About Us

Lab Director

Rania Awaad, M.D.

Rania Awaad, M.D., is a Clinical Professor of Psychiatry at the Stanford University School of Medicine where she is the Director of the Stanford Muslim Mental Health & Islamic Psychology Lab and its community nonprofit Maristan.org, Associate Chief of the Division of Public Mental Health and Population Sciences, and Co-Chief of the Diversity and Cultural Mental Health Section. She is currently a Senior Fellow at Yaqeen Institute and ISPU. In addition, she serves as the Director of The Rahmah Foundation, a non-profit organization dedicated to educating Muslim women and girls. She has previously served as the founding Clinical Director of the Khalil Center-San Francisco as well as a Professor of Islamic Law at Zaytuna College. Prior to studying medicine, she pursued classical Islamic studies in Damascus, Syria and holds certifications (ijaza) in Qur’an, Islamic Law and other branches of the Islamic Sciences. Follow her @Dr.RaniaAwaad. We’re so happy to have her leading our lab!

Lab Manager

Aminah McBryde-Redzovic

Aminah McBryde-Redzovic is the manager of the Stanford Muslim Mental Health and Islamic Psychology lab. She is a PhD candidate at the University of Illinois Chicago studying Community Health Sciences. She holds a Masters of Public Health in Community Health and Health Behavior and a Bachelors in History and Sociology. Her dissertation focuses on the mental health consequences of singlism (stigma and discrimination associated with being unmarried) for Muslim American women. After completing her degree, she plans on continuing academic research on Muslim mental health. Her research interests include the mental health of minority groups in the US, especially religious and racial minorities. Aminah loves coffee, trying new foods, and spending time with family. You can follow her work on Instagram @blackmuslimahphd.

Executive Assistant

Ndaa Hassan

Ndaa Hassan is a children’s author and creative-design enthusiast. She is passionate about storytelling and social entrepreneurship, with a focus on religion, language, and culture. She is the author of the best-selling Ramadan Around the World, The Most Powerful Night, and Sitti's Olive Trees. In the community, she serves as a community organizer and the founder of Muslimah Collective, an initiative focused on The elevation of women through service, sisterhood, and scholarship. Visit her website at www.ramadanaroundtheworld.com or follow her work online at @ndaahassan

Lab Community Liaison