Faten first attended Haifa University in Israel, where she received her B.A. in Educational Counseling. She then received advanced degrees including an M.S. in Educational Psychology from Northeastern University in Boston, Massachusetts from the Graduate School of Bouve College of Pharmacy & Health Sciences, and a post master’s work in Family Psychology from the University of St Thomas, Graduate School of Professional Psychology. Currently, she is completing her Ph.D. in Marriage and Family Therapy at the University of Minnesota. Faten has extensive experience as a consultant, program developer, family therapist, educator, and researcher in the areas of chronic illness, mass trauma, complicated grief and post traumatic growth and currently is serving as a clinical consultant and medical family therapist with the Departments of Neurology and Geriatrics at the University of Minnesota Medical School. She trains marriage and family therapists to work effectively with chronic illness, especially with those who suffer from dementia. Faten maintains a vibrant clinical practice as well as clinically directing the University of Minnesota Wayne Caron Family Caregiving Center (WCFCC). Faten has received a number of awards including the Community Outreach and Engagement Award, awarded by the College of Education and Human Development (CEHD) for developing a medical family therapy clinical program at North Bud Grossman Center for Memory Research and Care at Fairview University of Minnesota Medical Center and (WCFCC), and the Academic Outstanding MFT Student Award, awarded by the Minnesota Association for Marriage and Family Therapy. She has also been nominated to Phi Epsilon Omicron as an outstanding Ph.D. student and for the E-scholarship Grant Award from the Human Ecology School Committee at the University of Minnesota.