Wahiba Abu-Ras, Ph.D is an Assistant Professor at Adelphi University in the school of social work. Her research area of concentration is on mental health among Muslim and Arab-Americans. Dr. Abu-Ras has published several articles about domestic violence among Arab immigrant women, the impact of 9/11 on the Muslim community; role of Imams in mental health sitting, and the needs of chaplaincy services for Muslim patients, including access and barriers to services. Her current research interest includes the impact of trauma on Arab and Muslims in the US; PTSD and depression as related to 9/11; Muslims' coping methods with trauma, Muslim Physician and their civic involvement; substance abuse among Muslim youth, and assessment of Mental health issues among American Muslim in the United States Army. Dr. Abu-Ras currently serves as a member of the board of trustee of the Muslim Mental Health Inc. She also serves as a peer-review member on several national and international journals and has several affiliations with different professional organizations and institutions. Dr. Abu-Ras received her Ph.D. from Columbia University School of Social Work, NY. Prior to that, she received her Fulbright fellowship to study Public Administration at J.F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University.
Sameera Ahmed, Ph.D is the Director of the Family & Youth Institute (FYI) where she conducts research and psycho-educational programs on Muslim youth and methods to strengthen marriages and families. She holds a Doctorate in Clinical Psychology and serves as a psychologist at Advanced Counseling located in Canton, MI. She has been extensively involved within the Muslim community at the grassroots level and nationally, primarily through MAS Youth, an organization aimed at empowering young people. She has developed numerous training programs on leadership and management issues, personal development, parenting, pre-marriage, marriage and family strengthening programs which she presents across the nation.
Osman Ali, M.D. is an Assistant Professor and Director of the Community Psychiatry program at University of Texas Southwestern. He 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.
Cynthia Arfken, Ph.D is an Associate Professor in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Neurosciences at Wayne State University. Her research expertise is on alcohol and drug abuse epidemiology and health services research. As an epidemiologist, she was selected to monitor trends in drug use for the Detroit metropolitan area as part of a national sentinel system on the emergence of new drugs, new methods of administration, and new use by demographic groups. Based upon the monitoring of the area with the highest density of Arab Americans in the country, she developed a focus on the alcohol and drug use patterns among Arab Americans and American Muslims. In addition to her publications and service as guest editor of a special issue on Substance Abuse in the Arab World for the Journal of Muslim Mental Health and on the editorial board of the Journal of Muslim Mental Health, she directs and collaborates on multiple research projects addressing mental health and substance abuse among Arab Americans and American Muslims. Dr. Arfken received a PhD in chronic disease epidemiology from Yale University and completed a postdoctoral fellowship in alcohol research from the University of California in Berkeley.
Tahereh Ziaian, Ph.D is a Senior Lecturer at University of South Australia School of Nursing and Midwifery. She graduated from Tehran University, Persia, with Honors majoring in Counseling and Advice before immigrating to Australia in 1986. She completed her Masters in Educational Psychology and PhD in Health Psychology at Adelaide University. She has been appointed by the Governor of South Australia to be a deputy member of Health Performance Council (HPC), to play a key role in advising the Minister For Health on the effectiveness of the health system and health outcomes for South Australians and specific population groups. She has been engaged in cross-cultural psychology and public health research, in both qualitative and quantitative research methods for more than 19 years and have made substantial contributions to the public discourse on migrants' and refugees' mental health in Australia. Her contribution is reflected in her numerous publications, role in consultation, project management and public lectures.