Dr. ‚ÄčAnisah Bagasra

Dr. Bagasra combines the scholar-teacher-activist model in her approach to higher education


Anisah Bagasra, PhD is an Assistant Professor of Psychology at Claflin University. She teaches a wide-range of psychology courses and mentors students on undergraduate research projects. Dr. Bagasra works in the area of mental health disparities, focusing on perception of mental illness and barriers to help-seeking. Her research interests include mental health issues affecting religious and ethnic minorities in the United States, acculturation issues, and cross-cultural and interfaith dialogue. Much of her research has been conducted in the Muslim American and African American faith communities in the South. She helped to establish Claflin’s Psychology Major in 2013 and developed and taught the first fully-online courses at the University. As Interim Director of Online Education, she has worked to launch two fully online undergraduate and two fully online master degree programs to serve the needs of South Carolina residents.


Ph.D. Psychology, 2011
Saybrook University, San Francisco, CA

M.A. Psychology, 2005
Saybrook University, San Francisco, CA

B.A. Psychology and Religion, 2002
The George Washington University, Washington, D.C.

Research Interests

  • Religious commitment
  • Mental health on college campuses
  • Lay perceptions of mental illness
  • Acculturation


Courses Taught

Introduction to Psychology; Social Psychology; Abnormal Psychology; Psychology of Religion; Social Science Seminar; Freshman Orientation; Death & Dying; Senior Research; Honors Thesis, Cross-cultural Psychology, Fundamentals of Research, Experimental Psychology, Psychology of Health & Wellness, Humanistic Psychology

Activities and Honors

The General Board of Higher Education and Ministry of the United Methodist Church Exemplary Teaching Award 2012-2013

Recent Publications

Bagasra, A. and Mackinem, M. (2014) An exploratory study of American Muslim Conceptions of Mental Illness, Journal of Muslim Mental Health, 8(1), 57-76.

Amer, M. and Bagasra, A. (2013). Psychological research with Muslim Americans in the age of Islamophobia: Trends, challenges, and recommendations. American Psychologist, 68(3), 134-144.

Walker, D., Ahmed, S., Milevsky, A., Quagliana, H, and Bagasra, A. (2012). Sacred Texts in Walker, D. & Hathaway, W. (Eds). Spiritual Interventions in Child and Adolescent Psychotherapy. Washington, DC: American Psychological Association.

Recent Presentations

Anisah Bagasra and Mitchell Mackinem, “Exploration of Attitudes towards marriage among African American youth in South Carolina” Southern Sociological Society Annual Meeting Atlanta, GA April 14, 2016 

Anisah Bagasra and Valerie Fields “Leveraging technology to enhance teaching and learning: Blended learning opportunities” The College Board A Dream Deferred Conference March 8, 2016

Anisah Bagasra, The Sheedis and the Shrine of Manghopir, 2015 Annual Meeting of the American Academy of Religion, The African Diasporas Religions Group. Atlanta, GA November 2015

Anisah Bagasra, The Dehumanization of Muslims in the War on Terror: Assessing the Impact and Response, 8th Annual Conference of the Society for Humanistic Psychology, March 28, 2015 (CE Workshop for Psychologists)

Anisah Bagasra, Perceptions of Mental Illness in an African American community in the South, American Psychological Association National Convention Poster Presentation August 2014

Anisah Bagasra “Religious Commitmentand Muslim Americans: Differences in Immigrant and Non-Immigrant Populations American Academy of Religion Southeastern Regional Meeting Atlanta, GA March 2014

Anisah Bagasra
Dr. ‚ÄčAnisah Bagasra
Assistant Professor of Psychology
  • School of Humanities & Social Sciences