April 13, 2020, 5:30pm
CANCELLED: Trauma and Resilience: Mental Health in the Middle East
Presenter: Orkideh Behrouzan, Devin Atallah, Keren Friedman-Peleg
Participants: Moderated by Behdad Bozorgnia
Location: The ARCH Rm 108 | 3601 Locust Walk, Philadelphia, PA

The Middle East Film Festival has been CANCELLED due to the circumstances surrounding COVID-19. It is important to the Middle East Center that we respect and prioritize the health and safety of our community.

See here for Penn's COVID-19 response guidelines.




Join us for a panel discussion on issues of mental health, trauma, and resilience in the Middle East.


Devin Atallah is a Clinical Assistant Professor of counseling psychology at Boston University. He engages in decolonizing, qualitative, and community-based participatory approaches to critical inquiry in clinical and community psychology. Professor Atallah aims to contribute to understandings of intergenerational trauma and resilience, and pathways for supporting resistance to oppression, healing justice, and decolonization. Atallah strives to honor and anchor his work in knowledges of communities in struggle contesting racism and colonialism, primarily within his long-term partnerships with grassroots organizations in Boston; refugee camps in Palestine; and Mapuche Indigenous communities in Chile.

Keren Friedman-Peleg is a senior lecturer and dean of students at the College of Management Academic Studies. A medical and psychological anthropologist, her research combines clinical questions of security-related trauma diagnosis, treatment, and prevention with socio-political questions of national belonging and inequality. At the Katz Center, she will focus on the national home and the private home in the context of threatened security.

Friedman-Peleg received her PhD from Tel-Aviv University. She was previously a visiting scholar at the Katz Center and a visiting assistant professor at UC Berkeley’s department of anthropology and Institute for Jewish Law and Israel Studies


Orkideh Behrouzan is a physician, medical anthropologist, and the author of Prozak Diaries: Psychiatry and Generational Memory in Iran (2016, Stanford University Press). Before joining the department in 2017, she taught at the Department of Global Health and Social Medicine (GHSM) at King’s College London. Prior to that, she was assistant professor of Medical Anthropology at the Institute for the Medical Humanities (IMH) at University of Texas. Behrouzan received her PhD in History and Anthropology of Science and Technology from Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). She is a 2015-16 fellow of the American Council of Learned Societies (ACLS) and the winner of the 2011 Kerr Award from the Middle Eastern Studies Association. For more please visit orkidehbehrouzan.


Behdad Bozorgnia is a board-certified, adult psychiatrist in private practice in Center City, Philadelphia.  He specializes in the biopsychosocial approach to patient care, combining individually tailored medications, life-style changes, and insight-oriented talk therapy to reduce symptoms, expand self-understanding, and enhance well-being.    He is on faculty at the University of Pennsylvania where he teaches residents about Psychoanalysis and Positive Psychology. He also teaches at the Philadelphia Center of Psychoanalysis where is candidate  psychoanalyst.

Middle East Center, co-sponsored by Center for Global Health