Department of Psychiatry Grand Rounds

Bay Area Lecturer Series Presentation:
Islamophobia: Clinical Considerations From a Muslim Psychiatrist

Rania Awaad, MD
Clinical Assistant Professor 
Director, Stanford Muslim Mental Health Lab
Director, Khalil Center- Bay Area
Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences
Stanford University School of Medicine


Learning objectives:
At the end of this presentation, participants will be able to:

  • Understand the issues that marginalized Muslim patients may face, including discrimination on the basis of ethnicity, cultural background, or faith, and the potential fear of deportation 
  • Describe the unique issues and challenges for Muslim patients
  • Identify ways to frame counseling for Muslim patients
  • Understand assessment considerations for working with Muslim patients
  • Identify successful counseling methods for Muslim patients that implement culturally- and religiously-sensitive techniques in a clinic setting


Remote live streaming locations:

  • Zuckerberg San Francisco General: Building 5, Room 7M30
  • San Francisco VA Medical Center: Building 8, Room 320B
  • Clearlake VA Clinic
  • Eureka VA Clinic
  • San Bruno VA Clinic
  • San Francisco VA Downtown Clinic
  • Santa Rosa VA Clinic
  • Ukiah VA Clinic

Live streaming is also available at


About the speaker:
Rania Awaad, M.D. is a Clinical Assistant Professor based at the Stanford University School of Medicine and the Director of the Muslims and Mental Health Lab. She pursued her psychiatric residency training at Stanford where she also completed a postdoctoral clinical research fellowship with the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH).

Her research and clinical work are focused on the mental health needs of Muslims. In this capacity, she is an attending in Stanford’s Diversity Clinic and the Clinical Director of the Bay Area branches of the Khalil Center, a spiritual wellness center pioneering the application of traditional Islamic spiritual healing methods to modern clinical psychology. She has been the recipient of several awards and grants for her work.

Prior to studying medicine, she pursued classical Islamic studies in Damascus, Syria and holds certification (ijaza) in Qur’an, Islamic Law and other branches of the Islamic Sciences. Dr. Awaad is also a Professor of Islamic Law at Zaytuna College, an American Muslim Liberal Arts College in Berkeley, CA. In addition, she serves as the Director of The Rahmah Foundation, a non-profit organization dedicated to educating Muslim women and girls.

Dr. Awaad is a nationally recognized speaker, award-winning teacher, researcher and author in both the Islamic and the psychiatric sciences. The Muslims and Mental Health Lab is Dr.  Awaad’s brainchild. She is passionate about providing accurate, balanced, culturally and religiously congruent information about mental health to Muslims and about Muslims to the field of mental health. 


Grand Rounds presentations are for educational purposes and intended for a professional audience only.

To qualify for CME credit for this event, participants must (1) attend in-person or at one of the approved live streaming locations listed above; and (2) sign in at their location.

Tuesday, November 21, 2017 at 8:00am to 9:30am

N-225 Auditorium
513 Parnassus Avenue, San Francisco, California 94143