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I have joined Kingston University in February 2012 as part time lecturer before joining on a full time basis as a research fellow in psychology on September 2013. As a research fellow I worked with Professor Muthanna Samara on various research projects where I was tasked to manage/oversee research and research assistants in the UK and in Qatar. Currently I am working as a lecturer in forensic psychology teaching/supervising both undergraduate and postgraduate students (Forensic Psychology and Criminology).
Senior Lecturer in Forensic Psychology
My research interests cover various topics within psychology. During my research as a PhD student in forensic psychology I studied children as eyewitnesses within the legal system; specifically the reliability of the "Cognitive Interview" as a forensic tool and its usefulness in extracting accurate information while reducing the misinformation effect (or suggestibility). During my research as a research fellow I developed interest in cyber-bullying, Problematic Internet Use (PIU) and psychopathology. Additionally, I am also interested in legal and cyber psychology ie. studying our understandings of current laws/legislation and how we apply them to our online interactions with others (eg. through social media). Furthermore, little is known about what qualifies as online criminal behaviour hence I am also interested in studying various criminal, risky or potentially risky online experiences/behaviour. Topics that interest me could come under the following categories: cognitive interviewing; online safety (e-safety) and mental health; cyber-bullying and psychopathology; psychology of cyber-crimes and risky online experiences; cyber-profiling; trauma and PTSD.
Samara, Muthanna, El Asam, Aiman, Khadaroo, Ameerah and Hammuda, Sara (2020) Examining the psychological wellbeing of refugee children and the role of friendship and bullying. British Journal of Educational Psychology, 90(2), pp. 301-329. ISSN (print) 0007-0998
El Asam, Aiman, Samara, Muthanna and Terry, Philip (2019) Problematic internet use and mental health among British children and adolescents. Addictive Behaviors, 90, pp. 428-436. ISSN (print) 0306-4603
Altawil, Mohamad A. S., El Asam, Aiman and Khadaroo, Ameerah (2018) The effectiveness of therapeutic and psychological intervention programs in PTC-GAZA. Journal of Child & Adolescent Trauma, 11(4), pp. 473-486. ISSN (print) 1936-1521
Samara, Muthanna, Burbidge, Vicky, El Asam, Aiman, Foody, Mairead, Smith, Peter K. and Morsi, Hisham (2017) Bullying and cyberbullying : their legal status and use in psychological assessment. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, 14(12), p. 1449. ISSN (print) 1661-7827
Foody, Mairead, Samara, Muthanna, El Asam, Aiman, Morsi, Hisham and Khattab, Azhar (2017) A review of cyberbullying legislation in Qatar : considerations for policy makers and educators. International Journal of Law and Psychiatry, 50, pp. 45-51. ISSN (print) 0160-2527
El Asam, Aiman and Samara, Muthanna (2016) Cyberbullying and the law : a review of psychological and legal challenges. Computers in Human Behavior, 65, pp. 127-141. ISSN (print) 0747-5632
El Asam, Aiman and Samara, Muthanna (2015) The cognitive interview as memory enhancing technique among Arab Children. Journal of Criminal Psychology, 5(4), pp. 233-248. ISSN (print) 2009-3829
El Asam, Aiman and Samara, Muthanna (2015) The cognitive interview : improving recall and reducing misinformation among Arab children. Journal of Forensic Psychology Practice, 15(5), pp. 449-477. ISSN (print) 1522-8932
Samara, Muthanna and El Asam, Aiman (2020) Bullying and intervention in the Arab world. In: Smith, Peter K. and Norman, James O'Higgins, (eds.) The Wiley-Blackwell Handbook of Bullying. Wiley. (In Press)