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Shareefah Al'Uqdah, PhD, Associate Professor, Licensed Psychologist

Shareefah N. Al Uqdah, PhD. (She/Her)

Associate Professor

  • Human Development & Psychoeducational Studies
  • School of Education


Shareefah N. Al’Uqdah, Ph.D., has a long-standing commitment to improving the lives of individuals and families through mental health initiatives. At North Carolina Central University, she found her passion for psychology earning her bachelor’s and master’s degrees. Following NCCU, she attended and graduated from Howard University with a Ph.D. in Counseling psychology.  Continuing her tenure at Howard, she serves as an Associate Professor in the APA accredited Counseling Psychology program. Dr. Shareefah not only educates future psychologists, but she also conducts national and international workshops for educators, professionals, and community members on wellness, grief, substance abuse, and implicit bias. Her published research examines issues that impact urban families, urban schools, and African American Muslims.  She has received over two million dollars in grant funding to help decrease mental health disparities within underserved communities. Outside of the academy, Dr. Shareefah serves as the Founder & Chief Executive Officer of Your Neighborhood Clinic, a not-for-profit organization that provides low cost and insurance-based mental health services. As a loving wife and mother of four wonderful sons, Dr. Shareefah affectionately coined Your Neighborhood Psychologist on social media to highlight her commitment to healing every hood everywhere through mental health awareness and initiatives.

Education & Expertise


Counseling Psychology

Howard University


North Carolina Central University


North Carolina Central University


Psychology and Mental Health within Schools and Families

Dr. Al'Uqdah's research has explored the impact of community violence on parenting, parenting stress, and early childhood outcomes. She frequently presents on implicit bias and microaggressions within school systems.  

African American Muslims

Dr. Al'Uqdah presents on developing cultural competence for working with African American Muslims. 

Community and Interpersonal Violence

Exploring the role of interpsonal violence and/or community violence on family and children outcomes



Principal Investigator

Awarded HRSA General Pscyhology Education Grant two years 660,000

Principle Investigator

HRSA Scholarships for Disadvantage Individuals 5 years 1.9 million dollars

American Psychological Association Raymond D. Fowler Award

Awarded for outstanding contributions to the professional development of psychology students from American Psychological Association of Graduate Students, July 2023