Rania Awaad, MD

Dr. Rania AwaadA woman’s mental health is equally important as her physical health. Although Rania Awaad, MD, was originally interested in becoming an OB/GYN specialist, her experiences as a counselor and teacher lead her to a career as an adult psychiatrist. Today, Dr. Awaad offers mental health treatment at El Camino Women’s Medical Group with particular emphasis on issues affected by culture and spirituality.

Dr. Awaad offers a wide range of mental health care, including marriage counseling, premarital sessions, work stress, personal/work-life balance, anxiety, and family issues. She is the director of the Stanford Muslims and Mental Health Research Laboratory at Stanford University.

Professional Memberships

Dr. Awaad is a member of these professional organizations:

  • American Psychiatric Association
  • California Psychiatric Society
  • Bay Area Muslim Mental Health Professionals
  • Society for the Study of Psychiatry and Culture
  • Stanford Society of Physician Scholars


Dr. Awaad has been honored with the following awards:

  • American Psychiatric Association/Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (APA/SAMHSA) Minority Fellowship Award
  • Arnold P. Gold Foundation Award for Humanism and Excellence in Teaching
  • American Psychiatric Association Young Investigators Award
  • Minorities in Mental Health APA Travel Scholarship
  • Program for Minority Research Training in Psychiatry (American Psychiatric Institute for Research and Education and NIMH) National Research Service Award (NRSA)
  • George and Celeste Hourani Award in Arabic, Armenian, Persian, Turkish, and Islamic Studies
  • Highest Honors, University of Michigan
  • Full Academic Scholarship, University of Michigan


Dr. Awaad’s areas of professional interest include women’s mental health, cultural psychiatry, and spiritual psychiatry.


English and Arabic

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Name and license:  Rania Awaad, CA A115077

Highest level of academic degree: Doctor of Medicine (MD)

Board certification: BOARD CERTIFIED (American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology)

Hospital affiliations:  Stanford Hospital, Stanford, California

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