Taghreed El Hajj

Taghreed El Hajj

Taghreed El Hajj

Doctoral Student

Contact Details:

Email: teh11@le.ac.uk

Other Pages:

Linked-in: https://uk.linkedin.com/pub/taghreed-el-hajj/10/935/146
Twitter: twitter.com/TAG_H


First: Dr Ipek Demir
Second: Dr Jacqueline Sanchez Taylor

Additional Roles:

HIV Officer on Stigma at the International Parenthood Federation (IPPF – London)

Brief Biography:

I’m a PhD candidate at the Department of Sociology. My research focuses on the social risks of premarital sex among university students in Beirut (Lebanon) and the ways they escape or get around these risks. I hold a Master degree in Public Health (MPH), concentration in Health Behaviour and Education, from the Faculty of Health Sciences (FHS) at the American University of Beirut (AUB).

I currently work as an HIV officer on Stigma at the International Planned Parenthood Federation (IPPF - Central Office) in London, on a part-time basis. My work focuses on managing grant-restricted projects which ensure enhanced provision of Sexual and Reproductive Health and HIV services in a number of different countries in Africa.

I also have around seven years working experience in the public health research related field, at the Department of Health Promotion and Community Health at the American University of Beirut; two years of which I had worked as a senior research assistant particularly on advocacy and dissemination activities that aimed at supporting and eventually approving and issuing a strong tobacco control policy in Lebanon. This involved lobbying and liaising with NGOs’ representatives, independent activists, policy makers and the media.  Earlier, I worked for 5 years as a research assistant and project coordinator in Qaderoon research project, a multi-level scope intervention which aimed at improving Palestinian refugees youth’s mental health through providing them with social and life skills, while being actively involved in all the stages of the intervention.

Research Interests:

Sex and gender; Social Risks; Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights; and young people.


  1. El Hajj T, Afifi RA (corresponding author), Khawaja M, Harpham T. (2011). Violence and Social Capital among Young Men in Beirut. Injury Prevention; DOI:10.1136/ip.2010.029124.
  2. Nakkash RT, Alaouie H, Haddad P, El Hajj T, Salem H, Mahfoud Z, Afifi RA. (2011). Process evaluation of a community based mental health promotion intervention for refugee children. Health Education Research; DOI:10.1093/her/cyr062.
  3. Afifi RA, Makhoul J, El Hajj T, Nakkash RT. (2011). Developing a logic model for youth mental health: Participatory research with a refugee community in Beirut. Health Policy and Planning, p.1-10; DOI: 10.1093/heapol/czr001.
  4. Mahfoud Z, Abdulrahim S, Badaro Taha M, Harpham T, El Hajj T, Makhoul J, Nakkash R,  Kanj M, & Afifi R. (2011). Validation of the Arab Youth Mental Health Scale as a Screening Tool for Depression/Anxiety in Lebanese Children. Child and Adolescent Psychiatry and Mental Health; 5:9.
  5. Makhoul J, Nakkash RT, El Hajj T, Abdulrahim S, Kanj M, Mahfoud Z, & Afifi RA.( 2010). Development and validation of the Arab Youth Mental Health Scale. Community Mental Health Journal; DOI: 10.1007/s10597-010-9312-6.
  6. Afifi RA, Nakkash R, El Hajj T, Mahfoud Z, Hammad S, Makhoul J, Abdulrahim S, Kanj M, Haddad P. (2010). Qaderoon youth mental health promotion program in the Burj El Barajneh Palestinian refugee camp, Beirut - Lebanon: a community-intervention analysis (abstract). The Lancet.

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