Rakhshanda Saleem

Associate Professor of Counseling and Psychology

Dr. Saleem is a licensed psychologist and a neuropsychologist with expertise in evaluating neurodevelopmental and neurodegenerative disorders including learning disabilities, attention deficit disorders and associated behavioral difficulties. Her teaching and scholarship is guided by her belief in education’s critical role in transforming and promoting individual and societal change towards creating a just and equitable world. She is a Harvard Medical School clinical instructor where her clinical interests include culture-sensitive assessment and care for patients with diverse ethnic and cultural backgrounds. She is involved with numerous social justice grassroots efforts and was one of the founding members of the South Asian Committee for Human Rights (SACH). Rakhshanda has also been involved in post-9/11 civil and immigrant rights issues and Action for a Progressive Pakistan (APP) and has focused on anti-discrimination work and the rights of the least powerful and dispossessed people. Research interests also include Multiculturalism, political psychology of gender, class, prejudice/discrimination, and social oppression. 


Selected Publications

Saleem, R., et al., (2012). Structural Violence against Immigrant Women. APA’s Society for the Psychology of Women. Manuscript submitted for publication.

Saleem, R. et al., (2011). Report on the Trafficking of Women and Girls. Society for the Psychology of Women. http://www.apadivisions.org/division-35

Nature of 9/11 as a “rupture.” Invited writing for the Special Issue: Commemorating the Tenth Anniversary of Sept. 11. The Asian American Literary Review, Volume 2, Issue, 1.5 (2011).

Llera, D., Saleem, R., Roffman, E., and Dass-Brailsford, P. (2009). Teaching to Transform: Multicultural Competence and Classroom Practice. Asian Journal of Counseling, Special Issue: Teaching Issues in Counseling Psychology, A Journal of the Hong Kong Professional Counseling Association. Vol. 16, No. 1. 


Co-Presenter (2013). Feminist responses to Islamophobia and Gendered Politics. American Psychological Society for the psychology of Women and Association, American Psychological Association Convention. Honolulu, HI.

Co-Presenter (2013). Multiculturalism and Social Justice in Counselor Education: An Integrative Approach Across the Curriculum. Winter Roundtable for Multicultural Psychology and Education, Columbia University, New York City, NY.

Co-Presenter (2013). International feminist responses to Islamophobia, Nationalism and Gendered politics. Annual Conference of The Association for Women in Psychology, Salt Lake City, UT.


Lesley University Junior Faculty Fellowship Award

Chair, South and West Asian Women's Issues Task Force for American Psychological Association's Division 35: Society for the Psychology of Women.

Co-Chair, Violence Against Women Task Force for American Psychological Association's Division 35: Society for the Psychology of Women.


Postdoctoral: Harvard Medical School/Cambridge Health Alliance
Ph.D., Colorado State University
B.A., University of Colorado at Boulder