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Graduate tackles cultural and diversity issues in work combating violence against women

Dr. Maysa Hamza’s mission is to empower others through her work as a psychologist.

“I have worked at university counseling centers and various non-profit agencies,” she says. “My education and clinical work have reinforced my interest, ability and commitment to a diverse community.”

Maysa is using her relationship-building skills to help cultivate environments where diversity is valued and clients are given opportunities to express their creativity.

She currently works in private practice with Franklin and Associates, an Oakland, Calif., agency that provides psychological services. She provides consultation to therapists on culture and diversity issues.

A major part of Maysa’s work has been to raise awareness of issues facing women in Arab societies. She is also concerned with the well-being and treatment of all women who are victims of violence.

“Violence against women surpasses ethnic, cultural, religious, and class differences,” Maysa states. “Society ought to emphasize the extreme social and psychological consequences of violence against women. Awareness is needed on a humanitarian, religious, political, and ethical domain.”

She received her bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Ramapo College of New Jersey and her master’s degree in Psychology from Yeshiva University. In 2009, she received a master’s degree in Counseling Psychology from Argosy University, San Francisco Bay Area, where she also earned a doctorate in Counseling Psychology in 2010.

Maysa says the skills and experience she received at Argosy University, San Francisco Bay Area enabled her to serve her clients better. In addition to her work on culture and diversity issues, she has also worked with the chronic mentally ill and homeless population in New York.

Maysa has several years of post-master clinical and teaching experience, and received an award from the student body and the dean of students at American University of Sharjah, United Arab Emirates, an affiliate of American University.

“The faculty and staff at Argosy University, San Francisco Bay Area are very supportive of hard-working students and aim to promote student retention and graduation,” Maysa says. “The university is ideally suited to further students’ professional development.”

Her advice to students: “Work hard and do your research in the library, listen to faculty advice and you will be able to achieve your best.”

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