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2019-2020 Student Committee Members

Danna Bismar

Counseling Psychology PhD, University of North Texas 
Danna is American by nationality and Syrian by origin. Her upbringing as a child of immigrants inspired her research exploring the cognitive and affective components and outcomes of bicultural identity integration among adult children of immigrants. The opportunity to serve the community with peers on the Student Committee who are also committed to the advancement of knowledge, research, and practice related to MENA populations was among the most enriching graduate school experiences for Danna. Not only has AMENA-Psy become a professional home for her, but also a community of life-long friends

Jaleh Davari

 Counseling Psychology PhD, Georgia State University
Jaleh was raised in Washington State, has a mixed ethnic background, and identifies as a 2nd generation Iranian American. Her research is on mental health stigma with a particular interest in the help-seeking behavior of racial/ethnic minorities, including immigrants and MENA communities. On the AMENA-Psy Student Committee, Jaleh took great pride in having a space where she can advocate for other MENA psychology students while helping to increase the visibility of this population.


Alissa Der Sarkissian

School Psychology PhD, University of California, Santa Barbara
Alissa is a Los Angeles native and a first-generation Armenian American. Her research centers the unique needs of immigrant youth. Alissa seeks to improve the cultural considerations in the school-based assessments, screeners, and counseling services. Her dissertation is on the influence of transgenerational trauma and cultural bereavement on mental health outcomes and barriers to treatment among Armenian genocide descendant youth. Alissa's service on the Committee has allowed her to develop community with like-minded students and to collectively advocate for social justice within the field of psychology. 

2018 - 2019 Student Member at Large

Samiha Jallouqa

Clinical Psychology PsyD, Midwestern University

2019 Student Committee Members

Joelle Taknint

Clinical Psychology PhD, University of Victoria

Nuha Alshabani

Counseling Psychology PhD, University of Akron