Islam's Legacy of Mental Health
Many people think that the topic of Mental Health has been sidelined and ignored within our Islamic Tradition. The reality is far from that. Our religion has a deep and beautiful history on this topic and also provides clear and proven processes to guide us in these situations. Dr. Rania Awaad is a practicing psychiatrist based at the Stanford University School of Medicine and is a Clinical Associate Professor at Stanford University.
Dr. Rania Awaad

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.