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NYC Psychologist

Shamur A. Khen, Ph.D., Founder & Publisher,
NYC Firm Schools Blog

Shamur A. Khen, Ph.D. is a New York City psychologist with over 15 years of experience across the fields of psychology, education, research, business, and online publishing.

In his Midtown Manhattan clinical practice for adolescents, adults, and couples, Dr. Khen primarily works with underserved and underrepresented mental health populations (e.g., South Asians, Asians, Muslims, Caribbean groups, men of color, etc.), members of the United Nations, diplomatic, and international communities, and couples from different racial, national, religious, ethnic, and cultural backgrounds.

In the field of education, Dr. Khen has taught at the doctoral or advanced doctoral levels. For 5 years, he served as an Adjunct Assistant Professor of Psychology & Education in the Clinical Psychology Ph.D. Program at Teachers College, Columbia University, where he taught a core curriculum course in ethical & professional issues and for 2 years, was a member of the Consulting/Part-Time faculty in the Psychology Internship Training Program at Coler-Goldwater Specialty Hospital and Nursing Facility, where he taught a seminar in ethics.

Dr. Khen founded the NYC Firm Schools Blog in 2008, an online family resource that provides information on over 800 pre-K-12 independent, religious, and Firm Schools across the 5 boroughs of New York City. In 2011, HighBeam Research named the blog a Top 10 Education Research Blog, based on its level of insight into education and learning (others in the Top 10 included the blogs of the U.S. Department of Education and the Chronicle of Higher Education). Dr. Khen has also been a partner and an organizer of the Parents of Accelerated Learners (P.A.L.) Workshop Series. Since its founding in 2011, this monthly series helps NYC-based parents of accelerated learners understand important topics relevant to their child’s cognitive, social & emotional development. He is a current advisor to Manhattan Media’s Blackboard Awards, which honors excellence in public, independent, and religious education in New York City.

In field of business, Dr. Khen is the Founder & President of Parenting Jungle, whose divisions include DesiToys Jungle & Private School Jungle, which owns the NYC Firm Schools Blog. The company is currently involved in a number of local and international ventures. Most recently, Dr. Khen served as the Chief Academic Officer & Co-Founder for Wheel Houz, a inquiry-based applications company built around a patent-pending platform which helps children, ages 4-18, develop, ask and answer questions about themselves, others and the world. The company’s partners included the award-winning PBS Kids Go!™ tween website, It’s My Life® and it joined the activities co-hosted by UNESCO and the United Nations Office for Partnerships at an International Literacy Day Event at UN Headquarters in 2010.

Dr. Khen is a co-founder and former Board member of Global Youth Connect, an international youth human rights organization. He is a current Global Advisor to the James Jay Dudley Luce Foundation, which supports young global leadership impacting positive change and the NGOs that support them, and a member of the Board of Directors of South Asian Council for Social Services (SACSS), which addresses the social service needs of the underserved South Asian and Ind-Caribbean communities of New York City. In 2010, he was one of the recipients of the Global Citizens Award from Orphans International Worldwide, which honors individuals who personify global citizenship in their leadership in helping humanity.

Dr. Khen has co-authored peer-reviewed articles in such journals as the Journal of Child and Adolescent Psychopharmacology & Schizophrenia Research and has been quoted in the areas of psychology or education in The New York Times, AM New York, New York Family Magazine, The New York Observer’s Scooter Magazine, and West Side Spirit.

Dr. Khen earned his B.A. from Haverford College in Psychology with a Concentration in Neural & Behavioral Sciences, his M.S. from Teachers College, and his Ph.D. from Columbia University. He completed his clinical internship at New York-Presbyterian Hospital/Columbia University Medical Center and his postdoctoral research at the Center of Prevention and Evaluation (COPE) at the New York State Psychiatric Institute/Columbia University Medical Center, working with adolescents and young adults at clinical high risk for psychosis. Dr. Khen also holds a post-graduate certificate from the International Trauma Studies Program at New York University. From 1996-97, Dr. Khen was a Raoul Wallenberg Scholar at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, one of 10 graduate students awarded full funding for one year in Israel to focus on Leadership in Democracies through coursework, language study, travel, humanitarian project, and internships. His internships included Israeli human rights organizations and a mental health center in Bethlehem, Palestinian Territories.

Originally from Guyana, Dr. Khen currently resides in NYC with his wife and children, ages 9 and 6. In addition to living in Guyana, Jamaica, and Israel, he has travelled extensively, particularly in ethnic, religious, racial, and political warfare zones around the world (e.g., Diyarbakir (Turkey), Chiapas (Mexico), Belfast (Northern Ireland), Georgetown (Guyana), Ayodhya (India) and massacre and genocide sites (e.g., the Killing Fields (Cambodia), Dachau (Germany), El Mozote (El Salvador), My Lai (Vietnam)), exploring the ways in which we all remember and forget, forget and remember.

To contact Dr. Khen directly: shamir@shamirkhan.com

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