Dr.  Aala El-Khani

Humanitarian Psychologist
Independent Consultant and International Trainer of Family Skills and Trauma
Recovery Interventions
Consultant UNODC
Honorary Research Associate, The University of Manchester (UK)



Dr Aala El-Khani is a humanitarian psychologist passionate about meeting the needs of caregivers and their families globally by conducting research, providing training and evidence informed resources. She has authored a number of family skills interventions and parenting resources for the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) as well as several other international organisations and academic institutions.

Dr El-Khani works as an independent consultant for numerous international organisations including UNODC and War Child. She graduated with a PhD in Clinical Psychology from the University of Manchester, Division of Psychology and Mental Health, where she is now an honorary Research Associate. Aala is a global master trainer of seven international psychosocial, family skills, and trauma recovery interventions.

She is highly experienced in developing, adapting, training, and implementing these interventions in challenged settings such as war and displacement contexts. She has led family skills training in over 15 countries.
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