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Nagham Abou Zeid

PhD Student


My name is Nagham Abouzeid, I was born and raised on the shores of the Mediterranean sea in my hometown, Byblos. I am an international student from Lebanon and a U.S. Department of State Fulbright Scholar. I graduated at the top of my class with a Bachelor in Psychology (cGPA: 3.91) and on the Dean's High Distinction list from the Lebanese American University. Currently, I am a second year Master's Candidate with a minor in statistics (cGPA: 4.0). I am preparing to propose and defend my thesis and I hope to pursue my Ph.D. after graduation. I work in Dr. Samara Madrid Akpovo's ICC lab and our focus is on the decolonization of early childhood research and practice. My thesis supervisor is Dr. Elizabeth Johnson and we are investigating the impact of systemic racism in neighborhood disparity on conduct problems using the ABCD in pre-adolescent children. For the academic year of 2022-2023 I am serving as President of our Graduate Student Orientation and I also serve on the student committee for the Arab-American (AMENA-Psy) Psychological Association.

Curriculum Vitae


University of Tennessee, Knoxville

Master of Science in Child and Family Studies

  • Minor in Statistics
  • GPA: 4.0/4.0
    Thesis topic: using the Adolescent Brain and Cognitive Development (ABCD) dataset to study mental health, specifically externalizing disorders, in pre-adolescent children (chair: Dr. Elizabeth I. Johnson).

Lebanese American University, Lebanon

  • Bachelor of Arts in Psychology, with High Distinction
  • GPA: 3.91/4.0 

Awards and Recognitions

  • U.S. Department of States Fulbright Foreign Scholar, from the U.S. Department of States and the U.S. embassy in Lebanon, $125,800 (2021-2023)
  • Kathy Carlson Fellowship, from the University of Tennessee’s College of Health, Education, and Human Sciences, awarded to graduate students who show excellence and dedication in work with young children, $2000 (2022)
  • Outstanding Graduate Student and Rockstar Scholar, from the University of Tennessee’s Graduate and Professional Student Appreciation Week, (2022)
  • Recognition Award in the BA in Psychology, from the Lebanese American University’s School of Arts and Sciences (2021)
  • Honor Program Graduate, from the Lebanese American University (2018-2021)
  • Highest GPA Award, Department of Social Sciences at the Lebanese American University (2018-2021)
  • Dean’s Highest Distinction List, from the Lebanese American University (2018-2021)
  • Merit-based Scholarship, from the Lebanese American University, $18,000 (2018-2021) 

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