Dr. Roula Hawa

Dr. Roula Hawa

Job Title:

 Assistant Professor, Family Studies and Human Development

Type:

 Full-Time Faculty

Email:

 roula.hawa@uwo.ca

Phone:

 519.432.8353 x28390

Office:

 Ursuline Hall 327

Academic Background

  • Doctor of Philosophy (PhD), Ontario Institute for Studies in Education (OISE), University of Toronto (Leadership, Higher and Adult Education). 
  • Master of Science (MSc), University of Alberta, Edmonton (Family Studies): Thesis Stream. 
  • Master of Public Health (MPH), American University of Beirut, Lebanon. One Year Research Internship completed at:  School of Health Sciences, Dalhousie University, Halifax, Nova Scotia (funded by: Community Action Program of the National Drug Strategy, Health and Welfare Canada).
  • Bachelor of Education (BEd), OISE, University of Toronto (Intermediate/Senior qualifications in Family Studies & General Science; Basic qualifications in Junior Division; Ontario Principal Qualifications).
  • Professional Designations: Ontario College of Teachers (OCT) & Professional Home Economist (PHEc).


Professional Experience

  • Assistant Professor (tenure-stream), Brescia University College at Western University, Family Studies and Human Development, School of Behavioural and Social Sciences, London, Ontario. July 2020 – present.
  • Assistant Professor (tenure-stream). Thompson Rivers University, School of Education, Faculty of Education and Social Work, Kamloops, British Columbia. December, 2019-June, 2020.
  • Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Women’s College Research Institute, Women’s College Hospital, University of Toronto. Funding: Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) funded research. Research Focus: Assessment of mental health and resilience amongst women living with HIV, the Canadian HIV Women’s Sexual and Reproductive Health Cohort Study. 2016-2018. 
  • Ontario Secondary School Teacher and Department Head, Family Studies Department, Catholic and Public Boards of Education, Greater Toronto Area. 2001 – 2016. 

Awards

  • 2021  Judges Choice Award, CityStudio London, Hubbub, Fall, 2021. Supervised the winning student project in the Diversity and the Canadian Family course: Housing and Homelessness Crisis among Women in London, Ontario.   
  • 2020  Provincial Award: Adelaide Hoodless Award for Excellence in Family Studies Education in Ontario. The Ontario Family Studies Home Economics Educators' Association (OFSHEEA), December, 2020.  Awarded. 
  • 2017  Canadian Association for HIV Research (CAHR) Annual Conference Scholarship: Best paper for an oral presentation in Community-Based Research and Participative Approaches at the Canadian Conference on HIV/AIDS Research Paper presentation, CAHR, Montreal, Quebec, Canada. Awarded
  • 2015  Healthy Schools and Workplaces Champion Award: 7 years of service and commitment to Healthy Schools, York Region Public Health, Ontario. Awarded.  

Current and Previous Teaching

  • FSHD 2240A Special Topics: Early Childhood 
  • FSHD 3325A/B Diversity and the Canadian Family
  • FSHD 3350B Special Topics: Human Sexuality 
  • EDUC 5010 Graduate Research Methods 
  • EDUC 5400 Principles and Processes of Educational Leadership
  • EDUC 5440 Understanding and Managing Conflict
  • FSHD 2245A/B: Early childhood Development
  • FSHD 3352A/B: Human Sexuality Across the Life Span
  • Additional Teacher Qualifications: Family Studies Part I
  • Additional Teacher Qualifications: Intermediate Family Studies
  • Contemporary Family Issues I
  • Diversity in Canadian Families
  • Families, Power and Social Change

Research Activities and Grant Funding ($697,344 awarded as Principal Investigator & 4,307,525 as Co-Investigator)

Current

2021-2025   Kteily-Hawa, R. (Co-Investigator), Vahabi, M. (Nominated Principal Investigator). Co-Principal Investigators: Wong, J., Lofters, A., & Rayner, J. Co-Investigators: Damba, C., Fung, K, Narushima, M., & Tharao, W. $426,640. Awarded. Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) Operating Grant: Emerging COVID-19 Research Gaps & Priorities. Compounding Disadvantage: Impact of COVID-19 among Immigrants Living with Cancers and with Mental Health & Addictions Disorders in Ontario. 

2022-2024   Kteily-Hawa, R. (Nominated Principal Investigator), Wong, J., & Bayoumi, A. (Co-Principal Investigators); Salam, K. (Principal Knowledge User); Saleib, K., El-Tal, J., Abdallah, N. & Ezzeddine, A. (Knowledge Users); Boake, P., & Eloulabi, R. (Co-Investigators).  $50,000. Awarded. CIHR Canadian HIV Trials Network (CTN) Pilot Study Funding. Promoting Mental Health and Reducing HIV Risk Behaviours through Self-compassion, Mindful Acceptance & Resilience Transformation (SMART): An Evidence-informed Pilot Randomized Trial with Diaspora MENA Gay, Bisexual and Trans Youth in Ontario. 

2022-2023   Kteily-Hawa, R. (Nominated Principal Investigator). $2000. Awarded. Brescia University College Internal Research Grant. Community-Based Participatory Research: Engaging Vulnerable Youth Populations through Innovative, Youth-Driven and Resilience-Based Sexual Health Interventions. 

2021-2023   Kteily-Hawa, R. (Nominated Principal Investigator), Ongoiba, F. (Principal Knowledge User), Wong, J., & Vahabi, M. (Co-Principal Investigators). $40,000. Awarded.  The Canadian Foundation for AIDS Research (CANFAR) Innovation Grant. Developing an Innovative, Youth-Driven and Resilience-Based HIV Prevention Intervention for Young People from Middle Eastern and North African Communities (MENA) in Canada. 

2021-2023   Kteily-Hawa, R. (Co-Applicant), Fournier, B. (Principal Applicant). $65,000. Awarded. Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) Insight Development Grant. The New Wang Oo: Intergenerational Knowledge Transfer in Northern Uganda Using Theatre for Living. 

2020-2022   Kteily-Hawa, R. (Co-Principal Investigator), Gillis, R.J. (Nominated Principal Investigator). C Ahmed, SI (Co-PI), Goldstein, A. (Co-PI), Logie, C. (Co-PI) & Xu, Y (Co-PI). $467, 844. Awarded. Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR), Operating Grant: COVID-19 Social dynamics, communication and trust. Responding to the Stigma, Fear, Discrimination, and Misinformation Related to the COVID-19 Disease Outbreak: A Novel Analyses and Intervention for a Novel Coronavirus.

Completed

2019-2021   Kteily-Hawa, R. (Nominated Principal Investigator), Loutfy, M. (Co-Principal Investigator) & Vijayanathan, H. (Principal Knowledge User). $39, 000. Awarded. Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR), HIV/AIDS CBR Catalyst Grant. Youth Sexual Health and HIV/STI Prevention in Middle Eastern and North African Communities Globally and in Ontario (YSMENA Study): Community-Engaged, Youth-Driven Catalyst Intervention.

2019-2021   Kteily-Hawa, R. (Nominated Principal Investigator), Loutfy, M. (Co-Principal Investigator) & Vijayanathan, H. (Principal Knowledge User). Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR), HIV/AIDS Planning and Dissemination Grant. $18,500. Awarded. Exploring Youth Sexual Health Needs in Middle Eastern and North African Communities (YSMENA Study): A Planning and Knowledge Exchange Initiative to Develop a Research Network to Address Barriers in HIV Prevention. 

2017-2025   Hawa, R. (Co-Investigator and Program Expert). Loutfy, M., (Nominated Principal Investigator). Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) Foundation Grant. $3,780,885. Awarded. Impactful Research with Diverse Women Living with and at Risk of HIV in Canada: Women Centred HIV Care Policy for Young Women Living with HIV.

2017-2018   Hawa, R. (Co-Investigator),  Andani, N. (Nominated Principal Investigator), Loutfy, M. (Co-Principal Investigator).  $20,000. Awarded. Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) Planning and Dissemination Grant. Review of New Research Opportunities Related to Healthy Aging in the Community in Women with HIV Infection Living in Canada.

2014-2016   Kteily-Hawa, R. (Principal Investigator). $50,000. Awarded. Ontario Ministry of Education. Building Capacity in Food Security, Healthier Food Choices and Mental Health for High School Students.

2014-2015   Kteily-Hawa, R. (Co-Investigator), Chikermane, V. (Principal Investigator) & Wong, JPH (Co-Principal Investigator). $15,000. Awarded. Women's Xchange Program at the Women's College Research Institute, University of Toronto. Story-Sharing for Sexual Health: A Pilot Study Exploring Story-Sharing as a Culturally-Relevant Intervention to Promote Women-Centered Sexual Health.

2012-15        Kteily-Hawa, R. (Principal Investigator). $30,000. Awarded. Ontario Ministry of Education, Blue Print Grant. Integrating Technology in the Classroom, Modern Learning, Teacher Professional Development and Youth Engagement.

Publications

Selected Peer-Reviewed Journal Articles

  1. O'Neil, P., Janzen Le Ber, M., Kteily-Hawa, R. Portraiture Expanded: A New Approach to Participatory Action Research in Women’s Education. Paper accepted in the special issue of the Canadian Journal of Action Research. In Press. 
  2. Kteily-Hawa, R., Hawa, A.C., Gogolishvili, D., Al Akel, M., Andruszkiewicz, N., Vijayanathan, H., Loutfy, M. (2022). Understanding the Epidemiological HIV Risk Factors and Underlying Risk Context for Youth Residing in or Originating from the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) Region: A Scoping Review of the Literature. PLOS One.  https://doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0260935.
  3. McMaughan, DJ, Dolwick Grieb, S., Kteily-Hawa, R., Key, K. (2021). Promoting and Advocating for Ethical Community Engagement: Transparency in the Community-engaged Research Spectrum. Editorial. Progress in Community Health Partnerships: Research, Education, and Action, Johns Hopkins University Press, 15 (4), 419-424. https://doi.org/10.1353/cpr.2021.0054.
  4. Strelnick, H., Grieb, S.M.D., McMaughan, D.J., Key, K.D., & Kteily-Hawa, R. (2021). Beyond the Manuscript: Promoting and Advocating for Ethical Community Engagement: Transparency in the Community-engaged Research Spectrum. Progress in Community Health Partnerships: Research, Education, and Action 15(4), 425-429. https://doi.org/10.1353/cpr.2021.0055.
  5. Kteily-Hawa, R., Hari, S., Wong, J.P., Chikermane, V., Chambers, L., Vahabi, M. (2021). Designing A Peer Leader Training Manual for Community-Based Sexual Health Research: Action-Oriented Implications for Adult Education. Canadian Journal for the Study of Adult Education, 33 (1), 19-34. https://cjsae.library.dal.ca/index.php/cjsae/article/view/5566.
  6. Kteily-Hawa, R., Hari, S., Soor, J., Wong, J.P., Chikermane, V., Chambers, L.A., Vahabi, M. (2020). Paradigm Shifts in Sexual Health: Quantitative Analysis of Story and Fact-Based Health Education Interventions. The Canadian Journal of Human Sexuality (CJHS), 29 (1), 45-56.  https://doi.org/10.3138/cjhs.2018-0037.
  7. Hawa, R.N., Underhill, A., Logie, C., Islam, S., & Loutfy, M. (2019). South Asian Immigrant Women's Suggestions for Culturally-Tailored HIV Education and Prevention Programs. Ethnicity & Health, 24 (8), 945-959. http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/13557858.2017.1378806.
  8. Kteily-Hawa, R., Hari, S., Wong, J.P.H., Chikermane, V., & Chambers, L.(2019).  Development and Implementation of Peer Leader Training for Community-Based Participatory Sexual Health Research. Progress in Community Health Partnerships: Research, Education, and Action, 13 (3), 303-319. https://doi.org/10.1353/cpr.2019.0058.
  9. Kteily-Hawa, R., Warren, L., Kazemi, M., Logie, C. H., Islam, S., Kaida, A., ... & Loutfy, M. (2019). Examining Multilevel Factors Associated with the Process of Resilience among Women Living with HIV in a Large Canadian Cohort Study: A Structural Equation Modeling Approach. Journal of the International Association of Providers of AIDS Care (JIAPAC), 18, 1-16. https://doi.org/10.1177/2325958219871289.
  10. Kteily-Hawa, R.N., Islam, S. & Loutfy, M. (2019). Immigration as a Crisis Tendency for HIV Vulnerability among Racialized Women Living with HIV in Ontario Canada: An Anti-Oppressive Lens. Culture, Health and Sexuality, 21 (2), 121-133. https://doi.org/10.1080/13691058.2018.1453087.
  11. Kteily-Hawa, R., Andany, N., Wang, Y, Logie, C.H., Tharao, W., Conway, T., Webster, K., de Pokomandy, A., Kaida, A., Hogg, B., & Loutfy, M. (2019). Quality of Life of Women Living with HIV: Comparative Assessment of Physical and Mental Health-Related Markers in Younger and Older Women Using a Large Canadian Sexual and Reproductive Health Cohort Study.  HIV Research & Clinical Practice, 20(2), 35-47. https://doi.org/10.1080/15284336.2018.1554373.
  12. Wong, J.P., Kteily-Hawa, R., Chambers, L.A., Hari, S., Chikermane, V., Ragulan, S., Islam, S., Vahabi. M (2019). Exploring the Use of Fact-Based and Story-Based Learning Materials for HIV/STI Prevention and Sexual Health Promotion with South Asian Women in Toronto, Canada. Health Education Research, 34 (1), 27–37. https://doi.org/10.1093/her/cyy042.
  13. Hawa, R., Underhill, A., Logie, C. & Loutfy, M. (2018). Social contexts and HIV Vulnerabilities among South Asian Women in the Greater Toronto Area: Examining Social Norms. Health Care for Women International, 39 (2), 129-153. http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/07399332.2017.1397157. 
  14. Logie, C., Wang, Y., Kazemi, M., Hawa, R., Islam, S., Kaida, A, Conway, T., Webster, K., Pokomandy, A., Loutfy, M. (2018). Exploring Social Ecological Pathways from Resilience to Quality of Life among Women Living with HIV in Canada. AIDS Care, 30 (S5), p.S67-S75. https://10.1080/09540121.2018.1488031.
  15. Zhang, P., Kteily-Hawa, R. (2018). Poetry, prose, and personhood: Storytelling as mental health care for homeless persons. Canadian Journal for the Study of Adult Education, 30 (2), p. 69-79. https://cjsae.library.dal.ca/index.php/cjsae/article/view/5438.
  16. Kteily-Hawa, R. & Underhill, A. (2017). Examining Gender Relations among South Asian Immigrant Women Living with HIV in the Greater Toronto Area: Theoretical Implications. Études critiques sur le genre, la culture, et la justice/Critical Studies in Gender, Culture, and Social Justice, 38.2, 205-218. http://journals.msvu.ca/index.php/atlantis/article/view/3402/205-218%20PDF.
  17. Kteily-Hawa, R. & Chikermane, V. (2017). Clearing Space for Multiple Voices: HIV Vulnerability amongst South Asian Immigrant Women in Toronto. Critical Studies in Gender, Culture. http://journals.msvu.ca/index.php/atlantis/article/view/3623/247-257%20PDF.

Selected Peer-Reviewed Papers: Conference Proceedings 

  1. Kteily-Hawa, R., Walker, M., Dunn, J., Coulter, SL, Chopra, R. (2022). Forging Critical Connections through Community-University Partnership: Addressing Housing Issues for Women Experiencing Violence in London, Ontario. In R. Kteily-Hawa (Ed.). Proceedings of the 40th Canadian Association for the Study of Adult Education (CASAE/ACÉÉA) Annual Conference (pp. 192-199). Congress of the Humanities and Social Sciences, May 14-17. 
  2. Kteily-Hawa, R., Chikermane, V., Vahabi, M., Vijayantahn, H., Soor, J.K., Chambers, L. & Wong, J.P. (2020). Story sharing as a culturally relevant approach in adult sexual health education. In J.P. Egan (Ed.), 2020 Proceeding of the Adult Education in Global Times: An International Research Conference (pp. 385-392). University of British Columbia, Canada, June 4-7. 
  3. Butterwick, S., Roy, C., Zhang, P., Kteily-Hawa, R., Balckburn Miller, J., Hanson, C., Balyasnikova, N., Gillard, S., Fox, A., Curries, V., Brennan, E., & Brigham, S. (2019). Art as Lived, Art for Life.  In J.P. Egan (Ed.). Proceedings of the 38th Canadian Association for the Study of Adult Education (CASAE/ACÉÉA) Annual Conference (pp. 46-53).  Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, June 1-4. 
  4.  Kteily-Hawa, R., Hari, S., Chikermane, V., Wong, J.P., Chambers, L., Vahabi, M (2018).  Story-Based vs Fact-Based Approaches in Health Education Interventions:  Peer Leader Training for Community-Based Sexual Health Research. In R. Mc Gray and V. Woloshyn (Eds.). Proceedings of the 2018 Annual Conference of Canadian Association for the Study of Adult Education (CASAE/ACÉÉA) (pp. 104-109). Regina, Saskatchewan, Canada, May 27-29.

Peer-Reviewed Book Chapters & Book Reviews:

  1. Kteily-Hawa, R. & Anderson, C. (2022). Feminist Aesthetics, Intertwined Indigenous and Immigrant Life Narratives, and Teaching Practises (pp. 165-181). In H. Mreiwed, M. R. Carter, S. Hashem, & C. Blake-Amarenti (Eds), Looking back to look forward: Making connections in and through arts-based educational research. U.S.: SpringerBriefs Series. Fall, 2022.  In Press. 
  2. Kteily-Hawa, R. (2022). Invited Reviewer. Book review, Walk a Mile: A Journey Towards Justice and Equity in Canadian Society. Top Hat Publishing. In Press.
  3. Hawa, R.  (2022). Editor, Proceedings, Canadian Association for the Study of Adult Education (CASAE) 2022 Conference (pp. 1-389). In Roula Hawa, Editor. 
  4. Kteily-Hawa, R. (2022). HIV Prevention and Community Engagement in a Canadian Context. The Palgrave Encyclopedia of Sexuality Education. Palgrave Macmillan. Invited entry to 1st Sexuality Education Encyclopedia in the world. In Press. 
  5. Kteily-Hawa, R. & Gillis, R.J. (2021).  Community-Based Adult Education and Intervention Efforts to Promote Human Rights, Health Equity and Reduce HIV Infection Rates: The Response of a Vulnerable Stigmatized Community in Canada.  In M. Alfred, P. Robinson & E. Roumell (Eds), Advancing the Global Agenda for Human Rights, Vulnerable Populations and Environmental Sustainability: Adult Education as Strategic Partner (pp. 83-97). North Carolina: Information Age Publishing. 

Recent Conference Activity 

Selected Peer-Refereed Paper, Symposium & Workshop Presentations 

  1. Kteily-Hawa, R., Walker, M., Dunn, J., Coulter, SL, Chopra, R. (2022). Bringing Communities into the Family Studies/Home Economics Classroom: A Canadian Experience. Paper presentation at the International Federation for Home Economics (IFHE), XXIV World Congress 2022, Atlanta, Georgia, US, September 4-9. 
  2. Heydon R., Sakr, M., da Silva, V. Invited Spotlight Session: The Promises of Intergenerational Art. (2022). (2022). In R. Kteily-Hawa (Chair).  Symposium conducted at the 91st Congress of the Humanities and Social Sciences, Canadian Society for the Study of Education, May 15 – 20 (virtual). 
  3. Kteily-Hawa, R. Walker, M., Dunn, J., Coulter, SL, Chopra, R. (2022). Forging Critical Connections through Community-University Partnership: Addressing Housing Issues for Women Experiencing Violence in London, Ontario. Paper presentation at the Canadian Association for the Study of Adult Education (CASAE) Conference, May 14 – May 17. 
  4. Kteily-Hawa, R. Walker, M., Dunn, J., Coulter, SL, Chopra, R. (2022). The Power of Curriculum in Effecting Change: Teaching Experientially in the Undergraduate Family Studies Classroom. Paper presentation at the Canadian Society for the Study of Education (CSSE) Conference, May 14 – May 19. 
  5. Hawa, R., Chikermane, V, Falenchuk, O, Momani, B , Ezzeddine, A , Al-Azzawi, A Akel, M, Eloulabi, R, Pahlevan, T, Hammad, L, El-Baba, M,  Loutfy, M. (2022). Gay and Bisexual Middle Eastern and North African (MENA) Diaspora Youth Navigating Sex, Desire and Health in Ontario, Canada: Findings from the YSMENA Study. Paper presentation at the Canadian Association for HIV Research (CAHR, 2022) Conference. April 25-29. Video (minutes, 32.45 – 47). 
  6. Hawa, R., Chikermane, V, Ongoiba, F, Falenchuk, O, Momani, B, Pahlevan, T, Hammad, L,  Eloulabi, R , Ezzeddine, A , Al Azzawi, A , Akel, M, Loutfy, M. (2022). HIV Prevention and Sexual Health Interventions Recommended by Middle Eastern and North African (MENA) Diaspora Youth in Ontario, Canada: The YSMENA Study. Paper presentation at the Canadian Association for HIV Research (CAHR, 2022) Conference. April 25-29. Video (minutes 13.41 – 30.09).
  7. Gillis, J.R., Kteily-Hawa, R., Goldstein, A., & Ahmed, I. (2021). Sequential Focus Group Approaches to Examining Experiences of Stigma and Discrimination. In Y. Xu (Chair), Social media platforms and stigma, discrimination and misinformation concerning COVID-19. Symposium conducted at the 32nd International Congress of Psychology in Prague, Czech Republic, July 19-24 (virtual); video: (19:54 min – 35:45).
  8. Janzen Le Ber, M., Schambach, M., O'Neil, P., Trask, N. (2021). Portraiture as Arts-Based Learning: Connecting Community, Ways of Knowing and Student Competencies. In R. Kteily-Hawa (Chair).  Symposium conducted at the 90th Congress of the Humanities and Social Sciences, Canadian Society for the Study of Education, University of Alberta, May 30 – June 3 (virtual). 
  9. Kteily-Hawa, R., Wong, J.P., Vijayanathan, H., Soor, J., Chikermane, V.,  Chambers, L. (2021). Culturally Relevant Approaches to Sexual Health Education: Story Sharing as an Adult Education, Family-Centred Approach. Paper presentation at the Adult Education in Global Times: An International Research Conference (AEGT2021), University of British Columbia, Canada, June 3-6 (virtual). 
  10. Kteily-Hawa, R. & Anderson, C. (2021).  Shared Storytelling: Indigenous and Immigrant Women Life Stories Performed in Community and Classroom Settings. Paper presentation at the 90th Congress of the Humanities and Social Sciences, Canadian Society for the Study of Education, University of Alberta, May 30 – June 3 (virtual). 


Selected Peer-Refereed Poster Presentations 

  1. Kteily-Hawa, R., Hawa, A.C.,  Gogolishvili, D. Andruszkiewicz, N., Al Akel, M., Vijayanathan, H., Mona Loutfy, M. (2021). Examining Epidemiological HIV Risk Factors and Underlying Risk Context for Youth from the Middle East and North Africa within a Canadian Context (YSMENA Study): A Scoping Review of the Literature. Poster presentation, Canadian Association for HIV Research (CAHR) Virtual Conference, May 5-7. 
  2. Kteily-Hawa, R., Falenchuk, O, Barterls, S., Chikermane, V., Ongoiba, F., Abdullah, N., Loutfy, M. (2021).  Amplifying youth voice: A way forward for ethno-culturally relevant HIV prevention interventions with and by trans-identified youth from Middle Eastern and North African communities in Ontario, Canada.  Best Posters 2—Social Sciences and Prevention at the 18th European AIDS Conference (EACS 2021), Online & London, United Kingdom, October 27-30. 
  3. Kteily-Hawa, R., Falenchuk, O, Barterls, S., Chikermane, V., Ongoiba, F., Abdullah, N., Loutfy, M. (2021). Unfiltered conversations with transgender diaspora youth from the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) in Ontario, Canada: implications for health service provision, community building and anti-stigma work. Poster presentation, ACCESS 9th Arab Health Summit: Advancing Health Equity for Women, Michigan, US., October 19-21 (Virtual). 
  4. Kteily-Hawa, R. (2021). Nurturing a Sense of Competence Through Leadership in an Educational Setting: A Case Study Approach. Poster presentation at the 2021 American Educational Research Association Annual Conference, U.S., April 8-12 (Virtual).  
  5. Kteily-Hawa, R., Hawa, A.C., Gogolishvili, D., Al Akel, M., Andruszkiewicz, N., Vijayanathan, H., Loutfy, M. (2020). Understanding HIV Risk Behaviors among Youth from the Middle East and North Africa (MENA): A Scoping Review. Poster presentation at the 2020 National Council on Family Relations (NCFR) Conference: Family Expansions, Expanding Families: Contouring Family Science’s Negative Spaces. Human Development and Family Science, University of Missouri, U.S., November 10 – November 13 (Virtual). 
  6. Kteily-Hawa, R., Vijayanathan, H., Wong, J.P., Soor, J., Chikermane, V., Chambers, L.A. (2019). Culturally Relevant Approaches to Sexual Health Education: Story Sharing as a Family-Centered Approach. Poster presentation at the 2019 National Council on Family Relations (NCFR) Conference. Family Sustainability: Contextualizing Relationships within Evolving Systems. Fort Worth, Texas, U.S., November 20-23.  

Research Interests

  • Educational Leadership
  • Youth mental health and resilience
  • Parent and youth engagement in schools
  • Healthy schools; food security and healthy eating
  • Family and community resilience; social ecological framework of resilience.
  • HIV prevention intervention involving racialized and immigrant women and youth groups
  • Youth sexual health and HIV prevention
  • Women's sexual and reproductive health
  • Health and well-being of vulnerable populations

Selected Professional Leadership and Service

  • 2020– present. Associate Editor, Progress in Community Health Partnerships: Research, Education, and Action,  Johns Hopkins University Press
  • 2022-2024. President, Arts Researchers and Teachers Society Special Interest Group (ARTS SIG), Canadian Association of Curriculum Studies, Canadian Society for the Study of Education (CSSE). 
  • 2022- 2023. President-Elect, Canadian Association for the Study of Adult Education (CASAE). 
  • 2021-2022. Editor, 2022 Conference Proceedings, Canadian Association for the Study of Adult Education (CASAE) Annual Conference. 
  • 2020-2022. Vice-President, Arts Researchers and Teachers Society Special Interest Group (ARTS SIG), Canadian Association of Curriculum Studies, Canadian Society for the Study of Education (CSSE).
  • 2020-2022. Ontario Regional Director, Board of Directors, Canadian Association for the Study of Adult Education (CASAE).
  • 2021- 2023. Awards Chair, Arts-Based Educational Research (ABER) Special Interest Group, American Educational Research Association.
  • 2021-2022. Conference Chair, The Canadian Society for the Study of Education (CSSE) Annual Conference, in conjunction with the Congress of the Humanities and Social Sciences, May, 2022. 
  • 2020-2021. Conference Chair, The Canadian Society for the Study of Education (CSSE) Annual Conference, in conjunction with the Congress of the Humanities and Social Sciences, May 2021. 
  • 2021. Summit Chair, YSMENA research summit, ‘Being Seen and Heard: Middle Eastern and North African Diaspora (MENA) Youth on the Intersections of Community, Race, Sex and Sexuality’, hosted by Brescia University College and funded by CIHR.
  • 2020 & 2021. Chair, The Alan Thomas Best Graduate Student Paper Award Committee, Conference Planning Team, Adult Education in Global Times: An International Research Conference (AEGT2020), Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, June, 2020 & 2021.
  • 2020 and 2022. Reviewer, Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) Funding grant applications. 
  • 2019-2020. Editorial Team, Canadian Journal for the Study of Adult Education.