Sama Dawani

PhD in Psychology


Sama Dawani is from Palestine. She has a bachelor degree in psychology from Birzeit University in Palestine, and obtained a master degree in special needs education, an Erasmus Mundus joint program from Roehampton University, London (UK), Fontys University of Applied Sciences, Tilburg (NL) & Charles University, Prague (CZ) in November 2006, with a dissertation on group drama therapy, self-esteem and adolescents with special needs. In 2004, she worked in ‘educational support’ at the Friends School in Ramallah supporting students in an inclusive school environment for one year. Since 2006, she became involved in teaching psychology courses at Birzeit University. Especifically courses related to individuals with special needs, individual differences, learning, and mental health. Besides teaching, she was also involved in developing new courses, contributing to workshops, seminars and lectures directed to the wider Palestinian community through Birzeit University, on issues related to diversity, individual differences, inclusive teaching and learning, and disability discourse. In January 2012, she started her doctorial research at the VUB on a scholarship from Erasmus Mundus. In her research she is focussing on concepts such as self-determination, autonomy, wellbeing and adolescence.

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