Mona M. Amer is an associate professor of psychology and chair of the Department of Psychology at The American University of Cairo. She received the University’s Excellence in Academic Service Award in 2018 and the Excellence in Teaching Award in 2011. She was also awarded the Best Faculty-NGO Partnership Award, as well as the Innovative Teaching Award by the AUC's Center for Learning and Teaching.
Amer received her PhD in clinical psychology from the University of Toledo, Ohio, in 2005. She completed her pre-doctoral internship at the Connecticut Mental Health Center and The Consultation Center at the Department of Psychiatry, Yale University School of Medicine. She then pursued a two-year postdoctoral specialization in ethnic/racial behavioral health disparities at the Program for Recovery and Community Health, also housed at the Yale Department of Psychiatry. She taught as an adjunct professor for the community psychology master’s program at the University of New Haven. This was followed by an assistant clinical professor position at the Yale Department of Psychiatry that overlapped with her arrival to AUC. Amer is a licensed psychologist in the state of Connecticut.
Amer’s clinical, research, and policy interests are in minority mental health, with a specialization in the Arab and Muslim American minorities. In 2006, she was awarded the annual American Psychological Association’s (APA) Award for Distinguished Graduate Student in Professional Psychology "For her outstanding and innovative leadership in addressing the mental health needs of Muslim and Arab Americans". She was also awarded as the sole recipient the 2005-7 APA Minority Fellowship Program’s Postdoctoral Fellowship in Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services. In 2016 her co-edited book Handbook of Arab American Psychology received the Evelyn Shakir Non-Fiction Award at the Annual American Book Awards by the Arab American National Museum (a Smithsonian affiliate). Amer’s work has been featured in numerous media including APA’s Monitor on Psychology, gradPSYCH, and a USA Today cover story.
"Mona M. Amer: APA/APAGS Award for Distinguished Graduate Student in Professional Psychology". American Psychologist, 2006, 61(8), pp. 898-900.
"Living Community Psychology featuring Mona Amer" by Gloria Levin. The Community Psychologist, 2007, 40(1), pp. 21-24.
Awad, G. H., Kia-Keating, M., & Amer, M. M. (2018). A Model of Cumulative Racial/ Ethnic Trauma among Americans of Middle Eastern and North African (MENA) Descent. American Psychologist.
Ahmed, S.R., Amer, M. M., & Killawi, A. (2017). The ecosystems perspective in social work: implications for culturally competent practice with American Muslims. Journal of Religion & Spirituality in Social Work: Social Thought, 36(1-2), 48-72.
Amer, M. M. and G. H. Awad (2016), Handbook of Arab American Psychology. New York, USA: Routledge.
Ibrahim, M. M., Rosenheim, M. R., & Amer, M. M., & Larson, H. A. (2016). From Minnesota to Cairo: Student perceptions of community-based learning. Education, Citizenship and Social Justice, 11(3), 258-273.
Amer, M. M., El-Sayeh, S., Fayad, Y., & Khoury, B. (2015). Community psychology and civil society: Opportunities for growth in Egypt and Lebanon. Journal of Community Psychology, 43, 49-62.
Amer, M. M. (2014). Arab American acculturation and ethnic identity across the lifespan: Sociodemographic correlates and psychological outcomes. In S. C. Nassar-McMillan, K. J. Ajrouch, & J. Hakim-Larson (Eds.), Biopsychosocial Perspectives on Arab Americans: Culture, Development, and Health (pp. 153-173). New York: Springer.
Kira, A.F., Amer, M. M., & Wrobel, N. H. (2014). Arab refugees: Trauma, resilience, and recovery. In S. C. Nassar-McMillan, K. J. Ajrouch, & J. Hakim-Larson (Eds.), Biopsychosocial Perspectives on Arab Americans: Culture, Development, and Health (pp. 175-195). New York: Springer.
Amer, M. M., Awad, G. H., & Hovey, J. D. (2014). Evaluation of the CES-D scale factor structure in a sample of second generation Arab-Americans. International Journal of Culture and Mental Health, 7(1), 46-58.
Amer, M. M. & Bagasra, A. (2013). Psychological research with Muslim Americans in the age of Islamophobia: Trends, challenges, and recommendations. American Psychologist, 68(3), 134-144.
Amer, M.M. (2013). Counseling and psychotherapy in Egypt: Ambiguous identity of a regional leader. In R. Moodley, U. P. Gielen, & R. Wu, (Eds.), Handbook of Counseling and Psychotherapy in an International Context (pp. 19-29). New York: Routledge.
Ahmed, S., & Amer, M. M. (Eds.). (2012). Counseling Muslims: Handbook of Mental Health Issues and Interventions . New York: Routledge.
Amer, M.M., & Hovey, J.D. (2012). Anxiety and depression in a post-September 11 sample of Arabs in the USA. Social Psychiatry and Psychiatric Epidemiology, 47 (3), 409-418.
Recent Research Projects
Acculturation and mental health of adult Arab Americans
Double burden of mental illness stigma and racial/ethnic stigma on mental health symptoms for Latino American and African American minorities
Culturally competent psychotherapy and counseling for Muslims
Identity development and mental health of Arab Muslim American youth
Using Rasch modeling to develop psychometrically sound measures for Arab Americans
University civic engagement, including effectiveness of community based learning courses and volunteer student community service