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AMENA-Psy Student Committee Hosted Webinars

Webinars hosted by the AMENA-Psy Student Committee cover a wide range of topics related to professional development. Topics may be related to research, practice, and advocacy. Recorded webinars are made available for active AMENA-Psy members at the discretion of the speaker. We welcome those who are interested in presenting to contact us at
Click here to see a list of programming hosted by the student committee! 



Process & Benefits of Board Certification

Dr. Alexander Malik Khaddouma, ABPP, is a licensed Psychologist and board certified in Couple and Family Psychology. He is currently a staff psychologist and coordinator of outreach services at the University of Hawai'i at Manoa. During this webinar, he speaks about the process and benefits of seeking board certification especially as they apply to Arab/MENA psychologists, trainees, and students. Watch this video if you are considering the board certification process at any stage of your professional training.

To watch this webinar: CLICK HERE 


WeAreMENA Webinar

The WeAreMENA Webinar © 2021 was organized as part of the WeAreMENA Campaign: A call to action. The contents of this video were designed to provide information on who are Arab/MENA Americans and why it is important to include Arab/MENA in research demographic forms. The Webinar begins with an introduction by Bahaur Amini, our 2020/2021 Student Member-at-Large, background on the campaign, and an introduction of the speakers. The webinar includes round 50 minutes of presentations with a 20 minute Q&A at the end. Thank you for watching!

This webinar is available to the public. To watch this webinar: CLICK HERE


The Role of Spiritual Bypass for Muslims Living in the US

Salman Ahmad, M.S., presents on therapeutic considerations when working with Muslims living in the U.S. Salman is a second-year clinical psychology Ph.D. student at the University of Miami and a student member of AMENA-Psy. 

In this talk, Salman talks about the Muslim American project he co-founded with Merranda McLaughlin (also a student member of AMENA-Psy), under the guidance of Dr. Amy Weisman de Mamani. He shares results from his master’s thesis regarding the topic of spiritual bypass, as well as a study that investigates the presence of an immigrant paradox among MLUS. He ends the talk by sharing future directions of the Muslim American project, which is expected to culminate in the development and examination of a culturally informed therapy for Muslim Americans that incorporates their religious and spiritual beliefs and values into treatment. Q&A is also included. 

To watch this webinar: CLICK HERE 

Ethnic Minority Psychological Association (EMPA) Student Panel: Finding Your Professional Home Through Community!

We recognize that BIPOC psychology students are often underrepresented in their programs and may be unaware of the supportive spaces available to them in the field.

This panel features student leaders from all five APA-recognized Ethnic Minority Psychological Associations, including our own Student Member at Large- Bahaur Amini! Panelists speak about the benefits of student membership, their role as a student on the leadership team, and how they support the student members. Following the one-hour panel discussion is a 30 minute Q&A.

This webinar is available to the public. To watch the first webinar (2021): CLICK HERE

To watch the second EMPA Panel Discussion (2022): CLICK HERE

How to Talk About Palestine: Allyship for the MENA Community

Collaboration with Student Affiliates of Seventeen

Within the psychology community, discussions of Palestinian human rights are often silenced and condemned. This atmosphere represents a hostile environment: isolating individuals, fomenting discord and polarization. As psychologists, we are charged with the responsibility to advocate for those marginalized and suffering transgenerational effects of trauma and discrimination. By ignoring Palestinian and Palestinian diaspora human rights, we are devaluing their experiences, invalidating their struggles, and complicating their right and access to mental health care. It is time we take a more comprehensive approach to this issue and contemplate the ethics of silencing Middle Eastern and North African (MENA) voices. Watch Student Affiliates of Seventeen and AMENA-Psy host an educational meeting aimed at addressing how to talk about Palestine and ways to serve as an advocate and ally for colleagues, trainees, clients, and families within the MENA American community. This webinar includes a brief history of the matter, including the U.S.’s role in facilitating violence and suppression towards the Palestinian diaspora, along with recommendations and talking points for allyship.

This webinar is available to the public. To watch this webinar: CLICK HERE

Clinical Implications of Working with Queer SSWANA & Muslim Individuals

In this webinar, Emily El-Oqlah, Ph.D. highlights research findings on the experiences of Queer Muslims in the U.S. with a focus on clinical implications and SSWANA Muslims. Viewers will be able to identify common experiences Queer Muslims face within their families, social groups, mosques, and online. Viewers will also be able to summarize the clinical needs of this population to help inform their clinical practice.

This webinar is available to members only. To watch this webinar: CLICK HERE. Note: You must be logged into your account to access the webinar)


Grant Writing Webinar

The Grant Writing Webinar (2023) was organized by the AMENA-Psy Student Committee and included expert panelists Dr. Gigi Awad and Dr. Maryam Kia-Keating. The objectives of this webinar were to 1) provide advice and resources for AMENA-Psy members to write grants related to their research and clinical interest and 2) predominantly center the discussion on how to approach grant writing concerning Arab/MENA populations. The webinar begins with an introduction by Isabella Tomei (Student Committee Professional Development Chair), followed by a 45-minute moderated discussion with the invited panelists and a 20-minute Q&A with the audience. Lastly, Zeinab Hachem (Student Committee Research Chair) announced a new grant resource for active AMENA-Psy members. Thank you for watching!

This webinar is available to members only. To watch this webinar: CLICK HERE. Note: You must be logged into your account to access the webinar)