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Hanan Hashem

Dr. Hanan Hashem is a Researcher and Community Educator at The Family and Youth Institute. Dr. Hanan Hashem is also an Assistant Professor in the Clinical Psychology Department at William James College in Boston, Massachusetts, where she specializes in teaching topics concerning cultural considerations in the field of psychology; lifespan development; psychopathology; and psychological research methods. She holds a Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology from The University of Texas at Austin, a Master’s degree in Counseling Psychology from UT-Austin, a Master’s degree in Quantitative Methods from Wayne State University, and a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology with a minor in Philosophy from the University of Michigan – Dearborn. 

Dr. Hashem’s core research and clinical interests include intergenerational trauma, youth development, and spiritually integrated interventions and care. She has published numerous peer-reviewed empirical research on the mental health of Muslims in the United States and has worked in various clinical settings including community health centers, university counseling centers, and a youth shelter. Dr. Hashem is also a community organizer and has focused her efforts on community education and mental health consultancy through local youth groups, regional camps, and national conferences, including the Muslim Mental Health Conference.




Disbelief, Trauma, & Betrayal: 3 Tips To Healing

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Workshops & Lectures


Professional Training

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Mental Health Workshop

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Mentoring Muslim Youth Workshop

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Published Book


  1. Griffin, J & Hashem, H. (2017). Respondent uncertainty about the timing of residential changes and employment-related events. Panel Study of Income Dynamics. Retrieved from https://psidonline.isr.umich.edu/publications/Papers/tsp/2017-03_Resp_Uncertainty_EHC.pdf
  2. Ahmed, S., Patel, S. Y., & Hashem, H. (2015). State of American Muslim youth: Research and recommendations. Institute of Social Policy and Understanding. Retrieved from https://www.ispu.org/wp-content/uploads/2016/08/ISPU_FYI_Report_American_Muslim_Youth_Final-1.pdf

Published Book

  1. Ahmed, S., Hashem, H., Khalid, M. (2019). Uplifting Black Muslim Youth: A positive youth development approach. Canton, MI: The Family & Youth Institute. Retrieved from https://www.thefyi.org/publications/uplifting-black-muslim-youth/

Published Chapters


  1. Awad, G., Nguyen, H., Castellanos, F., Payne, T., Hashem, H. (2020). Mental health considerations for immigrants of Arab/Middle Eastern descent. In G. C. Nagayama Hall & E. R. Huang (Eds.), Immigration and Mental Health. Elsevier. https://doi.org/10.1016/B978-0-12-816117-3.00010-5
  2. Hashem, H., Bennett, A., Awad, G. (2020). Arab American Youth: Considerations for mental health and community engagement. In. A. M. Breland-Noble (Ed), Community Mental Health Engagement with Racially Diverse Populations. Elsevier. https://doi.org/10.1016/B978-0-12-818012-9.00006-X

Published Peer-Reviewed Articles


  1. Hashem, H. & Awad, G. (In Press: The Counseling Psychologist). Hijab, Solo Status, Discrimination, and Distress among Muslim Women in the U.S.
  2. Hashem, H., Dossani, H., Ghani, M., Ahsen, A. S., & Morshed, C. (In Press: Journal of Muslim Mental Health). Belonging as a predictor of substance use for American Muslim emerging adults.
  3. Demanarig, D. L., Cokley, K., Beasley, S. T., Hita, L., Hashem, H., Mujica, C., Mamidanna, P., & Mercado, A. (In Press: American Psychologist). Mending fragile alliances to fight racism: Developing a framework for cross-racial/ethnic solidarity.
  4. Sadek, K., & Hashem, H. (2024). Teasing apart the role of identity and help-seeking intentions among Arab/MENA and South Asian Muslim Americans. Social Sciences & Humanities Open, 9, 100789. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.ssaho.2023.100789
  5. Hashem, H., Ghani, M., Hirani, S., Bennet, A, & Awad, G.(2022). Solo status, religious identity centrality, and age as predictors for discrimination among American Muslim Women. International Journal of Intercultural Relations. 88, 32-41. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.ijintrel.2022.03.005
  6. Hashem, H., & Awad, G. H. (2021). Religious Identity, Discrimination, and Psychological Distress Among Muslim and Christian Arab Americans. Journal of religion and health60(2), 961-973. https://doi.org/10.1007/s10943-020-01145-x
  7. Awad, G. H., Hashem, H., & Nguyen, H. (2021). Identity and Ethnic/Racial Self-Labeling among Americans of Arab or Middle Eastern and North African Descent. Identity, 1-16. https://doi.org/10.1080/15283488.2021.1883277
  8. Ahmed, S., & Hashem, H. (2016). A Decade of Muslim Youth: Global trends in research. Journal of Muslim Mental Health. 10 (1). https://doi.org/10.3998/jmmh.10381607.0010.104

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Zakat eligibility of The FYI

The Family & Youth Institute, or The FYI, is a well-known Muslim organization in the United States. It works to promote mental health and wellness by strengthening and empowering individuals, families, and communities through research and education. It has been working for many years to bring Islamic perspectives to understanding and promoting mental health in our communities.

It is dedicated to serving and supporting Muslims – safeguarding our deen, our families, and our future generations. Therefore, the work of The FYI comes in the category of ‘fi sabeelillah’ or the Path of Allah, within the eight categories where Zakat money can be used.

Zakah expenditures are only for the poor and for the needy and for those employed for it and for bringing hearts together [for Islam] and for freeing captives [or slaves] and for those in debt and for the cause of Allah, and for the [stranded] traveler – an obligation [imposed] by Allah, And Allah, is Knowing and Wise.”
(Al-Tawbah 9:60)

According to scholars who widen the meaning of fee sabeelillah to include any activities that promote Islamic growth, The FYI is indeed eligible to receive part of the Zakat funds for its programs and services. I urge Muslims in America to support this organization through their donations, general charity, and through their Zakat. I ask Allah swt to strengthen and guide The FYI to continue its good work in supporting Muslims.

Shaikh Ali Suleiman Ali, PhD

About Shaikh Ali

Sh. Ali Suleiman Ali was born in Ghana where he spent his childhood studying with various Muslim scholars. He then moved to Saudi Arabia and enrolled in the Islamic University of Madina.  He graduated with a degree in both Arabic and Islamic Studies. Dr. Ali went on to complete his Ph.D. in Islamic Studies at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor.

Sh. Ali serves on the Advisory Council of The Family & Youth Institute. He is the Senior Imam and Director of the Muslim Community of Western Suburbs in Canton, Michigan. Additionally, he serves as the Director of Muslim Family Services in Detroit and is a council member of the Fiqh Council of North America (FCNA). He is also a member of the North American Imams Federation (NAIF) and the Association of Muslim Jurists of America (AMJA).