M.S.W in Social Work, The New Jersey State of Rutgers University, New Brunswick, NJ (2007)
Ph.D. in Social Work, Columbia University, New York, NY (2000)
M.S. in Public Administration, Kennedy School Of Government, Harvard University, MA (1991)
M.S. in International Economic Community Development, Southern New Hampshire University, Manchester, NH (1990)
M.S. in Sociology, Hebrew University, Jerusalem Israel (1989)
B.A. In Sociology and Political Science, Haifa University, Haifa ,Israel (1983)
Field Instruction I
Field Instruction I Extended
Field Instruction I I I
Field Instruction I V Portfolio
Field Instruction II
Field Instruction II Extended
Field Instruction III
Field Instruction III Extended
Field Instruction IV
Field Instruction IV Extended
Human Behavior Theory For Social Work Practice I
Human Behavior Theory For Social Work Practice II
Oppresion.Diversity, And The Struggle For Human Rights
I have a multi-faceted and negotiated identity based on my ethnicity, religion, nationality and citizenships. Having such a diverse background has taught me tolerance, acceptance, and view of the individual holistically - emotionally, socially, intellectually, spiritually, and politically. I bring this multi-faceted worldview to my teaching, and it always motivates me to teach my students that to be a successful social worker, one needs to see others as unique and special individuals who are parts of complex systems composed of interrelated members and identities. As an educator and as a researcher, I always believe that teaching social work requires balancing the importance of training, scholarship, and creativity. I also believe that for social work students to successfully practice and apply the National Association of Social Work ï¿½Code of Ethics,ï¿½ students must experience academic success, learn how to develop and provide culturally specific services, and develop a critical consciousness that inspires them to challenge the status quo.
In my teaching I strive to meet educational goals and principles by integrating themes of diversity and social justice. My major objectives to increase students' use of their critical thinking in understanding human behavior theories within the context of social work values; teach students about the relationship between human behavior theories and empirically-based knowledge and how these theories are applied in culturally responsive multi-dimensional assessments; help students understand the intersection of ethnicity, gender, race, class, disability, and sexual orientation, and how this intersectionality affects human development and behavior. My hope is that students will be able to learn and critically understand the diversity of human behavior, and appreciate the differences while highlighting the similarities among and between groups and sub-ethnic groups.
-Human Behavior and Social Environment I, and II
-Oppression and Diversity
-Foundation in Social Work Practice I, and II
Civic and community involvement of Muslim Physicians; Chaplaincy care Needs assessment among Muslim Patients; PTSD and Depression post 9/11; Barriers to service utilization among battered women; cultural attitudes and utilization of services; role of Imams in mental health settings.
Health Initiative Committee Grant, Adelphi University ($1,500)
9/1/ 2011 - 8/30 2012
“Exploring religious coping with trauma among Muslim Military Personal”
PI: Abu-Ras. W.
Adelphi University, Faculty Development Grant ($1000)
10/1/2011 - 10/1/2012
“ Discrimination, Stigmatization, and Mental Health Issues Among Minority LGBTQQ Community”
PI: Abu-Ras, W.
Institute for Social Policy and Understanding ($15,000)
4/1/2010 – 12/30/2012
“Alcohol Use among American Muslim College Students: Pilot Study”
PI: Dr. Arfken, C.L. & Abu-Ras, W. & Ahmed, S. (Co-Investigator)
Adelphi University, Faculty Development Grant ($3,000)
8/1/ 2009 -8/1/2010
“Chaplaincy Services and Spiritual Care in Health Care Settings and Hospitals”
PI: Abu-Ras, W.
Institute for Social Policy and Understanding ($80,000)
“American Muslim Physicians: Demographic Overview, Civic Services, and Community Involvement”
PI: Abu-Ras, W. with Dr. Lance Laird, (Co-Investigator).
Muslim Mental Health Inc. & The Institute for Social Policy and Understanding ($10,000- $5000 each)
“ Chaplaincy Services and Spiritual Care in Health Care Settings and Hospitals”
6/1/2008 – 10/30/2009
“Have Muslim Patients’ Needs Been Addressed?”
PI; Abu-Ras, W.
Columbia University, Middle East Institute ($20,000)
3/1/2004 – 10/30/2005
“Religion and Imams in Mental Health Promotion: A Study at 22 Mosques in New York City.”
PI: Mr. Ali Gheith, MPH, & Abu-Ras, W. Ph.D.
Blue Cross Blue Shield Foundation ($25,000)
3/1/1999 – 6/30/2001
“Barriers to Domestic Violence Service Utilization by Arab Women Experiencing Partner Abuse”
PI: Dr. Anahid Kilwicki, & Abu-Ras, W.
Abu-Ras, W. (in press) (2012). Working with Arab-American Families. In In Elaine P. Congress & Manny J. Gonzalez (Editors), 3rd edition, (Eds.). Multicultural Perspectives in Working with Families. NYC, NY: Springer..
Abu-Ras, W. & Faraj, Z.(in press) (2012). Social Work and Mental Health in Palestine: Services to the Refugee Population. In Soliman, Hussien (Eds.). Social Work in the Middle East. Routledge Studies in Social Welfare in Asia.
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1. Abu-Ras, W. (2012), American Muslim physicians’ civic and community involvement: Community empowerment and policy implications. Journal of Immigrant and Refugee Studies,
Abu-Ras, W. (2011), Perception of Muslim chaplain’s role by pastoral care directors and chaplains of New York City hospitals and health care settings
. Journal of Muslim Mental Health., v.6 (1)
Abu-Ras, W. (2011), Assessment of the existing chaplaincy and spiritual care services for minority groups as perceived by chaplains and directors of New York City hospitals: The case of Muslim patients. Topics in Integrative Health Care: An International Journal,, Vol. 2(2)
Abu-Ras, W. & Laird, L. (2011), How Muslim and non-Muslim Chaplains Serve Muslim Patients: Does the Interfaith Chaplaincy Model have Room for Muslims' Experiences? Journal of Religion and Health,, 50(1),
Abu-Ras, W., Ahmed, S., & Arfken, C (2010), Alcohol use among Muslim college students: Risk and protective factors. Journal of Religion and Health, 9(3),
Abu-Ras, W. & Suárez, Z.E. (2009), Muslim Men and Women’s Perception of Discrimination, Hate Crimes, and PTSD Symptoms Post 9/11. Traumatology,, 15 (3),, 48-63..
Abu-Ras, W. & Abu-Bader, S. (2009), Risk Factors for Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD): The Case of Arab- & Muslim-Americans, post-9/11. Journal of Immigrant & Refugee Studies, 7 (4).
Abu-Ras, W. & Abu-Bader, S. (2008), The Impact of the September 11, 2001, Attacks on the Well-Being of Arab. Journal of Muslim Mental Health, Vol. 3 (2),, 219-242.
Abu-Ras, W., Gheith A & Cournos, F (2008), Religion and Imams Role in Mental Health Promotion: A Study at 22 Mosques in New York City Muslim Community. Journal of Muslim Mental Health. The Journal of Muslim Mental Health., Vol. 3 (2), 157-178.
Abu-Ras, W. (2007), Cultural beliefs and utilization of services by Arab immigrant battered women. Violence Against Women, 13 (10), 1002-1028.
Lukens, E., O’Neill, P., Thorning, H., Waterman-Cecutti, J., Gubiseh- Ayala, D., Abu-Ras, W., Batista, M, & Chen, T. (2004), Building Resiliency and Cultural Collaboration Post September 11th: A Group of Brief Integrative Psychoeducation for Diverse Communities. Traumatology, 10 (2):, 103-122.
Abu-Ras, W. (2003). Journal of Social Work Research and Evaluation: An International Publication, 4 (1), 49-66..
Glazer, I. and Abu-Ras, W (1994), Aggression, Human Rights and Hegemonic Discourse: The Case of a Murder for Family Honor (in the Arab Society) in Israel. Sex Role, 30 (3/4), 269-288.
Abu-Ras, W., Senzai, F. and Laird, L. (2011), Muslim Physicians Experiences Post 9/11: Cultural Trauma and the Formation of Islamic Identity. Traumatology, in press.
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Abu-Ras, W. (2012, October). Working with Muslim Americans. The 9th Annual Cultural Conference on Developing Multicultural Competence Across Settings. Rutgers University, Piscataway, NJ..
Abu-Ras, W. (2012, August). Spiritual Services and Mental Health Issues. The 49th Annual Convention of the Islamic Society of North America. Washington, DC...
Abu-Ras, W. (2012, March). Developing Chaplains and Imams: Best Practices Through Research. The Islamic Seminary Foundation and The Association of Muslim Chaplain Conference about “In-service Training for Chaplains and Imams,”Yale University, New Haven, CT..
Abu-Ras, W. (2010, March). “Muslim Men and Women's Perception of Discrimination and PTSD Symptoms Post September 11”. The Second Annual Muslim Mental Health Conference. Michigan State University Club, Lansing, MI..
Abu-Ras, W. (2009, April). Care Needs Assessments and the Perception of The Muslim Chaplin’s Role. Presented at the first National Conference of Islam & Medicine. Treating Muslims: A Mental Health Perspective. Michigan.
Abu-Ras, W. (2009, February). Muslim Physicians: Health care Services and Civic Involvements. New Jersey.
Abu-Ras, W. (2008, October). Muslim Physicians: Demographic overview, civic services, and community involvement. East Brunswick, NJ.
Wahiba Abu-Ras (1995, November). Palestinian-Israeli conflict and the peace process. Abraham Fund, New York, NY.
Abu-Ras, W (1991, May). Social & economic development among Palestinians live inside Israe. The Fellowship for Arab-Jewish Youth Meeting, Cambridge, MA..
Abu-Ras, W. & Beari, A (1991, February). The Iraqi invasion of Kuwait and the Arab-Israeli conflict. Brandies University, Waltham, M.A..
Abu-Ras, W. (1990, March). Women, children and the need for social development in the Palestinian community in East Jerusalem. The National Congress of Community Economic Development, Phoenix, Arizona..
Abu-Ras, W. (1989, August). Prostitution phenomena in the Arab society: Causes and consequences. Third Annual Conference of Legacy International, Jerusalem Chapter, Israel.
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Abu-Ras, W., Senzai, F. and Laird, L. (2012). Muslim Physicians Experiences Post 9/11: Cultural Trauma and the Formation of Islamic Identity. In the 57th Annual Program Meeting (APM) of Counsel on Social Work Education (CSWE). Atlanta, GA.
Laird, L. Abu-Ras, W. & Senzai, F. (2012). Crossing Borders, Building Bridges: Muslim International Medical Graduates In The U.S. Society. In The Annual Meeting For Applied Anthropology (Sfaa)/Society For Medical Anthropology (SMA),. Baltimore, MD.
Ahmed, S., Abu-Ras, W., & Arfken, C. (2012). Alcohul Use Among Muslim U.S. College Students. In The 74th Annual Meeting- College on Problems of Drug Dependence. Palm Springs, CA.
1. Abu-Ras, W., Ahmed, S., & Arfken, C (2012). Water Pipe Use Among Muslim U.S. College Students. In The 74th Annual Meeting- College on Problems of Drug Dependence,. Palm Springs, CA..
2. Lance, L., Abu-Ras, W., & Senzai, F. (2012). Professing Muslims and Professional Medicine. In the Inaugural National Conference on Medicine and Religion. Responding to the Call of the Sick: Religious Traditions and Health Professions Today. The Program on Medicine and Religion at the University of Chicago, Chicago, IL..
Abu-Ras, W. & Hosien, S. (2012). Assessing The Role Of Religion And Spirituality In Building Resiliency Among Muslim Military Personnel in the U.S. Armed Forces. In Conference on Promise Practice For Healing Psychological Trauma of Service Military, Veterans, Family, And Community. George Mason University, Fairfax, VA.
3. Dubin, L. Zinko, A. Moscato, T. Hamza, M. & Abu-Ras, W. (2012). Beyond the Binary: Experiences of LGBTQ individuals of different ethnicities and faith groups. In Adelphi University's Ninth Annual Research Conference on “Innovation, Integration, and Imagination: Research and Scholarship in the New Millennium.”. Adelphi University, Garden City, NY.
Tirmazi, T. Ross-Sheriff, F. & Abu-Ras, W (2011). Exploring the Immigrant Muslim Youth Experience in a Post 9/11 America. In to the 15th Annual Conference of the Society for Social Work and Research (SSWR): Emerging Horizons for Social Work Research,. Tampa, Florida..
Abu-Ras, W. (2010). Chaplaincy and Spiritual Care Services for Muslim Patients in NYC Hospitals. In at the 56th Annual Program Meeting (APM) of Counsel on Social Work Education (CSWE). Portland, Oregon.
Ahmed, S., Arfken, C.L., & Abu-Ras, W (2010). Risk-taking behaviors of Muslim college students in the U.S. In the 13th Biennial Meeting of the Society for Research on Adolescence (SRA),. Philadelphia, PA..
Abu-Ras, W., Arfken, C.L., and Ahmed, S (2010). Alcohol use among Muslim youth: Protective and risk factors. In the 14th Annual Conference of the Society for Social Work and Research (SSWR), Social Work Research: A World of Possibilities.. San Francisco, CA..
Abu-Ras, W. & Suarez, Z (2010). Muslim Men and Women's Perception of Discrimination and PTSD Symptoms Post September 11. In the 14th Annual Conference of the Society for Social Work and Research (SSWR). Social Work Research: A World of Possibilities.. San Francisco, CA..
Abu-Ras, W. & Suarez, Z (2009). Muslim Men and Women's Perception of Discrimination and PTSD Symptoms Post September 11. In . Islam and Muslim Symposia. Presented at the 2009 Annual Program Meeting (APM) of Council on Social Work Education (CSWE).. San Antonio, TX.
Abu-Ras, W (2009). Chaplaincy Services in Health Care Settings: Have Muslim Patients' Needs Been Addressed? In Islam and Muslim Symposia. Presented at the 2009 Annual Program Meeting (APM) of Council on Social Work Education (CSWE).. San Antonio, TX.
Abu-Ras, W., Giglia, C., and Binetti, M. (Attendees). 3-5 September (2008). Reaffirming Human Rights For All. In The 61st Annual UN- DPI /NGOs Conference UNESCO. Paris, France, 2008.
Abu-Bader, S. H., & Abu-Ras, W. (2008). Correlates of Depression and Post. In The 7th International Conference of Social Sciences.. . Honolulu, HI., May 2008.
Abu-Bader & Abu-Ras (2008). Correlates of Depression and Post. In The 7th InternationalConference of Social Sciences. Honolulu, HI..
Abu-Rass, W. & Abu-Bader, S. (2007). Depression and PTSD Among Muslims and Arab-Americans Post 9/11. In The 52nd Annual Program Meeting of Counsel on Social Work Education. (pp. one). San Francisco, CA.
Abu-Rass, W. (2006). Imams Role in Mental Health Promotion: A Study at 22 Mosques. In The 114th Annual Convention of the American Psychological Association (APA). . (pp. one). New Orleans.
Abu-Rass, W. & Abu-Bader, S. (2006). “Posttraumatic Stress Disorder Symptoms in NYC Muslim Communities Post 9/11”. In “Social Justice Through Social Reform. 52nd Annual Program Meeting of Counsel on Social Work Education. (pp. two). Chicago, Illinois..
Abu-Rass, W. (2006). Adopting Western Psychotherapy for the New York City Muslim Community”. In Social Justice Through Social Reform. 52nd Annual Program Meeting of Counsel on Social Work Education.. Chicago, Illinois..
Abu-Rass, W. (2005). The Impact of September 11th Upon Arab-Americans' Wellbeing. In Community Trauma and Access to Mental Health Care: Using Mixed Methodology to Uncover Need, Barriers and Innovative Pathways. Miami, FL.
• Lukens, E., Thorning, H. & Abu-Ras, W (2005). "When Disaster Strikes in Unprecedented Ways: Evaluating a Culturally Sensitive Psychoeducational Group Intervention During a National Crisis". In Community Trauma and Access to Mental Health Care: Using Mixed Methodology to Uncover Need, Barriers and Innovative Pathways". Celebrating a Decade of SSWR. Miami, FL..
Abu-Rass, W. & Abu-Bader, S. (2004). The Impact of 9/11 on the Arab-American and Muslim Community. In 50th Annual Meeting of the CSWE.. Atlanta, GA..
Abu-Rass, W. (2003). ). Cultural beliefs and Utilization of Services among Arab Immigrant battered Women in the US. In Seventh Annual Conference of the Society for Social Work and Research. Washington, DC..
Abu-Rass, W. (2002). Barriers to services by Arab Immigrant women in Dearborn area. In Wayne State University,. Detroit, MI.
Other Scholarly/Artistic Work
Abu-Ras, W. Larid, L., and Zenzi F (in Press, 2011). Muslim Physicians, Public role and civic involvements. A Study Report submitted to the Institute of Social Policy and Understanding (www.ISPU.org).
Abu-Ras, W. (October, 2010) Chaplaincy Services for Muslims patients in New York City Hospitals: Assessing needs, barriers and the role of Muslim Chaplain. A Policy brief for the Institute for Social Policy and Understanding (www.ISPU.org).
Abu-Ras, W., Ali, O., Ansari, B., Hamid, H., et al. (January, 2010) Mental Health Issues among American Muslims in the U.S. Military: A Policy Brief for the Institute for Social Policy and Understanding (www.ISPU.org).
Arfken, C.L., Abu-Ras, W., & Ahmed, S. (November, 2009). Alcohol use by Muslim college students in the U.S.: A review. Report prepared for the Institute for Social Policy and Understanding (www.ISPU.org) http://www.ispu.org/files/PDFs/ISPU%20-%20Alcohol_Use_b....
Abu-Ras, W. (May/June, 2009). Taking Charge. Islamic Horizon Magazine, 38(3), 43, www.isna.net.
Osman, A., Abu-Ras, W. & Hamid, H. (2008). Culturally Competent Muslim Mental Health Care. Nathan Kline Institute Designated a Center of Excellence in Culturally Competent Mental Health. http://cecc.rfmh.org/Profile_Muslim%20Americans.htm
Abu-Ras, W. (2001) (unpublished report). Assessment of barriers in domestic violence service utilization by Arab immigrants experiencing partner abuse: An executive report, funded by Blue Cross- Blue Shield Foundation, Women's Health Initiative, Detroit, Michigan.
Abu-Ras, W. (2000). Barriers to and utilization of services among Arab immigrant battered women in the U.S. Doctoral Dissertation, Columbia University. School of Social Work, New York, NY.
Abu-Ras, W. (1989). Prostitution in the Arab society: Women between two worlds. Unpublished Master’s Thesis, Hebrew University, Department of Sociology & Institute of Criminology, Jerusalem, Israel.
Honors and Accomplishments
October 30, 2010
Awarded “The 2010 Scholar Excellence Award”
Institute for Social Policy and Understanding
Nominated for the Teaching Excellence Award of 2010
Adelphi University, School of Social Work.
Garden City, NY
September 1990- August 1991
Awarded Fulbright Fellowship
Harvard University, JFK School of Government.
September 1989- June 1990
Awarded “The Arab American Anti-Discrimination Committee Fellowship”
Arab Anti Discrimination Committee
New Hampshire Chapter, NH.
September 1987 September 1988
Awarded “The Best Director Award” for services to women and children, fundraising and efficient communication between staff and community service providers”
Jerusalem Neighborhoods for Self-Management Association.
Awarded the Graduate Fellowship
Hebrew University Sociology Department
October 1982- October 1984
Awarded A Jerusalem Fund Fellowship
Awarded A Scholarship for Arab Student Excellence
Government of Israel. Israel.
MANUSCRIPT REVIEWER & EDITOR BOARD MEMBER
2012- Present: Contemporary Islam: Dynamics of Muslim Life, Reviewer
2012- Present: Journal of Theoretical Medicine and Bioethics, Reviewer
2011- Present: American Journal of Public Health, USA, Reviewer
2010- Present: Research Institute of Asian Women, South Korea, Reviewer
2010- Present: Journal of Religion and Health, USA, Reviewer
2010- Present: Psychology of Religion and Spirituality, USA, Reviewer
2010- Present: Journal of Immigrant and Refugee Studies, USA, Editor Board Member
2009- Present: Journal of Social Work, UK, Reviewer
2009- Present: Traumatology, USA, Reviewer
2006-Present: Muslim Mental Health Journal, US, Associate Editor
2007- Present: The Journal of Muslim Mental Health, USA, Reviewer
2004- Journal of Humanities and Social Sciences, United Arab Emirates University, UAE, Reviewer
2006 – 2010, 2012: The 52nd- 56th Annual Program Meetings of the Council on Social Work Education.
Community and Corporate Leadership
2004- Muslim Mental Health Inc. (MMH) Member
2005- Counselor (Volunteer)
Legal Services of New Jersey, Edison, NJ, Immigration Project, Edison, NJ
2010 Lecturer on Adolescence: A transitional period between childhood and early adulthood (15 May, 2010). Sponsored by The Al-Aman Mosque in Homedale, Monmouth County, NJ.
August 2010 Organizer: Ramadan Iftar Event.
A fund-raising event to benefit the “Turning Point for Women and Families” organization. The event was held at the Hilton Hotel, Woodbridge, NJ on August 15, 2010.
2008-2010 Turning Point Services for Women and Families, Board of Director, Vice-Chair