Suicide Prevention Manual

This line of research aims to develop tools and educational content that train and prepare leaders and members of the Muslim community in raising awareness and managing suicidal crises. We are working on a comprehensive, Islamically-informed, evidence-based guide that assists community leaders in managing suicide across the spectrum of prevention, intervention, and postvention. In addition to content development, the team also plans on creating a suicide training curriculum for Imams and chaplains.

The Psychological Impact of COVID-19 on Muslim Healthcare Workers Study

In this study, the SMMH Lab collaborates with the Institute for Social Policy and Understanding to survey American Muslim healthcare providers. The objective is to better understand their mental health state during the COVID-19 pandemic and identify coping mechanisms and protective factors against their mental health collapse. The study investigates whether Islamophobia in the workplace has been a contributing factor to American Muslim providers’ distress during this pandemic.

COVID-19 Historical Pandemics Paper

This study seeks to analyze Muslim experiences of communicative diseases focusing on the psychosocial impacts and responses of Muslim communities throughout history. This new perspective provides valuable insights for modeling pandemics’ psychological aspects, especially for religion’s role in such models. By examining a selection of plague outbreaks in the 8th-19th centuries across the lands broadly defined as the Islamic Mediterranean, from the Iberian Peninsula and North Africa to the Levant region and Anatolia (Varlık, 2017), the guidelines and coping mechanisms that Muslims extracted from their traditional sources provide insight for similar contemporary challenges regarding the pandemic of COVID-19. This study argues that the Islamic tradition effectively provides a rich set of resources for meaning-making of deadly epidemics and responding ethically and adaptively to such adversities.

Suicide & Ethics Paper

This line of research aims to respond to the increasing rates of suicide across the globe, including in Muslim populations. Suicide research focusing on Muslims is virtually nonexistent. In this work, we aim to explore Islamic legal principals in the context of suicide to help clinicians, researchers, and community helpers better understand the ethical underpinnings of Islam's strong moral stance against suicide.

Muslim Mental Health Database

The purpose of the database project is to collect articles published from the 1960s to the present day, including an Islamic component or Muslim population, and a psychological/mental health component. Our goal is to have this database accessible to the public so that all people, including teachers, students, parents, and clinicians, can access the most up to date literature catered to the Muslim population in one confided database

Yaqeen Video Series

In collaboration with the Yaqeen Institute, the Stanford lab has developed a series of videos outlining the history of mental health in Islam from the time of the beloved Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) to the present day. The series consists of six videos, each outlining a unique aspect to Muslim mental health. Videos include discussions about the first psychiatric hospitals found in the Muslim world, to the bridge between Islamic principles and modern-day psychology, otherwise known as Islamic Psychology.

Substance Abuse & Addictions Manual

This project aims to equip Muslim communities with a culturally informed framework and set of practical resources to navigate and support individuals and families dealing with substance abuse and addiction. The second goal is to create a scholarly work exploring an Islamic model of addiction touching neurobiology dimensions, public health and policy, and Islamic jurisprudence, ethics, and spirituality.