Her research interests focus on trauma – PTSD, complex PTSD, vicarious and secondary traumatization, post-traumatic growth, victims of torture and war; in addition to gender-based violence, e.g., sexual abuse and prostitution. She also is working on the mental health of Syrian refugees and the staff who assist them. Her most recent project delves into the physical and mental health of aid workers who assist traumatized populations (refugees, conflict, and natural disasters) in Asia, Africa, Europe, Latin America and the Middle East. She utilizes the Family Systems approach in providing a holistic point of view to coping and healing from trauma.
Her recent publications include:
Rizkalla, N. & Segal, S. P. (2019). Trauma during humanitarian work: The effects on intimacy, wellbeing and PTSD-symptoms. European Journal of Psychotraumatology, 10(1). doi: 10.1080/20008198.2019.1679065. [Impact factor 3.020].
Rizkalla, N. & Segal, S. P. (2019). War can harm intimacy: Consequences for refugees who escaped Syria. Journal of Global Health, 9(2), 1–10. doi: 10.7189/jogh.09.020407. [Impact factor 4.195]
Rizkalla, N. (2019). Cycles of voiceless silence and silencing. In E. Hertzog & E. Shadmi (Eds.), Prostitution, Pornography and Trafficking in Women: Israel’s Blood Money (pp. 89–108). London: Routledge Research in Gender and Society. https://doi.org/10.4324/9780429431289
Rizkalla, N. & Segal, S. P. (2018). Wellbeing and growth among Syrian refugees in Jordan. Journal of Traumatic Stress, 31(2), 213–222. [Impact factor 2.721] https://doi.org/10.1002/jts.22281
Rizkalla, N., Zeevi-Barkai, M., & Segal, S. P. (2017). Rape crisis counseling: Trauma contagion and supervision. Journal of Interpersonal Violence. https://doi.org/10.1177/0886260517736877 [Impact factor 2.443]