Amal Killawi


Amal Killawi


Areas of Expertise: American Muslim Health, Cultural Competency, Community-Based Research, Social Work, Mental Health, Sexual Health, Health Disparities.

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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


Recommendations for Promoting Healthy Marriages & Preventing Divorce in the American Muslim Community
As divorce becomes more prevalent among American Muslims, it is increasingly important for families to understand how to minimize the risk of divorce and build healthy marriages. Although there are various approaches to help couples achieve healthy relationships, little is known about how American Muslims perceive and utilize marriage education programs and counseling interventions, as…