In my newest episode on This Muslim Girl Podcast, I have the pleasure of speaking with Sarah Alsaidi. Sarah is a doctoral student in the Counseling Psychology program at Teachers College, Columbia University. She received her bachelor’s degree from Sarah Lawrence College in child development and nonfiction writing. After working with survivors of domestic violence at the Arab American Family Support Center, Sarah began her master’s degree in Mental Health Counseling from Teachers College, Columbia University.
Her interest in cultural diversity and identity lead her to work in multiple nonprofit organizations where she had the opportunity to interact with racial and ethnic minorities, survivors of domestic violence, and incarcerated individuals (wow!). Through these experiences, Sarah first began to develop her research interest in stigmatization, prejudice and discrimination among both racial and ethnic minority groups, as well as her interest in the influences of culture and religion on mental health stigma and help seeking behavior.
Sarah is the co-founder of the Mental Health Awareness Conference at Teachers College, dedicated to learning about barriers to help-seeking and multicultural competencies among ethnic and racial minorities (Mashallah!).
I sit down to discuss with Sarah her contribution to the literature on mental health as well as her hope to be of service to her community through her work as a practicing Arab-American Muslim therapist and as an academic who seeks to provide deliverables through her research.