Mohamed Ibrahim completed his Doctor of Philosophy (Simon Fraser University); Master of Social Work (Washington University in St. Louis), Registered Nursing and Psychiatric Nursing (Kenya Medical Training College). Post Masters Certificate in Global Mental Health in Refugee Trauma and Recovery (Harvard University).
Dr. Ibrahim is a past clinical addiction fellow at the British Columbia Center on Substance Use.
He joins UBC School of Social Work as an assistant professor and teaches graduate and undergraduate courses in health and addiction. His clinical work covers over 20 years in community health in Kenya, refugee health with Medicines Sans Frontiers at Dadaab refugee camp, mental health and addiction in Canada and USA where he worked in acute, tertiary and community mental health settings.
Research and scholarship interest focuses both local and global. Locally in mental health & addiction among new immigrants and refugees and globally in global mental health.
Mohamed is currently a co-investigator on a multi-year SSHRC grant on realizing human rights and equity in community mental health in Kenya, Australia and Canada. He is PI on a Hampton grant investigating the role of service user organizations in decolonizing mental health services in Kenya.
He is a reviewer for the Association of Multidisciplinary Education and Research in Substance Use and Addiction (AMERSA) and the BC Center for Substance Use.
Ibrahim, H., Magu, S. & Ibrahim, M. (in press). To Starve or Catch COVID-19? Emergency Management of a Public Health Crisis and Impact on Economically Distressed Communities. Journal of Sociology and Social Work.
Ibrahim, M. (2021). Mad Mullah: the psychiatrization of Somalia’s freedom fighter. Journal of Somali Studies: Research on Somalia and the Greater Horn of African Countries.
Ibrahim, M. (2020). COVID-19 in the Era of Opioid Overdose: A Glimmer of Hope in the Midst of Double Whammy Tragedy. Child & Youth Services, 1-3.
Van Veen, C., Ibrahim, M. & Morrow, M. (2018) Dangerous discourses: masculinity, coercion and psychiatry. In Kilty, J. & Del, E. (Eds.) Containing madness: gender and ‘psy’ in institutional Contexts. Palgrave Macmillan.
Ibrahim, M. (2017) Mental Health in Africa: Human rights approaches to decolonization. In Morrow, M. & Malcoe, L.H. (Eds.) Critical Inquiries: Theories and Methodologies for Social Justice in Mental Health. University of Toronto Press. Toronto.
Ibrahim, M. & AlKusayer, N. (2016) Imam’s role in providing psychosocial support to traumatized Muslim refugees and immigrants in Vancouver, Canada. African Journal of Traumatic Stress. Vol 5-1:22-36
Ibrahim, M., & Morrow, M. (2015) Weaning off colonial psychiatry in Kenya. Journal in Ethics of Mental Health. Open Volume 1:1-6
Ibrahim, M. (2014) Mental health in Kenya: Not yet Uhuru. Disability and the Global South, Vol.1, No. 2, 393-400
Areas of Practice: Clinical and teaching in global health, mental health & addiction.
SOWK 551 (002): Social Work Practice in the Healthcare and Social Service Settings
SOWK 521: Social Work Practice in Addictions
SOWK 440B (001): Social Work Theory and Practice in Addictions