Psychiatry Grand Rounds: "Practice Guidelines for Treating Muslim Patients: Identifying Unique Challenges and Learning How to Provide Culturally-Sensitive Care"
Dr. Farha Abbasi is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychiatry and core faculty member in the Muslim Studies Program at Michigan State University. She graduated from Liaquat Medical College and worked as an Internist in Pakistan before moving to the United States with her husband and three daughters. She completed her psychiatry residency training at Michigan State University before becoming a Staff Psychiatrist at Olin Health Center and joining the MSU faculty. In 2009, Dr. Abbasi was awarded the American Psychiatric Association SAMSHA Minority Fellowship. She used the grant money to create awareness about cultural competency, to redefine it as not just tolerance for others but rather acceptance. Dr. Abbasi is the founding director of the Muslim Mental Health Conference, which is in its tenth year. In addition, she will be launching a Global Muslim Mental Health Conference in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. She is also managing editor of the Journal of Muslim Mental Health, which is hosted by Michigan State University. Her areas of interest are cultural psychiatry and teaching medical students how to provide culturally appropriate care to Muslim patients. She works directly with the Muslim American community to encourage integration rather than isolation from mainstream society. In addition to her efforts to build bridges between cultures, Dr. Abbasi's work as a Psychiatrist has led her to address the barriers that stigmatize and silence mental health.