Dr. Farid Younus

Dr. Younus is one of the most outspoken and independent thinker in the Afghan-American community, who received his Doctorate degree in International and Multicultural Education from the University of San Francisco. Dr. Younus has written several books and essays; Gender Equality in Islam, published by 1st Books Library, 2002, Democratic Imperialism: Democratization vs. Islamization, 2008, Principles of Islamic Sociology, 2011, Islamic Culture: A Study of Cultural Anthropology,2013, and his new book Principles of Islamic Psychology, 2017. Dr Younos is the founder of Afghan Domestic Violence Prevention, associated with Afghan Coalition. His most recent essay is about Afghan Youth.

Dr. Masoud Ghafoer

PsyD., Associate Marriage and Family Therapist #91363 (AMFT, supervised by Isabel K’Burg, LMFT)

Dr. Masoud Ghafoer, PsyD, Marriage and Family Therapy Associate (supervised by Isabel K’Burg, LMFT), is an Afghan-American psychotherapist who graduated in 2018 and has obtained his doctorate degree in counseling psychology in the field of Marriage and Family therapy in the state of California. Throughout his career, Dr. Ghafoer has worked with a diverse client population in a variety of different settings, such as substance abused treatment, individual psychotherapy, couples and family therapy.

In his doctoral dissertation, Dr. Ghafoer has researched and investigated factors that seemed to be impacting Afghan parents’ parenting practices. More specifically, the impact of Afghan parents’ past trauma experiences on their current parenting styles were investigated.

Beside working as a psychotherapist and providing mental health treatment, Dr. Ghafoer has worked as an associated professor at the California School for Professional Psychology at Alliant International University in Sacramento, California for one year.

In 2017, Dr. Ghafoer was one of the poster presenters at the 7th annual conference of the American Association of Marriage and Family Therapy (AAMFT) California Division In San Diego. His poster presentation outlined the effectiveness of Emotionally Focused Therapy (EFT) when working with a culturally diverse population.

Because of his multilingual ability (Farsi/Dari, Pashto,Dutch, English) Dr. Ghafoer has been able to extend his expertise and professional experience to those who are greatly in need of mental health treatment, socially isolated and underserved groups in the community.

Since September 2018, Dr. Ghafoer has been providing mental health services as a prevention counselor to the Afghan community in the Fremont area through Afghan Coalition. In addition, Dr. Ghafoer also works as the program coordinator at Afghan Coalition to ensure quality and effective communication between different services providers in the agency.

Many Afghan immigrants living in the U.S. have experienced trauma and violence in their home country, along with other traumatizing encounters such as immigration, resettling, loss of identity as immigrants, etc.

There is an undeniable lack of mental health services, specifically services that are culturally appropriate, in the Afghan community that needs to be fulfilled.

7While working with the Afghan community, Dr. Ghafoer’s mission is to make mental health services available and accessible to all Afghans and those who are in need of mental health prevention counseling services by addressing and discussing common mental health issues among Afghans and how/when to seek professional assistance.

Dr. Ghafoer’s vision is to help create a strong, stable, and healthy Afghan community in which people’s mental health needs are attended to in a very effective, non-shaming and healthy manner.


Dr. Valerie Smith, PhD, MPH

Dr. Valerie Smith is a professor at the Department of Communication at California State University, East Bay. “The Information Needs of Female Afghan Refugees” is a report for authored by Dr. Smith, which provides suggestions for services needed by Afghan refugees, particularly Afghan females. This report, which is based on Dr. Smith’s dissertation findings, is a great resource for various service providers who work with Afghan refugees.