10th Annual Muslim Mental Health Conference

By MSU Department of Psychiatry
February 19, 2018

March 15-17, 2018 Washington, DC United States Institute of Peace

THEME: Out of the Shackles:
Pursuit of Civil Justice in the Face of Psychological Trauma

The number of hate crimes, bullying, and microaggressions American Muslims experience is drawing increasing attention. Scholarly research on the subject began long before the recent political rhetoric and even before 9/11. However, the mechanisms, scale, and impact of the treatment of American Muslims requires more rigorous study and better dissemination. Furthermore, the American Muslim experience is subject to American social and structural realities. The role of race, violence, policing, surveillance, educational policy, mental health care access and reform, immigration policy, and civil liberties in the U.S. all impact the American Muslim experience. Interventions, whether at a clinical, programmatic, or policy level have not been well described. This conference seeks scholars who will offer an analysis as well as intervention for American Muslims’ challenges. 

This unique conference brings together faith leaders, health care providers and researchers to examine topics related to mental health across the American Muslim community.  It will include keynote speakers, scholarly research presentations and panel discussions.

Daily Highlights:

Thursday, March 15: Faith & Community Leader Mental Health First Responder training (including Disaster Response Training).  More details on this training can be found here.

Friday, March 16: Suicide Prevenion Training; Narratives of Pain (off-site location, to be determined)

Saturday, March 17: Virtual Reality Demonstration, ADAMS Center Mosque tour (optional)

Sunday, March 18: America's Islamic Heritage Museum tour (optional)

2018 Muslim Mental Health Conference Save the Date Flyer



Fees for the conference are: $250-Professionals; $75-Students;

$50-Faith & Community Leader Training (Thursday only)

Please register by March 1, as prices will increase after that date to $300-Professionals and $100-Students

For on-line registration follow this link.

Conference Venue

The United States Institute of Peace will be the conference venue for the 2018 conference.  Click here to view the site.


A tentative program booklet may be found here (details subject to change).  

To view videos from the 2017 conference, click here.

Conference Hotel

A block of rooms called Muslim Mental Health Room Block has been reserved at the Courtyard Washington, DC/Foggy Bottom.  You may call 1.800.228.9290 and reference the block to make your reservations at the group rate.  You may also book directly online by clicking the link below:

Muslim Mental Health Room Block:  Start date: 3/14/18; End date: 3/17/18
Last day to book: 2/9/18
Marriott hotel(s) offering special group rate:  Courtyard Washington, DC/Foggy Bottom  for 205.00 USD  - 215.00 USD  per night


Exhibitors, Sponsorships, Advertisement Opportunities

We invite your sponsorship of the conference.  Here are the sponsorship levels:

PLATINUM Sponsor - $10,000

GOLD Sponsor - $5,000

SILVER Sponsor - $1000

BRONZE Sponsor - $500

Click here for additional details on Exhibits and Sponsorships.  


If you would like to sponsor a participant for the Faith & Community Leader Mental Health First Response Training, please click this link: To donate online - 2018 Muslim Mental Health Conference Scholarship


The conference is applying continuing education credits.  As soon as approval from granting offices are secured, details will be posted. Be sure to stop by the CEU table to fill out the proper forms to get credits.


The Muslim Mental Health Conference is presented in partnership with the Institute of Muslim Mental Health; and  co-sponsored by the American Psychiatric Association Division of Diversity and Health Equity, MSU Department of Psychiatry, MSU College of Osteopathic Medicine, MSU College of Human Medicine, MSU Office of the Vice President of Research & Graduate Studies, MSU Provost Office, MSU African Studies Center, MSU Department of Psychology, MSU Muslim Studies Program, MSU Department of Social Work, MSU Asian Studies Center, MSU Center for Gender in Global Context and MSU Office for Inclusion & Intercultural Initiatives.

The host Islamic Center for the conference is the Adams Center (All Dulles Area Muslim Society) in Sterling, Virginia, which is the third-largest mosque in America.  The hosting imam is Imam Mohamed Magid.

Supporting organizations include: American Muslim Health Professionals (AMHP), Institute for Social Policy and Understanding (ISPU)ACCESS Community Health and Research Center, Common Bond Institute, and ISSA (Islamic Social Service Association).

Additional International Muslim Mental Health Conferences in 2018

Malaysia:  July 3-6, 2018, University of Putra Malaysia, Theme: "Diversity in Mental Health: Addressing Different Populations & Backgrounds".  Keynote Speaker: Professor Malik Badri, additional speakers: Dr Jed Magen, Dr Farha Abbasi, Dr Halim Naeem, PM Siti Hassan, Prof Hatta Sharom, Ustaz Norazman.  On July 6th a tour is being arranged of Putrajaya and Kuala Lampur.  The conference recommended hotel is Le Meridien Putrajaya. The conference booklet can be found here. For more details contact Assoc. Prof. Dr. Siti Aishah Hassan at siti_aishahh@upm.edu.my

Dubai:  Theme: "Global Mental Health," MSU-Dubai, Knowledge Village, Dubai, United Arab Emirates,  tentatively planned for January or February 2019. 

Contact Us

For more information or if you have questions about the Conference, please email msummhconference@gmail.com

Disclaimer: The Muslim Mental Health Conference is not affiliated with nor sponsored by the US Institute of Peace.