Samah Jabr Photography by: Dols

Leading Palestinian Psychiatrist

Dr. Jabr is a leading psychiatrist, psychotherapist and a trainer practising in the public and the private sectors within Palestine in her native city of Jerusalem and in the West Bank. She is a graduate of the first cohort of the School of Medicine at Al Quds University and has pursued advanced training in psychiatry and child psychotherapy in France, the UK and Palestine to become one of the very few psychiatrists, and one of the first women psychiatrists in Palestine.

Dr. Jabr also trained for three years at the Israeli Institute of psycho dynamic psychotherapy and has just completed the Harvard Medical School Global Clinical Scholars Research Training Program. She has taught both in classroom and clinical settings in the faculties of Al Quds University, Bethlehem University, Birzeit University, and George Washington University within the Division of Global Mental Health, where she is currently an Associate Clinical Professor. She has served as the medical director of several governmental, non-governmental, and private mental health centres in Palestine.

Dr. Jabr has been the recipient of several grants and awards and often serves as a consultant for organizations such as the United Nations and the World Health Organization regarding program development, policy planning, and program implementation. Her varied areas of interest include the rights of prisoners, the problem of stigma, Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, psychoanalysis, addictions, childhood trauma, and the integration of mental health with public health.

Alongside her clinical work, Dr. Jabr works towards improving the well-being of the Palestinian community living under occupation. She is a prolific writer and is very vocal on issues related to mental health as well as human rights.  Both in her career and in her writings she aims to help people turn crises and oppressive situations into opportunities by creating hope and resilience.  She is a frequent commentator in the regional media and in international forums as well as a regular contributor to publications like the Middle East Monitor and the Washington Report on Middle East Affairs.

BASED IN: Jerusalem

LANGUAGES: Arabic and English