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Josh Hinson

Clinical Assistant Professor
Program Director, UNC Refugee Mental Health and Wellness Initiative

Josh Hinson



Suite 563-D

325 Pittsboro Street

Chapel Hill, NC 27599

O: 919-962-6434

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Josh Hinson, MSW, LCSW developed the UNC Refugee Mental Health and Wellness Initiative in response to UNC School of Social Work MSW students’ requests for training in providing mental health services to refugee populations.

Previously a mental health and substance use treatment provider for Spanish-speakers, Hinson has worked since 2013 with resettlement organizations, health and mental health providers, and other local, state and federal agencies to establish an integrated system of care for refugees in the NC Triangle Area.

Hinson teaches courses on migration, immigration and citizenship law and policy, and working with immigrant refugee survivors of torture and trauma.

Degrees and Licenses

MSW, UNC-Chapel Hill
BA, UNC-Greensboro

Primary Program

MSW Program


Safe Zone

Research and Professional Interests

Immigrant and Refugee Health and Mental Health
Migrant Farmworkers
Refugee Resettlement
Environmental Justice

Principal Investigator

UNC Global Transmigration - Refugee Mental Health and Wellness Initiative

Recent Publications

Zerden, L.D., Taboada, A., & Hinson, Q. J. (2013). Carolina del Norte and the New South: Social work practice with new Latino immigrant communities. Advances in Social Work, 14, 1-17.

Presentations, Workshops and Media

Social NASW-NC Ethics Conference, Raleigh, NC, March 1, 2012. “’I don’t see them in my practice…’ The ethics of serving refugee and immigrant survivors of torture and trauma.”

Cone Health and Greensboro AHEC Refugee Health Conference, March 1, 2019. “Interprofessional models and lessons learned in refugee health.”

CSWE Annual Program Meeting, Orlando, FL, November 11, 2018. “Refugee Health and Wellness: Integrating Interprofessional Education into a Social Work Curriculum.”

North American Refugee Health Conference, Portland, Oregon, June 9, 2018. “UNC Refugee Mental Health & Wellness Initiative: A Model for Integrated Refugee Healthcare and Provider Training.”

National Association of Social Workers – North Carolina Chapter Clinical Social Work Institute, May 15, 2018. “’I Don’t See Them in My Practice…’ The Ethics of Serving Refugee and Immigrant Survivors of Torture and Trauma.”


SOWO 709

Working with Refugee and Immigrant Survivors of Torture and Trauma


MSW, 7 weeks online

SOWO 739

Immigration and Citizenship Law and Policy


MSW, 7 weeks online

SOWO 770

Implementing Evidence-Informed Interventions in Organizations and Communities