Venus Mahmoodi, PhD is a Clinical Psychologist and Clinical Assistant Professor of Psychology at Columbia University. Her research focuses on the intersection of religious practice and spirituality and the perinatal experience. She is an Islamic Psychology Research Fellow at the Alkaram Institute, where her research focuses on the transition to motherhood within the Islamic context. She is also an Affiliate Scholar with the Global Mental Health Institute at Teachers College, Columbia University, where her research focuses on finding effective prevention and intervention models to treat perinatal mental health issues within low-resource communities, namely Muslim women in the US and abroad.
Dr. Mahmoodi completed her PhD in Clinical Psychology at Palo Alto University’s Pacific Graduate School of Psychology, with an emphasis in women’s neuroscience and reproductive health through a collaboration with Stanford University. She completed an APA-accredited pre-doctoral internship at Mount Sinai Beth Israel in New York City and a post-doctoral clinical specialization in maternal mental health with the Seleni Institute.