Co-Principal Investigator

Kameelah Mu'Min Rashad, PsyD

Kameelah Mu’Min Rashad, PsyD is the Founder and President of Muslim Wellness Foundation (MWF), a nonprofit organization dedicated to promoting healing and emotional well-being in the American Muslim community through dialogue, education and training. She is also the founding co-Director of the National Black Muslim COVID Coalition, an initiative launched in collaboration with Muslim Anti-Racism Collaborative to address need for effective planning, preparedness and organizing during the COVID-19 pandemic. Through Muslim Wellness Foundation, Dr. Rashad has established the annual Black Muslim Psychology Conference and the Deeply Rooted Emerging Leaders Fellowship for Black Muslim young adults. Dr. Rashad also serves as the Fellow for Spirituality, Wellness and Social Justice at the University of Pennsylvania (UPenn). She is the advisor to Penn Sapelo, the first Black Muslim student organization at UPenn, and served three years as the Muslim Chaplain at UPenn. Dr. Rashad’s clinical and research areas of interest include: spirituality in psychotherapy, wellness and community resource building, story-telling as a way of facilitating connection, healing and closure in family of origin, mental health stigma in faith and minority communities, first generation college students and  emerging adults of color; diversity, religious identity and multicultural  issues in counseling, healing justice and faith based activism, racial trauma and healing, psychological impact of anti-Muslim bigotry and anti-Blackness, Black Muslim psychology and Black Muslim intersectional invisibility. Dr. Rashad graduated from the University of Pennsylvania with a BA in Psychology and MEd in Psychological Services. She obtained further graduate education, earning a second Masters in Restorative Practices & Youth Counseling (MRP) from the International Institute for Restorative Practices. She completed her doctorate in Clinical Psychology at Chestnut Hill College in Philadelphia, PA.

Co-Principal Investigator

Shawn

Bediako, PhD

Psychology Professor, University of Maryland, Baltimore County

Dr. Bediako is a tenured faculty member in the Department of Psychology who studies psychological, social, and policy aspects of community health and well-being. His primary area of research examines the clinical implications of sickle cell disease stigma. Dr. Bediako’s research has been funded by the National Science Foundation, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, and the National Heart, Lung, & Blood Institute of the National Institutes of Health. He teaches courses in research methods, social psychology, health psychology, and developed a seminar in “Race, Science, and Society” for the renowned Meyerhoff Scholars Program and the UMBC Honors College. Dr. Bediako formerly chaired the UMBC Research and Creative Achievement Council and was also Associate Chair of the Department of Psychology. He serves as faculty advisor to the UMBC Muslim Student Association and is actively engaged with a number of community-based organizations.

 

Dr. Bediako received his bachelor’s degree in psychology from the University of Central Arkansas and completed a master’s degree in community psychology from Florida A&M University. After earning a master’s degree in psychology and the doctorate in social/health psychology from Stony Brook University, he was a Postdoctoral Fellow for Faculty Diversity at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He is currently pursuing a master’s in public administration from the University of Baltimore.

Selected Publications:

Ogunsile, J., Bediako, S. M., Nelson, J. Cichowitz, C., Yu, T., Carroll, C. P., Stewart, K. J., Naik, R., Haywood Jr., C., and Lanzkron, S. (2019). Metabolic syndrome and cardiovascular risk in sickle cell disease. Blood Cells, Molecules, and Diseases, 74, 25-29.

Holloway, B. M., McGill, L. S., and Bediako, S. M. (2017).  Depressive symptoms and sickle cell disease pain: The moderating role of internalized stigma. Stigma and Health, 2, 271-280.

Bediako, S. M., & Harris, C. (2017). Communalism moderates the association between racial centrality and emergency department utilization for sickle cell disease pain. Journal of Black Psychology, 43, 659-668.

Bediako, S. M., and King-Meadows, T. (2016). Public support for sickle-cell disease funding: Does race matter? Race and Social Problems, 8, 186-195.

Co-Principal Investigator

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