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Date: 2015-12-18
Title: Saudi Fellow to Join Global Research Team

Dr. Lamis S. Al-Solaim will begin a research fellowship with the Chester M. Pierce, MD Division of Global Psychiatry at the start of 2016. In her fellowship, Dr. Al-Solaim will address the need for Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services in the Middle East, employing interdisciplinary and culturally relevant measures alongside experts in global mental health capacity building.

The need for Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services in the Middle East has become increasingly apparent in recent years. In Saudi Arabia and other Gulf Cooperation Council countries, services are scarce, while those who do receive help do so in a fragmented manner that hinders the quality and effectiveness of their care. Currently, there is no strategic plan in place to inform a comprehensive, multi-level system of mental healthcare for young people in the Middle East. Dr. Al-Solaim hopes to address this need through capacity building and research efforts, collaborating with experts in the field to propose and implement new interventions.

Dr. Al-Solaim received her Bachelor’s degree in psychology from Saudi Arabia’s King Saud University, an M.A. in applied child development at Tufts University, and a Ph.D. in psychology from the United Kingdom’s Royal Holloway University of London. Her doctoral dissertation was published in a major scientific journal due to its pioneering observations on religious manifestations of obsessive-compulsive disorder in young Saudi women. She has since presented many of her findings at international psychology conferences and has received recognition for her expertise in child clinical psychology. We look forward to working with Dr. Solaim in the New Year, and hope that our extended partnership will improve the lives of those in the Middle East who suffer from mental illness.