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Editor-in-Chief

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.

Managing Editor

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”.

Associate Editors

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.  

Advisory Board

Malik Badri, Ph. D was born in Rufa’a, Sudan in 1932. He obtained his B.A. (with distinction) and his Diploma of Education from the American University of Beirut , 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 Ahfad University 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 Middle East and Africa 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.

Robert 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 Psychotherapy Research.  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”.

Alean 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 psychiatric trauma.

Marjorie Rock, M.S.W., Ph. D is an Associate Professor at the New York University School of  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 society.   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)