Adiba Mir (Progga)

MSc Health Promotion Studies, School of Kinesiology and Health Studies, Queen’s University

I was born in Dhaka, Bangladesh and grew up here in Kingston, Ontario. After completing my undergraduate degree at Queen’s University with a major in Health Studies and a minor in Psychology, I became interested in exploring mental health among migrated populations for my masters degree thesis under the supervision of Dr. Elijah Bisung.

My personal immigration story and experiences with international students and families in Kingston inspired my interest in mental health among immigrants and forcibly displaced groups in Canada.

I am specifically interested learning more about refugees who have recently resettled in Kingston. My research project focuses on understanding the challenges that service providers from various organizations (including social and mental health) in Kingston face in working with this part of the community and navigating ways to mitigate those challenges.

During my undergraduate degree, I had the chance to work on a Gender-Based Violence (GBV) and HIV/AIDS intervention in South Africa with Dr. Stevenson Fergus, Dr. Nomusa Mngoma, and other research partners. This opportunity started my interest in doing qualitative research.

When I’m not in the lab, you can find me spending time with loved ones, re-exploring my beloved public libraries, and visiting new places in Kingston’s ever-changing downtown area.