Mahroo Moshari, LCSW, is a consultant on education and multicultural mental health issues for diverse populations in the New York City area. Her passion and commitment are to assist adolescents in understanding social diversity through developing a multicultural competency. Her own multicultural background provides a unique perspective from which to address life in a world increasingly interconnected across cultural, ethnic, and religious boundaries. She has an extensive background working as a psychotherapist, teacher, counselor, social worker, supervisor, and senior project director at leading New York hospitals, mental health clinics, schools, universities, and social service agencies. Mahroo is also the director of unique summer youth program for ages 16-21 at the United Nations and various venues in Manhattan.
After completing a bachelor’s degree in psychology and a master’s degree with emphasis in clinical social work at New York University, Mahroo continued her studies and training in cross-cultural psychology at Columbia University’s Teachers’ College and at the Mental Health Association of New York City. She has training in CBT, structural family therapy, anti-racism and crisis counseling.
Mahroo is currently a main representative to the United Nations for NGO-MMC with special consultative status with the Economic and Social Council. She is also a member of the International Association of Applied Psychology, Psychology Coalition of NGOs, CoNGO Committee on Children’s Rights New York, and NGO Committee on Human Rights. In addition, Mahroo served as a former representative of International Union of Anthropological and Ethnological Sciences (IUAES) for the Convention on the Rights of the Child as well as a member-at-large for NGO Committee on Mental Health.
While studying at New York University, Ms. Mahroo Moshari also gained experience working in administration, under Mrs. Debra James, Senior Vice President of NYU.
Mahroo strongly believes Mrs. Hillary Rodham Clinton’s powerful speech that Human Rights are Women’s Rights has clearly become a manifesto for women all over the world.
Amidst her consistent investment with the multicultural population, Mahroo celebrates the 3rd Annual Immigrant History Week at Gracie Mansion.
Due to her extensive work as a Mental Health Counselor with Muslim Afghanis after September 11, 2001, she also spoke at the UN for the Sub-Committee for the Elimination of Racism of the NGO Committee on Human Rights, Congo, New York – on the subject: “The Role Of Religion In Overcoming XENOPHOBIA - In Muslim Americans Residing in USA & Building Peace: Promising Practices In The Framework Of Human Rights”.On the occasion of Mental Health Day 2007 Mahroo spoke on the topic of “Mental Health in the Changing World: The Impact of Culture and Diversity” at the UN, her work with youth about encountering diversity in the classroom, and raising awareness of mental health issues among Muslim Americans.
Mahroo was selected by the NYC Commission on Women's Issues as one of thirty-one women who have made a difference in New York City. She was honored as part of the "NYC Women: Make it Here, Make it Happen” celebrating Women’s History Month March 2011. To see the video interview for the occasion, please click on the picture above.
Mahroo received a gift of appreciation for her work as a Project Supervisor for the Center for Advocacy for Children and Families in Teheran (UNICEF funded), which was directed by Mrs. Shirin Ebadi, the 2003 Nobel Peace Prize recipient.
ALL human beings are born FREE and EQUAL in dignity and rights.
-Universal Declaration of Human Rights