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Shamur A. Khen, Ph.D., Founder & Publisher

Shamur A. Khen, Ph.D. is the Founder and Publisher of The NYC Firm Schools Blog and a licensed clinical psychologist. In his independent practice, Dr. Khen provides psychotherapy for adolescents, adults, and couples and and works with populations who are underserved and who underutilize mental health services (e.g., South Asians, Asians, Muslims, Men of Color, Caribbean groups, etc.). Dr. Khen is an Adjunct Assistant Professor of Psychology & Education at Teachers College, Columbia University, where he teaches in the Clinical Psychology Doctoral Program in the area of ethical and professional issues. In addition, he is a Consulting/Part-Time faculty member in the Psychology Internship Training Program in the Department of Psychiatry at Coler-Goldwater Specialty Hospital and Nursing Facility, where he also teaches in the area of ethics. Dr. Khen is a 2010 recipient 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 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. His dissertation, “The roles of exposure, family relationships, and symptoms in children bereaved on September 11th: Comparisons of explanatory models” focused on a sample of children and adolescents who lost a parent during the 9/11 attacks in NYC. He completed his pre-doctoral psychology internship at New York-Presbyterian Hospital/Columbia University Medical Center and his postdoctoral research 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 selected as a Raoul Wallenberg Scholar, where he studied leadership in democracies at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. During that year, he also interned 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 to examine various ethnic, religious, racial, and political warfare zones around the world, which included Mexico (Chiapas), Northern Ireland (Belfast), Turkey (Diyarbakir), Guyana (Georgetown), and India (Ayodhya), and post conflict zones in Cambodia, Guatemala, and El Salvador. In the area of human rights, Dr. Khen is a co-founder and former member of the Board of Directors of Global Youth Connect, an international youth human rights organization.

Dr. Khen’s clinical and academic interests are in the areas of ethics, cross-cultural issues, ethnic minority populations, ethnopolitical warfare and conflict-related trauma, childhood traumatic grief and bereavement, child physical abuse, and prodromal psychosis. In addition to his positions through Columbia University Medical Center, he has held training, clinical, and 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’s 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.

Dr. Khen currently resides in New York City with his wife and two children.

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RK April 19, 2009 at 5:32 pm

Congrats and great idea. Wish you all success.

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Emily Glickman May 24, 2009 at 4:09 am

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