Founder & Publisher

NYC Psychologist

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

Dr. Khen was born and raised during his early years in Annandale, Guyana. After then briefly living in Jamaica, he grew up in NYC within a close-knit, Muslim-American family & community. He is an alumnus of Townsend Harris H.S. at Queens College in Flushing, NY.

In 1996, Dr. Khen was selected as a Raoul Wallenberg Scholar, one of 10 American graduate students awarded full-scholarships to study leadership in democracies at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem through coursework, internships, travel, language study, and a humanitarian project. As one of the few Muslim-Americans to live and study in Israel, he moved between Israeli and Palestinian societies, interning at Israeli human rights organizations and a mental health center in Bethlehem, Palestinian Territories.

Those experiences in human rights and mental health led Dr. Khen on a personal journey to continue his exploration of empathy and hatred for those who we perceived as “different” from ourselves. At great personal risk, his journey over the years has led him to various ethnic, religious, racial, and political warfare zones around the world such as Diyarbakir (Turkey), Chiapas (Mexico), Belfast (Northern Ireland), Georgetown (Guyana), and Ayodhya (India). His journey has also taken him to massacre and genocide sites such as the Killing Fields (Cambodia), Dachau (Germany), El Mozote (El Salvador), and My Lai (Vietnam), exploring the ways in which we all remember and forget, forget and remember. In 1998, as member of a global steering committee from 10 countries, Dr. Khen co-founded Global Youth Connect, an international youth human rights organization, for which he served as a member of the Board of Directors.

Armed with an exposure to the needs of families, children, and adolescents around the world, Dr. Khen decided to pursue a career as a clinical psychologist. His career in psychology and education has included the areas of business, clinical practice, research, and teaching.

In Dr. Khen’s independent clinical practice in midtown Manhattan, he provides psychotherapy for populations who are underserved and who underutilize mental health services (e.g., South Asians, Asians, Muslims, Men of Color, Caribbean groups, etc.) and members of the international, diplomatic, and United Nations communities living in NYC on a short- or long-term basis.

He is an Adjunct Assistant Professor of Psychology & Education in the Clinical Psychology Ph.D. Program at Teachers College, Columbia University, where he teaches a core curriculum course in ethical and professional issues for first-year doctoral students and a member of the Consulting/Part-Time faculty in the Psychology Internship Training Program in the Department of Psychiatry at Coler-Goldwater Specialty Hospital and Nursing Facility, where he teaches a seminar in ethics. In addition, he is the Founder & President of Parenting Jungle, whose divisions include DesiToys Jungle & Private School Jungle, which owns the NYC Firm Schools Blog.

Most recently, Dr. Khen served as the Chief Academic Officer & Co-Founder for Wheel Houz, a inquiry-based applications company 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®.

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 pre-doctoral psychology 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.

Dr. Khen’s interests are in the areas of mental health accessibility, ethics, cross-cultural issues, ethnic minority populations, trauma and bereavement, child physical abuse, and prodromal psychosis. In addition to his positions through Columbia University Medical Center, he has held training, clinical, or research positions at A Caring Hand, The Billy Esposito Foundation Bereavement Center; The Division of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry at Mount Sinai Medical Center; The Institute for Trauma and Stress at the New York University Child Study Center; The Psychology Department at St. John’s University; and the Center for Educational and Psychological Services at Teachers College, Columbia University. Dr. Khen has co-authored peer-reviewed articles in such journals as the Journal of Child and Adolescent Psychopharmacology (2009) & Schizophrenia Research (2009, 2008).

His professional affiliations include Kappa Delta Pi, The International Honor Society in Education; the New York State Psychological Association; the American Psychological Association; the Asian American Psychological Association; and the South Asian Journalists Association. He is a former volunteer with such NYC community-based programs as FRom Our STreets with Dignity (FROST’D) (outreach program for street sex workers); The Everybody Wins Foundation, Power Lunch Program (East Harlem); and the East Harlem Tutorial Program, Inc., After School Program.

In February 2010, Dr. Khen was selected as one of the recipients of the Global Citizenship Award from Orphans International Worldwide. The award recognizes individuals around the world who personify global citizenship in their leadership in helping humanity.

Dr. Khen currently resides in New York City with his wife, to whom he has been married for the past 11 years, and his school-aged children, ages 5 and 8.

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

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