Samar Alzeer (GMBPsS)
Thesis title: "Struggling pro-longed estrangement ":A Grounded Theory Study of Displaced Arab Refugee Families Living in Canada and Germany
A Graduate Member of the British Psychological Society (GMBPsS), and student affiliated member of the Canadian Psychological Association (CPA), the Association of Psychologists of Nova Scotia (APNS), and the American Psychological Association (APA).
Samar is currently in her final year of PhD in Clinical Psychology at the School of Health and Social Science in the University of Edinburgh. Prior to her commitment to mental health and research, she launched her career as a certified schoolteacher, licensed by The Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan Ministry of Higher Education and Scientific Research, and Alberta Education, Teaching & Leadership Excellence, Alberta AB, Canada. Since 2010, Samar was a former university lecturer at Leibniz University in Hannover (LUH), The University of Applied Sciences in Karlsruhe (HsKA), and Ruhr-University Bochum (ZFA-RUB) in Germany.
In 2018, MSc. Children and Young People's Mental Health and Psychological Practice
Dissertation project title: „ Risk Factors Contributing to the Development of Personality Traits in Young Adults: Parental Attachment and Peer Relationships”
School of Health in Social Science, The College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences
The University of Edinburgh, UK
In 2015, Graduate courses in English Literature and Canadian Studies
Athabasca University, Edmonton, AB, Canada
In 2007, B.A Degree in Educational Sciences, Special Education
Field of focus: Learning Disabilities and Psychological Disorders
Faculty of Educational Sciences
The University of Jordan, Amman, Jordan
SELECTED ADVANCED TRAININGS/CONTINUING PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT CPD:
In 2023, New Approaches to Traumatic Grief and Loss: Accredited 15 CPD Training Hours- Continuing Professional Development (2 day), Awarded by SDS Seminars - British Psychological Society (BPS) Approved, UK.
In 2022, Trauma: Psychopathology and Treatments (Somatic, TF-CBT, EMDR): Accredited 15 CPD Training Hours- Continuing Professional Development (2 day), Awarded by SDS Seminars - British Psychological Society (BPS) Approved, UK.
In 2020, Trauma Informed Care: An online Continuing Professional Development CPD Workshop (1 day), British Psychological Society (BPS), UK.
In 2019, Exploring and Interpreting Research Data: Workshop (2 days), accredited by the NSH and Wellcome Trust Clinical Research Facility, Western General Hospital, Edinburgh, EH4 2XU.
In 2019, NRC Good Clinical Practice (GCP Certified): Workshop (1 day), accredited by the NSH and Wellcome Trust Clinical Research Facility, Western General Hospital, Edinburgh, EH4 2XU.
In 2019, Children's Human Rights - An Interdisciplinary Introduction: Certificated online course authorized by University of Geneva and offered through Coursera (7 weeks/non-credit). Instructed by Dr. Roberta Ruggiero, Prof. Philip D. Jaffé and Dr. h. c. Jean Zermatten - Center for Children's Rights Studies, University of Geneva, Switzerland.
In 2016, Learnship Networks teacher training program with mock sessions: Certificated intensive pedagogical training workshop (3 days), Learnship Networks GmbH, Cologne, Germany.
Responsibilities & affiliations
AWARDED CERTIFICATIONS AND TEACHING LICENSES:
In 2019, ICH E6 GCP Certified/ Investigator recognition: Approved by the Federation of the Royal College of Physicians of the United Kingdom for 5 category 1 (external) CPD credits- RCPS Code: 119824. United Kingdom
In 2015, Interim Professional Certification: Alberta education, Teaching & Leadership Excellence. Alberta, AB, Canada
In 2007, Teaching License: Ministry of Higher Education and Scientific Research. Amman, Jordan
STUDENT AFFILIATED MEMBERSHIPS:
The British Psychological Society Affiliated, Graduate Basis for Chartered Membership MBPsS (GBC). United Kingdom
Canadian Psychological Association Membership CPA Canada
Association of Psychologists of Nova Scotia (APNS) Canada
American Psychological Association Membership APA U.S.A
Open to PhD supervision enquiries?
In research, Developmental psychology, Personality and Social Psychology, Trauma, as well as Positive Psychology have always been areas of interest to study. My research intends to conceptualize health, mental health and wellbeing through the contribution of environmental and individual risk and protective factors throughout life-span development. I thrive to reinforce a rational approach to capacity development in order to reduce disparities in different forms of discrimination as a primary risk factor for children and their families. Also, I tend to highlight common and global controversial aspects such as education, health, economy, and socio-cultural equality (gender, ethnic and racial equality) through translational research methodologies in consequence to improve implications of mental health policy and intervention to support wellbeing, economic growth, and production. In perspective, these multi-dimensional and person-centered approaches are needed to examine constellations of ethnic and racial identity beliefs, ethnic-racial socialization experiences, and cultural orientations, and therefore, may aid in times of human crisis and trauma.
Current research interestsMy proposed PhD research project asked how Arab refugee caregivers reflect upon their journey of migration and displacement today using Charmaz (2014) constructivist grounded theory methodology. It considered, in particular, how caregivers cope with adversity related to their refugee migration experiences , and explored how they manage emotions and interpersonal aspects in their parental behaviours during childrearing . This study also recognised nuances between Arabic-collectivistic culture and Islamic religion through their salient roles in caregivers’ emotions, social situations, family dynamics, and developed sense of self, which collectively trigger their current behaviours in parenting, and facilitate their perceptions and expectations of childrearing living in Canada and Germany. Caregivers outlined a complex ongoing temporal process of ‘suffering po-longed estrangement’- derived from the Arabic gerund: ‘التغريب’ – as the substantive theory encountered by Arab refugee families in their day-to-day life in Canada and Germany. The key components and processes that can be derived from the current study will help reveal the emotional and interpersonal functioning developed in Arab refugee caregivers to define the phenomena. Findings of this study provided new insights into interpreting cross-cultural Arabic collectivistic standpoints in caregivers’ narratives, which draw upon the significance of this study’s interview dynamic in shaping its data.
Past research interestsMy MSc project Risk Factors Contributing to the Development of Personality Traits in Young Adults: Parental Attachment and Peer Relationships granted me the opportunity to work with large data sets and use different correlation and regression methods for data analyses. In my work, I meant to emphasize on the interplay between environmental and interpersonal variables contributing to psychopathology within the framework of the theory of attachment on a non-clinical population. Through utilizing an interdisciplinary approach in my studies and research, I seek a clear understanding of the mechanisms of risk and protective factors on the human development in theory and practice. Therefore, my studies and research aim to facilitate practitioners, educators, and policy makers seek more effective planning for targeted interventions, treatments, as well as prevention approaches for better outcomes.
Affiliated research centres
In 2018, Risk Factors Contributing to the Development of Personality Traits in Young Adults: Parental Attachment and Peer Relationships Master degree research project, supervised by Dr. Kyranides, assessing the associations between insecure maternal and paternal attachment relationships along with poor peer relationships on the development of psychopathic traits using the Parent Adult-Child Relationship Questionnaire (PACQ; Peisah et al., 1999), Relationships Scale Questionnaire (RSQ; Griffin & Bartholomew, 1994), Levenson Self-Report Psychopathy Scale (LSRP; Levenson, Kiehl, & Fitzpatrick, 1995), and Inventory of Callous Unemotional Traits (ICU; Frick, 2004) in a population n= 211 of non-clinical young adults (Mage = 25.55 years old, SD = 5.47 years). The research project developed constructive techniques and knowledge of literature searching, in-depth, critical and rhizomatic thinking in appraising the literature. The study used quantitative methods in analysing large data sets utilising SPSS correlation and regression analyses, demonstrating evidence that psychopathic traits are positively correlated with insecure paternal attachment and poor of peer relationships, whereas insecure maternal attachment was not. Furthermore, findings of multiple regression analyses pointed out that poor of peer relationships introduced a significant amount of the variance in participants’ psychopathic traits, whereas maternal and paternal attachment did not demonstrate such representation. The research project suggested that tendencies towards psychopathic traits were high in young adults in association with poor peer relationships. Nevertheless, given the sample age, further quantitative investigation is recommended to explain the evidence that poor peer relationships, in contrast with insecure parental attachment, predict higher risk of developing psychopathic traits.
Current project grants
2019-2023: The Government of Canada: Provincial Grant funded by National Student Loans Service Centre (NSLSC)
May 29th, 2020 81st Annual Canadian Psychological Association CPA Convention (online)
25th - 28th August 2020 Universitas 21 Health Sciences Group Annual Meeting 2020 , OneHealth UCD Dublin (Abstract submission, Poster, 15-minute talk)
July 31st, 2021 Annual PGR Conference, University of Edinburgh, UK (Abstract submission, Poster, 10-minute presentation)
19th-20th May, 2022 Annual PGR Conference, University of Edinburgh, UK (Abstract submission, 10-minute presentation)
16th- 19th June, 2022 83rd Annual Canadian Psychological Association CPA Convention, Calgary, Canada (Abstract submission, 15-minute talk)
A Submitted PhD Research Proposal Abstract and participation in poster presentations for the U21 HSG Doctoral Student Forum, UoE PGR Conferences, & CPA Convention
Title: Transgenerational Trauma in Arab Refugees: Approaching a Constructivist Grounded Theory to Explore Intra-Familial Trauma in Cross-Culture-Developmental Context
Alzeer, S.M., Michailidou, M.I., Munot, M. and Kyranides, M.N. (2019). Attachment and Parental Relationships and the Association with Psychopathic Traits in Young Adults, Personality and Individual Differences. Vol.151. DOI: 10.1016/j.paid.2019.07.009.
CONTRIBUTIONS TO BOOKS CHAPTERS
Alzeer, S.M. (2020) Parenting and Sibling Relations in Predicting the Development of Personality Traits. In Benedetto, L. & Ingrassia, M. (Ed.), Parenting. InTechOpen. DOI: 10.5772/intechopen.93486.