Samah Jabr MD
Palestine Medical Director
Dr. Jabr is the Director of the Mental Health Unit within the Palestinian Ministry of Health in Ramallah and psychiatrist practicing in the public and the private sectors within Palestine in East Jerusalem and the West Bank. She is a graduate of the School of Medicine at Al Quds University, having pursued advance training in psychiatry and child psychiatry in Palestine, England, and France. She has taught both in the classroom and in clinical settings on the faculties of Al Quds University, Bethlehem University, Birzeit University, and George Washington University within the Division of Global Mental Health, where she is currently Associate Clinical Professor. She has served as the medical director of several governmental, non-governmental, and private mental health centers in Palestine. Dr. Jabr has been the recipient of many grants and awards and often serves as consultant for organizations such as the United Nations and the World Health Organization regarding program development, policy planning, and program implementation. Her varied areas of interest include the rights of prisoners, the problem of stigma, CBT, psychoanalysis, addictions, childhood trauma, medication safety, and the integration of mental health with public health. She is a prolific writer on diverse subjects in both academic and public media, and regarded as an international thought-leader in human rights. Dr Jabr can be seen speaking about well-being of the elderly here and speaking about Palestine on France 24 part one here and part two here.
Michael Morse MD, MPA
Dr. Morse has been leading the Palestinian Medical Education Initiative since its founding in 2007. He is a graduate of Harvard Medical School and the Harvard Kennedy School of Government, where he studied non-profit management and health sector development. Dr. Morse is currently a member of the clinical faculty of the George Washington University in Washington, D.C., serving as the Director of the Program in Global Community Mental Health within the Department of Psychiatry. His clinical work has included treating survivors of torture and trauma at an agency in Northern Virginia and consulting with a community agency in Washington, DC that provided mental health services to homeless persons. He also has a private practice in which he works with adults and children with ADHD and related disorders. Dr. Morse is completing a Fellowship in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry at Children’s National Health System in Washington, DC. He will join the faculty within the Department of Psychiatry at Medstar Georgetown University Hospital in the summer of 2017. Dr. Morse is a contributor to the media on the topics of healthcare, medical training, and human rights.
Wasseem El Sarraj
Mr. El Sarraj is a British/Palestinian writer and CBT therapist. Mr. Sarraj lived and worked in the Gaza Strip during the years 2009 through 2013, where he co-founded, and directed, the non-profit research center Tida-Gaza, which focused on generating policy-oriented research and strengthening community resources. Tida’s work was supported by the Heinrich Boel Stiftung, Deutscher Entwicklungsdienst (DED), Rosa Luxemburg Stiftung and the United Nations Development Program (UNDP). He has also served as a consultant to the Overseas Development Institute, where he led a team researching urban displacement in the Gaza Strip. Mr Sarraj is a frequent contributor to the media; his commentary has been featured in the online version of The New Yorker Magazine, the London Review of Books, the Guardian, the Cairo Review of Global Affairs, Foreign Policy’s Middle East Channel and he has been interviewed on BBC World. He lives in London.
Elizabeth Berger MD, M.Phil
US Medical Director
Dr. Berger is a child psychiatrist with over forty years’ experience in program development integrating medical education and community mental health. Dr. Berger has been on the faculty of Northwestern Medical School, The University of Cincinnati School of Medicine, Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons, and MCP–Hahnemann Medical School. She is currently Associate Clinical Professor of Psychiatry at the George Washington University within the Division of Global Mental Health. She was a member of the nationally-known “Commission on Children at Risk” and presented its scientific findings in Washington, D.C. Dr. Berger has written and spoken widely on parenting and child development, the impact of trauma throughout the lifespan, and human rights in Palestine.
Sherein Abdeen MA
Palestine Program Director
Ms. Abdeen is a psychotherapist working in Jerusalem, Palestine, in school-based mental health programs, community mental health, and mental health education. She has initiated and delivered trainings and supervision programs on a variety of mental health topics to diverse audiences: clinicians, school teachers, women’s organizations, and groups at local mosques. Her areas of particular interest include public outreach, parenting, cognitive behavioral therapy, attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder, and learning disabilities in children. She is a frequent contributor to public media in Palestine and has been invited to present at national and international professional conferences. She is currently the Administrative Director of the Tawasol Center for Mental Health in Jerusalem, where she provides direct clinical services, manages clinical operations, and coordinates public and professional training programs.
Nima Sheth MD, MPH
Dr. Sheth is a psychiatrist on the faculty of Georgetown University with a Master’s Degree in Public Health. She is currently the Medical Director of the Partial Hospitalization Program within the Department of Psychiatry at Medstar Georgetown University Hospital. She is also the Medical Director of the Refugee Clinic at the Community of Hope in Washington, D.C. and supervises medical trainees at the Torture Abolition Survivors Support Coalition (TASSC International). She has traveled and worked widely in the Middle East, Africa, and India, developing clinical programs and consulting on policy. With a background in the mental health of refugees and asylum-seekers, Dr. Sheth has a longstanding interest in teaching, trauma, and global mental health.
Bushra Awidi MD
US Program Manager
Dr. Awidi is a physician who was born in Jordan and received her medical training in Egypt. Following this, she was a research extern at Yale University School of Medicine, studying the relationship between mental health and school outcomes among gifted students in Saudi Arabia. Dr. Awidi has contributed to PMED’s academic publications and international program planning. She is currently a resident physician in the Harvard South Shore Psychiatry training program and involved in research projects studying adult ADHD and substance use disorders.
Ms. Lyman is a graduate of the Harvard Center for Middle Eastern Studies, where she studied mental health care systems in Palestine. She has written for college and professional magazines on a variety of medical topics, and she has been a research affiliate at the Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard, where she worked in a lab using genetic mouse models to study autism. She has served PMED in a variety of administrative functions and has also written articles, contributed to papers, and supported program planning. She is a medical student at Stanford University Medical School.