Groundbreaking psychologist, best-selling author, and healer.
Dr. Akbar is a thought leader and expert in urban trauma, allyship, diversity, equity, and inclusion. She is an engaging and dynamic speaker who is sought by corporations, philanthropies, nonprofit organizations, urban school districts, and social service agencies in their efforts to creating equity, diversity and inclusion. She brings insight, courage, and passion to her conversations with communities of color and white communities alike.
In her first book, Urban Trauma, Dr. Akbar introduces the Urban Trauma™ framework, unpacking how people of color live in a state of crisis due to oppressive societal systems, resulting in feelings of anger, rage, and hopelessness. In her second book, Beyond Ally, with wisdom and compassion, Dr. Akbar advances her social justice work through the creation of the Ally Identity Model, which details the stages of allyship in dismantling systemic oppression.
Dr. Akbar is a board-certified clinical psychologist and is an Assistant Clinical Professor at Yale University, School of Medicine. She is the CEO and founder of Integrated Wellness Group, psychotherapy practice specializing in treating race-based trauma since 2008. Dr. Akbar represents the American Psychological Association at the United Nations where she informs psychology practice within the international community. Dr. Akbar lives in New Haven with her husband and two children. In her spare time, she engages in meditation and yoga practices focused on healing and liberation from social-based trauma.