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Nagham Abou Zeid

PhD Student


I was born and raised on the shores of the Mediterranean sea, in my hometown, Byblos, in Lebanon. I earned my Bachelor of Art in Psychology (GPA: 3.91; class of 2021) at the Lebanese American University, where I graduated at the top of my class with a Recognition Award. I moved to the University of Tennessee on a U.S. Department of State Fulbright Scholarship (2021-2023) and earned my Master of Science in Child and Family Studies (GPA: 4.0; class of 2023). Currently, I am pursuing my PhD under the mentorship of Dr. Elizabeth Johnson. My interests include children with externalizing problems and environmental adversity. I have served as Dr. Samara Madrid-Akpovo's Research and Teaching Assistant for 2021-2022 and 2023-2023. I am serving my Teaching Assistantship at the Early Learning Center for 2023-2024.


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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