Amal Killawi


Amal Killawi


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Amal Killawi is a clinical social worker, researcher, and community educator. She serves as a research fellow with the Family & Youth Institute and scholar with the Institute for Social Policy & Understanding. Amal holds a Bachelors in Psychology, Masters in Social Work, and a Certificate in Sexual Health from the University of Michigan. She is currently pursuing her PhD in Social Work at Rutgers University.

Amal has a special interest in community-based participatory research and the provision of culturally competent care. Her previous experience includes working as a counselor with college students and domestic violence survivors, conducting research on family and health challenges in the American Muslim community, and serving as an online counselor and writer.

Additional Skills: Trained in SPSS, NVivo, & Atlas TI applications; Experienced in conducting focus groups and interviews, qualitative data analysis, community outreach, and designing and delivering community education; and Proficient in Arabic, spoken and written. Certified in the following research-based programs: -PREPARE/ENRICH (marriage preparation & enrichment) -PREP (divorce prevention & marriage enhancement) -FOCCUS (marriage preparation) -SMART STEPS (adults & children in stepfamilies) Ad Hoc Reviewer: Journal of Muslim Mental Health (JMMH) & Progress in Community Health Partnerships: Research, Education, and Action (PCHP)


Bachelor’s in Psychology, MSW, Certificate in Sexual Health, University of Michigan; PhD candidate, Rutgers University

Areas of Expertise

  1. American Muslim Health
  2. Cultural Competency
  3. Community-Based Research
  4. Social Work
  5. Mental Health
  6. Sexual Health
  7. Health Disparities


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