Faculty of Psychology
Professor Dr. G.Hussein Rassool has a PhD in Psychology and Education (University of London), MSc in Health Education and a BA in Psychology. He is an international consultant and facilitator with proven expertise in mental health and addiction. He is currently working as an academic advisor, lecturer in psychology, independent consultant in addiction and mental health and Clinical Consultant/Executive Director of Sakina Counselling Institute & Research.
He also works part-time as an Islamic psychotherapist. Dr. G.Hussein Rassool has been a visiting professor of psychology of addiction and mental health at the University of Sao Paulo, Brazil. His previous experience was as a Senior Lecturer at the Department of Addictive Behaviour & Psychological Medicine, St George's Hospital Medical School (University of London), England where he developed many unique academic programmes. He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Public Health and served as News Editor/Editorial Board Member of international journals in the UK, USA and Brazil.
He is an author /editor of eight books and has published over 100 papers and reviews. Some of his published books are Cultural Competence in Caring for Muslim Patients; Addictive Behaviours: Theory & Clinical Practice, Alcohol and Drug Misuse, and Dual Diagnosis. His forthcoming publications include Health Psychology from an Islamic Perspective (Based on the Qur'aan and Sunnah) (International Islamic Publishing House, Riyadh); Islamic Counselling: An Introduction (Taylor & Francis); Addictive Behaviours: The Disease and its Cure-An Islamic Perspective (International Islamic Publishing House, Riyadh).
Dr. Fahad Khan is a psychologist with a doctorate in Clinical Psychology a Masters degree in Biomedical Sciences. He is also a Hafiz of the Qur`an (having committed the entire Qur`an to memory) and has studied Islamic studies with various scholars in the Muslim world and the US. He is currently the Deputy Director at Khalil Center, a non-profit organization providing therapy and psychological services to Muslim Americans. He also serves on the Editorial Board for Muslim World Affairs, an online peer-reviewed journal. He has conducted research studies on help-seeking attitudes of Muslim Americans as well as the effects of Acculturation & Religiosity on Psychological Distress. The primary focus of his clinical training has been with children and adolescents suffering from serious mental illnesses. However, he has had a broad range of experiences dealing with individuals from all age groups and cultural backgrounds.
Francesca has a PhD in Systemic Neuroscience, a Master in Neuro-Cognitive Psychology and a Bachelor in Cognitive Science. She has worked in scientific research in the USA, UK and Europe. A Muslim since 2010, she is interested in teaching modern scientific topics while keeping in mind the classical Islamic wisdom.
Sr. Bela Khan is a certified life coach, speaker, and author. She is pursuing a Master in Psychology and holds an M.Phil Degree in Microbiology. Furthermore, she is the founder of Muslim Women Empowerment, an institute that empowers women to move past their challenges and lead a life of purpose.
Sr. Bela is a lifelong learner. She has many certifications in the field of leadership, success, and human behavior from leading institutes of the world. Additionally, she has completed her Bridge Diploma in Islamic Studies from the Islamic Online University as well as diplomas in Quran Tafseer and Hadith Course from Pakistan.
Teaching the concepts of psychology and human behavior in the light of divine principles of Islam is her specialty. She conducts personal development workshops and training to help people take their lives to next level and become better versions of themselves.
Kashmala Qasim is currently pursuing a PhD in Psychology at York University, with an emphasis on community engagement research. She holds a Master of Science in Health Neuroscience from the McMaster University/St Joseph’s Healthcare, Hamilton, Canada, and a Bachelor of Science in Psychology Specialist (Co-op Program) from the University of Toronto, Canada. She has an extensive research, knowledge translation, clinical and teaching experience. She conducted oral presentations at several academic conferences; and has an experience with speaking to a diverse audience of international medical professionals, researchers and students. Sr. Kashmala received an “Outstanding Oral Research Presentation” award within the faculty of health sciences, McMaster University (2013), and “Teaching Assistant Excellence” awards for undergraduate teaching (2013). Sr. Kashmala is currently leading a knowledge translation project at the McMaster University.
Hooman Keshavarzi has a Master’s degree in Clinical Psychology, and is currently pursuing his doctorate in Psychology. His area of speciality lies in working towards uncovering Islamic theoretical perspectives on psychology and the psycho-social issues as well as the implications/applications on Muslim minorities in the West.
He is the founder/director of the Khalil Center, which is a community mental health center based out of Chicago. He is also a fellow at the Institute for Social Policy and Understanding at the Global Health Center, which conducts research on topics related to Muslims and Mental Health. Hooman Keshavarzi is a national public speaker and trainer serving as a former Clinical supervisor at the Village of Hoffman Estates. He also delivers seminars on specialized topics, like multiculturalism and psychology.
Fatou Kinneh Jagne holds a MA in Education with University of Bridgeport, Connecticut, USA. She is a lecturer of social and forensic psychology. Currently, Sister Fatou Kinneh Jagne is lecturing psychology at the University of The Gambia.
Saba Sajjad holds an MPhil in Psychology from the Quaid-e-Azam University, Islamabad, and a Diploma in Homeopathic Medicine and Surgery (DHMS). Her papers were presented at national and international conferences. Sr. Saba is currently lecturing at the Govt. Post Graduate College, Gujranwala, Pakistan, and Soft Solution College, Gujranwala, Pakistan.
Usman Mughni holds a Master of Science in Marriage and Family Therapy and a Bachelor of Science in Psychology along with a degree in Diagnostic Medical Imaging. Usman is a licensed marriage and family therapist with extensive clinical healthcare experience, and teaching experience. Br. Usman is a founder of and primary therapist at PeacefulYou Counseling Services, an organization composed of Muslim therapists and religious scholars addressing various challenges Muslim individuals, couples, and families struggle with.