Ms. Tahmina Akhtar is a Professor of the Institute of Social Welfare and Research (ISWR), University of Dhaka and is now serving as the Director of this Institute. She attained her BSS & MSS degrees in Social Welfare from the University of Dhaka in 1986 and 1987 respectively. She completed her post graduate degree on Counselling and Psychotherapy from Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujib Medical University (BSMMU). She received fellowship training on research methodology and was also a visiting professor at the Birmingham University in 2001.

She has published more than 40 research articles about different social and development issues in national and international journals. She is the Secretary General of the Bangladesh Council for Social Work Education (BCSWE) & the President of the Bangladesh Clinical Social Workers Association (BCSWA); the founder of the Specialized Master of Social Sciences in Clinical Social Work (CSW); and the Executive Director in Mandi Dental College, as an Advisory Member of the Bangladesh Shishu Adhicar Forum.

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