Ongoing Research Projects


Principal Investigator: Fadi Maalouf, MD ​ ​
Title of Study/Project Field

A school-based emotional resiliency

program for middle school students in Lebanon: 

Evaluation of implementation and effectiveness in reducing the burden of depression and anxiety.

Child and 
Adolescent Psychiatry
The Prevalence of Psychiatric Disorders in Lebanese Children and Adolescents Child and
Adolescent Psychiatry
Prevalence and Correlates of Psychiatric Disorders in Adolescents in Greater Beirut: An Epidemiological Study Child and 
Adolescent Psychiatry
AUBMC Child/Adolescent Psychiatry (CAP) Clinic Registry Child and 
Adolescent Psychiatry
Neurocognitive Markers of SSRI Treatment Response in Pediatric Depression Child and Adolescent Psychiatry

​Principal Investigator: Leyla Akoury Dirani, PhD ​ ​
Title of Study/ProjectField
Validation of the Arabic version of the parental stressor scale in the neonatal intensive care unitChild and Adolescent Psychiatry
Social skills training group for adolescents with autism spectrum disorder and adolescents with intellectual disabilityChild and Adolescent Psychiatry
A community-based screening program for mental health issues in early childhood and group support for young parentsChild and Adolescent Psychiatry
A child abuse detection program in the emergency departments of Lebanese teaching hospitalsChild and Adolescent Psychiatry

Principal Investigator: Joseph El-Khoury, MD
Title of Study/ProjectField
Global Youth Attitude to Cannabis and its Use: A systematic ReviewSubstance Use
The Adaptability and Feasibility of Group Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for Psychosis (Cbtp) in a Sample of Lebanese Patients with a Presentation of First and Early Episode of Psychosis: a Pilot StudyPsychosis
Drugs and Alcohol Themes in Recent Feature Films: a Systematic Content AnalysisSubstance Use
Introducing Specialist Integrated Mental Health Care to Lebanon: The Psychosis Recovery Outreach ProgramPsychosis
The dependence potential of Salvia Divinorum: a case seriesSubstance Use
Weight effects of antidepressants in a clinical sample of the Lebanese populationMood Disorders
Digital Detoxification' from social media: As survey of its prevalence and characteristics amongst studentsGeneral PSychiatry

Principal Investigator: Ghina Ismail, PsyD
Title of Study/ProjectField
Sufism and PsychotherapyPsychology of Religion and Sprituality
Treatment of Eating Disorders: Predictors of Change in a Lebanese Sample – a Pilot StudyEating Disorders
Inter-generational Trauma in a Sample of Palestinian Refugees in LebanonTrauma

​Principal Investigator: Brigitte Khoury, PhD ​ ​
Title of Study/ProjectField
Experience and attitudes of harassment and discrimination from a subset of students at AUBGeneral Psychology
Field testing of ICD-11 proposals for sexual disorders and sexual health in selected countries in the Arab regionSexuality and Reproductive Health
Training of health workers in providing psychological services for Syrian refugees in LebanonGeneral Psychology
Establishment of the Arab regional center for research, training and policy making in mental healthGeneral Psychology


Principal Investigator: Farid Talih MD ​ ​
Title of Study/ProjectField
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for Insomnia in Cannabis Use Disorder PatientsSleepDisorders/
Substance Use
The Prevalence and Correlates of Insomnia among Hospitalized Psychiatric PatientsSleep Disorders
Examining the differences in the prevalence and correlates of burnout, substance abuse, and attitudes regarding drug use among medical students in the four years of medical schoolSubstance Use
Depression and burnout among nurses in a Lebanese academic medical centerMood Disorders
Cannabis Use and its Relationship to PsychosisSubstance Use


Principal Investigator: Pia Zeinoun, PhD
Title of Study/ProjectsField
The role of personality in predicting academic success and behavioral competence among medical doctorsPersonality Psychology
The Arab Personality Inventory-70: An empirically-derived inventory of personality for the Arab regionPersonality Psychology
Enhancing the Cross-Cultural Comparability of Likert-Scale Measures in Personality and ValuesCross-Cultural Psychology
and Measurement
The Verbal Memory Arabic Test (VMAT): Development, norms and validation evidence of the first indigenous cognitive test in ArabicNeuropsychology and Measurement
The Modified Brief International cognitive assessment for Multiple Sclerosis (BICAMS)Neuropsychology and Measurement
Norms for a Test of Motor Dexterity Among Children and Adolescents in LebanonNeuropsychology and Measurement