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School of Islamic Psychology

Khalil School of Islamic Psychology & Research is the academic home for Khalil Center. Get professional education, clinical training, & research​.

About our School

Traditional Islamically Integrated Psychotherapy

TIIP is a therapeutic framework that is an ever-evolving modality of psychological treatment originally published in 2013.

Since then, there has been further research directed at developing this framework. TIIP is the culmination of Khalil Center’s research on psychological treatment conducted by its interdisciplinary team consisting of dually trained professionals and Islamic scholars. The TIIP model offers a framework for integrating contemporary behavioral science into an inherently Islamic framework. The foundations of this model are rooted in an Islamic epistemological and ontological framework.

The practice applications of this model are through techniques that are of two types: 1) inherently Islamic approaches of psychotherapy inspired by the Qur’an, Prophetic Tradition and the traditions of the scholars particularly of the spiritual sciences of taziyah al-nafs such as muraqabah, dua etc. and 2) adaptation and integration of mainstream interventions that are consistent with the foundations and principles of Traditional Islamically Integrated Psychotherapy (TIIP).

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In Traditional Islamically-Integrated Psychotherapy (TIIP) there are four larger overarching goals of the psychotherapeutic encounter: Inkishāf or introspective self-discovery, Inqiyād or engendering treatment compliance & motivation, I’tidāl or equilibrium in all aspects of life, and ittiḥād or holistic integration. Interventions are designed to utilize these principles and specifically target the elements of the TIIP ontological framework of the human psyche: (a) ʿaql or cognition; (b) nafs or behavioral inclinations; (c) rūḥ or spirit and (d) iḥsās or emotions.

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This approach is not a strictly regimented or manualized therapeutic modality but rather provides general theoretical directions and insights on integrating the Islamic spiritual tradition into psychotherapeutic practice. It provides a framework that allows for an integration that is rooted in the Islamic tradition and is an ever-evolving model of care that is continuously developing through ongoing interdisciplinary research.

Meet the Faculty

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Dr. Hooman Keshavarzi

Dr. Hooman Keshavarzi holds a Doctorate of Clinical Psychology, a Masters of Clinical Psychology and a Bachelors of Science – specialist psychology track/minor in Islamic Studies. He is currently a visiting scholar for Ibn Haldun University (Istanbul, Turkey), Adjunct Professor at American Islamic College, Hartford Seminary, instructor of psychology at Islamic Online University and founding director of Khalil Center – the first Islamically oriented professional community mental wellness center and largest provider of Muslim mental healthcare in the US.

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Dr. Fahad Khan

Dr. Fahad Khan is a Licensed Clinical Psychologist with a Doctorate in Clinical Psychology and a Masters degree in Biomedical Sciences. He is also a Hafiz of the Qur’an (having committed the entire Qur’an to memory) and has studied Islamic studies with various scholars in the Muslim world and the US. He is currently a student of Islamic studies and Arabic. He is a faculty member at Concordia University Chicago and College of DuPage. He has conducted numerous research studies and have published book chapters and articles on Traditional Islamically-Integrated Psychotherapy (TIIP), help-seeking attitudes of Muslim Americans as well as the effects of Acculturation & Religiosity on Psychological Distress. He is a fellow of the International Association of Islamic Psychology and serves as an editor for the Journal of Muslim Mental Health.

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Dr. Khalid Elzamzamy

Dr. Khalid Elzamzamy is a Clinical Fellow in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry at Hamad Medical Corporation, Qatar, where he completed his psychiatry residency training. He holds a Master’s Degree in Islamic Thought and Applied Ethics from Hamad Bin Khalifa University, Qatar. He serves as a Research Fellow at the Family and Youth Institute (

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Mawlana Bilal Ali Ansari

Mawlana Bilal Ali Ansari received his undergraduate education in Computer Engineering at the University of Illinois in Urbana, IL, and in the Applied Behavioral Sciences at National-Louis University in Lisle, IL, from where he graduated with a Bachelors in Arts in the field of Applied Behavioral Sciences with a focus on adult learning theory (andragogy). Mawlana Bilal acquired an education in Arabic and Islamic Studies at the Jāmiʿat al-Ḥasanayn in Faisalabad, Pakistan, where he studied classical and modern texts in Arabic, Islamic Theology, Islamic Law, Qur’anic Studies, and Hadith. His teachers there include Mawlana Khwaja ʿUbayd Allāh, Mufti Aḥmad ʿAlī, and Shaykh Ramzī al-Ḥabīb al-Tūnisī.

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Dr. Abdallah Rothman

Dr. Abdallah Rothman is the co-founder and Executive Director of the International Association of Islamic Psychology and the founder of Shifaa Integrative Counseling. He is a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) and a Board Certified Registered Art Therapist (ATR-BC), with an M.A. and PhD in Psychology. He is a student of Professor Malik Badri in Islamic psychology and has studied privately with a number of traditional Islamic scholars throughout the Muslim world.

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Sena Aycan

Sena Aycan received her undergraduate degree from Istanbul University in Psychology of Faculty of Social Sciences as a high honor student. She completed her Pedagogical Formation Training at Istanbul University the same year and started working as a school counselor.

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