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Shazia Akhtarullah, Ph.D., LMFT, LMHC, MCAP, NBC-HWC

Shazia Akhtarullah
Director, Health and Wellness Coaching (HAWC) Program
Assistant Professor


  • Ph.D. Nova Southeastern University
  • M.S. Nova Southeastern University
  • M.Phil. Quaid-i-Azam University
  • M.S. Government College
  • B.S. Lahore College for Women
Dr. Shazia Akhtarullah is an Assistant Professor and the Director of Health and Wellness Coaching (HAWC) Program at the Dr. Kiran C. Patel College of Osteopathic Medicine. She is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (LMFT), Licensed Mental Health Counselor (LMHC), and a Master's level Certified Addiction Professional (MCAP). Prior to joining KPCOM as a full-time faculty, she has been an adjunct faculty at the Department of Family Therapy for over a decade. Dr. Akhtarullah has training in Medical Family Therapy, Grief and Loss, Infant Mental Health and Trauma Informed Care. She has a special interest in utilizing and teaching principles of integrative care and the biopsychosocial model. Her extensive experience of working in the community includes holding positions as a regional director in a community mental health agency and a supervisor at a managed care company (integrated health plan). In these settings, she has supervised teams working with individuals and families from diverse cultural groups, coping with physical and behavioral health conditions, while being involved with lager systems such as foster care and Medicaid programs. Teaches: Legal, Ethical and Professional Issues, Infant Mental Health, Grief and Loss, Assessment in MFT, Substance Abuse/Addictions and Critical Issues in Systems Theories, Qualitative Research and Family Systems Healthcare (Medical Family Therapy). 
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