Abdul Basit, Ph.D directs The Northwestern
University's Division of Multicultural Mental Health Services. He is an eminent clinician and
scholar in multicultural services. Dr. Basit is a member of the National
Advisory Board to the Center for Mental Health Services, Chicago Governor Ryan's
board on children and family services, and The U.S. Human Health Service
Secretary Tommy Thompson's panel on services for Arab and Muslim Americans. Dr.
Basit is also the director of the Islamic Society of North America's Center for
Health and Human Services.
Hamada Hamid, D.O. after graduating medical school
at Michigan State University, completed an internal medicine internship at Cook
County Hospital in Chicago, Illinois. He then spent a year as a Fulbright fellow
studying the public health problems of Jordanians with various neuopsychiatric
illnesses. He is currently a clinical fellow at New York University's Center for
Global Health and a resident in the combined neurology and psychiatry program at
NYU. His current research interests include the role of culture in the
presentation and management of neuropsychiatric illnesses.
Imam & Chaplain Sections Editor
Ahmed Nezar M. Kobeisy, Ph.D. is the Director of the
Islamic Society of North America’s Center for Aging Support and Counseling.
After providing 17 years of service as Imam and Counselor for the Islamic
Society of Central New York in Syracuse, he has recently relocated to
Schenectady, New York. He is currently Imam and Director of the Islamic Center
of Capital District and continues to work as the Muslim Chaplain of Syracuse
University. He has faculty appointments at Le Moyne College, State University of
New York at Oswego, and Hartford Seminary. His areas of specialty include
cross-cultural counseling particularly to Muslims and Arabs, pastoral care,
conflict management and resolutions, and history, cultures and affairs of Islam
and the Muslim world. He is the author of “Counseling American Muslims:
Understanding the Faith and Helping the People”.
Sameera Ahmed, Ph.D (biosketch coming soon)
Osman Ali, M.D. completed his general
psychiatry residency at Cornell University in 2003 and a fellowship in public
psychiatry at Columbia University in June 2004. He is the primary investigator
for an ongoing research study of imam's role in meeting the counseling needs of
Muslim communities in the United States. He is currently an Attending
Psychiatrist at Bellevue Hospital in New York City.
Mona Amer, Ph.D. is a Psychology Fellow at Yale
University School of Medicine and a Clinical Psychology PhD candidate at The
University of Toledo, Ohio. She received her initial psychology training at the
Behman Hospital, Egypt, where she served on the research team for the United
Nations Drug Control Program Global Study on the Illicit Drug Markets. She is
the primary investigator on mental health needs assessment research of the
Northwest Ohio Muslim community and has pioneered a cultural competency training
model for mental health practitioners working with Muslims. She is also the
Associate Editor for The Community Psychologist.
Ihsan Al-Issa, Ph.D is the General Secretary of the International Arab
Psychological Association. His present research interest is in the
indigenization of Arab psychology and the study of the concept of the self in
Arab Islamic communities. His publications include edited volumes: “Handbook of
Culture and Mental Illness: An International Perspective” and “Al-Junun: Mental
Illness in the Islamic World”.
Navid Rashid, MD completed his general psychiatry
training and was chief resident in at University of Illinois-Chicago. He serves
on the American Psychiatry Association’s
Corresponding Committee on Religion, Spirituality, and Psychiatry. He is also
the primary investigator on trauma intervention by religious
professionals. He is completed his fellowship at Georgetown University’s Consultation
Liaison program and is currently an Attending Psychiatrist at George Washington
University in Washington D.C..
Ahsan Sheikh, M.D. is a Child Psychiatrist
currently practicing in San Jose, California at Eastfield Ming Quong, a Non
Profit Organization servicing children at risk of losing their placement at
home. He received his B.S. in Psychology at the University of Michigan and
graduated from the University of Michigan Medical School, where he received his
Adult Psychiatry training. He completed his Child Psychiatry Fellowship at
Stanford University. He has worked in a Consultation-Liason role between Mental
Health Care systems and the Muslim population, both in Greater Detroit and in
the Bay Area.
Malik Badri, Ph. D was
born in Rufa’a,
in 1932. He obtained his B.A. (with distinction)
and his Diploma of Education from the
, in 1956. His M.A. was also secured from the
same university in 1958. He further obtained his Ph.D. from the University of
Leicester, England in 1961 and his Postgraduate Certificate of Clinical
Psychology from the Academic Department of Psychiatry of the Middlesex Hospital
Medical School of London University in 1966. He was elected Fellow of the
British Psychological Society in 1977 and is now the holder of the title of
Consultant Psychologist. In recognition to his contributions in his field he was awarded an
honorary D.Sc. from the
and was decorated by the President of Sudan in
April of the year, 2003, with the medal
of Shahid Zubair, the highest award for academic excellence.
Apart from being appointed as professor and dean in varies universities, such as
Dean of the Faculty of Education in the Universities of Khartoum and Juba and
the Acting Dean of the International Institute of Islamic Thought and
Civilization of the International Islamic University, Malaysia, he was also the
founder of a number of departments of psychology such as the one he established
in Imam Mohammad bin Saud University in Riyadh and the Applied Psychology
Department of the University of Khartoum. Professor Badri also served as senior
clinical psychologist in a number of hospitals and clinics in the
and was the founder of the Psychological Clinic
of the University of Riyadh, Saudi Arabia in 1971. At present he is re-appointed
Professor in the Department of Psychology of the International Islamic
University of Malaysia.
Hanif Bobat, B.Sc. is a Policy Advisor for the Manchester Race &
Health Forum, United Kingdom. He began his career as a Support Worker with
Manchester Social Services. He is the Development Director of the national
charity group, "AWAAZ" working to combat mental health stigma and
discrimination. He conducted research with The Mental Health Foundation on
Muslim men and mental health. He is an Advisory Board member of OPEN
MINDS, a U.K. based monthly publication. Recently, Hanif has been appointed as
Non-Executive Director of Manchester Primary Care Trust and is responsible for
managing primary care services in his community.
Patrick Corrigan, Psy.D is
Professor of Psychiatry at the University of Chicago where he directs the Center
for Psychiatric Rehabilitation, a clinical, research, and training program for
persons with severe mental illness and their families. Dr. Corrigan is also
principal investigator and director of the Illinois Staff Training Institute for
Psychiatric Rehabilitation, a program that examines organizational and
educational issues related to the implementation and maintenance of effective
rehabilitation programs in real world settings. The Institute has provided
training and consultation to more than 1000 rehabilitation professionals who
provide service for more than 10,000 consumers.
Dr. Corrigan has
been principal investigator of several projects on consumer and staff
characteristics that enhance the implementation of rehabilitation strategies. He
has published more than 100 articles as well as five books including Interactive
Staff Training for Effective Rehabilitation with Stanley McCracken. He is
Editor-in-Chief of the journal, Psychiatric Rehabilitation Skills. This year,
Dr. Corrigan became principal investigator of an NIMH-funded Research
Infrastructure Support Program on mental illness stigma. He is also director of
the Chicago Consortium for Stigma Research.
Hanan Dover, B.A.
is the President of the Mission of Hope health and welfare service
center in Sydney, Australia. As a registered psychologist she specializes
in incorporating Islamic principles and ethics in practice, and has also worked
in various substance abuse centers. She is the Founder and Coordinator
of The Australian Society of Islamic Psychology. She is currently completing her
Master's degree at University of Western Sydney, Australia and her current
research interest is in the psychology of religion, specifically Muslim
personality, helping behavior, prejudice, sexuality, and religiosity styles.
Elliott, Ph. D is Professor of Psychology and Director of the Center for the
Study of Experiential Psychotherapy at the University of Toledo.
He has served as Co-Editor of Psychotherapy
Research, and Person-Centered and
Experiential Psychotherapies, and also as President of the Society for
He is co-author of Facilitating
Emotional Change (1993), Research
Methods for Clinical Psychology (1994; 2002), and Learning
Emotion-Focused Psychotherapy (2004).
John Graham M.A. M.S.W., Ph. D is Professor of
Social Work and the Murray Fraser Professor of Community Economic Development at
the University of
Calgary, Canada. He has published extensively in the fields of international and
multicultural practice, social policy, social welfare history, spirituality and
ethnography. He is an editorial board member of nine peer reviewed social work,
service, and policy journals and has supervised over 30 masters and PhD
students. He has been the primary investigator in
multiple research initiatives exploring social services among Muslim communities
in Canada, the United States of America, the Middle East, and South East Asia,
He has served as both a fellow and consultant for numerous social policy
institutes and is President of the International Social Development Unit at the
University of Calgary.
Amber Haque Ph. D is Associate
Professor in the Department of Psychology at UAE University in Al Ain, United
Arab Emirates. As former Associate Professor and Chair of the Department of
Psychology at the International Islamic University, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia he
was involved in the teaching, curriculum design, and supervision of postgraduate
students. Dr. Haque also practiced psychology in the State of Michigan from
1983-1996. His own research has resulted in publications on topics such as
Malaysian mental health care and the role of religion in mental health. His most
recent edited books include “Psychology in Malaysia” and “Psychology of
Personality: Islamic Perspectives”.
Rachel Jenkins, M.D. (biosketch coming soon)
Haythem Khayat, M.D. is Senior Policy Adviser for the
World Health Organization's Eastern Mediterranean Regional Office (including the Middle East), and
Director of the WHO’s Arabic Program. He has taught at the medical faculties at
Damascus University and Brussels University. He is a board member of the Islamic
Organization for Medical Sciences, and Editor-in-Chief of the Eastern
Mediterranean Health Journal. His work on tobacco control includes analysis and
advocacy in relation to Islamic societies, and research on tobacco prevention in
Egypt and Saudi Arabia. He is author to many publications including the World
Health Organization’s series in Islamic Rulings and Health.
Harold Koenig, M.D., M.H.Sc. completed
his undergraduate education at Stanford University, his medical school training
at the University of California at San Francisco, and his geriatric medicine,
psychiatry, and biostatistics training at Duke University Medical Center.
He is board certified in general psychiatry, geriatric psychiatry and
geriatric medicine, and is on the faculty at Duke as Professor of Psychiatry and
Behavioral Sciences, and Associate Professor of Medicine.
Dr. Koenig is co-director of the Center
for Spirituality, Theology and Health at Duke University Medical Center, and
has published extensively in the fields of mental health, geriatrics, and
religion, with over 250 scientific peer-reviewed articles and book chapters and
28 books in print or in preparation.
He is editor of the International
Journal of Psychiatry in Medicine,
and is founder and editor-in-chief of Science and Theology.
His research on religion, health and ethical issues in medicine has been
featured on many national and international TV news and radio programs,
and hundreds of international newspapers or magazines (including cover stories
for Reader's Digest, Parade Magazine, and Newsweek).
Margaret Kornfeld, Ph.D is a
pastoral psychotherapist, past president of the American Association of Pastoral
Counselors. She is currently teaching at Auburn Theological Seminary in New York
City, and has been on the faculties of Union Theological Seminary, Fordham
University and Blanton Peale Graduate Institute. She is author of “Cultivating
Wholeness A Guide to Care and Counseling in Faith Communities”.
Al-Krenawi, Ph.D is Associate Professor and Chairman of the Spitzer
Department of Social Work at Ben-Gurion University of the Negev. He has provided
many years of clinical service to Bedouin-Arab in the Negev both as a counselor
as well as administrative coordinator. In addition to four edited volumes and
numerous book chapters, he has published over 60 peer reviewed journal articles
on social work and mental health in the Arab world. He is currently an
editorial board member of several Journals among them, The International
Social Work Journal, Families and Society, Israel Journal of Psychiatry, Child
and Adolescents Social Work Journal and Currents:
New Scholarship in the Human Services.He is also
the Director of Regional Research and Development Center for the Bedouin-Arab
society in the Negev.
Ingrid Mattson, Ph.D is a Professor of Islamic Studies
and Associate Editor of The Muslim World at the Macdonald Center for
Islamic Studies and Christian-Muslim Relations at Hartford Seminary, Hartford,
CT since 1998. She is also the Vice-President of The Islamic Society of North
America, served as an advisor to the Afghan delegation at the United Nations
Commission on the Status of Women, thirty-ninth session, Director
of Projects for Afghan Refugee Women, Akora Khattak refugee camp, Pakistan,
1987-1988. She has several publications in Islamic law and history. For
more information see her website at: http://macdonald.hartsem.edu/mattson.htm
Amina McCloud, Ph.D is professor of Islamic Studies at
Depaul University. She is Editor-in-Chief of Islam, Law, and Culture. She
has served as a consultant for Harvard University’s Pluralism Project, Boston
University Medical school’s medical ethics and culture program, and . She has
published numerous books, book chapters, and articles especially in the area of
Muslims in America. To learn more about Dr. McCloud's work please visit her
homepage at: http://condor.depaul.edu/~amccloud/
Richard Mollica, M.D., M.A.R. is the Director of the Harvard
Program in Refugee Trauma (HPRT) at Massachusetts General Hospital. He is also Associate Professor
of Psychiatry, Harvard Medical School. He received his M.D. from the University of
New Mexico Medical School and an M.A.R from Yale University Divinity School. In
1981, Dr. Mollica and his HPRT team developed one of the first clinical programs
for refugees in the United States. Under Dr. Mollica's direction, HPRT has
pioneered the medical and mental health care of survivors of mass violence and
torture in the United States and abroad. He has many publications in the area of
Rock, M.S.W., Ph. D is an Associate Professor at the New York University
Social Work where she teaches Social Policy and Research. Dr. Rock has
had a 25 year career in the public mental health sector prior to her full time
academic appointment. Her last position before assuming a full time teaching
position was to serve as Special Assistant in the New York City Department of
Mental Health where she had opportunities to develop, implement, monitor and
evaluate programs for the severely mentally ill population on a citywide basis.
Dr. Rock’s primary research interests include research about the mentally ill
and the criminal justice system as well as issues in health care in a globalized
At the School she is the Director of the Forensic Mental Health
Certificate Training Program, a continuing education program for those working
with mentally ill offenders. She is on the editorial board of The Journal of
Social Work Practice and the Addictions and The Journal of Social Work
and Mental Health. She has co-edited the text, Serving Mentally Ill
Offenders (Springer, 20002) and has written extensively in the area of
forensic mental health. Dr. Rock received her Master’s degree in Social Work
and her Doctorate in Public Health.
Adnan Takriti, M.D. (biosketch coming soon)
John Tuskan, R.N., M.S.N. is currently assigned to the Center for Mental Health
Services (CMHS), Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA),
Department of Health and Human Services under which he serves as the
Director of Refugee Mental Health Program. The refugee program provides mental
health, technical assistance and consultation to the Federal Office of Refugee
Resettlement and the entire U.S. refugee resettlement network. Captain Tuskan
also serves as SAMHSA’s Faith-based and Community Initiatives Coordinator,
CMHS’s International Initiative Officer and is an instructor in Psychiatry at
the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences. He has established
professional experience in clinical assignments with the U.S. Army and the
National Institutes of Health, mental health consulting with the U.S.
Immigration and Naturalization Services and the U.S. Marshals Service. Captain
Tuskan has completed humanitarian field assignments in response to disasters,
mass immigration exercises, and refugee emergencies in the Middle East and
Eastern Europe. Captain Tuskan is a graduate of the Pennsylvania State
University and Yale University.
Azhar M Zain, M.D. (biosketch coming soon)