Our Staff

Mahnaz Mousavi

Mahnaz Mousavi

Mahnaz Mousavi is the Director of the Student Wellness & Counseling Center at Georgetown University School of Foreign Service in Qatar, having established the Center in 2006.  She earned her Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology from the University of Akron in Akron, Ohio, USA and maintain a license in District of Columba, USA.  Throughout her doctoral training, she gained counseling experience in community mental health centers, child guidance centers, and university counseling centers.  Prior to that, she earned her Master’s degree in Clinical Psychology from Iran University of Medical Sciences in Tehran, Iran and was a faculty and a researcher in a medical university and practiced in the university clinic.  She has also earned a postdoctoral master’s degree in Clinical Psychopharmacology from the California School of Professional Psychology in California, USA and is BCIA Board Certified in General Biofeedback. Prior to coming to Qatar to work for Georgetown University, she worked for the counseling center at Cornell University, Ithaca, New York.  She is an integrationist in her approach and has interest in working with university students in the past 14 years. Some of her other areas of interest include crisis intervention, childhood abuse, trauma, psychological assessment, mindfulness, and biofeedback.

Dr. Mousavi has published a book on childhood abuse in Iran, has published research in peer-reviewed journals, and regularly presents at conferences.  Lately, many of her contributions focus on multicultural counseling and counseling university students.

Education:

  • Postdoctoral Master of Science in Clinical Psychopharmacology (2011), California School of Professional Psychology, California, USA
  • Doctor of Philosophy (2006), Counseling Psychology, The University of Akron, Ohio, USA
  • Master of Science (1992), Clinical Psychology, Iran University of Medical Sciences, Tehran, Iran
  • Bachelor of Arts (1987), Clinical Psychology, Alzahra University, Tehran, Iran
  • Licensed Psychologist in the District of Columbia, USA
  • BCIA Board Certified in Biofeedback (2015)

 

Elena Lopez Khoury

Elena Lopez-Khoury

Elena Lopez Khoury is the Assistant Director of the Student Wellness & Counseling Center at Georgetown University School of Foreign Service in Qatar.  She has been a counselor for the Center for the past nine years.  She earned her Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from the University of South Florida in Tampa, Florida, USA.  Throughout her training, she gained counseling experience in community mental health centers, Veteran’s Hospitals, cancer centers, and university counseling centers (i.e., University of Central Florida and Vanderbilt University).  She has an interest in health psychology, focusing on issues such as weight management, pain management, and smoking cessation.  She also is interested and has undergone additional training in areas of mindfulness, meditation, and somatic therapies.  Many of these skills can help clients who are suffering from negative mental health issues as well as to provide skills which build resiliency among those who are not currently facing a mental health issue. 

Education:

  • Licensed Psychologist in the District of Columbia, USA
  • Doctor of Philosophy (2008), Clinical Psychology, University of South Florida, Tampa, Florida, USA
  • Master of Arts (2004), Clinical Psychology, University of South Florida, Tampa, Florida, USA
  • Bachelor of Science (1997), Psychology and Biology, Duke University, North Carolina, USA

 

Etta Jean Esler

Etta Jean Esler

Etta Jean Esler is the Student Welness & Counselling Center and Career Services Administrator.

Education:

  • Masters in Education (2008), Counseling, University of New Brunswick, Fredericton, N.B., Canada
  • Bachelor of Science (2002), Psychology and Biology, Mount Allison University, Sackville, N.B., Canada