Ben Herzig


Ben Herzig


Areas of Expertise: Mental Health

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Ben Herzig is a Scholar at ISPU and is a psychologist in private practice in the Boston area. He received his doctorate in Clinical Psychology from Antioch University New England. He has practiced in numerous settings, including community health centers, emergency rooms, schools, state hospitals, and the federal prison system. Dr. Herzig has authored several academic journal articles and is a reviewer for the Journal of Multicultural Counseling and Development and the Journal of Muslim Mental Health. Dr. Herzig’s research interests are focused on the intersection of psychology and religion, and he has recently agreed to co-author a chapter on Islam and mental health for Johns Hopkins University Press. He has contributed his expertise in various settings, such as Harvard Medical School grand rounds, Columbia University, Boston College, Boston University School of Medicine, and the University of Connecticut School of Law. He serves on the board of directors of the Center for Jewish-Muslim Relations. Dr. Herzig has studied at Yale University, Tufts University, and the University of Pennsylvania, from which he graduated with a degree in Psychology and a minor in Religious Studies.


B.A., Psychology, University of Pennsylvania, Psy.D., Clinical Psychology, Antioch University New England

Areas of Expertise

Mental Health



As a clinical psychologist, I have the privilege of witnessing the deepest vulnerabilities of the patients who have allowed me to walk with them on their personal journeys. I’ve developed an interest and specialty in working with American Muslims, who comprise a significant share of my clientele. During the recent presidential election, my Muslim clients…
Looking back on the 2012 presidential campaign up to this point, one wonders why there has been an active effort by some Republican candidates to alienate American Muslims. This is especially surprising since, according to a recently published report by the Institute for Social Policy and Understanding, American Muslims are an active and growing constituency…
National surveys have consistently found that the vast majority of Americans identify as religious and/or spiritual in one way or another. But is there any room for spirituality or religious practice in psychiatric treatment? Is there a place at all for faith in an era that so privileges the brain over the mind and posits…
In the hours after the killing of Osama bin Laden, raucous scenes of celebration could be observed outside the White House and in Lower Manhattan, but also throughout the country on several college campuses. This struck many commentators in the media as curious; how could young men and women who were children on 9/11 feel…
Despite the growing number of American Muslims in the United States, their frequent encounters with prejudice and their increased self-reports of emotional stress, little research has been carried out to understand attitudes toward mental health by Muslim Americans, specifically those born and raised in the United States. On the basis of current demographic trends, it…