Mahasin Saleh
Associate Professor

Dr. Mahasin Saleh, Ph.D., MSW, FHEA, Associate Professor at the Doha Institute for Graduate Studies, is an international scholar who has worked in full-time academic posts in 4 countries, including the USA, Palestine, England, and Qatar. She has a range of research, social work practice, teaching, and leadership experience. She is the author of and the Lead Principal Investigator of the national research study: "Delivering Multiple Perspectives: First-time Fathers' Involvement in Pregnancy and Childbirth in Qatar”, funded by the Qatar National Research Fund and Doha International Family Institute (OSRA5).

Dr. Saleh is an award-winning University educator who is passionate about educating the next generation of social workers in both practice and research. Her research focuses on the intersections of fatherhood, child welfare, and diversity, and emerging areas include Arab Intergenerational Family Storytelling and Arab Family History. Dr. Saleh has served both as a US Fulbright Scholar and US Fulbright Specialist in Palestine, where she helped establish Bethlehem University's Master of Social Work Program. 

Some of her leadership experience includes working as the Founding Program Director of the Texas Woman's-University of Texas Joint Master of Social Work Program, the Principal Investigator and Lead Evaluator of the Nevada Training Partnership for Child Welfare, the Lead Social Work Curriculum Expert for the US Center for Disease Control's Frontier Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD) Regional Training Center, and the Post-Qualifying Program Director at University of Bradford (UK). Dr. Saleh is also serving in her second appointed term on the Commission on Global Social Work Education for the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE). As a Commissioner, she established and leads the International Social Work Leader Review project. Dr. Saleh has extensive experience in curriculum development, training social workers, and supervising student research.  


Ph.D.  Social Work, University of Houston

Research Interests
Fatherhood, Parenting, Child Welfare, Diversity, Evaluation of Pedagogical Interventions and Training, Palestinian Family History, and Intergenerational Family Story Telling

Her research and scholarship include the intersections of fatherhood/parenting, child welfare, and diversity. Some of her recent research includes a Case Study of Developing a Joint Collaborative MSW Program; the Experiences of Palestinian Children Visiting their Fathers in Israeli Detention; Stress, Coping, and Support of Palestinian Parents with Children with Disabilities; Psychosocial Support and Coping of British Minority Parents with Children with Down Syndrome; and Evaluation of Training for Social workers about Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders (with a focus on pregnant women) (USA and England).

Selected Funded Research Projects
Lead Principal Investigator, Qatar National Research Fund OSRA5 Lead Principal Investigator, “Delivering Multiple Perspectives: First-time Fathers’ Involvement in Pregnancy and Childbirth in Qatar”

Teaching Interests:
Research Methods, Qualitative Research, Field Practicum, Human Behavior in the Social Environment, Social Work Administration and Management, Communication Skills, Program Evaluation

Courses Taught at the Doha Institute for Graduate Studies:
Social Work In Mental Health Settings
Program Evaluation
Human Behavior in the Social Environment
Advanced Human Behavior in the Social Environment
MSW Capstone Supervision
Field Training Faculty Liaison
Field Training “Innovative International Virtual Field Training during Covid” (Dr. Saleh developed and led the training)

​Nievar, M. A., Ramisetty-Mikler, S., Saleh, M. F., & Cabrera, N. (2020). Families Offering Children Unfailing Support (FOCUS) Fatherhood Program: Child welfare through child support and parenting skills.  Children and Youth Services Review, 118,

Colvin, A., Saleh, M., Ricks, N., & Rosa-Davila, E. (2020). Using simulated instruction to prepare students to engage in culturally competent practice.  Journal of Social Work in the Global Community, 5(1), 1-18.   

Saleh, M. F., Rabaia, Y., Balsam, C., Amro, Z., Qassis, S., & Giacaman, R.  (2019). Fathers detained, contact restrained: Experiences of Palestinian children visiting their fathers in Israeli detention. Child Abuse and Neglect, 96, 1-11.

Abu-Ras, W., Saleh, M. F. & Berani, A. (2018). Challenges and determination: The case of Palestinian parents of children with disabilities.  Journal of Family Issues, 39(10), 2757-2780.

Rabaia, Y., Saleh, M. F., & Giacaman, R. (2014).  Sick or Sad? Supporting Palestinian children living in conditions of chronic political violence. Children and Society, 28, 172-181. DOI:10.1111/chso.12061

Saleh, M. F. (2013).  Child welfare professionals’ experiences in engaging fathers in services.  Child and Adolescent Social Work Journal, 30 (2), 119-137.  DOI 10.1007/s10560-012-0282-0.

Hilton, J. M., Gonzalez, C., Saleh, M., Maitoza, R., & Anngela-Cole, L. (2012). Perceptions of successful aging among older Latinos in cross-cultural context. Journal of Cross Cultural Gerontology, 27 (3), 183-199.

Saleh, M. F. (2012).  Jody Williams: Nobel Laureate’s insights on activism and social work.  Affilia: Journal of Women and Social Work, 27 (1), 51-59.

Saleh, M. F., Anngela-Cole, L., & Boateng, A. (2011). Effectiveness of diversity infusion modules on students’ attitudes, behavior and knowledge. Journal of Ethnic and Cultural Diversity in Social Work, 20, 240-257.

Halileh, S. & Saleh, M. F. (2011).  Parents’ discipline of their children: Results from a national family health survey from the occupied Palestinian territory. The Lancet. Retrieved from

Saleh, M. F. (2011). Rebecca Salti: The Bani Hamida Weaving Project and women’s empowerment.  Affilia: Journal of Women in Social Work, 26 (1), 83-89.

Saleh, M. F. & Hilton, J. (2010). A comparison of the paternal involvement of low-income fathers in four developmental stages: Adolescence, young adult, adult and mid-life. The Family Journal: Counseling and Therapy for Couples and Families, 19 (1), 47-55.

Saleh, M. F. (2008). Sattareh Farman Farmaian: Iranian Social Work pioneer. Affilia: Journal of Women and Social Work, 23 (4), 397-402.  

Saleh, M. F., Buzi, R. S., Weinman, M. L., & Smith, P. B.  (2005). The nature of connections: Young fathers and their children. Adolescence, 40 (159), 513-22.

Buzi, R. S., Saleh, M. F., Weinman, M. L., & Smith, P. B. (2004).  Young fathers participating in a fatherhood program: Their expectations and perceived benefits. The Prevention Researcher, 11 (4), 18-20.


Tel: +974 40356857

Mail Address

Mahasin Saleh

Doha Institute for Graduate Studies

School of Social Sciences and Humanities 

P.O.Box: 200592 

Doha, Qatar