Khan, Shamir A. (sk2016)

Shamir Ally Khan

Adjunct Associate Professor

Office Location:

328 HMann

Scholarly Interests

Dr. Khan teaches the required Ethical and Professional Issues course for first year doctoral students in both the Clinical and Counseling Psychology Programs.  He has taught this course since 2007, except 2013, 2014.

  • Ethical & Professional Issues in Clinical Psychology
  • Psychotherapy with Underserved Mental Health Populations
    • Muslim Populations
    • South Asian Populations
    • Asian Populations
    • Arab Populations
    • Caribbean Populations
    • Men of Color
  • Couples/Family Psychotherapy with Inter-/Mixed Relationships
    • Race, Religion, Class, Caste, Nationality, Ethnicity, etc.
  • Gifted Education
  • Private School Education 
  • Clinical High Risk Adolescents/Prodromal Psychosis 
  • Child Maltreatment 

Educational Background

  • Ph.D. (Clinical Psychology), Columbia University
  • M.S. (Clinical Psychology), Teachers College, Columbia University
  • B.A. (Psychology, Concentration: Neural & Behavioral Sciences), Haverford College


  • Postdoctoral Trainee (Adolescent & Adult), Center of Prevention & Evaluation (COPE), Columbia University Medical Center, NY State Psychiatric Institute 
  • Internship (Adult), New-York Presbyterian Hospital, Columbia University Medical Center, NY State Psychiatric Institute  
  • Externship (Child & Adolescent), The Child Study Center, Institute for Trauma & Stress, New York University School of Medicine
  • Externship (Child & Adolescent), PARTNERS Program, St. Johns University
  • Post Graduate Certificate, International Trauma Studies Program, New York University
  • Raoul Wallenberg Scholar, Leadership in Democracies, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem (1996-1997)

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Shamir Ally Khan, Ph.D., a licensed psychologist and Adjunct Associate Professor of Psychology & Education, works across the fields of psychology and education.

At Teachers College, he teaches the required Ethical and Professional Issues course for first year doctoral students in both the Clinical and Counseling Psychology Programs. He has  taught this course since 2007 (except 2013, 2014).

In his clinical practice for adolescents, adults, couples and families, Dr. Khan primarily works with underserved/ underrepresented mental health populations (e.g., South Asians, Asians, Muslims, Arabs, Caribbean groups, men of color, etc.) and members of the United Nations, diplomatic, and international communities. 

In the field of education, he founded the NYC Private Schools Blog (2008-15), a resource that provided 2000+ posts on 800+ NYC pre-K-12 religious, independent, and private schools, co-founded and served as Vice President of the Board of Directors of the Parents of Accelerated Learners, NYC [PALNYC] (2011-16), a nonprofit that helps parents further understand their child's cognitive, social & emotional development, served on the Admissions Advisory Committee for a NYC private school, and is the former co-founder and Chief Academic Officer of Wheel Houz, an ed tech company.  

Dr. Khan is the former President of the Board of Directors of the South Asian Council for Social Services (SACSS), co-convener of the 500-person NYC Gifted & Talented Symposium and the 400-person NYC Ed Tech Family Day: A'Fair, and advisor/judge to Manhattan Media's Blackboard Awards and the Michael Perelstein Memorial Scholarship Fund Discover Your Passion Competition.

He has co-authored peer-reviewed articles in journals such as Schizophrenia Research & Journal of Child and Adolescent Psychopharmacology and has been quoted in publications such as The New York TimesNewsdayNew York Family Magazine, and The New York Observer's Scooter Magazine.

Dr. Khan earned his B.A. from Haverford College, M.S. from Teachers College, Ph.D. from Columbia University, and completed his internship and postdoc through Columbia University Medical Center/NYSPI. He holds a post-graduate certificate from NYU's International Trauma Studies Program and was a fully-funded Raoul Wallenberg Scholar at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem (1996-97).

Originally from South America, and having lived in the Caribbean and Middle East, he was one of the recipients of the Global Citizens Award from Orphans International Worldwide in 2010, which honors individuals who personify global citizenship in their leadership in helping humanity. 

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