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The Middle East Psychological Association (MEPA) was established in November, 2010, to unify psychologists and other mental health practitioners in the Middle East. The Middle East Psychological Association has several goals. For one, it aims to unify all of the psychologists and mental health clinicians in the Middle East. The organization also aims to be a resource for the Middle East community and to destigmatize the practice of psychology, which has traditionally been seen as a Western phenomenon. The Middle East Psychological Association will also provide ongoing professional development activities in the form of workshops, trainings, and public information for both consumers of mental health resources and social service professionals.

Lastly, and perhaps most importantly, MEPA has created an ethics code for mental health practice in the Middle East. The ethics code is drawn largely from the American Psychological Association and all members of MEPA have agreed to practice according to the code. In addition to protecting the public from ethical violations, the organization serves as a resource for when clients and consumers believe their clinician has behaved unethically.

Membership is open to psychologists, counselors, social workers, therapists, allied professionals (e.g., teachers, occupational therapist, etc.) This Facebook page will have information regarding MEPA's ongoing activities and relevant mental health information. Please feel free to post comments or questions!


LEADERSHIP (2019-2021):


Dr. Joanne Hands, PhD, LPC, LMFT


Dr. Michel Nawfal, MD, MA


Ms. Nikhila Thomas, MSc


Ms. Christiane Malouf, MA

Social Chair

Ms. Rana Nasser, BA

Membership Committee

Ms. Layal Sleeq, MA

Ms. Lilian Haddad, BCaBA

Ms. Abeela Haq, MA, LMHC

Ethics Committee

Dr. Lindi Herrin, PhD, LPC

Joanne Takenaka

Mervat Amin Ijha

Professional Development Committee

Dr. Naif Al-Mutawa, PhD

Ms. Mandeep Jassall, PG. Dip, BSc

Dr. Omar Mahmood, PhD

Community Outreach Committee

Ms. Mariam Alammadi, MSc

Abdullah Al Kkulifa, MSc

Allen Erheim, MA



Past Presidents:

Joanne Hands, PhD (2017-2019)

Joanne Hands, PhD (2015-2017)

Susannah-Joy Schuilenberg, PsyD (2013-2015)

Nicholas Scull, PhD (2011-2013)



Code of Ethics

Adopted Bylaws


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