Omar has over 15 years of experience formally advising applicants in admissions and teaching, for which he has received many awards. He was as a member of the Committee on Admissions and Financial Aid at Brown University, and subsequently an undergraduate admissions interviewer. In addition, he was an admissions committee member and interviewer at Harvard Medical School. He has extensive experience advising on all steps of the application process (application targeting and strategy, resumes, personal statement, recommendations, interview preparation, wait-lists).
As an admissions consultant and advocate, his confidence-building and enthusiastic approach is customized to individual needs and values. Omar provides honest feedback, helps focus on strengths and contextualize weaknesses, and supports his students in achieving their personal goals. He takes great pride in the success of his students, the vast majority of whom have been fortunate to be placed in elite programs of their choice.
Omar, MD., PhD., MTS., is a physician, social scientist, and philosopher, and is an Instructor and Postdoctoral Fellow in the Department of Psychology at Harvard University and in the Program in Psychiatry and the Law at Harvard Medical School. He is a co-director of the UNESCO Chair in Bioethics, American Unit. His research investigates empirical as well as normative questions at the intersections of psychology, medicine, social science, law, ethics, and religion. In 2012, his research and ideas were the subject of a profile in the Boston Globe.
Omar is interested in all aspects of the intersection of sciences and the humanities. He graduated from Brown University (3.97 GPA; magna cum laude; Phi Beta Kappa; Sigma Xi Scientific Research Honors Society) with a BS in Neuroscience and a BA in Religious Studies (with honors), as well as a PhD in Cognition and Culture. He received the James Manning Medal and Harvey A. Baker Award (given to 5 graduating students for academic excellence), was selected to the All-USA College Academic Team [honorable mention], was awarded a Tylenol Scholarship [given to 40 graduate students in the United States], the Jack Kent Cooke Foundation Scholarship [awarded in 2004 to 39 college graduates in the United States out of 1,226 nominees], and a Leadership and Service Award from Big Brothers of America.
Omar also graduated from Harvard Divinity School with an MTS in Philosophy of Religion, and from Harvard Medical School with an MD (with honors) with scholarly concentrations in Medical Ethics. At Harvard Medical School, where he was also a member of the Oliver Wendell Holmes Society, he received the Michael Crichton Fellowship in Medical Anthropology from the Department of Social Medicine, the Louis E. Kirstein Research Fellowship from the Division of Medical Ethics, the Donald J. Cohen Fellowship in Child Psychiatry at Massachusetts General Hospital, and the Richard C. Cabot Prize in the History of Medicine. He pursued postdoctoral research in the Department of Psychology at Harvard in the laboratory of Steven Pinker, and clinical training in the Department of Psychiatry and Human Behavior at Brown University, where he received the first place prize for residents at Mind/Brain Research Day.
At Harvard and Brown, Omar has taught in the Departments of Biology, Neuroscience, Anthropology, Psychology, Political Science, and Religion, and he has received a number of awards for his teaching and mentoring, including receiving five times a Certificate of Distinction in Teaching from the Derek Bok Center for Teaching and Learning at Harvard University.
He has been supported by a number of awards, grants and fellowships, including from Americorps, the Jack Kent Cooke Foundation, Nancy Lurie Marks Foundation, Tylenol Foundation, National Institutes of Health, National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, Howard Hughes Medical Institute, Harvard Pluralism Project, Harvard Mind/Brain/Behavior Interfaculty Initiative, John Templeton Foundation, and USA Today.
Omar has co-authored and co-edited two books published by UNESCO (Psychiatric Ethics and the Rights of Persons with Mental Disabilities in Institutions and the Community; The Ethics of Pharmaceutical Industry Influence in Medicine), and he has published in top scholarly journals, including the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) and the American Journal of Psychiatry, as well as popular articles, such as for Scientific American, Wired Magazine, and The New Republic. He has was selected to participate in the Aspen Institute Health Forum and the Yale Global Leaders Summit.
Dr. Haque's work has been presented at the Association for Psychological Science (APS), Society for Philosophy and Psychology (SPP), American Academy of Psychiatry and the Law (AAPL), Cognitive Science Society (CSS), Boston Psychoanalytic Society and Institute (BPSI), Human Behavior and Evolution Society (HBES), International Academy of Law and Mental Health (IALMH), The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and, among others, at Brown University, Dartmouth University, Harvard University, Oxford University, and Yale University.
His work has been covered in a number of international media venues, including ABC News, Atlantic Monthly, BBC, Boston Globe, Bloomberg Businessweek, Forbes, Harvard Gazette, Harvard Magazine, Los Angeles Times, NPR, Psychology Today, Pacific Standard, Science Magazine, and the Washington Post.
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