Carrie York Al-Karam

York Al-Karam, Carrie
Adjunct Professor
Education: 
PhD Psychology - Sofia University - 2011
Office: 
TBD
Office Hours: 
By appointment

Dr. Al-Karam is a Visiting Assistant Professor in the Departments of Religious Studies and International Studies. She has interests in the areas of Psychology of Religion and Spirituality, Islamic Psychology and Muslim Mental Health, and Spiritually Integrated Psychotherapy. She is also Director of Al-Karam for Islamic Psychology. Coming from a multi-disciplinary academic background, she has a PhD in Psychology, an MA in Middle East Studies, and a BA in International Studies. Originally from upstate NY, she lived abroad for nearly 17 years in places such as the United Arab Emirates (10 years), Lebanon, Turkey, France, Russia, Latvia, and Singapore. Her co-edited books are Islamically Integrated Psychotherapy: Uniting Faith and Professional Practice (Templeton Press, 2018) and Mental Health and Psychological Practice in the United Arab Emirates (Palgrave MacMillan, 2015).

American Psychological Association (APA) Affiliations:

Society for the Psychology of Religion and Spirituality (Division 36)
Society for the Psychological Study of Culture, Ethnicity, and Race (Division 45)
International Psychology (Division 52)

Research Interests: 
Psychology of Religion, Islamic Psychology, spiritually integrated psychotherapy, complementary and alternative therapies, depression, anxiety, addiction, and trauma.
Selected Publications: 
  • York Al-Karam, C. (2018). Islamically Integrated Psychotherapy: Uniting Faith and Professional Practice. Templeton Press.
  • Lambert, L. & Pasha-Zaidi, N. (2018). An Introduction to Psychology for the Arabian Gulf. Content contributor for sections on “Approaches to Psychology”, “Islamic Psychology”, and “Islamic Perspective of Mental Illness”. London: Cambridge Scholars Press.
  • York Al-Karam, C. (2018). An Introduction to Psychology for the Arabian Gulf. Content contributor for sections on “Approaches to Psychology”, “Islamic Psychology”, and “Islamic Perspective of Mental Illness”. London: Cambridge Scholars Press.
  • York Al-Karam, C. (2017). Islamic Psychology: Towards a 21st Century Definition and Conceptual Framework. Background paper for seminar on Islamic Psychology at the Center for Islamic Legislation and Ethics www.cilecenter.org.
  • York Al-Karam, C. (2017). Khawater al-Hijab (Thoughts on Hijab). Chapter in Mirror on the Veil. CCC Press.
  • York Al-Karam, C. & Haque, A. (2015) Mental Health and Psychological Practice in the United Arab Emirates. New York: Palgrave Macmillan. (Co-Editor)
  • York Al-Karam, C. (2015). Complementary and Alternative Treatments in Psychology: An Islamic Therapeutic Modality. Book chapter in Mental Health and Psychological Practice in the United Arab Emirates. New York: Palgrave Macmillan.
  • Lambert, L., Pasha-Zaidi, N., York Al-Karam, C. (2015). Developing an Indigenous Positive Psychology in the United Arab Emirates. Middle East Journal of Positive Psychology. V(1) Jan. 2015.
  • York, C. (2012). Islamic Healing and Wellness: Not Just for Muslims. New You Middle East. Dubai, UAE.
Courses Taught: 
  • Introduction to Psychology
  • Introduction to Islamic Psychology
  • Abnormal Psychology
  • Psychotherapies
  • Psychology of Religion
  • Research Methods in Psychology
Service and Public Engagement: 

APA Division 36 Task Force on Funding
Associate Editor / Reviewer

  • Journal of Muslim Mental Health
  • Middle East Journal of Positive Psychology
  • Journal of Religious Studies / Dini Arastirmalar (Ankara University Faculty of Divinity - Turkey).
Awards, Honors and Grants: