Wardeh Hattab is a second-generation Lebanese-American clinical social worker based in New York City. Since 2008, she has worked directly serving clients struggling with homelessness, experiencing mental health conditions, recovering from substance use disorders, and refraining from sexual offenses against others. She provided crisis intervention and psychological first aid to patients living in Coney Island who were displaced by Hurricane Sandy in 2012. She completed her M.S.W. at New York University in 2013 in addition to studying psychoanalytic psychodynamic training in a post-graduate program from 2013 – 2015.
Wardeh currently works in a psychiatric emergency room in addition to operating a part-time private practice. Her clinical specialties include queer identities, biracial and bicultural experiences, chronic medical conditions, gamer-affirmative therapy, and alternative lifestyles. She presented clinical work with queer Middle Eastern/North African populations in 2016 at In Mind My: A LGBTQ People of Color Mental Health Conference. She also presented on kink/poly/BDSM lifestyles within queer communities of color at the Second Annual AltSex NYC Conference in 2017. She also is on the Social Work Ground Rounds planning committee at Bellevue Hospital.
Wardeh is a board member of Tarab NYC serving the LGBTQ populations from the Middle Eastern and North African regions; her responsibilities include cultural program planning, coordinating social events, outreach for community resources, and facilitating support groups. She served in the Syrian American Medical Society November 2016 medical mission where she assisted in case management home visits to Syrian refugees; additionally, she provided clinical consultation and trainings to staff at a clinic in Irbid providing mental health treatment to Syrian refugees.