Miss Alaa Albawab

Research project: A longitudinal study on Syrian children who were exposed to war and the role of intervention.


Several studies have investigated the impact of trauma, Post-traumatic disorder (PTSD) and the mental health state of Syrian children who were exposed to war. Most of these studies focused on families who flee to host countries seeking shelter and safety. Despite the fact that these studies exist, there was a dearth of research that studied Syrian children who stayed inside Syria. In addition, the beforementioned studies have highlighted the impact of war on children mental health, recommended some solutions but no follow up research has been made. Therefore, the aims are: 1) to study parents and their children who are still in Syria over time. 2) to implement a Trauma-focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT) intervention to investigate its effects on PTSD and other mental health problems (depression, anxiety). This research will inform policy makers, practitioners and parents on various ways to enhance children's resilience and coping skills.

  • Research degree: PhD
  • Title of project: A longitudinal study on Syrian children who were exposed to war and the role of intervention.
  • Research supervisor: Professor Muthanna Samara
  • Other research supervisor: Dr Aiman El Asam


I have gained an MSc in Applied psychology at London Metropolitan University with a merit degree in 2018. I have then worked in a school as a counsellor for Kindergarten children with complex behavioural issues, ADHD, depression and mood disorders. Dealing with these complex behavioural motivated me to expand my knowledge, and to pursue a PhD degree at Kingston University London in 2019.

I have been involved in teaching, supervising and marking for undergraduate and postgraduate students. I am currently working with Professor. Muthanna Samara in different projects, such as the Qprem project (investigating the development of premature children), the development of PTSD study, and cyberbullying. 

Areas of research interest

  • Mental health disorder
  • PTSD
  • Children and adolescence
  • The effect of war on children
  • Bullying
  • Trauma focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT)
  • Preterm Children
  • Behavioural therapy
  • Neuroscience


  • BSc in Industrial Engineering, American University of the Middle East
  • Pre-Master in Psychology (conversion course), London Metropolitan University
  • MSc in Applied Psychology, London Metropolitan University