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AMENA-Psy Advocacy Committee 

Layli Khaghani, Psy.D. 
Advocacy Committee Co-Chair
 

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. Layli Khaghani, Psy.D.

Mohamed Elnakib, Psy.D. 
Advocacy Committee Co-Chair

Mohamed Elnakib received his Psy.D. at the California School of Professional Psychology at Alliant International University. He is currently completing his Post-doc fellowship at Clinicas de Salud del Pueblo, the first federally funded migrant health center in the United States. 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.  

 

Saba Ahmadi

 
Saba Ahmadi (she/her) is a third-year graduate student at the California School of Professional Psychology, Alliant International University at San Francisco Bay. She is a second generation Iranian American and a California native dedicated to promoting diversity in the field of psychology, creating accessibility to mental health services to those in need, and developing community partnership with various health providers. She currently works in community-based mental health and hopes to apply for her internship very soon. Her research interests include but are not limited to, multicultural humility, health psychology, intervention development, microaggressions, and depression.  Her clinical interest includes youth and families, infant mental health, consulation-liason, integration of research and clinical care, adherence, CBT, treatment process, outcome and alliance, gender, and sexual minorities (GSM), and psychological assessment.  In her free time, she enjoys hiking the great outdoors, spending time with her friends, and practicing her Jedi skills in the kitchen. 

 

 

 

Nahaal Binazir Psy.D.

Dr. Nahaal Binazir trained in Clinical Psychology at Pepperdine University and Providence St. John’s Child and Family Development Center, and most recently completed her Trauma Psychology postdoctoral fellowship at LSU Health Sciences Center, New Orleans. Born and raised in South Africa to Iranian immigrants, cultural humility and advocacy have always been at the core of her work. Dr. Binazir’s primary interests include adolescent health, community empowerment, mental health (trauma) consultation, violence intervention, and immigrant and refugee health – with a focus on infant-parent mental health. She is passionate about adolescent empowerment, as well as increasing visibility for both MENA and Sub-Saharan African communities in clinical work. She also serves on the AMENA-Psy Research and Education Committee as well as the editorial review board for the APA Journal of Psychological Trauma. In her free time, she enjoys time with family, reading, creating community through cooking and cultural crafts, as well as basketball and soccer. 

 
 

 

Katrina Rbeiz

 Katrina Rbeiz is a doctoral student in Clinical Psychology at Vanderbilt University. Having lived in several Middle Eastern countries before moving to the US for her undergraduate degree, Katrina is passionate about increasing the representation and voices of MENA populations. Her advocacy and research interests broadly include addressing disparities in the measurement and diagnosis of serious mental illnesses in people of different ethnic and racial backgrounds. She hopes to a) identify risk (e.g. trauma) and resilience (e.g. ethnic identity) factors for ethnically diverse populations, particularly for MENA populations and b) treat the attenuated symptoms through developing culturally valid assessments and interventions. Her goal is to further explore ethnic identity, resilience, and psychosocial factors of MENA populations. Katrina is excited to work and collaborate with the inspirational members of the Advocacy Committee to continue bringing awareness and fighting against the injustices of systemic oppression that Arab/MENA Americans face. She is grateful that there exists such a platform dedicated to providing support, promoting social justice, and promising change.

 

 

Nicole Fleischer, Psy.D.

Dr. Nicole Fleischer received her doctorate in Clinical Psychology at the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine. She is an early career psychologist in Camden, NJ, focusing on health and pediatric psychology. Dr. Fleischer focuses her work on addressing behavioral, psychosocial, and social determinant barriers that may impact chronic health concerns in children and youth. In addition to her clinical roles, Dr. Fleischer emphasizes advocacy as a key part of her work as a psychologist; addressing systemic and institutional factors that contribute to poor health outcomes and decreased mental health functioning. She is excited to work with the advocacy committee to extend her efforts to MENA populations, given her personal and professional experience in how social determinants of health may adversely impact these communities. 

 

 

Nuha Alshabani 

Nuha Alshabani is a Counseling Psychology doctoral candidate at The University of Akron. She received an M.A. in Counseling Psychology from The University of Akron and a B.A. in Psychology from Baldwin Wallace University. Her research interests focus on refugee and immigrant populations, Arab Americans, trauma, oppression, resiliency, community participatory research, and culturally specific interventions. Nuha uses a social justice and multicultural lens in her approach to research and practice. In the future, Nuha hopes to focus on the intersection of psychological research and public policy. In her free time, she enjoys traveling to new countries, running, yoga, and spending time with family and friends! 

Andrea Hadar, LCSW

Andrea Haidar is a licensed clinical social worker and a doctoral student in clinical psychology at the Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine. She is a graduate research assistant at the M-Body Lab with Dr. Inger Burnett-Zeigler, where she currently assists with a project examining the implementation of a culturally adapted mindfulness-based intervention for racial and ethnic minority women at a federally qualified health center. Andrea’s work is focused on addressing health disparities and increasing the accessibility of mental health services for people of color, immigrants, and refugees. She is particularly interested in mindfulness-based interventions and trauma-informed care. She previously worked as a therapist at the Inner-City Muslim Action Network (IMAN), providing services in English, Spanish, and Arabic. Andrea holds a master’s degree in social work from the University of Chicago, where she also completed her undergraduate studies in sociology. Andrea is a recipient of national awards, including the Truman Scholarship, the Fulbright Scholarship, and the Critical Language Scholarship. Andrea enjoys yoga, taking care of her plant babies, watching Arabic soap operas, and creative writing.

 

 

Hadeel Ali, Ph.D.

Hadeel Ali (she/her) received her Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology from the University of Denver. She is currently a Post-Doctoral Fellow and Anti-Racism Trainer at the Center for Healing Racial Trauma. Taking experience as a first-generation Palestinian-Pakistani immigrant, Hadeel is passionate about supporting the MENA and South Asian populations. Her professional interests involve serving racially/ethnically marginalized communities, refugees, and immigrants through dismantling systemic racism and promoting healing for those of the global majority. In her free time, Hadeel finds peace through connecting with nature, hiking, dancing, and spending time and laughing with those she loves.

For questions related to advocacy initiatives please email the advocacy committee co-chairs:

Layli Khaghani, Psy.D. (drlkhaghani[at]gmail.com)

Mohamed Elnakib, Psy.D. (dr.mmelnakib[at]gmail.com)