Jaleel K. Abdul-Adil

Co-director of the Urban Youth Trauma Center and associate professor of clinical psychology in psychiatry


Jaleel K. Abdul-Adil

Jaleel K. Abdul-Adil (Photo: Jenny Fontaine)

Jaleel K. Abdul-Adil, is 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 is also the founder of STRONG Families, an integrated family systems therapy intervention targeting traumatic stress and disruptive behavior among adolescents through training, consultation, and evaluation. ┬áHe is also the chair of the NCTSN’s community violence committee.

Abdul-Adil, who previously was the rap music critic for the Chicago Sun-Times, is the founder of Hip-Hop Heal, a program that uses modern rap music, hip-hop culture and popular media to promote critical thinking and social skills.

Abdul-Adil is also a consultant for psychosocial programs and mental health awareness activities that serve Muslim youth and families in the Chicago metropolitan area and selected cities around the country.

Subject areas:

  • African-American youth
  • Delinquency
  • High-risk youth behavior
  • Mental health
  • Minority health issues
  • Positive youth development
  • Racial inequality


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