Amal Killawi serves on the Board of Directors and is a Research Fellow and Community Educator at The Family and Youth Institute. She holds a Master’s in Social Work, a Certificate in Sexual Health, and a Bachelor’s in Psychology from the University of Michigan. She is currently pursuing her PhD in Social Work at Rutgers University.

Amal’s research interests include: marriage education, mental health, and sexual health, help seeking behaviors, culturally competent health services, and community-based participatory research.

She has presented her research nationally at academic and community conferences.

Amal previously served as a counselor for college students and domestic violence survivors, as a researcher at the University of Michigan, the Institute for Social Policy and Understanding (ISPU), and the Arab Community Center for Economic and Social Services (ACCESS), and as an online counselor and writer for Virtual Mosque.

Amal has been a community organizer for over 15 years, focusing her efforts on youth empowerment, health and marriage education, and providing a voice for the disadvantaged. She has served with the Muslim Students’ Association, the Peaceful Families Project, Muslim Family Services, and the Journal of Muslim Mental Health.