New Faculty: Tima al Jamil
|Professor Tima al Jamil
Never having lived in Lebanon full-time or taught at a university, Tima
al Jamil is very happy to be part of the faculty of AUB's Department of
Social and Behavioral Sciences. Being half Lebanese, with many relatives
in Lebanon and fond memories of her childhood summers at the sea, she
welcomes the chance to live in Beirut more permanently.
Born and raised in Saudi Arabia, Jamil completed most of her education
in the United States. She received her undergraduate degree in psychology
at the University of Virginia and a PhD in Adult Clinical and Behavioral
Pathology at St. John's in New York City. After completing her degree
in 2003, she began serving the city of New York as a clinical psychologist
for outpatients at an inner-city hospital in Brooklyn. She warmly describes
the work. She loved watching the emotional healing and the introspection
of the people she worked with, but admits that it was also emotionally
draining. She says that working with healthy, stable people now is a relief.
"I love teaching and I love the students," she remarks and is
happy to be offering students the benefit of her clinical experience in
an academic environment.
Jamil has not forgotten about her clinical work, however, and is eager
to get back to seeing patients. She also hopes to develop clinical research
projects, taking into account the particular idiosyncrasies of the Lebanese
population. "Because of the war, Lebanon sees a lot of post-traumatic
stress disorder, obsessive compulsive disorder, and depression and panic
issues. Eating disorders are also very prevalent." Jamil especially
looks forward to working with patients with a history of long trauma.
Beyond this research and clinical work, Jamil is joining an awareness
campaign to promote self-esteem in Lebanese youth.