Upon moving back to Lebanon in 2011 and chairing the department of psychiatry at AUBMC, Dr. Nahas realized the absence and urgent need for a community advocacy for mental illness. Not only was stigma a problem in the community, but also the need to raise awareness about mental illness and create a support network for patients which served to decrease suffering and ease access to treatment. As a psychiatrist, Dr. Nahas also found that patients and family members often struggled with the financial expenses needed to treat mental illness. No one should suffer from mental illness because of stigma or lack of funds.
Nayla Abou Haidar Seikaly
Pia Zeinoun, Executive Member
Dr. Zeinoun is a clinical psychologist specializing in psychological assessments for children and young adults presenting with a wide range of developmental and neuropsychiatric disorders. Dr. Zeinoun joined the Department of Psychiatry in 2008, soon after graduating with summa cum laude from Illinois University with a master’s degree in Clinical–Counseling Psychology. In 2013, Dr. Zeinoun completed a post-graduate residency in psychological/neuropsychological assessment at the KKI. She has completed her doctoral research at Tilburg University, where she investigated new methods in test development and adaptation, with the purpose of developing culturally-appropriate tests in Arabic. Within the Department of Psychiatry, she has published research on test development in Arabic, and cross-cultural psychology. Dr. Zeinoun is a Fulbright alum, an international member of the American Psychological Association (APA), and serves on the executive board of the 2011-2013 Lebanese Psychological Association (LPA) and Embrace. She is a strong advocate for mental health and an Executive member of Embrace.
Omar Ghosn, Executive Member