Rayane Alamuddin

Rayane Alamuddin


I'm a doctoral candidate specializing in conducting multidisciplinary mixed methods research aimed at evaluating and improving educational programming and policies for economically disadvantaged families. I am especially interested in helping promote disadvantaged adults' positive experiences in post-secondary programs and resulting labor-market outcomes, as well as related parenting and family outcomes - including parents' participation in their young children's educational success (parent engagement). I have a background in psychology and teaching at the undergraduate level, and in post-war psychosocial and educational programming for disadvantaged families.


  • 2012 - American Association for University Women International Doctoral Fellowship
  • 2011 - Open Society Foundations (SOROS) - Doctoral research grant
  • 2003 - Sheikh Fawzi Azar Award for Outstanding Graduate Research



Year Degree Institution
2015 PhD, Human Development and Social Policy
Human Development and Social Policy
Northwestern University
2012 MA, Education and Social Policy
Human Development and Social Policy
Northwestern University
2005 MA in Psychology American University of Beirut
2002 BA in Psychology American University of Beirut

Selected Publications

Sabol, T., Sommer, T., Chase-Lansdale, P.L., Brooks-Gunn, J., Yoshikawa, H., King, C., Kathawalla, U., Alamuddin, R.A., Gomez, C., & Ross, E. (2015). Parentsí persistence and certification in a two-generation education and training program. Manuscript submitted for publication.

Alamuddin & Zebian (2010). An exploratory assessment of cultural sensitivity in the practices of Lebanese researchers in the field of psychology: Implications for national development efforts. International Journal of Psychology, 45(5): 381.

Ayyash-Abdo, Alamuddin & Mukallid (2010). School counseling in Lebanon: Past, present, future. Journal of Counseling and Development, 88(1): 13-17.

Zebian, Alamuddin, Maalouf, & Chatila (2007). Developing an appropriate psychology through culturally-sensitive research practices in the Arabic speaking world: A content analysis of psychological research conducted between 1950 and 2004. Journal of Cross-Cultural Psychology, 38(2): 91-122.

Ayyash-Abdo & Alamuddin (2007). Predictors of subjective well being among college youth in Lebanon. The Journal of Social Psychology, 147(3): 265-284.

Research Interests

- The educational pathways of low-income parents with young children
- The development, implementation, and evaluation of educational and workforce development programs
- The effects of two-generation education programs on low-income families
- Parental participation and engagement in preschool and their young children's learning
- Improving anti-poverty policies and programs
- The use of mixed-methods research in program evaluation


Employment History

2011 2014 Graduate Research Fellow, Institute for Policy Research, Northwestern University

2006 2007 Psychosocial & Educational Programming Officer/Constulant, International Medical Corps
2006 2008 Adjunct Instructor, American University of Beirut
2006 2009 Adjunct Instructor, Lebanese American University

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