Farha Abbasi, MD
|Department||Department of Psychiatry|
Assistant Professor of Psychology and Psychiatry
Department of Psychiatry
Dr. Abbasi is Clinical Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychiatry at Michigan State University and Staff Psychiatrist at the University’s student health center. She emigrated from Pakistan and settled in the United States in the year 2000 with her husband and three daughters. In January of 2009, Dr. Abbasi was awarded the American Psychiatric Association SAMSHA Minority Fellowship. She used the grant money to create awareness about cultural competency, to redefine it as not just tolerance for others but rather acceptance. Her areas of interest are cultural psychiatry and teaching medical students how to provide culturally appropriate care to Muslim patients. She works directly with the Muslim American community to encourage integration rather than isolation from main stream society.
In addition to her efforts to build bridges between cultures, Dr. Abbasi’s work as a psychiatrist has led her to publicly address the barriers that stigmatize and silence mental health issues within the Islamic community. She has established the Muslim Mental Health Conference and is the managing editor for Journal of Muslim Mental Health being hosted at Michigan State University.
She works relentlessly and tirelessly towards one goal: learning to coexist and go beyond our differences to reach the common point of peace and prosperity.