Sobia Mahmood holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Kinesiology from McMaster University and is currently pursuing a Masters of Education in Counselling Psychotherapy at the University of Toronto.
Her recent research experience includes her involvement in the NeuroFit Lab during her third-year practicum and fourth-year thesis. In her role, she examined overtraining prevention in basketball athletes by monitoring psychometric variables and limb asymmetry. Additionally, she explored the relationship between exercise and anxiety symptom management for IBS patients, as well as the potential of exercise in reducing depressive symptoms. She was awarded the NSERC USRA (Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council Undergraduate Student Research Award) and the Kinesiology Research Award for her work.
Driven by her interest in mental health and a passion for the Muslim community, Sobia has chosen to focus her efforts on psychotherapy and research in Muslim mental health. As part of her training, she will be completing her psychotherapy practicum at ISNA Counselling, providing her with hands-on experience in supporting individuals within the Muslim community as she works towards her Registered Psychotherapist designation. Sobia currently serves as a research fellow at Khalil Center, assisting in expanding Muslim mental health research.