Fareeda Abo-Rass, MSW, PhD


Harvard T. H. Chan School of Public Health

665 Huntington Avenue, Building 1, Room 1210 |

Boston, MA 02115

EMAIL: Abo-Rass@hsph.harvard.edu

Dr. Fareeda Abo-Rass is a Palestinian-Arab social worker and researcher with a Ph.D. in the Department of Community Mental Health from Haifa University. She completed her postdoctoral fellowship at the School for Social Work at Smith College in Northampton, Massachusetts, as a Fulbright Fellow.

Dr. Abo-Rass’s research focuses on the psychosocial aspects of mental health among the Palestinian minority in Israel, including knowledge and mental health literacy, subjective beliefs and attitudes, and their relationship to health outcomes and behaviors. She is currently a research fellow at the Takemi Program in International Public Health at Harvard.

Selected Publications

Abo-Rass, F., Nakash, O., & Abu-kaf, S. (2023). A scoping review of studies examining mental health literacy among Arabs worldwide. Journal of Psychiatric and Mental Health Nursing. 00, 1-12. DOI: 10.1111/jpm.12952

Abo-Rass, F., Abu-Kaf, S., Matzri, D., & Braun-Lewensohn, O. (2023). Mental Health Underutilization by Palestinian-Arabs in Israel: Stigma-Related, Attitudinal, and Instrumental Barriers. International Journal of Social Psychiatry, 00207640231152213.‏

Abo-Rass, F., & Abu-kaf, S. (2023). Mental health literacy among the Palestinian-Arab minority in Israel and its correlates to mental health service use. Perspectives in psychiatric care.

Abo-Rass, F., Abu-Kaf, S., & Nakash, O. (2022). Barriers to Mental Health Service Use among Palestinian-Arab Women in Israel: Psychological Distress as Moderator. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health19(19), 12557.‏