Mental Health in Qatar: Challenges and Prospects
This book is the first volume to explore, in breadth and in depth, the field of mental health in Qatar. The development of mental health services and the support of mental health research are currently priority areas in the strategic vision of this country. Bringing together the voices of experts in the field working in service of this vision, this volume covers everything from the history of mental health systems, administrative and academic growth and challenges, and the treatment of all ages and special populations, to mental health challenges at schools and in the workplace. Within each section, contributors drawn from across the range of mental health disciplines in Qatar discuss the developments and the challenges faced in this rapidly developing country. The book will appeal to practitioners, researchers, administrators, academics, students, and the general reader both within Qatar and beyond.
Amber Haque, PhD, is Professor of Clinical Psychology at the Doha Institute for Graduate Studies. He received his PhD in Psychology from Western Michigan University and his Master’s in Clinical Psychology from Eastern Michigan University. He worked as a psychologist for various mental health institutions in Michigan for over 12 years and has published in the areas of mental health and indigenous psychology. His publications include six edited books.
Livia L. Gilstrap, PhD, is an Assistant Professor of Clinical Psychology at the Doha Institute for Graduate Studies. She obtained her PhD in Developmental Psychology at the Department of Human Development and Family Studies at Cornell University. Her research spans many areas within lifespan and family development, including forensic interviews with children, adult-child dyadic interaction, psychological symptoms of child abuse, and children’s memory. Her articles have appeared in such prestigious journals as Child Development and Journal of Experimental Psychology: Applied, and she is the recipient of two National Institute of Health grants and an OSRA grant from the Doha International Family Institute.
Suhaila Ghuloum, MD, FRCPsych, is a Senior Consultant Psychiatrist and Associate Professor at Weill Cornell Medicine-Qatar. She has served as Qatar’s representative to the WHO Regional Office for the Eastern Mediterranean and the Gulf Cooperation Council for Mental Health, and as a member of the executive committees of the Arab Board in Psychiatry and Arab Federation of Psychiatrists. As a member of the National Mental Health Committee in Qatar, she contributed to drafting the Qatar National Mental Health Strategy and Mental Health Law. She is currently the Chair of the Middle East Division of the Royal College of Psychiatrists.
“Three senior editors and over 40 highly experienced mental health professionals from Qatar have compiled a volume of freshly written essays on a variety of topics. This pioneering work will be seminal for a long time to come. I highly recommend this book to anyone interested in mental health issues in Qatar and the region.”
Dr Afzal Javed
President, World Psychiatric Association
“The important collection of essays in this super book will be an inspiration for everyone working for better mental health in the region and beyond. The reader will find here clear and practical examples of how multidisciplinary teams can work together to directly improve mental health care and to advocate for better services, for more research and for a wider public understanding of these issues which affect us all.”
Sir Graham Thornicroft
Professor of Community Psychiatry, Center for Global Mental Health, King’s College, London
“A well-thought-out book reflecting views of many seasoned mental health professionals in Qatar comes to us as a breath of fresh air. This remarkable and nuanced work will serve the discipline by spurring discussions, promoting understanding and igniting research. I highly encourage it as a starting point for all who want to learn and work effectively with the mental health population in the region.”
Mahmoud Saleh Al Raisi
Chief of Continuing Care Group, Hamad Medical Corporation, Doha
“Mental Health in Qatar is a very valuable resource for interested learners who wish to know more about the latest topics in specific mental health issues. It will prove to be very useful, not only for readers in Qatar, but also regionally and internationally, as most of the issues it addresses are universally applicable. I am sure the reader will find the book to be very comprehensive addressing the most important aspects of mental health and psychological wellbeing.”
Dr Abdullatif Mohamed Al Khal
Director of Medical Education, Hamad Medical Corporation; Associate Dean of College of Medicine, Qatar University
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