Taleb S. Khairallah
Instructor of Psychology
Joined Connecticut College: 2012
B.A., American University of Beirut, M.S., Brigham Young University, Ph.D. candidate, University of Missouri
Psychology of men and masculinity
Alcohol and drug use and interventions
Taleb Khairallah began providing clinical services while completing his B.A. in psychology at the American University of Beirut. After graduating with his M.S. degree from Brigham Young University, he worked in multiple settings, including a drug and alcohol rehabilitation clinic, psychiatric hospital, community mental health center, managed care organization, community college and correctional facility. He pursued and obtained licensure as a Professional Counselor after completing the post-graduation supervised experience. He has provided intervention services to diverse populations and has been involved in program development, training, community organization, advocacy and lobbying.
After years of clinical practice, Professor Khairallah decided to pursue a Ph.D. and selected doctoral training at the University of Missouri due to the program’s intensive focus on diversity. He completed a graduate minor in multicultural psychology and education along the way. His training placements included a wellness center, career center, counseling center, adult psychiatry clinic, VA hospital and an outpatient neuropsychology clinic. In addition, he worked with the Chief Diversity Officer to implement a faculty training program aimed at promoting pluralism and academic freedom on campus. Moreover, he worked on developing a research program examining risk factors associated with alcohol use, strategies for improving intervention outcomes, and treatment modifications to increase cost effectiveness of services.
Professor Khairallah joined Connecticut College after completing a pre-doctoral internship at Yale University School of Medicine. His primary teaching and research interests are in the areas of multicultural competencies and counseling, gender, substance abuse treatment and prevention and diversity in higher education. He is interested in addressing gender and racial/ethnic disparities through research on incidence and intervention outcomes.
Professor Khairallah belongs to multiple professional organizations and has been active in the American Psychological Association (APA). In 2007, he received the Distinguished Professional Service Award from the Society for the Psychological Study of Men and Masculinity, APA Division 51. He is also a past recipient of the NIAAA/NIDA Early Career Poster Award from the Division on Addictions, APA Division 50. In 2009, he was elected to membership in the Research Society on Alcoholism (RSA). Finally, he received an NRSA pre-doctoral fellowship from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) through NIAAA (T32- AA013526- Psychology of Alcohol Use and Dependence Training).
Professor Khairallah has authored or co-authored multiple articles and book chapters. He teaches courses on psychological disorders, drugs and behavior and introductory psychology. In addition, he regularly teaches courses focused on the intersection of culture and psychology including cultural psychology, multicultural counseling, and psychology of men. Across his courses, he is invested in developing students’ passion for learning through information synthesis, critical analysis, and applying course content to practical problems. He works to foster active learning, dialogue, and communication skills in the classroom and beyond. His teaching philosophy is based on democratic and feminist principles with the goal of preparing students to function in a multicultural world.