Hmoud Alolimat
Professor, Head of Program

Dr. Hmoud Olimat holds PhD and MSc in Sociology from USA, and MSW from McGill University/Canada. He was the Founding Dean of the Social Work Institute at the University of Jordan; the Vice President of the Hashemite University ; the founding Secretary General of the Higher Council for the Affairs of Persons with Disability; the Secretary General of the Ministry of Social Development/ Government of Jordan ; and  member of the Economic and Social Council /Jordan.

He is an academician and an administrator who espouses theoretical knowledge with practical applications. He was involved in leading roles in the development of academic programs on university and graduate levels, including design, quality assurance and accreditation. 

At the government of Jordan, he was involved in the development of national agenda, socioeconomic developments strategies, youth issues, family and child protections and disability policies and institutional change. He represented the government of Jordan at regional and international levels on the issues of social development, including leading the Jordanian delegation in the drafting committee of the convention on the rights of disabled person/UN General Assembly 2003-2006, and continued efforts on ratifying the convention (2008), and was a leading member in the development of Arab Childhood Strategy and the Jordan National Childhood Strategy.

He has pioneered and led several social work program development projects while at the University of Jordan, Al-Balqa Applied University, Hashemite University and as the founding president of the Jordanian Association of Social Workers. These projects where in collaboration with McGill University (funded by CIDA), Columbia University (Funded by Open Society Foundation) Brunel and Reading Universities (funded by British Council and Government of Jordan). He continued his efforts in developing the SWK program and profession in the region and here while he was at Qatar University, and currently at Doha Institute for Graduate Studies.

Participated in leading roles in producing major policy and legal documents for the government of Jordan, including MDGs first report, National Agenda, Author of “Jordan MAF (MDG Acceleration Framework) for UNDP and Ministry of Planning and International Cooperation (MOBIC)-Jordan was one of eight selected countries for the MAF. Also authored the First MDG report for Zarqa Governorate in Jordan, and several strategies on family and childhood, with leading roles in drafting Jordan child right law, Juvenile Law, and several by-laws pertaining to children and family welfare and protection. He has ample experience in working with many regional and international organizations, including . He has published numerous articles in international and regional journals and presented his research locally regionally and internationally.  


Research Interests

Social Problems

Poverty assessment and development

Social Determinants of Health

Family and Youth Issues

Social Development




Teaching interests 

Social Policy

Research Methods

Statistics

Program Evaluation

Sociological Theories



Taught courses 

Data Analysis and Statistics

Family Assessment and Treatment

Generalist Social Work Skills

Medical Sociology

Program Monitoring and Evaluation

Social and Cultural Diversity

Social Policy and Planning 

Social Psychology

Sociology and SWK Research Methodology (Several Courses)

Social Work and Human Rights

Social Work and the Law

Social Work in Health Settings

Social Work Practice III   (Community Development)

 Sociological Theories (Classic and Contemporary)

Social Work Theories and Models of Practice

Olimat, Hmoud (Lead P.I.). (2020). Means of Developing Youth Work and their Creative Role in Community Entrepreneurship: The Reality, the Challenges and Responses. ISBN: 9789927407802. 


Olimat, Hmoud (Principal Investigator), and ElGamal. Amal (Assistant P.I.)(2020) Fathers Stances toward their Children's Behavioral Problems. Doha: Center for Behavioral Health. (Research-Based Publication in Arabic) -). ISBN: 978997145100.


Al-Louzi, Salah,  and Olimat, Hmoud. (2014). Studies in Childhood. Amman, Jordan: The University of Jordan and EU-Tempus.

Olimat, Hmoud, and Al-Kuwari, M. (2022). Qatar Crisis Management in Social Sector and Human Rights. In Hend, Al Muftah, Hamid Ali and Mousa Elayah: Qatar Blockade Crisis Management: The Strategic Response of the State of Qatar. The Arab Center for Research and Policy Studies. Pp. 156-198, (in Arabic)-(in Press) 

Olimat, Hmoud, and ElGamal Amal. Child Protection in Egypt, (2022) in Jill Duerr Berrick, Neil Gilbert, and Marit Skivenes (Eds.). International Handbook of Child Protection Policies. New York: Oxford University Press. (19 pages 8777 words) in Press.

Olimat Hmoud. S., ElGammal Amal. (2018). Women in the Middle East. In: Farazmand A. (eds) Global Encyclopedia of Public Administration, Public Policy, and Governance (Chapter 19, pp.1-5). New York:  Springer, Cham. Print ISBN 978-3-319-20927-2. 

Al-Olimat, Hmoud (2022): Doing Good but Treated Badly: The Case of Healthcare Workers Serving Coronavirus Patients and their Families in Jordan. Advance. Preprint. https://doi.org/10.31124/advance.21070087.v1 


Alajmi, A. F., Al-Olimat, H. S., Abu Ghaboush, R., & Al Buniaian, N. A. (2022). Social Avoidance and Stigma Among Healthcare Workers Serving COVID-19 Patients in Saudi Arabia. SAGE Open, 12(2), 21582440221095845. https://journals.sagepub.com/doi/full/10.1177/21582440221095845


Al Barbari MJ, Gangaram P, Kenward G, Al-Olimat H, Laughton J, Alinier G. The level of stress experienced by Hamad Medical Corporation Paramedics before and during the COVID-19 Pandemic, Journal of Emergency Medicine, Trauma & Acute Care 2022:13 http://dx.doi.org/10.5339/jemtac.2022.qhc.13 .


Al Barbari MJ, Gangaram P, Kenward G, Alolimat H, Laughton J, Alinier G. Impact of ethnicity on Paramedic perceived work-related stress and coping strategies adopted before and during the COVID-19 pandemic, Journal of Emergency Medicine, Trauma & Acute Care 2022:12 http://dx.doi.org/10.5339/jemtac.2022.qhc.12.


Al Barbari MJ, Gangaram P, Kenward G, Alolimat H, Laughton J, Alinier G. Coping strategies adopted by Hamad Medical Corporation Paramedics before and during the COVID-19 Pandemic, Journal of Emergency Medicine, Trauma & Acute Care 2022:11 http://dx.doi.org/10.5339/jemtac.2022.qhc.11. 


Olimat, Hmoud. (2018). Child Poverty and Youth Unemployment in Jordan. Journal of Poverty and Public Policy, 1(3): 317-337. DOI: 10.1002/pop4.229. 

Abu Ghaboush, Reham,  Olimat, Hmoud, Alqdah, Talal. (2021). Characteristics of the lives of divorced people and their relationships before divorce: A study on a sample of divorcees in Jordan. Journal of Studies and Research: The Arab Journal in the Humanities and Social Sciences, Issue 1: Volume 13: 293-311. ISSN: 1112-9751 / EISSN: 2253-0363, . http://www.revue-dirassat.org.  


Bdair, Khalid,  Osman, Elrayeh and Al-Olimat, Hmoud. (2021). Qatari citizens' attitude toward pillars of Qatari national identity. Dirasat-Human and Social Sciences,  Vol. 48 No. 3 (2021): SUPPLEMENT 1. https://journals.ju.edu.jo/DirasatHum/article/view/110190.  


Olimat, Hmoud, Abu Ghaboush, Reham Al-Qdah, Talal, Jomah, Wafaa. (2021). Psychological and social adjustment to divorce a study on a sample of divorced women in Jordan using the Fisher Divorce Adjustment Scale. Studies - (Humanities and Social Sciences) the University of Jordan, Volume (48), Issue (3). Supplement 1:227-240.  


Olimat, Hmoud, Abu Ghaboush, Reham Al-Qdah, Talal, Gomaa, Wafaa. (2021). Psychological and social adjustment to divorce a study on a sample of divorced women in Jordan using the Fisher Divorce Adjustment Scale. Studies - (Humanities and Social Sciences) the University of Jordan, Volume (48), Issue (3). Supplement 1:227-240. 


Olimat, Hmoud Salem,  Wraikat, Ayed, Al-Jazi, Jamal, Abu Ghaboush, Reham. (2017). "The problems faced by the inmates of reform and rehabilitation centers and their needs in Jordan". Journal of Studies and Research: The Arab Journal in the Humanities and Social Sciences, Volume (9) Issue: 26: 258-285, ISSN: 1112-9751. 


Email: hmoud.alolimat@dohainstitute.edu.qa

Tel: +974 40356925

Mail Address

Hmood Olimat

Doha Institute for Graduate Studies

School of Social Sciences and Humanities 

P.O.Box: 200592 

Doha, Qatar