14th Annual Muslim Mental Health Conference

By MSU Department of Psychiatry
August 16, 2021

14th Annual Muslim Mental Health Conference

March 25-26, 2022

Theme: Fragilities Unmasked: Emerging from Social Isolation, Social Inequalities and COVID

Hybrid event - in person at Yale University, New Haven, Connecticut, USA and online via Zoom

Who should attend? Mental Health practitioners, religious leaders, faculty, graduate students and community organizers and members.  Conference flyer is found here.

Call for Abstracts

The unprecedented challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic and the subsequent global lockdowns continue to unmask our fragilities, long existing social inequalities, and have had a profound impact on society and our mental health as life continues to transition and shift. Our knowledge of the impact of the pandemic is evolving, will continue to expand, and the lessons for how we have adapted need to be highlighted. In this year’s conference, we invite conversations on how COVID-19 has impacted your practice: what insights have you gained, how has your practice shifted, what is emerging from the research, and what visions do we have for the future of the mental health field in the era of COVID-19? We welcome insights from practitioners, community organizations, researchers, and religious leaders, thus seeking diverse perspectives of the ways in which COVID-19 has served as a mirror for our vulnerabilities, and the ways in which we have responded and risen to the occasion.
All presentations should address the literature, existing policies, and/or current programming in the field in response to the following questions:

1. Please describe the ways in which your work advances knowledge or practice in the field of mental health of Muslims in regards to the theme, "Fragilities Unmasked: Emerging from Social Isolation, Social Inequalities and COVID"

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 September 30, 2021.  

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

Notification: Authors will be notified by December 6, 2021. 

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 Yale Global Mental Health Program.   

We warmly encourage proposals from a wide range of disciplines and professions, including mental health practitioners, religious leaders, faculty, graduate students and community members. We look forward to submissions that represent a diversity of voices and perspectives, of individual and collaborative efforts, and reflect the richness and creativity of the intellectual and social life of the community. Proposals should include a 300-word abstract that provides 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. 

To submit a proposal, complete the Cover Sheet online here

Formats and Guidelines 

• Oral Presentations (20 minutes): Oral presentations should focus on presenting theory, research, or practice related to the conference theme. 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. Oral Presentations can be in the following formats: 
a. Demonstration - show directly how something, generally either a tool or a technique, works
b. Discussion/Dialogue - freely and creatively explore issues, listen deeply to each other and suspend own views in search of the truth
c. Experiential - sensory activities including brainstorming, play, art, movement
d. Lecture/Research - Present key results of study or data analysis including motivation, methods and results
e. Multimedia - utilizing video, audio, and infographics to present information 

• 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.


The conference program can be viewed here.

Oral and Poster Presenters can be viewed here.

Full abstracts can be viewed here.

Conference Registration

IN-PERSON Fees for the conference are: USD $250 professionals, $125 students and low to middle income countries. 
Online fees: USD $50 professionals, $25 students and low to middle income countries. 
Registration link here will open in a new window.  

Continuing Education Credits

Islamic Medical Association of North America (IMANA) will be providing 10.5 Continuing Medical Education credits. The Center for Rural Health will be providing 16 Social Work continuing education credits.  The Michigan Center for Rural Health is an approved provider with the Michigan Social Work Continuing Education Collaborative. Approved Provider Number: MICEC-0070.

Exhibitors, Sponsorships, Advertisement Opportunities

The conference will have exhibit tables for professional organizations and charitatble (non-profit) organization.  Advertisements in the confernce booklet are also available, as well as conference swag with your company's logo.  Click here to see all Sponsorship and Advertisement Opportunities.  

Conference Refund and Cancellation Policy

We hope everyone who registers for the conference will be able to attend; however, we know extenuating circumstances do occur. The Cancellation and Refund Policies are as follows:

  • Conference registration canceled on or before March 1, 2022, is refundable but subject to a $10 administrative fee.
  • Registrants canceling on or after March 15, 2022, will not receive a refund. The refund and cancellation policy will not be waived. Registration fees may be transferred to another individual by submitting name to email below.

Co-Hosts and Sponsors

The Michigan State University (MSU) Department of Psychiatry will host the 14th Annual Muslim Mental Health Conference, in partnership with the Institute for Muslim Mental Health, Institute of Living-Hartford Hospital, and Yale Global Mental Health Program.

Contact Us

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