Laebah Hamid serves as a research assistant for the Intergenerational Developmental Health Program (IDHP) and the Bush Lab under the guidance of respected scholars, Drs. Amanda Noroña-Zhou and Nicki Bush. Laebah has been instrumental in pushing forward IDHP’s mission to develop a pipeline of reciprocal learning to enhance the science on intergenerational health and its translation into programs and policies that improve the lives of children and families. Laebah exemplifies her unwavering dedication to promoting social equity and mental health by bridging the gap between research and practical solutions – making scientific knowledge accessible to policymakers and community organizations. Her work focuses on creating healthier and more inclusive communities and health-care systems through the development and dissemination of culturally responsive mental health programs.
Laebah completed her bachelor's degree in Public Health at UC Berkeley. While pursuing her undergraduate degree, she was a research intern at Stanford School of Medicine in the Muslim Mental Health & Islamic Psychology Lab under Dr. Rania Awaad in which she curated culturally and religiously sensitive community-based resources for Muslim populations. In addition, at the North American Islamic Shelter for the Abused, Laebah utilized her multi-linguistic background to support, provide resources, and advocate for human rights and equity of Muslim women and their children who have escaped domestic violence. Other undergraduate experiences included working as a behavioral therapist for children with autism and related disorders and developing a pilot program providing guaranteed income to transition-aged foster youth.
Laebah is currently an MPH candidate at the Yale School of Public Health studying Social & Behavioral Sciences with a specialty in Maternal & Child Health. She was a clinical research associate for the Department of Psychiatry, conducting assessments within an intervention trial to reduce binge eating and weight-related disorders. Laebah is currently working as a program manager to design and implement a curriculum for mindset and motivational wellness for Bay Area youth. Her diverse experiences and academic pursuits underscore her commitment to addressing health disparities and developing equitable family-based psychosocial services.