Dr. Fareeda Abo-Rass

2023–2024 Takemi Fellow

Fareeda Abo-Rass (Palestinian), MSW, PhD, is a Palestinian-Arab social worker and researcher. Currently, she is a postdoctoral fellow at the school for social work at Smith College in Northampton, Massachusetts. Abo-Rass’s research focuses on the psychosocial aspects of mental health among the Palestinian minority in Israel, specifically knowledge and mental health literacy, subjective beliefs, and attitudes, and their relationship to health outcomes and behaviors. During her fellowship at the Takemi Program, Fareeda will examine different dimensions of knowledge and mental health literacy as moderators of the relationship between barriers to mental health help-seeking and actual mental health service use among the Palestinian minority in Israel.