Dr. Nashat Shams, PHD,(Health Psychologist) MA& MBBS
Dedicated and versatile health psychologist with 12 years’ experience educating multicultural communities about mental health and providing exceptional counseling services to adolescents and families. Articulate lecturer, motivator, and communicator who can simplify complex medical and psychological information and deliver it to wide audiences in an engaging and instructive manner. Passionate about teaching and motivating students to reach their potential and develop expertise. Committed to conducting high-quality, cutting-edge research in the health psychology and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) fields. Vast experience counselling individuals from diverse cultural backgrounds and age groups and treating psychiatric and health psychological conditions. Devoted physician who provides the highest level of patient care, with emphasis on stress management, behavioral therapy, and treating the psychosocial factors of mental illness. Exemplary skills in critical thinking, writing, public speaking, crafting audiovisual presentations, and facilitating group discussions. Fluent in English, Arabic, and Hindi.
Education and Credentials
Licensed Professional in Clinical Counseling (LCPC) Chicago, Illinois,USA
Ph.D. in Health Psychology, 2019– Walden University, Minneapolis, Minnesota
Master’s in Professional Counseling – Illinois School of Psychology, Chicago, Illinois
Bachelor’s in Medicine and Bachelor’s in Surgery – Fatima Jinnah Medical College, Pakistan
Research Study on Post-Traumatic Growth in Omani Women with Breast Cancer (2018 to 2019)
First of its kind study in Arab literature, which confirmed the dimensions of Calhoun and Tedeschi Theory of post traumatic growth in Omani breast cancer survivors.
Shed light on the complete, complex, and distinctive experiences inherent in trauma and will enable healthcare teams to provide quality and holistic care to cancer patients in Oman.
A Pilot Study of a Cognitive Behavior Therapy (CBT) Group Program for Omani Women with Breast Cancer (2017 to 2018)
First Omani study to analyze the effects of CBT on cancer patients during their cancer treatment trajectory. All the six women in the present case study, regardless of the time since diagnosis, achieved significant clinical improvement in two measures of distress at either the post-treatment or at the follow-up stages
Results of study can be applied across the spectrum during the breast cancer treatment and post-treatment phase.
COMPSYCH ORGANIZATION, Chicago, Illinois, USA
Primary Representative Counselor, May 2012 to Present
Conduct psycho-evaluations, establish treatment plans, and provide superior clinical services to diverse populations with psychological and non-psychological disorders. Lead group therapy sessions with key emphasis on health psychology, cognitive behavioral therapy and mindfulness. Manage and prioritize an average caseload of 10 to 15, while generating documentation for counseling sessions, treatment plans, and utilization reviews.
Organized and delivered informative lectures, seminars, and workshops on health psychology topics to nonclinical communities, using simple, clear, and effective language to convey complex medical ideas.
Used fluency in Arabic to educate clients about psychological illnesses, which increased awareness of mental health, drugs, and stress reduction strategies among international and multicultural audiences.
Maintained successful client retention rate of 95%.
Attended lectures on mindfulness and CBT, integrating evidence-based intervention into counseling practice.
WORK PLACE OPTION-EMPLOYEE ASSISTED PROGRAM ORGANIZATION, North Carolina, USA
Counselor, September 2015 to Present
Educate patients and families on depression, stress-coping skills, and parenting through engaging and insightful lectures. Treat the psychosocial aspects of mental illness with exemplary care and attention to detail. Design programs and prepare individualized seminar topic materials addressing health needs in a multicultural community.
Educated blue collar Hindi populations about the relationship between medical conditions and mental health, using proficiency in their native tongue to build connections and further understanding.
MINISTRY OF HEALTH, Muscat, Oman
Administrator – High Medical Committee, October 2012 to Present
Assembled patient feedback reports for review by Higher Management of Health Care system in Oman. Coordinated with Health Care system leadership and support staff to ensure efficient delivery of healthcare reports to Oman’s judicial system.
Managed, trained, and supervised 12 to 15 staff members and guided their performance growth.
STARCARE HOSPITAL, Muscat, Oman
Psychologist, September 2011 to July 2012
Fostered a safe and therapeutic environment and assisted in patient admission, care, transfer, and discharge, documenting all necessary information at each stage.
Facilitated psychoeducation on mind-body connection to relieve patients with chronic pain and illnesses such as chronic gastrointestinal disease.
Provided outstanding counseling treatment to patients with health psychological conditions.
STREAMWOOD BEHAVIORAL HOSPITAL, Streamwood Illinois
Mental Health Supervisor – Children and Adolescent Unit, April 2003 to August 2005
Assessed, diagnosed, and counseled individuals and families with behavioral disorders. Organized and presented instructional seminars, providing patients with knowledge, support, and skills needed to maintain mental health.
Residency and Training
ROYAL HOSPITAL, Muscat, Oman
Medical Residency, August 1996 to November 1996
Diagnosed medical conditions and devised safe and effective treatment plans. Assisted attending physicians with clinical care. Attended CBT and counseling seminars, and participated in conferences, rotations, period testing, and advisor meeting.
Conducted survey to illustrate effect of distress in diabetic ulcer patients. A five-point Likert scale  was used to rate wound healing, and the Hospital Anxiety and Depression Scale (HADS)  was used to measure depression and anxiety. Results of survey reported a statistically-significant correlation between higher HADS scores and a delay in ulcer healing.
Publications and journal article
1.Nashat Shams, “Psychological Issues of People in Oman,” Sultan Qaboos University Hospital.
2.Nashat Shams, “Effectiveness of Cognitive Behavior Therapy on Omani Women with Breast Cancer,” American Scientific Research Journal for Engineering, Technology, and Sciences. 10 May 2018.
Relevant Coursework & Seminars Attended
Certificate on Mindful Cognitive Therapy, 2019
American Psychology Association USA Certificate Course, Continuing Education Unit (CEU), 2017
How to Help Client with Depression and Anxiety, 2016
Mental Health Counselor Course, CEU
Methods of Counseling Clients, CEU
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy Courses, CEU
Teach and Counsel Women with stress level in Cancer, Royal Hospital, Muscat, Oman
Seminar on Prevention of Suicide in Adolescents, IBN Sina Hospital
Volunteer Counselor, ROYAL HOSPITAL (2016)
Counseled cancer patients within the Oncology Unit and presented methods to help them mitigate stress. Educated families and caregivers of cancer patients about stress relief strategies.
Shield Awards – 2016, 2017, 2018
Awarded for lectures on stress impacting Indian high school students.
Awarded for presentation on stress coping mechanisms for caregivers of breast cancer patients.
Awarded for seminar on stress mitigation for mothers of special need children.
American Counseling Association
American Psychology Association