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Dr. Mary Iskarous began mental health service in her home country of Egypt where she served as Program Director of the Drug Proofing Your Kids program in Cairo, Egypt. During her service, she witnessed the impact of stigma, prejudice, and isolation of those suffering from mental illness, substance abuse, and sexual identity concerns. She felt compelled to seek additional education that would enable her to help preserve the dignity of these vulnerable populations as an advocate and mental health professional. Dr. Iskarous sought graduate education in the United States and graduated with her Doctorate in Clinical Psychology from Regent University in 2013. In line with her passion for Arab populations, her graduate research explored the experiences of Arab Americans with same sex attraction and highlighted the challenges this group faces as they develop an integrated sexual and ethnic identity. Her interest in working with ethnic and sexual minorities has led to ongoing efforts to provide education to clinicians interested in working with Arabic speaking persons. Additionally, Dr. Iskarous has pursued opportunities to provide care for individuals with severe mental illness and those with comorbid disorders. She currently works at as a licensed clinical psychologist at an inpatient psychiatric hospital in Virginia, where she provides services as part of a recovery-oriented and trauma-informed treatment program.
Contact Dr. Iskarous directly at [email protected] if you would like to consult with her.