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The main aims of this thesis is to: (1) describe the incidence and nature of traumatic events and their prevalence amongst children and adolescent citizens and residents in Qatar, (2) to examine the levels of PTSD, and depressive symptoms amongst children and adolescents within the local, immigrant, and Syrian populations in Qatar, (3) study the risk and protective factors within the ecological model, that contribute to resilience or the development of PTSD in Qatar, and (4) ascertain the effectiveness of implementing a TF-CBT intervention on adolescents suffering from PTSD.
I started my career in Psychology at the age of 16 when I enrolled as a Psychology major at the American University in Cairo. After becoming a TA in my second year I knew I wanted to pursue the academic track and eventually teach at a renowned university. After graduating, I worked on 3 national priority research projects studying the causes and effects of consanguineous marriage, and student mental health. The following year I worked as an assistant psychologist at a cancer hospital helping patients with the use of supportive psychotherapy.
I then completed my MSc in Psychological Research Methods at the University of Sheffield and shortly after worked at a research institution while starting my PhD with Prof Muthanna Samara on a cross-cultural study examining the development of PTSD in the Middle East on an understudied population of adolescents.
Currently, I am a lecturer at Coventry University - TKH.