Jaleel K. Abdul-Adil

Co-director, Urban Youth Trauma Center, and Associate Professor of Clinical Psychology in Psychiatry


Jaleel K. Abdul-Adil

Jaleel K. Abdul-Adil (Photo: Jenny Fontaine/University of Illinois Chicago)

Jaleel K. Abdul-Adil is an associate professor of clinical psychology in psychiatry in the UIC College of Medicine and co-director of the Urban Youth Trauma Center, a federally funded center of the National Child Traumatic Stress Network that is housed in UIC’s Institute for Juvenile Research.

Through the center, Abdul-Adil helps to develop and disseminate culturally sensitive, evidence-based training for individuals and organizations that serve youth to help them address behavioral and emotional problems linked to traumatic events, such as community violence, gang conflict and institutional discrimination.

Abdul-Adil founded STRONG Families, an integrated family systems therapy intervention targeting traumatic stress and disruptive behavior among adolescents through training, consultation, and evaluation, as well as Hip-Hop Heal, a program that uses modern rap music, hip-hop culture and popular media to promote critical thinking and social skills.

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