In this episode, our host, Niveen Sayeed, is talking to Dr. Kareem Wasim about his experiences working as a clinical psychologist in the federal prison system, and what it has been like to establish empathy for offender populations. He gives us insight into how their perception of him affects his work vis-a-vis his own self-perception of his identity over time. He also shares his research on Islamophobia and both the personal and societal impacts of this type of prejudice.
Dr. Wasim leaves us with some actionable advice and how we can extrapolate from his experiences to support re-entry of formerly incarcerated individuals into mainstream society.
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Kareem Wasim, Psy.D., M.B.A.
Dr. Wasim is a licensed clinical psychologist with the U.S. Department of Justice, specifically the Federal Bureau of Prisons. His experience includes clinical and forensic psychological evaluations with state and federal criminal offenders, in addition to clinical work in a correctional setting with maximum security and death row inmates. Dr. Wasim completed his clinical internship at San Quentin State Prison in Northern California. His clinical interests are with offender populations in segregation units, suicide risk assessments, and malingering evaluations.