Amal Killawi is a PhD student with a special interest in community-based participatory research and the provision of culturally sensitive care. She is a clinical social worker, researcher, and community educator. Amal has practice experience in college counseling and community mental health and has conducted research on family and health challenges in Muslim communities. Her hope is to pursue a job that combines scientific rigor with applied relevance and connects her roles as a social work scholar, educator, and practitioner.


  • Doctor of Philosophy, Rutgers University, School of Social Work (expected Fall 2024)
  • Certificate in Sexual Health, University of Michigan, School of Social Work (March 2012)
  • Master of Social Work, University of Michigan, School of Social Work (May 2009)
  • Bachelor of Arts in Psychology, University of Michigan (May 2006)

Research Experience

  • Research Fellow (2015-Present), The Family & Youth Institute
  • Graduate Research Assistant (2017-2019), Evaluation of State Substance Abuse Prevention and Treatment Initiatives, Rutgers University Center for Prevention Science 
  • Graduate Research Assistant (2016-2017), Evaluation of a State Involuntary Outpatient Commitment Program, Rutgers University School of Social Work
  • Principal Investigator (2013-2014), Marriage and Divorce Study, Institute for Social Policy & Understanding
  • Qualitative Data Analyst (2010-2014), Project to Improve Healthcare Services in Qatar,  University of Michigan Department of Family Medicine 
  • Project Coordinator (2009-2011), CBPR Study on Healthcare Challenges of American Muslims, University of Michigan Robert Wood Johnson Clinical Scholars Program
  • Research Coordinator (2006-2009), Domestic Violence Risk Assessment Project, Arab Community Center for Economic & Social Services