Mike Niconchuk is Beyond Conflict Innovation Lab’s Senior Researcher. Mike 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. Mike has spent 7 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, Mike 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, Mike 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.