Najat obtained her BA and MSW at Hebrew University of Jerusalem in Social Work. She then completed a specialized training in psychodynamic psychotherapy at the Psychoanalytic Institute in Jerusalem. She worked for more than 15 years in the mental health field, working with groups, individuals, parents, families and children in outpatient, inpatient and court settings. Najat joined the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign PhD program in Social Work in 2015.
Najat’s interests focus on mental health of Arab, conservative women in conditions of trauma, war and displacement, on motherhood, and on integrating collective and individual approaches to treatment. She seeks to understand cultural manifestations of a false and true self can be accessed and addressed in therapeutic interventions.