Dr. Khan's Bio

Shamir A. Khan, Ph.D. is a New York City psychologist with over 20 years of experience across the fields of psychology, education, research, business, and online publishing.

In his Midtown Manhattan clinical practice for adolescents, adults, families, and couples, Dr. Khan primarily works with underserved and underrepresented mental health populations (e.g., South Asians, Asians, Muslims, Caribbean groups, men of color, etc.), members of the United Nations, diplomatic, and international communities, and couples/families from different racial, national, religious, ethnic, and cultural backgrounds.

In the field of education, Dr. Khan has taught at the doctoral or advanced doctoral levels. For 8 years, he has served as an Adjunct Associate Professor of Psychology & Education in the Clinical Psychology Ph.D. Program at Teachers College, Columbia University , where he teaches a core curriculum course in ethical & professional issues and for 2 years, was a member of the Consulting/Part-Time faculty in the Psychology Internship Training Program at Coler-Goldwater Specialty Hospital and Nursing Facility , where he taught a seminar in ethics.

Dr. Khan founded the NYC Private Schools Blog in 2008, an online family resource that provides information on over 800 pre-K-12 independent, religious, and private schools across the 5 boroughs of New York City. In 2011, HighBeam Research named the blog a Top 10 Education Research Blog , based on its level of insight into education and learning (others in the Top 10 included the blogs of the U.S. Department of Education and the Chronicle of Higher Education ). Dr. Khan is a co-founder and an organizer of the Parents of Accelerated Learners (P.A.L.) Workshop Series . Since its founding in 2011, this monthly series has helped NYC-based parents of accelerated learners understand important topics relevant to their child’s cognitive, social & emotional development. He is a former advisor to Manhattan Media’s Blackboard Awards , which honors excellence in public, independent, and religious education in New York City.

In field of business, Dr. Khan is the Founder & President of Parenting Jungle , whose divisions include Private School Jungle , which owns the NYC Private Schools Blog . Dr. Khan has previously served as the Chief Academic Officer & Co-Founder for Wheel Houz , a inquiry-based applications company built around a patent-pending platform which helps children, ages 4-18, develop, ask and answer questions about themselves, others and the world. The company’s partners included the award-winning PBS Kids Go!™ tween website, It’s My Life® and it joined the activities co-hosted by UNESCO and the United Nations Office for Partnerships at an International Literacy Day Event at UN Headquarters in 2010.

Dr. Khan is a co-founder and former Board member of Global Youth Connect , an international youth human rights organization. He is a former Global Advisor to the James Jay Dudley Luce Foundation , which supports young global leadership impacting positive change and the NGOs that support them, and President of the Board of Directors of South Asian Council for Social Services (SACSS) , which addresses the social service needs of the underserved South Asian and Indo-Caribbean communities of New York City. In 2010, he was one of the recipients of the Global Citizens Award from Orphans International Worldwide , which honors individuals who personify global citizenship in their leadership in helping humanity.

Dr. Khan has co-authored peer-reviewed articles in such journals as Schizophrenia Research & Journal of Child and Adolescent Psychopharmacology and has been quoted in the areas of psychology or education in The New York Times , AM New York , New York Family Magazine , The New York Observer's Scooter Magazine , and West Side Spirit .

Dr. Khan earned his B.A. from Haverford College in Psychology with a Concentration in Neural & Behavioral Sciences , M.S. from Teachers College , and Ph.D. from Columbia University . He completed his clinical internship at New York-Presbyterian Hospital/Columbia University Medical Center and his postdoctoral research at the Center of Prevention and Evaluation (COPE) at the New York State Psychiatric Institute/Columbia University Medical Center , working with adolescents and young adults at clinical high risk for psychosis. Dr. Khan also holds a post-graduate certificate from the International Trauma Studies Program at New York University . From 1996-97, Dr. Khan was a Raoul Wallenberg Scholar at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem , one of 10 graduate students awarded full funding for one year in Israel to focus on Leadership in Democracies through coursework, language study, travel, humanitarian project, and internships. His internships included Israeli human rights organizations and a mental health center in Bethlehem, Palestinian Territories.

Originally from South America, Dr. Khan currently resides in NYC with his wife of 18 years and children, ages 12 and 15. In addition to living in South America, the Caribbean, the Middle East, and different parts of the U.S., he has travelled extensively, focusing on ethnic, religious, racial, and political warfare zones around the world (e.g., Diyarbakir (Turkey), Chiapas (Mexico), Belfast (Northern Ireland), Georgetown (Guyana), Ayodhya (India) and massacre and genocide sites (e.g., the Killing Fields (Cambodia), Dachau (Germany), El Mozote (El Salvador), My Lai (Vietnam)), exploring the ways in which we all remember and forget, forget and remember.

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