Wahiba Abu-Ras


Wahiba Abu-Ras


Disclaimer: the work linked below reflects the view of the author and does not necessarily reflect the view of ISPU.

Wahiba Abu-Ras is a Fellow at ISPU and an Assistant Professor at Adelphi University in the school of social work. Her research area of concentration is on mental health among Muslim and Arab-Americans. Dr. Abu-Ras has published several articles about domestic violence among Arab immigrant women, the impact of 9/11 on the Muslim community; role of Imams in mental health sitting, and the needs of chaplaincy services for Muslim patients, including access and barriers to services. Her current research interest includes the impact of trauma on Arab and Muslims in the US; PTSD and depression as related to 9/11; Muslims’ coping methods with trauma, Muslim Physician and their civic involvement; substance abuse among Muslim youth, and assessment of Mental health issues among American Muslim in the United States Army. Dr. Abu-Ras currently serves as a member of the board of trustee of the Muslim Mental Health Inc. She also serves as a peer-review member on several national and international journals and has several affiliations with different professional organizations and institutions. Dr. Abu-Ras received her PhD from Columbia University School of Social Work, NY. Prior to that, she received her Fulbright fellowship to study Public Administration at J.F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University.


MSW, Rutgers University; PhD, Social Work, Columbia University

Areas of Expertise

  1. American Muslims
  2. Mental Health
  3. Health Care
  4. Muslims in the West


  • This pilot study initiates the process of documenting the prevalence of alcohol use among this specific population and to explore potential areas of intervention. In particular, this pilot study examines the relationship of alcohol use and various factors: family, religiosity, personal beliefs, and social influences. Our research combined an innovative sampling technique – respondent-driven sampling – with a web-based survey to gather data on this difficult-to-reach group.

  • The creation of Medicare and Medicaid in 1965 dramatically changed the availability of healthcare in the United States; however, it left a major gap in health services for Americans living in the inner-city and rural areas. The federal government sought to fill this gap by...

  • The transition to college in the United States is a vulnerable period in the developmental trajectory between childhood and adulthood (Boyd et al. 2005). In general, this period represents an entrance into a new environment with potentially new norms of behavior. One behavior in particular...

  • Religion and spirituality are the first, and sometimes only, available sources of comfort for many hospital patients facing difficult events. Since chaplaincy is most commonly recognized as a Judeo-Christian practice, other spiritual perspectives receive less attention. This study assesses three areas: the existing chaplaincy care services available...

  • The tragic shootings at the Fort Hood Army Base in Texas raised the public’s attention toward Muslims serving in the United States Armed Forces. There was much public conjecture about the motives and mental state of Major Nidal Hasan. While mental health services in the military...

Share via