Diala Hawi
Assistant Professor
Head of Program

Psychology

Dr. Diala Hawi is Founding Chair of the Psychology program, and Assistant Professor of Social Psychology, and at the Doha Institute. She obtained her doctorate degree in Social Psychology from the Department of Psychology at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, and has a Master's degree in Clinical Psychology from the American University of Beirut (AUB).

As a social and political psychologist, her broader research deals with a host of social categories, including national, ethnic, religious, and racial groups, and situates them in their unique cultural and historical contexts. Specifically, she focuses on social issues that stem from conflict, with an emphasis on multiple group dynamics, as well as disadvantaged and oppressed status groups. Overall, her research contributes to our broader understanding of how groups relate to one another and what factors hinder the transition from conflict to peace.

Diala has published work on the role of group power in intergroup contact, the effect of intergroup contact on group-based activism, as well as reconciliation. Her more recent research projects examine the role of third-party effects in multiple-group relations, how nationalism and patriotism change over time, and the implications of multiculturalism in Arab states.

Prior to joining the DI as faculty, Diala founded the Psychology program at the DI. Her previous academic experience includes a 3-year post as a Visiting Assistant Professor at Clark University, and a 3-year Instructor post at AUB. Professionally, she has held posts as a clinical and research consultant at the Psychiatry Department at AUB-Medical Center, a Psychosocial Project Coordinator and Development Director on projects funded by UNICEF, and a Mediator and Facilitator for Democracy Education (funded by MEPI and NDI).

Social Psychology, Political Psychology, Intergroup Relations, Collective Action, Research, Statistics, etc.

Teaching Interests:

Social Psychology, Political Psychology, Intergroup Relations, Collective Action, Research, Statistics, etc.

Taught Course:

  • Advanced Social Psychology
  • Introduction to Psychology
  • Intergroup Relations
  • Structural Equation Modeling
  • Laboratory Research
  • Advanced Graduate Statistics
  • Psychology of Violent & Nonviolent Collective Action
  • Abnormal Psychology
  • Research Methods

Hawi, D.R., Yogeeswaran, K., Milojev, P., Osborne, D., & Sibley, C. (under review). Changes in national identity across adulthood: A longitudinal analysis of cohort differences in nationalism and patriotism. Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin.

Hawi, D. R. & Tropp, L. R. (under review). Maintaining Structural Balance among Groups: Third-Party Effects in Lebanon. Political Psychology.

Tropp, L. R., Hawi, D. R., O'Brien, T.C., Gheorgiu, M., Zetes, A., & Butz, D. (2017). Intergroup contact and the potential for post-conflict reconciliation: Studies in Northern Ireland and South Africa. Peace and Conflict: Journal of Peace Psychology.

Tropp, L., Hawi, D. R., Laar, C.V., & Levin, S. (2012). Perceived Discrimination, cross-ethnic friendships, and their effects on ethnic activism over time: A longitudinal investigation of three ethnic minority groups. British Journal of Social Psychology, 51, 257 - 272.

Saguy, T., Tropp, L., & Hawi, D. R. (2012). The role of group power in intergroup contact. In G. Hodson & M. Hewstone (Eds). Advances in Intergroup Contact (pp. 113 – 131), Psychology Press.

You can also view https://www.researchgate.net/profile/Diala_Hawi

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