Head of IC-CAP

Professor Muthanna Samara

Head of IC-CAP & Professor of Psychology

Research Interests: Developmental Psychology and Psychopathology. Specialties in Post-Traumatic Strss Disorder, bullying and cyber-bullying, neurological and behavioural outcomes in premature infants and psychological well-being of children from war torn countries.

Research Background: Professor Samara is a chartered psychologist (CPychol) and an Associate Fellow of the British Psychological Society (AFBPsS). Currently, he is a lead principle investigator of an international funded project that investigates the precursors and consequences of cyber and traditional bullying amongst children, their peers and siblings and includes interviews with parents, teachers, and health and legal practitioners. An additional major interest is the long-term outcomes following prematurity in relation to behaviour, cognitive, quality of life and eating problems. His research involvement on prematurity included a unique longitudinal study on the development of extremely premature children in the UK and Ireland (the EPICure study).

Recently, Professor Samara was awarded grant to investigate the development of premature children in Qatar (the Q-Prem study). He also holds a grant to to implement a Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (TF-CBT) intervention with children who are at risk of developing PTSD and depression.

Recent Publications:

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 (Epub Ahead of Print)

Al-Dewik, Nader I, Morsi, Hisham M, Samara, Muthanna M, Ghasoub, Rola S, Gnanam, Cinquea C, Bhaskaran, Subi K, Nashwan, Abdulqadir J, Al-Jurf, Rana M, Ismail, Mohamed A, AlSharshani, Mohammed M, AlSayab, Ali A, Ben-Omran, Tawfeg I, Khatib, Rani B and Yassin, Mohamed A (2016) Is adherence to Imatinib Mesylate treatment among patients with chronic myeloid leukemia associated with better clinical outcomes in Qatar? Clinical Medicine Insights : Oncology, 10, pp. 95-104. ISSN (online) 1179-5549

Research Fellow

Dr Nura Alkathiri
Email: N.Alkathiri@kingston.ac.uk

Research Interests: Neuropsychology, Neurodevelopmental Disorders, Neuropsychiatric Disorders
Research Background: Dr Alkathiri completed her BSc and Master degrees in cognitive neuropsychology and graduated with a PhD in Psychological Medicine from King’s College London. She worked as a research psychologist at St. Thomas’ Hospital and the South London and Maudsley Hospital NHS Foundation Trust, before commencing her research fellow role at Kingston University. Dr Alkathiri’s is currently working with Professor Samara on an internationally funded project investigating the survival and health outcomes in infants born premature.

In 2014, Dr. Alkathiri was awarded a chartered membership by the British Psychological Society.

Recent Publications:

Alkathiri, N. H., Robin, M. G., Kopelman, M. D. 2015. Is there a positive bias in false recognition? Evidence from confabulating amnesia patients. Neuropsychologia 77, 201-210.

Alkathiri, N. H., Kopelman, M. D, Robin, M. G. 2017. Does negative mood enhance the positive bias in false recognition? Evidence from confabulating amnesia patients. Manuscript under editorial review.

Research Fellow

Dr Rima El Kishawi
Email: RElkishawi@hamad.qa

Research Interests: Epidemiology, Nutritional Epidemiology, Malnutrition (overweight & obesity) among mothers
Undernutrition among preschool children.

Research Background: Rima El Kishawi had Master degree in public health and PhD in Nutritional Epidemiology. Her previous research interests focused on public health and maternal and child health outcomes. She is qualified in research methodology (quantitative qualitative) and statistics. She has a passion for maternal and child health with a particular interest in premature children. In August 2016, she joined QPrem project to assess the status of premature babies in Qatar and determine the risk factors of prematurity. Dr. Rima aspires to improve long-term outcomes of high-risk premature infants. Additionally, supported families of premature babies and assistance in solving their problems.

Recent Publications:

El Kishawi R, Soo KL, Abed Y, Muda WAMW. Epidemic of obesity among mothers in the Gaza Strip-Palestine, Journal of Emergency Medicine, Trauma & Acute Care, International Conference in Emergency Medicine and Public Health – Qatar 2016:19 http://dx.doi.org/10.5339/jemtac.2016.icepq.19

Rima Rafiq El Kishawi1, Kah Leng Soo2, Yehia Awad Abed1, Wan Abdul Manan Wan Muda§2. Obesity and overweight: prevalence and associated socio demographic factors among mothers in three different areas in the Gaza Strip-Palestine: a cross-sectional study (BMC Obesity Journal).

Research Fellow

Silvia Fisas
Email: squilez@hamad.qa

Research Interests: Her research interests include, on one side positive psychology, resilience and life satisfaction; and on the other side, risk factors and causes of ADHD, as well as their neuropsychological profiles and neurocognitive functions; but also she is so interested in child neurodevelopmental, specially in prematur birth.

Research Background: She worked as a volunteer psychologist at CAMHS (Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service) for two years in Doha, Qatar. She worked in building and adapts group therapy for ADHD (involving patients, parents, schools, etc.). After that, she was researching in resilience and life satisfaction in expats living in Qatar. Her current research activities are regarding risk factors and consequences of prematurity.
She completed her first Masters in Third Generation Psychotherapies in 2014, and her second Masters in Neuropsychology in 2017. She is nearly to complete her PhD in Clinical Psychology and Neuropsychology. She is a member of the Humanistic Psychology and Transactional Analysis Association, the Spanish Medical Sciences and Health Academy, and the European Society of Positive Psychology. She has specialized training in Clinical Psychology of children and young people and also in Positive Psychology. She is now being trained in Bayley Scales of Infant and Toddler Development - Third Edition.

Recent Publications:

Fisas, S. and Sánchez, S. (2017). Positive psychology: Effectiveness of an interventon program in Spanish expatriates in Qatar. El Correo del Golfo.

Fisas, S. and Martínez, E. (2016).Positive psychology: A systematic review of empirical evidence of the effectiveness of their interventions in the treatment of people in the face of trauma. Middle East Journal of Positive Psychology.

Research Fellow

Dr Mairéad Foody
Email: mairead.foody@dcu.ie

Research Interests: Her research interests are concentrated in child and adolescent development, bullying, premature birth, psychological therapies, and special educational needs (SEN).

Research Background: Dr Mairéad Foody is a Government of Ireland Postdoctoral Research Fellow based at the National Anti-Bullying Research and Resource Centre, DCU. She completed her PhD in adolescent mental health at Maynooth University where she also trained as a therapist (Acceptance and Commitment Therapy and mindfulness-based practices). She subsequently moved to Qatar where she worked as a school psychologist for two years before moving to London to complete a postdoctoral fellowship in premature birth and mental health at Kingston University (KU). Although she has since returned to Ireland, she holds an honorary fellowship at KU and returns to Qatar regularly for research and training purposes.

Recent Publications:

Foody, M., Samara, M., & O’Higgins Norman, J. (in press). A systematic review of bullying and cyberbullying studies on the island of Ireland. The British Journal of Educational Psychology.

Foody, M, Samara, M., El Asam, A., Morsi, H., & Azhar Khattab (2017). A Review of Cyberbullying Legislation in Qatar: Considerations for Policy Makers and Educators. International Journal of Law and Psychiatry, 50, 45-51

Barnes-Holmes, Y, Hussey, I, McEnteggart, C., Barnes-Holmes, D. & Foody, M. (2016). Scientific Ambition: The relationship between Relational Frame Theory and middle-level terms in Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (p.457-4768). In Hayes, S., Biglan, A., Barnes-Holmes, D., & Zettle, R. (Eds.) Manual for contextual behavioral science. New York: Wiley

Research Fellow

Dr Aiman El Asam

Email: A.Elasam@kingston.ac.uk

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Research Fellow

Dr Basel EL-Kodary

Email: B.El-Khodary@kingston.ac.uk

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PhD Students


Professor Neil Marlow

University College London, Neonatal Care, United Kingdom

Professor Peter Smith
Goldsmiths College, University of London

Professor Raija-Leena Punamaki
Faculty of Social Sciences/ PsychologyUniversity of Tampere, Finland

Professor Samir Qouta
Islamic University, Gaza

Dr Mahmoud Fawzi
Hamad Medical Corporation (HMC), Qatar

Dr Sufwan Alomar,Consultant Neonatologist
Neo-Natal Intensive Care Unit (NICU), Woman's Hospital, Qatar

Dr Hilal Al Rifai, Medical Director
Neo-Natal Intensive Care Unit (NICU), Women’s Hospital, Qatar

Dr Hisham Morsi
Kingston University London