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Dr. Afiya Mbilishaka

Dr. Afiya Mbilishaka

Ma'at Psychological Services

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The Psychology of Identity

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About this Speaker

Dr. Afiya Mbilishaka is a therapist, professor, research-scientist, and hairstylist. She is the owner of Ma'at Psychological Services, a private practice in Washington, DC focused on promoting balance and restoring order to the lives of her clients. She is an Assistant Professor of Psychology at the University of the District of Columbia that focuses on understanding and using traditional African cultural rituals for contemporary wholistic mental health practices. She is a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania. She studied the psychological significance of race within lives and earned a Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from Howard University at the age of 26. Dr. Mbilishaka innovated the practice and research of, "psychohairapy," where she uses hair as an entry point for mental health services in beauty salons and barbershops, as well as through social media. She is the principal investigator of the PsychoHairapy Research Lab and has been a research advisor to over 30 students. She has now gone international, leading cultural and mental health focused trips to Cuba and to various African countries. She is the former Association of Black Psychologist DC chapter president. Dr. Mbilishaka is a natural hairstylist at N Natural Hair Studio in Silver Spring, Maryland where she loves creating art with locs, twists, and afros.

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