Nahid Aziz

Associate professor

Areas of Focus: Refugee and Immigrants Mental Health

Phone: 703-526-5844



  • PsyD Clinical Psychology, Alliant International University, 1999.
  • Masters of Art Clinical Psychology, Alliant International University, 1997.
  • Masters of Art Clinical Psychology, Alliant International University, 1997.


Dr. Nahid Aziz is an Associate Professor at the American School of Professional Psychology (ASPP) at Argosy University, Northern Virginia. She received a Master of Arts degree and a Doctorate in clinical psychology from Alliant International University. Dr. Aziz's research interest is in multicultural issues in clinical psychology, including refugeef and immigrant mental health, mental health in conflict and post-conflict regions, and mental health of women in the Islamic and developing countries. Dr. Aziz was the recipient of the Outstanding Dissertation Award and the 1999 Best Dissertation of the Year at Alliant International University. Her dissertation was a clinical manual for mental health professionals treating Afghan immigrant and refugee women. Her works and activities have had a tremendous impact on the Afghan, Muslim and immigrant community in the United States and in Afghanistan. Dr. Aziz is the Vice President of Afghan Education For A Better Tomorrow, a non-profit organization, which provides health and education services in Afghanistan. She is the Co-Chair of Afghanistan Mental Health Workgroup at Substance Abuse Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), a division of the United States Department of Health and Human Services helping Afghanistan's Ministry of Public Health establish and reconstruct mental health services and develop mental health capacity. Dr. Aziz has frequently appeared on international TV and radio talk shows discussing the impacts of acculturative stress on immigrants' and refugees' mental health, specifically on Muslims and Afghan immigrants, and published book chapter and numerous articles on the status of Afghan women's mental health and human rights.


  • Refugee and Immigrants Mental Health.
  • Mental health in conflict and post conflicts regions.
  • Mental Health of Muslim Women.
  • Mental Health in Complex Emergencies.


  • Psychologist For Social Responsibility.
  • American Psychological Association.
  • Psychology of Ethnic and Racial Minority (APA, Division 45).
  • Afghan Medical Professional Association of America.

Selected Publications

  • Aziz, Nahid (2011). Land of the Unconquerable: The Lives of Contemporary Afghan Women. Heath, J & Zahedi, A. (Eds.). University of California Press.
  • Aziz, Nahid (2011). What Self Immolation Means to Afghan Women. Peace Review: A Journal Of Social Justice 23: 1, 45 - 51.
  • Aziz, Nahid (2008). Part One: Mental health and the women of Afghanistan. Afghan women struggle for basic human rights. Psychologist for Social Responsibility Herald, Vol 1, No. 2.
  • Aziz, Nahid (2008). Part Two: Mental health and the women of Afghanistan. Mental health needs of Afghan women. Psychologist for Social Responsibility Herald, Vol 2, No.1.
  • Aziz, N., Rosenfarb, I.S, & Bellack, A, S. (2006). A Sociocultural Stress, Appraisal, and Coping Model of Subjective Burden and Family Attitudes Toward Patients with Schizophrenia. Journal of Abnormal Psychology. 115-1: 157-165.
  • Rosenfarb, I.S., Bellack, A.S., & Aziz, N. (2006). Family interactions and the course of schizophrenia in African-American and White patients. Journal of Abnormal Psychology. 115-1:112-120.
  • Rosenfarb, I.S., Bellack, A.S., Aziz, N., Kratz, K., Sayers, S. (2004). Race, family interaction, and patient stabilization in Schizophrenia. Journal of Abnormal Psychology 113 No 1, 109-115.
  • Rosenfarb, I.S., Bellack, A.S., & Aziz, N. (2001). Race and family interactions in schizophrenia. Schizophrenia Research, 49, 267.
  • Rosenfarb, I.S., Bellack, A.S., Aziz, N., Kratz, K.M., Schooler, N.R., & Sayers, S.L. (1999). Family transactions and patient stabilization in Schizophrenia. Schizophrenia Research, 36, 333.
  • Mental Health of Afghan Children (in press, due for publication in 2012).

Selected Lectures

  • Seventh Annual Afghanistan Reconstruction Summit November 2009 San Rafael, CA Keynote Speaker: Addressing the Psychosocial Needs of Afghans.
  • American Abroad Media International TV January 2010 Appeared as a guest on TV show "Pul" (Bridge) to discuss the impact of drug addiction in Afghanistan, especially among Afghan women.
  • Fifth Annual Traumatology Symposium, Argosy University Sarasota Feb., 2009 Key Note Speaker: The Psychological Impact of War and Violence on Women.
  • European Congress for Psychology 11th Annual Convention, July 2009, Oslo, Norway Invited to present on the Current Condition of Afghan women's mental health and human rights.
  • Trainer GBV Alderman Foundation and PIH May, 2009 Cange, HaitiA 3 day training- Trained 70 health professionals, including MDs, nurses, midwives, psychologist and social workers in assessment and interventions of Gender Based Violence.

Selected Presentations

  • Johns Hopkins, SAIS, Afghanistan Reconstruction Summit, Washington, DC Oct., 2011.
  • American Psychological Association, 119 Annual Convention, Washington, DC, August, 2011. The Link Between Gender-Based Identity and Victimhood of Women Globally.
  • Psychologist For Social Responsibility, Annual Conference, Boston, MA, July 2011Crises Beyond Borders: Challenges for International Psychology.
  • Afghan Medical Professional Association May28, 2011 Medical SymposiumPresented on Afghanistan Mental Health Workgroup: What are Its Purpose, Mission, and why is it so successful?

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