12th Annual Muslim Mental Health Conference

By MSU Department of Psychiatry
August 23, 2019

Conference Theme: : The Intersection of Spirituality and Mental Health Practice

March 27-29, 2020 (Friday - Sunday) 

American Islamic College, Chicago Illinois

This unique conference brings together scholars, faith leaders, healthcare providers and researchers to
examine topics related to mental health across the Muslim community. It will include keynote speakers, scholarly research presentations and panel discussions.  Note that there will be parallel tracks, one for Islamic Psychology and one for General Muslim Mental Health.
Click here for conference flyer.
Click here for the program agenda.
Click here for Speakers' Bios.

Daily Events

-Friday all day, Saturday all day, & Sunday morning: General sessions, poster presentations, panels & keynote speakers

-Sunday, 2 pm:  tour of Khalil Center National Headquarters in Lombard, IL.

Keynote Speaker

The keynote speaker is Prof. Recep ŞENTÜRKPresident of Ibn Khaldun University (IHU) in Istanbul, Turkey, and noted sociologist, traditionally trained scholar, and Founder and Director of the Istanbul Foundation for Education and Research (ISAR), a charitable endowment (waqf) that seeks to breathe new life into the curriculum of the traditional Ottoman madrasa by reviving its teaching, integrating it with the modern social sciences, and placing it within its traditional context of Sufism. 


Early Bird rates (up to November 15, 2019): 

Whole conference Professionals: $220; Students: $120

After November 15, 2019

Professionals: Whole conference $250; Daily rates $100
Students: Whole conference $150; Daily rates $85 (Valid student ID required at check-in.)

Registration link is here.

The fee includes continental breakfast, tea/coffee all three days and buffet lunch on the Friday and Saturday.



Call for Abstracts Details

Deadline: Abstracts should be submitted to MSUMMHConference@gmail.com by October 31, 2019.

Format: Abstracts must adhere to the American Psychological Association (APA) format and must not exceed 300 words.

Notification: Authors will be notified by December 1, 2019.

Here is a list of suggested, but not limited to, topics to be covered:             
   -Epidemiological studies of mental illnesses in Muslim communities
   -History of mental illness and treatment (hospitals, models of treatment etc)
   -Cross-cultural psychology
   -Stigma, attitudes and help seeking behaviors for mental illness in Muslim cultures
   -Role of traditional healing 
   -Role of spirituality in the clinical encounter
   -Models of psychotherapy 
   -Practical Islamic Interventions for therapeutic application
   -Utilization of services
   -Interpersonal violence
   -Dream Interpretation
   -Epistemology and Ontology of Human Psychology
   -Substance Use
   -Sexual health
   -Islamic law and forensic psychiatry/psychology
   -Disaster psychiatry/psychology, refugee rehabilitation
   -Community Mental Health and Collaborative Care (Chaplains, Imams, Clergy)
   -Case Presentations 

Complete the cover sheet form here and send your abstract (300 word summary in APA format) to: msummhconference@gmail.com

Exhibitors, Sponsorships, Advertisement Opportunities:    

Click here for additional details on Exhibit tables and Sponsorships and to place an advertisement in the program booklet.  Click here for Advertising Agreement.


Michigan State University Department of Psychiatry, Khalil Center, Institute for Muslim Mental Health, International Association for Islamic Psychology and American Islamic College

Contact Us

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