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Shady Shebak completed his undergraduate studies at University of Michigan-Dearborn, where he majored in Psychology and minored in Biology and graduated in 2008. He went on to medical school at the American University of the Caribbean and received his Doctor of Medicine degree in 2013. He trained in general psychiatry at Virginia Tech Carilion School of Medicine and Michigan State University. His interests include Arab and Muslim mental health as well as narrative learning theory. He can be contacted at sshebak@outlook.com for any inquiries.

Acculturation

A well-known model of acculturation comes from John Berry, a psychologist and theorist, famous for the four-fold model of acculturation strategies. He theorizes that immigrants and immigrant communities generally follow one of four strategies in adapting to their new community. They either assimilate, separate, integrate, or marginalize. Briefly, assimilation is when the immigrant or the ...

The Argeeli Romance

I was sitting in a café with a friend of mine. We both ordered our argeeli (another name for the hookah or shisha). These are water pipes, and are used to smoke flavored or straight tobacco. I ordered mine mint flavored, dried, with a glass of Perrier and he ordered a grape mint argeeli and a glass ...