Joelle Taos Taknint, PhD, MSc

Assistant Professor, Psychiatry

Joelle Taknint
725 Albany St, Boston MA 02118


Dr. Joelle Taos Taknint (she/her) is an Assistant Professor of Psychiatry at Boston University Chobanian & Avedisian School of Medicine and a practicing clinical psychologist at Boston Medical Center (BMC). Dr. Taknint is Director of Behavioral Health for the Immigrant and Refugee Health Center (IRHC) at BMC. Dr. Taknint also oversees the Therapeutic Assessment and Psychological Testing (TAPT) service housed in outpatient psychiatry, which is the generalist psychological assessment service for adult patients. There is a small research arm to the TAPT service which evaluates the longitudinal effects of therapeutic assessment, for which Dr. Taknint is principal investigator.

Dr. Taknintā€™s research expertise is in immigrant and refugee mental health across the lifespan. Her research has focused on strengthening relationships amongst immigrant and refugee families, the psychological effects of discrimination on migrants in the US and Canada, and the roles of migrant receiving communities and healthcare systems in fostering refugee well being. Dr. Taknint leverages qualitative and quantitative methodologies in her research. Dr. Taknint is trained in prevention science, and enjoys working with community partners to evaluate and sustain mental health programming that is community grown. Dr. Taknint is a settler in the U.S., and a 2nd generation immigrant of Amazigh (indigenous North African), European, and Middle Eastern ancestry.


  • University of Victoria, PhD
  • University of Victoria, MSc
  • Macalester College, BA


  • Published on 1/1/2022

    Mattar S, Ipekci B, Louis EF, Taknint JT. Training considerations for providers engaged in refugee mental health care. International Perspectives in Psychology: Research, Practice, Consultation. 2022.

  • Published on 12/23/2021

    Costigan CL, Taknint JT, Mudryk E, Al Qudayri B. Building community: Connecting refugee and Canadian families. Cultur Divers Ethnic Minor Psychol. 2022 Jul; 28(3):338-348. PMID: 34941281.

    Read at: PubMed
  • Published on 1/1/2019

    Thomas FC, Bowie J-A, Hill L, Taknint JT. Growth-promoting supervision: Reflections from women of color psychology trainees. Training and Education in Professional Psychology. 2019; 13(3):167.

  • Published on 1/1/2017

    Costigan C, Taknint J, Miao S. Parenting and families in the United States and Canada. Handbook on positive development of minority children and youth. 2017; 157-73.

  • Published on 1/1/2016

    Marshall EA, Butler K, Roche T, Cumming J, Taknint JT. Refugee youth: A review of mental health counselling issues and practices. Canadian Psychology/psychologie canadienne. 2016; 57(4):308.

  • Published on 4/13/2015

    Torres L, Taknint JT. Ethnic microaggressions, traumatic stress symptoms, and Latino depression: A moderated mediational model. J Couns Psychol. 2015 Jul; 62(3):393-401. PMID: 25867692.

    Read at: PubMed

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