed a sabbatical semester in Spring 2015 at the University of Pretoria, South Africa.

Talks & Lectures: 

Recognizing the Universality of Loss: Lived Experiences of Attachment Disruption. Trauma of
Displacement and Disrupted Attachment. 16th Annual conference. Worcester Institute on Loss and
Trauma, Worcester, MA September, 16, 2015

Spirituality, Attachment and Trauma. Trauma of Displacement and Disrupted Attachment. 16th

Annual conference. Worcester Institute on Loss and Trauma, Worcester, MA September, 16, 2015

Uganda’s ABC to South Africa: Challenges and Opportunities. 19th International Symposium of the
International Consortium for Social Development. SIM University, Singapore, July 7 -10, 2015.

Narrative Approaches to Practice, Boston University Healthleads, June 3, 2015.

HIV Post-denial issues in the South African context. 27th HIV/AIDS Conference: The Social Work
Response. New Orleans, LO May 21-24, 2015

Building Capacity: A Collaborative Partnership Between an Immigrant-Led Organization and a Social
Work School. CSWE 60th Annual Program Meeting, Tampa, FL. October 24-October, 26, 2014.

Service Learning: Developing Effective Partnerships./Reflections on the Anti-gay Legislation of
Uganda. LaSalle College, September 16, 2014

Engaging Differences: :Listening and Celebrating the Power and Voice of Our Stories. May Institute.
June 18, 2014

Child-headed Households in the African Context: What does the future promise? 26th Annual
National Conference on Social Work and HIV/AIDS. Denver, May 22-25, 2014

Peace psychology: From monologue to dialogue - Engaging trauma and disparities. Bay Cove Human
Services, Boston. May 7, 2014

Transforming Life Narratives: Weaving Stories of Healing. 23rd Annual Anniversary Culture
Conference, The Multicultural Family Institute. April 11-12, 2014

A Cross cultural understanding of trauma in families, and
Community organizing and social development. PROSOWO Conference, International Social Work
Conference, Kampala Uganda. March 17-18, 2014

The impact of war on youth and children: implications for practitioners. The International Family
Therapy Association, Panama City Panama March 5-8, 2014

African Young Adult Immigrants' Transitions into Adulthood: The social construction and utility of
role models. Society for Social Work Research Conference, San Antonio, January 15-19, 2014

Websites and Other Relevant Links: 


National Association of Social Workers (NASW)

Association of Black Social Workers (ABSW)

American Psychological Association

American Group Psychotherapy Association (AGPA)

Boston Institute for Culturally Affirming Practices (BICAP)

American Family Therapy Academy (AFTA)

Council on Social Work Education (CSWE)

Commission on Global Education in Social Work (CSWE)

International Society for Traumatic and Stress Studies (ISTSS)

International Consortium of Social Development (ICSD)

International Federation of Social Workers (IFSW)


Fulbright Specialist Roster. U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural
Affairs (ECA) and the Institute of International Education’s Council for International Exchange of
Scholars (CIES)., January 2014

Greatest Contribution to Social Work Education. NASW Mass Chapter Symposium 2014. NASW

Mass Chapter Symposium, Framingham, MA. April 4, 2014

Cultural and Economic Diversity (Social Justice) Award by the American Family Therapy
Academy, (July 2003).

Selected Publications: 

Kamya, H. (2014). Developing Effective International Partnerships in Social Work: HIV/AIDS and the
Case of Uganda. In Libal, K., Healy, L., Thomas, R., & Berthold, M. Advancing Human Rights in Social
Work Education, (pp. 299-316) Alexandria, VA: CSWE.

Schneider, S. & Kamya, H. (in press). Community-Based Services for Refugees and Immigrants:
Utilizing Social Capital, Human Capital and Cultural Capital to Improve Family Functioning and Well-
Being Among the Somali, Families in Society.

Roberts, J., Abu-Baker, K., Diez Fernández, C., Chong Garcia, N., Fredman, G., Kamya, H., Martín
Higarza, Y., Fortes de Leff, J., Messent, P., Nakamura, S., Reid, F., Sim, T., Subrahmanian, C., & Vega,
R. (2014). Up Close: Family Therapy Challenges and Innovations Around the World, Family Process,
53, 3, 544-576. DOI: 10.1111/famp.12094

Healy, L. & Kamya, H. (2014). Ethics and international discourse in social work: The case of Uganda's
anti-homosexuality legislation. Ethics and Social Welfare, 8, 2, 151-169.

Kamya, H. (2013). Engaging spirituality in family conflict: Witnessing to hope and dialogue. Journal
of the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers, 26, 4, 901-916.

Kamya, H. (2012). The cultural universality of narrative techniques in the creation of meaning. In B.
MacKin, Newman, E., Fogler, J., & Keane, T. (Eds.) Trauma therapy in context: The science and craft of
evidence based practice. (pp.231-246). Washington, D.C: American Psychological Association.

Kamya, H. (Spring, 2012). Motivational interviewing: A key ingredient of supervision. Field Educator, 1(2).

Kamya, H. (2012). HIV/AIDS: The Global Pandemic. HIV/AIDS. In Healy, M. & Link, R. (Eds.).
Handbook of International Social Work. Oxford: Oxford University Press.

Kamya, H. (2011). The impact of war on children: The psychology of displacement and exile. In

Kelle, B. (Ed.). Interpreting Exile: Interdisciplinary studies of displacement and deportation in Biblical
and modern contexts. (pp.235-249). Atlanta: Society of Biblical Literature Press.

Kamya, H. & White, E. (2011). Expanding cross-cultural understanding of suicide among
immigrants: The case of the Somali. Families in Society, 92(4), 419-425.

Kamya, H. (2010). Underlying principles of helping in the HIV field. In Poindexter, C. (Ed.).
Handbook of HIV and social work: Principles, practice, and populations. London: John Wiley & Sons,

Kamya, H. (2009). The impact of war on children: How children make meaning from war
experiences. Journal of Immigrant and refugee Studies, 7, 2, 211-216

Kamya, H. & Poindexter, C. (2009). Mama Jaja: The stresses and strengths of HIV-affected Ugandan
grandmothers. Social Work in Public Health, 24, 1-19.

Kamya, H. (2008). Healing from Refugee Trauma: The Significance of Spiritual Beliefs, Faith

Community, and Faith-based Services. In Froma Walsh (Ed.). Spiritual resources in family therapy
(286-300). 2rd edition. New York: Guilford Press.

Kamya, H. & Mirkin, M.(2008). Working with immigrant and refugee families. In Monica
McGoldrick and Kenneth Hardy (Eds.). Revisioning Family Therapy: Race, culture and gender in
clinical practice. 2nd edition. (pp. 311-326). New York: Guilford Press.

Kamya, H. (2007). The stress of migration and the mental health of African immigrants. In Shaw-
Taylor, Y.l & Tuch, S. (Eds.). The other African American, (pp.255-280). New York: Rowman & Littlefied

Kamya, H. (2007). Narrative therapy and culture. In E. Aldarondo, (ed). Advancing Social Justice
through clinical practice, (pp.207-220). Mahwah, NJ: ALE Press.

Kamya, H. (2006). Women, HIV/AIDS, domestic violence and human rights. In Kasiram, M., Partab, R.
& Dano, B. (Eds.). HIV/AIDS in Africa: The not so silent presence, (pp.33-41). Durban, South Africa:
Publishers Print Connection.

Kamya, H. (2005). African immigrant families. In McGoldrick, M., Giordano, J., & Garcia-Preto, N.
(Eds.) Ethnicity and family therapy (pp.101-116). New York: Guilford Press.

Kamya, H. (2005). The impact of war on children and families: Their stories, my own stories. In AFTA
Monograph. Touched by War zones, near and far: Oscillations of despair and hope. Spring, vol.1, 1

Kamya, H. & Trimble, D. (2002). Response to injury: Toward an ethical construction of the other.
Journal of Systemic Therapies. 21, 3, 19-29

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