12th Annual Muslim Mental Health Conference

By MSU Department of Psychiatry
March 13, 2020

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

American Islamic College, Chicago Illinois

July 10-12, 2020


UPDATE: Postponement of MMH Conference 2020
As you may know from our previous correspondences, the MMHC 2020 leadership has been closely monitoring the COVID-19 outbreak. In light of the dynamic challenges related to COVID-19, and our concern for the safety and well-being of our participants, faculty, volunteers, families, and greater community, it is not prudent or appropriate for us to hold our 2020 meeting as scheduled. Therefore, it is with a heavy heart that we inform you that we are formally postponing the conference to July 10-12, 2020. This will include all associated programming such as Khalil Center’s 10 year anniversary GALA, MMH evening dinner and Narratives of Pain.  We intend to maintain the current program schedule, as well as venues for all posted events. If any adjustments are made between now and July, we will keep you abreast of such modifications.  Based on the latest predictive models of COVID-19, the pandemic should subside by late spring or early summer. We expect by mid-summer travel should be safe, inshāʾAllāh.

The MMHC leadership has been closely following the guidance from the CDC, WHO, local public health authorities, and our academic affiliates. Most of our home institutions, as well as federal agencies, have issued similar guidance for the protection of their faculty, staff, and patients. In addition, multiple universities, federal government agencies, and other international institutions have instructed their faculty not to go to local or national meetings until further notice.  Most academic conferences being held around this time too are following suit.  The current circumstances pose additional challenges for some of our presenters who are traveling from aboard, with increasing restrictions being imposed on them for travel and rendering them unable to participate due to the circumstances.

We look forward and hope you will be able to join us in July, inshāʾAllāh!

2020 Registration reimbursement:

We will apply your registration toward the new date and hope that you will still be able to join us.  Many airlines and hotels are aware of the circumstances and may facilitate ease of adjustments of your tickets for those coming from out of town.  However, if you are unable to rearrange your plans and join us in July, for any reason, a full refund for all registered attendees to the meeting in the coming days.

Additionally, the two hotels (Majestic & Group City Suites) that we had arranged for group discounts, have graciously offered to cancel all hotels for all of our guests without any penalty, but you must contact them to receive your refund or confirm your cancellation.   


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 Oral and Poster Presenters' Bios

Daily Events

  • Friday all day, Saturday all day, & Sunday morning: General sessions, poster presentations, panels & keynote speakers
  • Narratives of Pain, Friday, July 10, American Islamic College, Prayer Room
  • Institute of Muslim Mental Health Annual Dinner: Celebrating Service and Excellence, Friday, July 10, Reza's Restaurant 
  • Khalil Center Gala, Saturday, July 11, 7-9:30 pm, White Eagle Convention Center; a shuttle will be arranged from the conference venue and the two hotels to White Eagle; special discounted rate if register through conference at the link below; Event Flyer here
  • Tour of Khalil Center National Headquarters in Lombard, IL, Sunday, 2 pm

Keynote Speakers

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. 

Dr P. Scott Richards is a licensed psychologist and a full professor of counseling psychology at Brigham Young University as well as the Director of Research for the Center for Change. Dr. Richards received his PhD in counseling psychology in 1988 from the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis and he has extensive research training and experience. He is the author of numerous scholarly articles in professional journals and has authored and edited several books published by the American Psychological Association.

Dr Aminah B. McCloud is Professor of Religious Studies and Director of Islamic World Studies program at DePaul University. Her areas of expertise include Islam in America, Muslim women, Islamic studies and the history, geography, politics, religion and philosophy of Islam. She is the author and co-author of several books, including African-American Islam (1995); Questions of Faith (1999); Transnational Muslims in American Society (2006); and An Introduction to Islam in the 21st Century (2013). Prof McCloud is also the Editor in Chief of the Journal of Islamic Law and Culture, and a member of the board of advisors of the Institute for Social Policy and Understanding (ISPU)


Professionals: Whole conference $250; Daily rates $125
Students: Whole conference $150; Daily rates $75 (Valid student ID required at check-in.)
Sunday only rate: $30
Khalil Center Gala, Saturday, July 11, 7:00 pm. Early bird price $45. After June 30, $60
Narratives of Pain, Friday, July 10, Free event
Institute of Muslim Mental Health 
Annual Dinner: Celebrating Service and Excellence, July 10,  Reza's Restaurant & Catering5255 North Clark,40 N Tower Rd (Oak Brook), Chicago, Illinois 60640.  Admittance by separate ticket.

Registration link is here.

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

Cancellation Policy
Cancellations made 7 days or more in advance of the event date will be charged a $10/person cancellation fee. Cancellations made within 3 - 6 days will incur a 20% fee. Cancellations made within 48 hours to the event will incur a 30% fee.


IAIP Conference Group City Suites 

IAIP Conference Group Majestic

Guests may also contact the hotels directly to make reservations:

Majestic Hotel

528 West Brompton, Chicago, IL 60657, Phone: 773.404.3499 

City Suites Hotel

933 West Belmont, Chicago, IL 60657, Phone: 773.404.3400 

Guests may also contact Roxana Dumbrava at 773.404.3499 or email Roxana@majestic-chicago.com if they have any questions or need assistance. 

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.

CMEs and CEUs

CMEs and CEUs will be provided at the conference for physicians and social workers, provided by Islamic Medical Association of North America.  Please note on the program which sessions are CME eligible.

This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the accreditation requirements and policies of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) through the joint providership of the Islamic Medical Association of North America and Khalil Center. The Islamic Medical Association of North America is accredited by the ACCME to provide continuing medical education for physicians.  

CEU’s will be provided for all the panels for psychologists, licensed counselors, social workers, licensed marriage and family therapists. CEU’s are co-sponsoered by IMHCA (Illinois Mental Health Counselors).  There will be a charge for CEU’s.  Those who want a certificate to document their participation, will have to pay $10 per CEU hour.  Certificates can be picked up from registration desk.


Michigan State University Department of PsychiatryKhalil Center, Institute for Muslim Mental Health, International Association for Islamic PsychologyIslamic Medical Association of North America and American Islamic College

Contact Us

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