Altaf Husain serves as an Assistant Professor in the Howard University School of Social Work, in Washington DC. He received his PhD in Social Work from Howard University and his Master of Science in Social Administration from the Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences at Case Western Reserve University. Dr. Husain’s research interests include displaced populations (homelessness, victims of disaster, immigrants and refugees), mental health and psychosocial well-being of adolescent immigrants and refugees of color in the U.S.; immigration policy and its impact on the family; cultural competence; and the development of social service agencies in the Muslim community.
Dr. Husain has written and researched on the topic of Islam and Muslims, most recently completing a quantitative study of Somali youth in the United States. He has been invited by the Department of Homeland Security Office of Civil Rights and Civil Liberties to provide insights on Islam in general and specifically on the Somali Diaspora, in light of the disappearance of a few dozen Somali American youth from the United States in 2008-2009.
Dr. Husain served as a two-term national president of the Muslim Students Association of the U.S. and Canada (MSA National). Dr. Husain presently serves as a board member and chair of the Leadership Development Committee of the Islamic Society of North America (ISNA). He was a founding board member of the Islamic Social Services Association (ISSA).
PhD in Social Work, Howard University, Master of Science in Social Administration from the Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences at Case Western Reserve University