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Trauma, Diversity and Loneliness with Dr. Tania Abouezzeddine

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Dr. Tania Abouezzeddine is a Pediatric Clinical Neuropsychologist. She is currently an associate professor of psychology at Biola, previously at the University of Southern California. Through both experience and study, she has come to be a specialist in a number of areas and topics, including trauma, pediatric psychology, cross-cultural psychology and clinical neuropsychology.

Abouezzeddine graduated from the American University of Beirut in Lebanon with a degree in psychology. She earned her master’s degree at Boston University and later her doctorate in psychology specializing in clinical science at the University of Southern California. During her doctorate studies, Abouezzeddine studied the effects of social support from friends and family on adolescents consistently bullied in their school environment.

After earning her doctorate, Abouezzeddine completed a two-year postdoctoral fellowship at the University of California, Los Angeles, where she specialized in pediatric neuropsychology assessing children with traumatic brain injury, seizure disorders and learning and developmental disabilities.

What We Explore in this Episode:

  • Being the First-Born in a Family of Lebanese Immigrants (5:58)
  • Life as a Third Culture Kid (8:58)
  • Loneliness in America (13:29)
  • Incarnating Multi-Cultural, Dynamic Spiritual Communities (19:48)
  • Arab Stereotypes and Misconceptions (23:34)
  • Refugees, God and Hospitality (34:50)


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