Rayan Nahas
Financial Planning & Strategy Advisor
Since 2017, Rayan has contributed to Embrace’s development. Leveraging his professional experiences in management consulting and corporate strategy, he has provided support with business and finance activities. He holds a master’s in business administration from the Harvard Business School (2021) and a bachelor’s in business administration from the American University of Beirut (2014).
Dr. Omar Ghosn
Dr. Hala Kerbage
Psychiatrist
Hala Kerbage is a psychiatrist and published researcher. She graduated as a psychiatrist in 2013 from Saint-Joseph University in Beirut, with an additional post-graduate specialized training from University of Paris. Since then, she has been working in the mental health field in Lebanon, as a clinician, mental health advocate, researcher, instructor at Saint-Joseph University School of Medicine, and mental health consultant for various local and international NGOs. Her main research work revolves around mental health amidst social adversity and the various presentations of trauma among youth. She uses a participatory methods approach to highlight the emic perspective of mental health conditions, traumatic experiences and mental health resources among youth in marginalized communities. She has participated in amending and publicizing the mental health draft law with The Legal Agenda and is a vocal advocate for social justice as an essential component of mental health for individuals and communities.
In November 2020, she joined the Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Department of the University Hospital of Montpellier, France, as an attending psychiatrist while keeping with her ongoing academic and research commitments in Lebanon.
Hala additionally holds a masters in Bioethics from Paul Sabatier University in Toulouse, France, a specialized training in Medical Anthropology from Newcastle University, UK, and is currently conducting a PhD on traumatic experiences and prevention of post-traumatic stress disorders among youth in France and Lebanon, with Paris-Saclay University.
Jamale Rassi
Dr. Pia Zeinoun
Vice President/ Director of EMHC
Dr. Pia Zeinoun is currently the Vice President of Embrace, who along with the Embrace team has contributed to the strategic expansion of the organization. Dr. Zeinoun has initiated and led several projects including the establishment of the Embrace research hub, and most notably the Embrace Mental Health Center in 2021 – a full multidisciplinary clinical center and university-affiliated training program. From 2016 to 2021, Dr. Zeinoun served as Assistant Professor of Psychology at the American University of Beirut’s Department of Psychology, while prior to that she co-founded and led the Psychological Assessment Center at the AUB Medical Center since 2013. Clinically, Dr. Zeinoun specializes in the evaluation and treatment of children and adolescents with neurodevelopmental and acquired disorders. Her research includes more than 30 peer-reviewed publications focused on cross-cultural and indigenous measurements of clinical symptoms and personality. Her education includes graduate training at the Johns Hopkins/Kennedy Krieger Institute in Maryland, USA, a PhD in Psychology from Tilburg University in the Netherlands, while prior to that she had a Fulbright sojourn at Illinois State University, where she obtained a master’s degree in Clinical & Counseling Psychology. She is a member of the Lebanese Psychological Association, American Psychological Association, and International Test Commission, and serves as an associate editor academic journal.
Mia Atwi
Cofounder/President
Dr. Farah Yehia
Farah Yehia is a health services and policy researcher and currently serves as a healthcare consulting manager in the GCC region. She earned her PhD from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, where her research focused on pharmaceutical drug access and affordability in the US and low-to-middle income countries. Prior to that, she worked for 3 years on mental health research, financing, and policy reforms in Lebanon at the American University of Beirut Medical Center. During that time she helped co-found Embrace where she worked closely on the inception of the region’s first suicide prevention helpline. Farah has published her work in leading scientific journals including Health Affairs, JAMA Internal Medicine and the American Journal of Managed Care and was recently awarded the Delta Omega International Honor in recognition of excellence in research, practice and academic achievement.
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