EMIRATES CENTER FOR HAPPINESS RESEARCH

 

Overview

To contribute to the government’s efforts towards realizing the United Arab Emirates Vision 2021, the United Arab Emirates University has established the Emirates Center for Happiness Research (ECHR). The UAE happiness Index is one of the key national performance indicators of the Vision 2021, of having a cohesive society and preserved identity.

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Research Fellows

Dr. Parag Kulkarni 

Associate Professor

UAEU

Parag Kulkarni is an Associate Professor with the Department of Computer and Network Engineering at the College of IT, UAE University (UAEU). He is broadly interested in the design and application of technology to solve problems in different domains and the associated commercialization aspects. He has extensive experience working on applied R&D projects spanning different industry verticals such as Energy/Water Utilities, Smart cities, ICT for Sustainability resulting in real impact in terms of operational insights, cost savings, technology commercialisation and published research.

Email address; parag@uaeu.ac.ae

Dr. Raina Chajjar

Assistant Professor

UAEU

Dr. Raina Chajjar has acquired her PhD in Psychology from MLS University, Udaipur. She worked as a research associate at IIM Udaipur and was a visiting scholar at IIM Bangalore. She was a visiting doctoral student at the Center for Positive Organizations, University of Michigan for Winter, 2017. Her doctoral research focuses on practices, enablers and impact of a positive business initiative implemented at a Middle Eastern financial services firm. Her research interest are on high quality connections, Thriving, Mindfullness and playfulness at work. Currently, she is working as an Assistant professor at the Indian Inditutute of Management, Indore.

Email address: rainac@iimidr.ac.in

Dr. Tatiana Karabchuk

Associate Professor

UAEU

Dr. Tatiana Karabchuk (PhD) is associate professor of economic sociology, Department of Government and Society, CHSS, UAE University and Council Member and Conference Chair for World Association for Public Opinion Research. Tatiana successfully completed more than 25 research projects and authored more than 35 academic articles in peer-reviewed journals. Her research interests include cross-national comparative surveys, happiness and subjective well-being studies, studies of the labour market, social media, youth studies, family and fertility, values and gender equality attitudes.

Email address: tkarabchuk@uaeu.ac.ae

Dr. Rashed Alzahmi

Assistant Professor

UAEU

Dr. Rashed Alzahmi is an Assistant Dean for Student Affairs and Assistant Professor of Business Administration at the College of Business and Economics in the UAE University. Alzahmi is a SHRM Senior Certified Professional (SHRM-SCP) and holds a Ph.D. in Workforce Education and Development (WFED) with a specialization in Human Resource Development and Organization Development from the Pennsylvania State University (PSU). He has earned his M.Sc. and B.Sc. in Workforce Education and Development from the same university and an associate degree in Accounting from Pennsylvania College of Technology.. Alzahmi teaches courses in management and HR to undergraduate, graduate, and executive education levels.. He has authored, co-authored several publications and presented at numerous conferences on variety of topics in the area of the HRD and OD. His current research and area of expertise revolve around strategic workforce planning, succession planning, human resource management strategy, talent management and acquisition, work engagement, transformation and change and performance management.

Email address: alzahmi@uaeu.ac.ae

Dr. Marwan El Mubarak

Assistant Professor

UAEU

Dr. Marwan El Mubarak comes from an extensive professional practice background that was complemented with strong academic commitment and university studies, as well as affiliations to professional institutes in the US, where he resided and practiced for over 20 years. Dr. El Mubarak is a licensed Architect in the State of Arizona, a member of Arizona Technical Board of Registration, and had been a principal and associate level partner in a number of US architectural and A/E firms. His Ph.D. studies focused on placemaking and the processes of urbanization, how social, cultural and political processes contribute to the development of place and place identities, and how these issues factor in, in urban design, sustainable development and urban planning discourse.

Email address: marwan.elmubarak@uaeu.ac.ae

Prof. Hala Elhoweris

Professor

UAEU

Dr. Hala Elhoweris is the Special Education Department Chair at the United Arab Emirates University holding a doctorate degree in Educational Psychology with emphasis in Special Education. Dr. Elhoweris research area of interest including gifted education, inclusion, diversity, assessing and diagnosing students with exceptionalities. She gave several presentations in various international and regional conferences on these issues.

Additionally, she published several research articles and book chapters related to these issues. Dr. Elhoweris served as a consultant for the Ministry of Education,  Abu Dhabi Education Council (ADEK), Zayed Higher Organization,  and Hamdan Foundation on several programs related to special education and gifted education. She served as a reviewer, guest reviewer and an editorial board member for several scholarly journals in her area of expertise. 

Email address: halae@uaeu.ac.ae

Dr. Fadwa Al Mughraibi

Associate Professor

UAEU

Dr. Fadwa Al Mughraibi is an Associate Professor of  behaviour Neuroscience at the Clinical Psychology department  in College of Medicine & Health Sciences & The Assistant Dean for Students Affairs for Health Sciences. Her main research areas focuses on mental disorders, natural neuroprotective agents, PTSD and mindfulness. She is active in community service and was a member of the "Lbors'Psychology Support Team" of the "Abu Dhabi Emergency, Crisis & Disaster Committee for COVID 19 Pandemic" and had trained, with her colleagues,  over 300 labor camp mangers and hotline first respondents on psychological first aid and coping strategies.

Email address: f.almughairbi@uaeu.ac.ae

Dr. Mona Humaid Aljanahi

Assistant Professor

UAEU

Dr. Mona Humaid Aljanahi is an Assistant Professor at the College of Education in United Arab Emirates University. She holds a Ph.D in Curriculum & Instruction with a concentration on Language & Literacy. She previously held the position of an English instructor at both federal and private educational institutions in the United Arab Emirates. Her research interests include literacy education, pop culture, language learning, and language arts. Her research studies have been published in Q1 Scopus indexed journals. She is currently an active reviewer for peer-reviewed international journals based on research in the field of ESL. Additionally, she presented at numerous national and international conferences on various topics in her field.

Email address: monahumaid@uaeu.ac.ae

Dr. Khaled Galal Ahmed

Associate Professor

UAEU

Dr. Khaled Galal Ahmed is Associate Professor and the Coordinator of the Architectural Engineering Master and PhD Programs. Dr. Khaled got his PhD from Welsh School of Architecture, Cardiff University, UK. He worked as an architect and urban designer and his research interest is related to sustainable architecture, urbanism and housing especially in Socio-Cultural Impact, Urban Modeling Simulation, Walkability, Urban Morphology and Energy Efficiency, Community Participation, and Urban Resilience.

He published his research work in various international journals, conferences proceedings and book chapters. Dr. Khaled teaches undergraduate and graduate courses  related to architectural, urban and housing design. Dr. Khaled has several articles in local and regional newspapers and magazines including National Geographic Arabia and has been honored for his various contributions from the Minister of Happiness and Wellbeing, Abu Dhabi Municipality, Sheikh Zayed Housing Program, Al Ain Municipality, Fujairah Municipality, and Directorate of Planning and Survey, Sharjah.

Email address: kgahmed@uaeu.ac.ae

Dr. Iffat El Barazi

Associate Professor

UAEU

Dr Iffat El Barazi is working as an Associate Professor in the Institute  of Public Health in the College of Medicine and Health Sciences, United Arab Emirates University. Her research interests include cancer education, women’s health, psychosocial and mental health, chronic diseases prevention and healthy lifestyle determinants and practices.

Email address: ielbarazi@uaeu.ac.ae

Dr. Yahya Nassar

Associate Professor

UAEU

Yahya Hayati Bakr Nassar holds a BA. in Psychology from the University of Jordan MA in Educational Psychology: Educational Psychology from the University of Jordan (Jordan 1993), and a Ph.D. In the field of research and evaluation from Ohio University/ USA. He worked in several universities, including King Saud University and Umm Al-Qura University in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and the Hashemite University in the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan. He is currently an associate professor at the United Arab Emirates University. He has extensive experience in the field of scientific research, as he owns more than 22 scientific papers published in specialized and reputable scientific journals. He has advanced research skills and knowledge in the areas of measurement and evaluation, and the development of psychological and educational scales and those related to human and social sciences.

Email address: yanassar1007@uaeu.ac.ae

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