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AMENA-Psy Advocacy Committee 

Lamise Shawahin, Ph.D. 
Advocacy Committee Co-Chair

Lamise Shawahin is an Assistant Professor of Psychology at Governors State University. As the first advocacy chair, she has written numerous statements on behalf of the organization and contributed to the growth and stability of the committee.

“I think advocacy is integral to our role as psychologists and therefore I believe it is both my honor and duty to work with the advocacy committee to bring awareness to issues and events requiring social intervention.”


Mohamed Abdallah, M.A. 
Advocacy Committee Co-Chair

Mohamed Abdallah is pursuing his Psy.D. at the California School of Professional Psychology at Alliant International University. He is currently completing his Pre-Doctoral Internship training at the Institute for Multicultural Counseling and Education Services (IMCES) in Los Angeles, CA. An avid and passionate activist, Mohamed’s advocacy centers around using a social justice informed lens to educate others about social issues impacting Arab Americans and using a humanitarian approach to serve the most underserved and marginalized MENA community members both nationally and internationally. 

Alice Locicero, Ph.D.

Dr. Alice LoCicero serves as a clinical faculty member at The Wright Institute, Berkeley, CA, and is president elect of the Alameda County Psychological Association. A researcher and clinician, Dr. LoCicero is the 2018 recipient of the Anthony J. Marsella Award for Peace and Justice, awarded by Psychologists for Social Responsibility. Dr. LoCicero's activism centers on her advocacy for a psychology that is pro-human rights, anti-militaristic, and anti-colonialist


Layli Khaghani, Psy.D. 

Dr. Layli Khaghani received her doctorate in Clinical Psychology at CSPP/Alliant, and is an early career psychologist in San Francisco, specializing in serving adults, children and families from MENA regions, immigrant and refugee backgrounds, and survivors of complex and transgenerational trauma. Dr. Khaghani is thrilled to bridge her clinical work and activism on the Advocacy Committee, as she perceives global and personal transformation as inextricably linked. 

Bahaur Amini, M.S.

Bahaur is a fourth year doctoral candidate in Counseling Psychology at KU. Throughout her professional career, Bahaur has advocated for the inclusion of Middle Eastern psychology in training and education spaces. She has guest lectured for classes, private practice settings, university counseling centers, and various non-profit organizations on Middle Eastern and Iranian mental health and counseling. She recently won the 2020 Student Affiliates of Seventeen Social Justice and Liberation Award for her advocacy and leadership. Bahaur hopes to inspire, empower, and support underrepresented and marginalized populations in her work with the Advocacy Committee. "As a team, we are louder, stronger, and untouchable." 



Amir Maghsoodi, B.A. 

Amir is a doctoral student in Educational Psychology (division of Counseling Psychology) at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. His research focuses on processes of identity and belonging and their intersection with racial healing. Amir sees himself as a scholar–activist committed to a practice of psychology that is of the people and for the people. Thus, he views his training in psychology as a tool to be used for liberation. Amir is grateful to learn from and work hand-in-hand with the inspiring members of the AMENA-Psy advocacy committee, where he is able to undertake the fulfilling work of using psychology in the service of the MENA community. Feel free to connect with him on twitter: @soori_breeze


Khadeja Najjar, M.A. 

Khadeja Najjar is a third year counseling psychology doctoral student at Cleveland State University. Her advocacy passions lie in educating others about Arab/MENA issues, as well as aiding in meeting the needs and goals of Arab/MENA individuals in her Cleveland community and abroad.


Sarah Alsaidi, M.A., Ed.M. 

Sarah is a doctoral candidate in the Counseling Psychology program at Teachers College, Columbia University. Her research focuses on identity, microagressions, and coping response strategies for people of color and allies.  As a Muslim Yemeni-American woman, Sarah is deeply tied to her ethnic and religious roots and driven by her desire to fill gaps in the psychological literature and increase representation and access to resources. She is social justice and advocacy oriented and her work focuses on putting research into practice