Aspire to Achieve

    •, A researcher, باحث
      A researcher
    •, An undergraduate, البكالوريوس
      An undergraduate
    •, A graduate, الدراسات العليا
      A graduate


Keynote Speakers


Dr. Carrie York Al-Karam

Dr. Carrie York Al-Karam is president of the Alkaram Institute, a nonprofit research and educational institution dedicated to advancing Islamic psychology to benefit society and improve lives. Its vision is to become the first Muslim graduate school of psychology in the United States. Dr. Al-Karam's areas of interest include Islamic psychology, spiritually integrated psychotherapy, and virtue/character development from an Islamic perspective. Her edited books are Mental Health and Psychological Practice in the United Arab Emirates (Palgrave MacMillan, 2015), Islamically Integrated Psychotherapy: Uniting Faith and Professional Practice (Templeton Press, 2018) and a children’s character development book called Maya and the Seven Limbs (Fons Vitae, Fall 2019). Having lived outside her native United States for nearly 17 years in various countries, including 10 years in the UAE, she and her family are now setting down roots in Roanoke, Virginia. In her free time she enjoys jogging, traveling, and spending time with loved ones.

Omar-Mahmood-01.pngDr. Omar M. Mahmood

Dr. Omar M. Mahmood is an Assistant Professor of Psychology in Clinical Psychiatry at Weill Cornell Medical College. He completed a bachelor’s degree at UCLA where he double-majored in Arabic and Psychobiology. He later completed a master’s and Ph.D. degree program in Clinical Psychology with a minor in Cognitive Neuroscience at Wayne State University. His post-doctoral training was at the University of California, San Diego, School of Medicine where he worked on the Adolescent Brain Imaging Project. He is interested in the development of culturally and linguistically appropriate assessment tools for use in Arab and Muslim populations. He is a neuropsychologist with broad experiences as a clinician, a teacher, and a research scientist. He has conducted cognitive neuroscience research on brain maturation and function. He frequently gives community lectures on topics of mental health, brain development, and psychology from an Islamic perspective. In addition, he has served as an ad-hoc reviewer for various peer reviewed scientific journals in the fields of substance use, psychology, neuropsychology, and neuroimaging.

Research Papers Presenters

Dr. Ramezan Dowlati

Dr. Dowlati earned his PhD in psychology from George Washington University in Washington, DC, United States in 2001. Since then, he has taught abnormal psychology, cognitive psychology, and general psychology at a number of universities and colleges in New York, Virginia, and Washington including State University of New York, George Washington University, Catholic University. He is currently a faculty member at Northern Virginia Community College where he teaches a very diverse population of students. Before his immigration to the USA in 1992, Dr. Dowlati earned an MA in Psychology and a BA in Educational Administration from Tehran University. In addition to his main job as an instructor, Dr. Dowlati has conducted research and made publications and presentations. The broad area of his interest is human cognition (normal and abnormal) in interaction with its environment, and in particular, with the modern communication technology.

Dr. Lameese Eldesouky

Lameese Eldesouky is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychology at The American University in Cairo. The focus of her research is on emotion regulation, specifically (1) how people regulate their emotions, (2) the consequences of emotion regulation for social functioning and health, and (3) how to effectively measure emotion regulation. She received her BA in Psychology from the University of California, Berkeley and her MA and PhD in Social/Personality Psychology from Washington University in St. Louis. She completed a National Science Foundation Postdoctoral Fellowship at Stanford University in the Department of Psychology. She has received notable awards for her research, including the American Psychological Association Dissertation Award, Association for Psychological Science Albert Bandura Graduate Research Award, National Institutes of Health Loan Repayment Award in Clinical Research, and Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Award T32 Pre-doctoral Fellowship.

Workshops Presenters

Dr. Amal A. Alyamani

Amal A. Alyamani is the Director and Consultant Clinical Psychologist at the Autism Center at King Fahad Armed Forces Hospital, Jeddah. She is also an independent Consultant Clinical Psychologist with over 13 years of working experience at various clinical settings in the US and Saudi Arabia. Her experience in conducting psychological evaluations includes assessing various areas of functioning and assessing mental, emotional, developmental and behavioral disorders using batteries of psychological tests. She is interested in contributing to improve the quality of life of young individuals with developmental and behavioral disorders as well as supporting their families. Improving quality of mental health services through early identifications and early intervention is one of her strong professional interests.

Farah Lodi

Farah Lodi is the owner and CEO of Moving Forward, a consulting service in Dubai, where she has lived for 14 years. Prior to that she lived in the US for over thirty years. Farah has a Masters Degree in Mental Health Counseling from Seton Hall University in New Jersey and is a Professional Certified Counselor with the Canadian Counseling and Psychotherapy Association where she has been a regularly featured writer for their online publication “Counseling Connect”. She is also an adjunct instructor of psychology at Zayed University in Dubai where she supervises psychology student interns. Additionally, she has created an online support group, where professional psychological advice is offered as a free community service. Her most recent publications are a chapter in Islamically Integrated Psychotherapy: Uniting Faith and Professional Practice (Templeton Press, July 2018), as well as a chapter in a children’s psycho-spiritual development book called Maya and the Seven Limbs (Fons Vitae, 2019).

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