13th Annual Muslim Mental Health Conference

By MSU Department of Psychiatry
November 23, 2020

13th Annual Muslim Mental Health Conference

April 2-3 2021

Theme: Restorative Healing and Liberation in Context

Location: Online 

Call for Proposals

Deadline for submission is November 30, 2020

Healing from pain and traumas that result from oppressive sociopolitical structures such as racism, Islamophobia, and sexism must be approached from a multifaceted perspective. The individual must understand themselves in context, and heal on a personal level, while society must change to stop oppression from occurring. Thus, healing cannot be done alone and does not happen in a vacuum. For true healing to occur, a transformation needs to happen on the individual and societal level. These transformations take place when we as a community can work to raise awareness of issues of inequality and intersectionality, affirm salient cultural identities, resist against oppressive systems, and promote social change that will alleviate suffering. This year, we welcome all proposals related to Muslim Mental Health, with a special emphasis on proposals focused on Restorative Healing and Liberation in Context.

All presentations should address the literature, existing policies, and/or current programming in the field in answering the following questions.

  1. Please describe the ways in which your work advances knowledge or practice of Restorative Healing and Liberation in the field of mental health and/or critical contemporary issues pertaining to the mental health of Muslims.
  2. Please summarize how your work may impact or lead to future programming or policy interventions. You may describe a model of service, change in specific program or policy that will improve perception of mental health care, access to mental health care, or treatment of people from diverse backgrounds.


Deadline: Abstracts should be submitted via online form by November 30, 2020. 

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

Notification: Authors will be notified by December 20, 2020.

All Presenting Authors must register and pay to attend the Conference.

Sponsored by Michigan State University Department of Psychiatry in partnership with the Institute of Muslim Mental Health and Governors State University. 

The conference planning committee invites practitioners, religious leaders, faculty, graduate students or community members to submit proposals. Proposals should include a cover sheet, including the 300-word abstract. The abstract should include some description of the nature of the presentation and primary findings. Summaries should include enough detail for reviewers to judge the overall format and contribution of the scholarship. The proposals will be subjected to blind review. Please do not include any identifying information in the abstract summary.

Submitting a proposal:

Complete the Cover Sheet online here

Formats and Guidelines

  • Oral Presentations (20 minutes): Oral presentations should focus on presenting theory or research related to the conference area. The format will be lecture-style followed by a question and answer session with the audience. Similar presentations will be grouped together into one symposium and you will be notified of your co presenters shortly after your presentation is accepted. Provide a 300-word summary of the theoretical or empirical topic that you will discuss, and provide an outline of your plan for discussion.
  • Poster Sessions (10 minutes): Posters should give an overall description of completed research or research in progress. Posters should highlight key information related to the rationale, method, analysis, results, and discussion. Poster sessions offer an ideal format for presenters to receive feedback on their research ideas. For poster presentations, provide a summary (300-word maximum) of the study, including: rationale, method, data analysis, results, and discussion. For research proposals and research in progress, provide the rationale, method, anticipated results, and the anticipated date of completion.

Conference Registration

Fees for the conference are: USD $50 professionals, $25 students and low to middle income countries.  Registration will open January 2021.  

Contact Us

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