Mona Shahab


Mona Shahab is a PhD Candidate at Leiden University in The Netherlands.  Her area of interest and focus is trauma in refugees and asylum seekers.  She is focusing on interventions that will help children who have developed Post Traumatic Stress Disorder due to war and trauma.  Mona has done extensive work with refuges an IDP in Syria and Refugee Camps in Lebanon.  She helped give 100 Syrian Refugee Children in Lebanon an opportunity to go to school by raising funds through her LeninPeak4Tomorrow. A mountain situated in Kyrgyzstan standing at 7100 meters. 

Prior to starting the long PhD journey, Mona joined Alwaleed Bin Talal Foundation - Global as the Executive Manager of the Intercultural Initiative Department (IID) in March 2014. IID bridges the gap between Islam and the west through Education, Research and Youth Development.  Prior to joining the foundation, Mona was the program manager of the mental health program at Prince Salman Center for Disability Research (PSCDR). After leaving her post as the program manager she is now a co-investigator and a consultant on the Saudi National Mental Health Survey.

Mona has a Master’s degree in Child Development with a concentration in Clinical Developmental Psychology from Tufts University. She received her B.A. in Psychology from Boston University.