Our core mission is to reduce stigma and promote healing in the American Muslim community through dialogue, education and training. In order to achieve this goal, we have adopted an interdisciplinary approach which addresses mental health challenges using a spiritually relevant community-based public health framework. This approach recognizes the negative impact of stressors such as poverty, oppression, anti-Black racism, and anti-Muslim bigotry which lead to diminished well being.
Dr. Kameelah Mu’Min Rashad
Kameelah is the Founder and President of Muslim Wellness Foundation (MWF), a nonprofit organization dedicated to reducing mental health stigma and promoting healing in the American Muslim community. Kameelah also serves as the Fellow for Spirituality, Wellness and Social Justice at the University of Pennsylvania (UPenn) and advisor for Penn Sapelo, the first Black Muslim Student organization on campus. Kameelah earned a BA in Psychology and MEd in Psychological Services from the UPenn and a second Masters in Restorative Practices & Youth Counseling (MRP) from the International Institute for Restorative Practices. She completed her doctorate in Clinical Psychology from Chestnut Hill College.
Aya Saed, JD, MPA
Aya is a Bertha Justice Fellow at the Center for Constitutional Rights. She previously earned a JD at Harvard Law School and a Master’s in public affairs at the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs at Princeton University. She is pursuing a career in litigation and community organizing in marginalized communities, with a specific interest in curating safe spaces for young American Muslims from which to advocate and build political power. She is also program coordinator for Muslim Wellness Foundation.
Dr. Lamise Shawhin (MWF Board Member)
Lamise Shawahin, Ph.D is an Assistant Professor in the Division of Psychology and Counseling at Governors State University. Her research centers on exploring risk and resilience factors among by ethic and religious minority individuals within the United States. Dr. Shawahin has published and presented on issues related to Muslim mental health, health disparities, cultural competence, counseling considerations for diverse populations, anti Muslim prejudice.
Dr. Mona Masood, DO (MWF Board member and Psychiatrist)
Dr. Mona Masood, DO is an outpatient psychiatrist practicing at Southampton Psychiatric Associates. She has experience treating patients with diverse sociocultural and religious backgrounds and hopes to address ways of building therapeutic alliance with Black Muslim clients across the racial divide.