Kameelah Mu’Min Rashad

Kameelah Rashad

Kameelah Mu’Min Rashad

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Kameelah Mu’Min Rashad, PsyD is the Founder and President of Muslim Wellness Foundation (MWF), a nonprofit organization dedicated to promoting healing and emotional well-being in the American Muslim community through dialogue, education and training. She is also the founding co-Director of the National Black Muslim COVID Coalition, an initiative launched in collaboration with Muslim Anti-Racism Collaborative to address need for effective planning, preparedness and organizing during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Through Muslim Wellness Foundation, Dr. Rashad has established the annual Black Muslim Psychology Conference and the Deeply Rooted Emerging Leaders Fellowship for Black Muslim young adults. She is the advisor to Penn Sapelo, the first Black Muslim student organization at UPenn, and served three years as the Muslim Chaplain at UPenn. Dr. Rashad’s clinical and research areas of interest include: spirituality in psychotherapy, wellness and community resource building, story-telling as a way of facilitating connection, healing and closure in family of origin, mental health stigma in faith and minority communities, first generation college students and emerging adults of color; diversity, religious identity and multicultural issues in counseling, healing justice and faith based activism, racial trauma and healing, psychological impact of anti-Muslim bigotry and anti-Blackness, Black Muslim psychology and Black Muslim intersectional invisibility.

Dr. Rashad graduated from the University of Pennsylvania with a BA in Psychology and MEd in Psychological Services. She obtained further graduate education, earning a second Masters in Restorative Practices & Youth Counseling (MRP) from the International Institute for Restorative Practices. She completed her doctorate in Clinical Psychology at Chestnut Hill College in Philadelphia, PA.

Dr Rashad describes herself most importantly and simply as a Mama, Auntie, sister and friend. A baker, psychologist, family historian, genealogist and bean pie evangelist. She writes, reflects, and tweets on topics related to the intersections of race, religion, identity, trauma, healing, and collective well-being. She also shares random anecdotes about her Tiny Human, her two Teens and her pandemic pets m: cat, John Brown, and hounds: Nat Turner and Denmark Vesey.

Education

BA, Psychology, MEd, Psychological Services, University of Pennsylvania; MRP, International Institute for Restorative Practices; PsyD, Chestnut Hill College

Certifications: Mental Health First Aid instructor (Adult, Youth and Higher Education); PREPARE/ENRICH facilitator (premarital counseling); post-Master’s certificate, Eco-Systemic Family Therapy, Philadelphia Child & Family Therapy Training Center

Areas of Expertise

  1. Healing justice and faith-based activism
  2. Racial trauma and healing
  3. Women and leadership
  4. Psychological impact of anti-Muslim bigotry and anti-Blackness
  5. Black Muslim psychology and Black Muslim intersectional invisibility
  6. Mental health stigma in faith and minority communities
  7. First-generation college students and emerging adults of color
  8. Diversity, religious identity, and multicultural issues in counseling
  9. Spirituality in psychotherapy, wellness, and community resource building
  10. Storytelling as a way of facilitating connection, healing, and closure in family of origin

Publications

Being Black and Muslim in the post-9/11

Guidelines for Clinicians on Racial Trauma, Violence and Islamophobia

American Muslims and the Trauma of Anti-Muslim Bigotry

“Between PinkPussyHats and a Hard Place: Black Women Seeking Solace in a Trumptonian World,” Sister’s Speak Newsletter, July 2017

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