Alaa Mohammad Shareef holds a B.A. in Psychology from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, as well as Certificates in Childhood & Adolescence Studies and Cultures & Communities Studies. She has also received formal training for Quranic exegesis skills at Al Qasid Institute in Amman, Jordan. Alaa has served on the Islamic Society of Milwaukee’s Education Board as Curriculum Developer where she designed and implemented a uniquely engaging program for children and young adults. She has years of experience conducting behavioral therapy intervention and community education.

Alaa currently conducts research with The Family and Youth Institute on the history of Muslim mental health. Her interests include expanding the field of Islamic Psychology, eliminating stigma surrounding mental illness, Islamic education curriculum development, Muslim mental health advocacy, and content creation of mental health literature and resources.