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Maissam Chidiac

"I was born in Beirut and moved to Kuwait at the age of 9. After graduating from the British School of Kuwait, I moved to Ottawa (Canada) and completed a BSc. in Psychology at Carleton University in 2016. In 2017, I moved back to Lebanon to continue my education as an aspiring Clinical Psychologist. On August 14 2020, I successfully completed my MA in Clinical Psychology at the University of Balamand. As part of my research, I explored how the life experiences of Third Culture Kids may have played a role in their identity development and interpersonal relationships. Throughout my MA I had the privilege of completing trainings in various placements, including: The Psychiatric Hospital of the Cross (psychiatric disorders), SESOBEL (children with physical and/or intellectual disabilities) and Mariam & Martha Community Center (women's shelter and rehabilitation center), among others. I have worked with people of different ages, cultures and mental states. I am compassionate, empathetic and optimistic by nature which allows me to work in a variety of contexts and environments."

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Mehmet Aslan

Hi Everyone! I am currently working at American University of the Middle East, and I am very much happy to be part of MEPA family as I find it essential for my personal and professional development. I`ve been instructing and counseling adolescents/students from diverse backgrounds since 2004. Current Themes of Research: Development, Attachment, School Attachment, Bonding Models, Commitment, Counseling Most Recent Publication: “Social Control Theory Variables in Conceptualizing Bonding Models of Attachment Theory and Adolescent Development” Below are some of major points that shaped my career so far; ü PhD in Psychology/Pedagogy ü MSc in Counseling Psychology & Pedagogy ü MA in English Language Teaching ü BA in English Language and Literature ü Certificate on IATEFL conferences in Liverpool, England ü MEPA & APA Member - Attendee for APA2019 Convention PS: Please feel free to contact me for collaboration in research and publications.

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Shana Lynn Gangi


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United States
Copperas Cove
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Mohamed Kamal Abdelrahman

currently, I'm working as a counsellor at Mental Health Friends Association (WEYAK) in Qatar. I provide telephone counselling and introducing lectures and training sessions on mental health to employees and adolescence

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Rola Ashour

Ms. Rola Ashour is one of the founding partners and the managing partner of ACT Center. She is a licensed psychotherapist specializing in couple and family therapy, depression, anxiety, and gender identity. She often works with women empowerment and youth. She has been a lecturer at Dar Al-Hekma University since 2007 up until today. Ms. Ashour developed the counseling center at Dar Al Hekma University and co-developed the Psychology Major. She has given multiple workshops on burnout, resilience and emotional intelligence. She earned two Bachelor degrees, one in Psychology and the other in Combined Social Sciences from Richmond University in London (UK) and holds a Master's degree from Birmingham University (UK) and is a PhD candidate in psychology. Rola Ashour is also the co-author of the book “Glamour Global” on the psychological needs of the buyer.

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Laith Alattar

Social psychologist with expertise in judgment and decision making, behavioral economics, risk management, and culture and cognition. In my current work, I bring together insights from social, behavioral, and cognitive science to evaluate, predict, and improve people’s everyday judgment, decision making, and behavior, especially involving health and financial risk management, and to inform the efficacy and sustainability of government programs and policies associated with those decisions. In culture and cognition, I build on interdisciplinary research on analytic (e.g., European) vs. holistic (e.g., Asian) cognitive styles to put together a better understanding of the cognitive styles of Arab and Middle Eastern cultures and situate it within established cognitive frameworks (e.g., dialectical thinking vs. formal logic), thereby expanding our ability to predict and influence human judgment and decision making across contexts, cultures, and domains, and to anticipate the prospect for social and cultural change.

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Washington, DC
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Charlotte El-Khalil

Charlotte El Khalil (MA), Psychologist/Psychotherapist working in Lebanon, she has been in the mental health field and the education field for 12 years, providing counseling, consultations, workshops, psychotherapy and assessments, As well as Organizing Support Group Program for families.

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Andy A Baldwin

Andy Baldwin earned his Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from The University of Phoenix in Arizona, USA, and completed his Master’s in Psychology from Walden University, Minnesota, USA. Furthermore, Andy has completed all course-work for his doctorates degree (Ph. D.) in Psychology-specializing in Educational Psychology. He is currently completing his dissertation, and is expected to graduate in 2019.Moreover, Andy comes with over 12 years of experience in the Educational and Counseling field. His work is built around guiding children, adolescents, and adults towards achieving a well-balanced life-style. The aim of his practice is geared to help individual’s development and maintain a sense of psychological well-being. He has experience in working at schools and clinics.

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Laila Aldandan

I hold a dual Degree in biology and psychology. I’m interested in both psychology and neuroscience.

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Saudi Arabia
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Azar Katouli

Licensed as clinical Psychologist with Order des Psychologues du Quebec, Canada License as clinical Psychologist with Dubai Health Authority, UAE Aazr Katouli is a licensed Consultant Clinical psychologist who obtained her Master of Philosophy Degree in clinical Psychology from University Of Bradford, United Kingdom. She also received advanced training in psychological assessment from University of Concordia, Montreal, Canada. Azar Katouli has received training and worked in three different countries, Iran, Canada, and Dubai over the last 30 years. Her experience in different settings such as hospitals, school and private practice has exposed her to individuals from all walks of life, each with their unique experience and sets of expectations. Her education (and continuing education) has given her the formal tools to make diagnoses and make treatment plans, but its communication that has to be individualized to that person’s culture, beliefs and level of education. This is her strength that she has learned through experience and has allowed her to have successful therapeutic relationship with her clients. Treatment approaches: -Cognitive behavior therapy -Psychodynamic therapy -Supportive therapy - Emotional focused therapy -Marital /couple therapy - Grief therapy -Solution focused therapy Azar Katouli has expertise and can offers services to individual adults, couples, and children in following areas: Anxiety Disorder (general anxiety disorder, OCD, phobia, PTSD), Mood Disorders (depression, bipolar disorder) Eating Disorders Adjustment Disorders Grief and lost Self-esteem and confidence Relationship problems Effective parenting Children and teen agers with emotional and behavioral difficulties. She does therapy in English and Farsi.

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