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Study Investigators

Nominated Principal Investigator

Dr. Roula Hawa, PhD, MPH, MSc, BEd

Nominated Principal Investigator, Brescia University College at Western University, ON

Dr. Roula Kteily-Hawa is an Assistant Professor in Family Studies and Human Development at Brescia University College at Western University. Dr. Hawa's research is community-engaged with a focus on resilience and well-being in vulnerable populations, including racialized and immigrant youth and women, using anti-colonial and anti-oppression frameworks. A long-time advocate for youth in school settings and youth and women in the community, she has expertise in mixed-method interventions and community-based participatory research. Dr. Hawa's research program is currently funded by the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) and the Canadian Foundation for AIDS Research (CANFAR). She is also a Co-Principal Investigator on the COVID-19 Stigma Reduction Study, funded by CIHR. Roula currently serves as an Associate Editor at Progress in Community Health Partnerships, Johns Hopkins University Press.

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Co-Principal Investigators


Dr. Josephine Wong

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Dr. Mandana Vahabi

Dr. Ahmed Bayoumi


Dr. Mona Loutfy



Dr. Olesya Falenchuck

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Dr. Bessma Momani

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Dr. Susan Bartels

Principal Knowledge Users


Fanta Ongoiba


Patience Magagula

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Jad El Tal


Rania Younes

Ahmad Ezzeddine


Praney Anand


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Dr. Nahla Abdel-Tawab

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Dr. Gladys Honein-AbouHaidar

Community Partners

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ASAAP: Alliance for South Asian AIDS Prevention


Canadian Arab Institute


AIDS Commitee of Ottawa

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