Dr. Aala El-Khani develops and researches innovative ways to reach families that have experienced conflict with parenting support and training. She has conducted award-winning field research with refugee families and families in conflict zones, exploring their parenting challenges and the positive impact parenting support can provide. Her work has significantly contributed to an agenda of producing materials which together form psychological first aid for families affected by conflict and displacement.
Aala is a humanitarian psychologist, working as a consultant for the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime, as well as a researcher at the University of Manchester at the Division of Psychology and Mental Health. Her current work collaborates the efforts of the UNODC and the University of Manchester in developing and evaluating family skills programmes in countries such as Syria, Afghanistan, Palestine, Turkey and Lebanon. Aala is incredibly passionate about highlighting the significant role that caregivers play in protecting their children during conflict and displacement. She has trained affected families, NGO workers and school teachers internationally on family skills and research methods.