Muslim Mental Health Consortium


Mission: Our primary mission is to increase resiliency in the Muslim community by improving their mental health. This we are hoping to achieve by improving diagnosis, treatment and access to care for mental illnesses.  We would generate and apply research, offer trainings and improve community outreach.

Structure and Organization: The Consortium would be integral part of the Department of Psychiatry at Michigan State University. It is administered by the Director and an Advisory committee and consists of Core Faculty and Affiliated Faculty. The Consortium is also supported by Consortium Associates from other departments and agencies at Michigan State University as well from other leading National and International campuses.  The Consortium will engage in research, trainings and community outreach initiatives like continuing Muslim Mental Health Conferences. It will support Academic endeavors like Journal of Muslim Mental Health.

The Research Networks are intellectual communities that bring together faculty, staff and student investigators pursuing Muslim Mental Health. This will be the core activity of the Consortium by bringing together faculty, staff and student investigators to pursue collaborative research projects.

Special Activities:

  • Journal of Muslim Mental Health
  • Annual Muslim Mental Health Conference
  • Global Muslim Mental Health
  • Training of Faith Leaders
  • Certification and Course Development
  • Community outreach
  • Specify clinics who can promote the work locally and across the US

Development of the Consortium:

Muslims are currently one of the most vulnerable population facing unique mental health challenges. The global challenges has increased the importance of cultural diversity for both our country and our discipline. In recognition of this fact, the Psychiatry Department at Michigan State University launched a Muslim Mental Health initiative including the conference and journal, which is jointly funded by the College of Osteopathic Medicine and Office of Research.  A primary goal of this interdisciplinary initiative is to take advantage of the expertise already existing with the campus and from across the country in order to advance the goals of Muslim Mental Health.


Director: Farha Abbasi, MD

Advisory Committee: Hamada Hamid Altalib, MD, MPH; Siddharth Chandra, PhD;  Mohammad Khalil, PhD; Fred Leung, PhD; Jed Magen, DO, MS

Past & Present Partners:

Aalia Network

ACCESS-Arab Community Center for Economic and Social Services

American Muslim Health Professionals

Centre for Mental Health Research in association with the University of Cambridge (CMHR-CU)

The Family & Youth Institute

IMAN Community Health Center

Institute for Social Policy and Understanding

Institute of Muslim Mental Health

International Association of Islamic Psychology

Islamic Social Services Association

The Kennedy Forum

Khalil Center

MSU Asian Studies Center

MSU Center for Gender in Global Context

MSU Department of Psychology

MSU Muslim Studies Program

MSU School of Social Work

Muslim Anti-Racism Collaborative

Universiti Putra Malaysia

University of Jordan


Hamada Hamid Altalib, MD, MPH

Dr. Altalib is the Co-Director of the Veteran Administration (VA) Epilepsy Center of Excellence in West Haven, CT. He helped established a Neurobehavioral clinic, where he provides clinical care for veterans who suffer from emotional distress and/or behavioral problems associated with neurological conditions. He is also Assistant Professor of Neurology and of Psychiatry at Yale School of Medicine.

Siddharth Chandra, PhD

Siddharth Chandra is a recognized expert in economics and international affairs.  He also serves as director of the Asian Studies Center and a professor in MSU’s James Madison College.


Fred Leong, PhD

Frederick T.L. Leong, Ph.D. is Professor of Psychology (Industrial/Organizational and Clinical Psychology Programs) and Director of the Consortium for Multicultural Psychology Research at Michigan State University. He has authored or co-authored over 110 articles in various psychology journals, 70 book chapters, and also edited or co-edited 10 books.

Mohammad Khalil, PhD

Mohammad Hassan Khalil is associate professor of religious studies, director of the Muslim Studies Program, and adjunct professor in the College of Law at Michigan State University. His specialty is Islamic thought, and much of his research revolves around Muslim conceptions of and interactions with non-Muslims.

Jed Magen, DO

Dr Magen is Associate Professor and Chair of the Department of Psychiatry.  He is a child psychiatrist and teaches residents and medical students, provides outpatient psychotherapy.  His special interests include: Diagnosis and evaluation of children and adolescents with combined medical-psychiatric disorders and severe, complex psychiatric disorders


Consortium associates:


Research Fellows:

Muslim Mental Health Consortium

Farha Abbasi

Director, Farha Abbasi, MD

Assistant Professor, Psychiatry Department
Staff Psychiatrist, Olin Health Center
Faculty, Muslim Studies Program
Faculty, Asian Studies Studies
Director, Muslim Mental Health Conference
Managing Editor, Journal Of Muslim Mental Health
Member, Minority and under represented Trustee vetting panel-American Psychiatric association
Member, Council on Minority Mental Health and Health Disparities-American Psychiatric Association
Member, Chester M. Pierce Human Rights Award Committee-American Psychiatric Association
Member Diversity committee, Michigan State university -College of Osteopathic Medicine
Department of Psychiatry
East Fee Hall
965 Fee Rd, Suite A236
East Lansing, MI 48824
(517) 353-5372



Contributions to the Muslim Mental Health Consortium may be made on here.