In celebration of the conclusion of International Education Week, the US Embassy announced three accomplished US Fulbright participants in Qatar.

The participants include two Fulbright Scholars, Dr Charity Lovitt at Qatar University (QU) and Dr Wahiba Abu-Rass at Hamad Bin Khalifa University (HBKU), and one Fulbright Specialist, judge and attorney Kristi Gray, at the QU College of Law. Each distinguished expert is working closely with their Qatari hosts to make significant contributions to Qatar’s educational and research environment.

Fulbright scholars in Qatar

Dr Charity Lovitt is a professor and director of pre-major programmes at the University of Washington-Bothell Campus. She will spend a semester teaching chemistry at the QU College of Arts and Sciences. Dr Lovitt uses innovative, evidence-based pedagogy to prepare students to excel in chemistry. She is also leading workshops on knowledge and teaching methods with QU faculty members.

Dr Wahiba Abu-Rass is also a professor at Adelphi University’s School of Social Work in New York and will spend one academic year at the HBKU College of Humanities. Specialising in mental and social health services, Dr Abu-Rass is conducting research on telemental healthcare (TMHC) and its role in reducing barriers and stigmas around mental healthcare.  Dr Abu-Rass aspires to enhance mental healthcare services in Qatar by using new TMHC interventions and policy recommendations tailored to the Qatari context.

Judge and attorney Kristi Gray, meanwhile, is an expert in prosecuting human trafficking cases and has recently completed a successful six-week Fulbright Specialist Project with the QU College of Law. From September to October, Judge Gray worked closely with the QU Law Clinic director and staff, legal scholars, researchers, and more than 140 law clinic students conducting a comparative analysis of Qatari law number 15 of 2011, which addresses human trafficking. The project led to the drafting of the first interpretative legislative guide of the Qatari law, which will contribute to the work of several Qatari stakeholders in combating human trafficking.

The Fulbright programme is one of the most prestigious academic and professional exchange programmes in the US. Since its inception in 1946, over 400,000 Fulbrighters from the United States and 165 countries have studied, taught and conducted research in each other’s countries.

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