Michael Niconchuk is a collaborator with the Peace and Conflict Neuroscience Lab at the Annenberg School for Communication and a Senior Researcher with Beyond Conflict's Innovation Lab for Neuroscience and Social Conflict. Niconchuk is a graduate of Tufts University and University College London and holds degrees in International Relations and Social Cognition. His current research focuses on the embodied implications of forced displacement and migration, exploring issues of stress, trauma, and social inclusion through the lens of neurobiology and neuroscience. Niconchuk has spent seven years working with at-risk and displaced youth in Latin America and the Middle East, particularly with youth at risk of violence and conflict with the law. From 2012-2015, Niconchuk was the Emergency Response Coordinator at Questscope in Amman, Jordan, where he led the design and coordination the organization’s refugee response, particularly focusing on youth violence prevention, youth participation, and community organizing in Za’atri Refugee Camp. Since completing his master’s degree, Niconchuk has served as a consultant to several international organizations in the Middle East and Europe, working to integrate insights from behavioral science into programs with youth, including countering violent extremism interventions, mental health and psychosocial support work, and youth empowerment projects.
Michael Niconchuk is a visiting scholar with the Peace and Conflict Neuroscience Lab at the Annenberg School and a Senior Researcher with Beyond Conflict's Innovation Lab for Neuroscience and Social Conflict.