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Dr. Rania Awaad

education

  • Doctor of Medicine (MD) - Stanford University

Contact Info

  • 1-855-5KHALIL Ext 702
  • rawaad@khalilcenter.com

Office Location

  • Bay Area

Dr. Rania Awaad is a Clinical Associate Professor of Psychiatry at the Stanford University School of Medicine where she is the Director of the Muslim Mental Health Lab and Wellness Program and Director of the Diversity Clinic. She pursued her psychiatric residency training at Stanford where she also completed a postdoctoral clinical research fellowship with the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH). Her research and clinical work are focused on the mental health needs of Muslims. Her courses at Stanford range from teaching a pioneering course on Islamic Psychology, instructing medical students and residents on implicit bias and integrating culture and religion into medical care to teaching undergraduate and graduate students the psychology of xenophobia. Her most recent academic publications include an edited volume on “Islamophobia and Psychiatry” (Springer, 2019) and upcoming texts on Islamic Psychology (Routledge, 2020) and Muslim Mental Health. She has also produced a toolkit, fact sheet, CME course, and is now editing a clinical textbook on Muslim mental health for the American Psychiatric Association.

Dr. Awaad is particularly passionate about uncovering the historical roots of mental health care in the Islamic intellectual heritage. Through her outreach work at Stanford, she is also the Clinical Director of the San Francisco Bay Area branches of the Khalil Center, a spiritual wellness center pioneering the application of traditional Islamic spiritual healing methods to modern clinical psychology. She has been the recipient of several awards and grants for her work. Prior to studying medicine, she pursued classical Islamic studies in Damascus, Syria and holds certifications (ijaza) in Qur’an, Islamic Law and other branches of the Islamic Sciences. Dr. Awaad has also served as the first female Professor of Islamic Law at Zaytuna College, a Muslim Liberal Arts College in Berkeley, CA where she taught courses on Shafi’i Fiqh and Women’s Fiqh and Qur’anicsciences for nearly a decadeIn addition, she serves as the Director of The Rahmah Foundation, a non-profit organization dedicated to educating Muslim women and girls. At Rahmah, she oversees the Murbiyyah spiritual mentoring program for girls. Dr. Awaad is a nationally recognized speaker, award-winning teacher, researcher and author in both the Islamic and medical sciences.

research interests/ specialities

  • Community Based Participatory Research (CBPR) with American Muslim Community
  • Historical representations of Mental Health in the Muslim world
  • Psychometric Scales Specific to Muslims
  • Islamic Framework for Mental Health
  • Social Justice and Muslim Mental Health
  • International and Refugee Mental Health
  • Resources for Muslim Mental Health Researchers (Resource Information Networks)

publications

  • US policy of public charge inadmissibility and refugee suicides LANCET PSYCHIATRY. Awaad, R., Dailami, M., Noureddine, N.20207 (3): E12
  • US policy of public charge inadmissibility and refugee suicides. The lancet. Psychiatry. Awaad, R., Dailami, M., Noureddine, N.20207 (3): e12
  • Considerations for clinicians treating Muslim patients with psychiatric disorders during Ramadan LANCET PSYCHIATRY. Furqan, Z., Awaad, R., Kurdyak, P., Husain, M. I., Husain, N., Zaheer, J.20196 (7): 556–57
  • Considerations for clinicians treating Muslim patients with psychiatric disorders during Ramadan. The lancet. Psychiatry. Furqan, Z., Awaad, R., Kurdyak, P., Husain, M. I., Husain, N., Zaheer, J.2019
  • A Muslim Graduate Student From Sudan Trapped by the Travel Ban. The American journal of psychiatry. Awaad, R.2017174 (10): 925–26
  • Facilitating mental health screening of war-torn populations using mobile applications SOCIAL PSYCHIATRY AND PSYCHIATRIC EPIDEMIOLOGY. Hashemi, B., Ali, S., Awaad, R., Soudi, L., Housel, L., Sosebee, S. J.201752 (1): 27-33
  • Facilitating mental health screening of war-torn populations using mobile applications. Social psychiatry and psychiatric epidemiology. Hashemi, B., Ali, S., Awaad, R., Soudi, L., Housel, L., Sosebee, S. J.2016: –
  • A modern conceptualization of phobia in al-Balkhi’s 9th century treatise: Sustenance of the Body and Soul. Journal of anxiety disorders. Awaad, R., Ali, S.201637: 89-93
  • A Process-Oriented Approach to Teaching Religion and Spirituality in Psychiatry Residency Training. Academic psychiatry. Awaad, R., Ali, S., Salvador, M., Bandstra, B.201539 (6): 654-660.
  • Obsessional Disorders in al-Balkhi’s 9th century treatise: Sustenance of the Body and Soul JOURNAL OF AFFECTIVE DISORDERS. Awaad, R., Ali, S.2015180: 185-189.

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