University of Leicester, United Kingdom
Taghreed El-Hajj, PhD Candidate, MPH (Health Behavior and Education)
PhD Candidate, Department of Sociology, University of Leicester, UK
I’m a PhD candidate at the University of Leicester, Department of Sociology - first year. My thesis research is on the “Perceptions, attitudes, and behaviors of young Lebanese towards premarital sex among university students in Beirut (home) and in London (Diaspora)”. I hold a Masters degree in Public Health (MPH), concentration in Health Behavior and Education, from the Faculty of Health Sciences (FHS), at the American University of Beirut (AUB).
I currently work as a ‘Campaign Officer for Sexual and Reproductive Health (SRH) and HIV Linkages’ at the International Planned Parenthood Federation (IPPF) - central office - London, on a part-time basis. My work particularly involves advocacy, dissemination and communication activities for a huge scope research project, known as the “Integra Initiative”, which is related to implementing and evaluating four models of integration of HIV and SRH services in three African countries: Kenya, Swaziland, and Malawi.
I have more than six years work 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. My earlier five years of work experience, as a research assistant and project coordinator, focused on implementing and evaluating a multi-level scope research 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 from the preparation phase top the implementation phase.