Family skills resources UNODC

Co-authored 6 family skills resources for the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC), including two family skills programmes (The Strong Families programme and Family United) that have now been implemented in over 23 countries.


Chemonics International

Authored Better Together; a psychosocial, family skills and trauma recovery
intervention for war affected and displaced families, for Chemonics
International. This programme was first piloted successfully in refugee camps in
North East Syria, and is now being implemented in other regions.


Children & War Foundation

Co-authored a parenting skills component to accompany the Children and War
trauma recovery intervention.


The University of Manchester

Teaching Recovery Techniques

Co-authored two parenting resources with colleagues at the University of
Manchester for families that have experienced war and displacement.


War Child

Currently co-authoring a family skills intervention for War Child Holland to be
utilised with Syrian refugees in Jordan.



Haar, K., El-Khani, A., Mostashari, G., Hafezi, M., Malek, A., & Maalouf, W. (2021). Impact of a Brief Family Skills Training Programme (“Strong Families”) on Parenting Skills, Child Psychosocial Functioning, and Resilience in Iran: A Multisite Controlled Trial. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, 18(21), 11137.

El-Khani, A., Cartwright, K., Maalouf, W., Haar, K., Zehra, N., Çokamay-Yılmaz, G., & Calam, R. (2021). Enhancing Teaching Recovery Techniques (TRT) with Parenting Skills: RCT of TRT+ Parenting with Trauma-Affected Syrian Refugees in Lebanon Utilising Remote Training with Implications for Insecure Contexts and COVID-19. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, 18(16), 8652.

El-Khani, A., Haar, K., Stojanovic, M., & Maalouf, W. (2021). Assessing the Feasibility of Providing a Family Skills Intervention,“Strong Families”, for Refugee Families Residing in Reception Centers in Serbia. International journal of environmental research and public health, 18(9), 4530.

Huntley, F., Ulph, F., El-Khani, A., & Calam, R. (2021). The parenting process in Syrian refugees: A grounded theory study. Peace and Conflict: Journal of Peace Psychology, 27(1), 67.

Abu Baker, D., Calam, R., & El-Khani, A. (2020). Protective factors in the face of political violence: The role of caregiver resilience and parenting styles in Palestine. Peace and Conflict: Journal of Peace Psychology.

Haar, K., El-Khani, A., Molgaard, V., & Maalouf, W. (2020). Strong Families: A new family skills training programme for challenged and humanitarian settings: a single-arm intervention tested in Afghanistan. BMC Public Health.

El‐Khani, A., Maalouf, W., Baker, D. A., Zahra, N., Noubani, A., & Cartwright, K. (2019). Caregiving for children through conflict and displacement: a pilot study testing the feasibility of delivering and evaluating a light touch parenting intervention for caregivers in the West Bank. International Journal of Psychology.

El-Khani, A., & Calam, R. (2019). Promoting mental health for children and their caregivers affected by the Syrian conflict. In An International Perspective on Disasters and Children’s Mental Health (pp. 301-322). Springer, Cham.

El-Khani, A., Ulph, F., & Calam, R. (2018). Syria: Refugee parents’ needs and experiences of parenting information in refugee camps. Vulnerable Children and Youth Studies 13:1, 19-29

El-Khani, A., Cartwright, K., Redmond, A. D., & Calam, R. (2017). Testing the feasibility of delivering and evaluating a child mental health recovery programme enhanced with additional parenting sessions for families displaced by the Syrian conflict: A pilot study. Peace and Conflict: Journal of Peace Psychology

El-Khani, A., Cartwright, K., Redmond, A. D., & Calam, R. (2016). Daily bread: a novel vehicle for dissemination and evaluation of psychological first aid for families exposed to armed conflict in Syria. Global Mental Health.

El-Khani, A., & Calam, R. (2016). Giving families a chance of peace in war. British Psychological Society, 108-113. Publication link: 85a659f9-db00-48ee-a8ea-4a4f3c0c90b2

El-Khani, A., Ulph, F., Peters, S., & Calam, R. (2016). Syria: the challenges of parenting in refugee situations of immediate displacement. Intervention,14(2), 99-113.

El-Khani, A., Ulph, F., Peters, S., & Calam, R. (2016). Syria: Coping mechanisms utilised by refugee parents caring for their children in preresettlement situation. Intervention, Nov 2016.

Cartwright, K., El-Khani, A., Subryan, A., & Calam, R. (2015). Establishing the feasibility of assessing the mental health of children displaced by the Syrian conflict. Global Mental Health, 2, e8.

El-Khani, A., Ulph, F., Redmond, A. D., & Calam, R. (2013). Ethical issues in research into conflict and displacement. The Lancet, 382(9894), 764-765.



Responses to Children’s Mental Health Needs after Major Disasters, an International Perspective

Chapter title: Promoting Mental Health Strategies for Children and their Caregivers amidst the Conflict in Syria (El-Khani & Calam) Springer Publishing.


Changing children’s lives through competent parenting: A comprehensive guide to population change.

Chapter title: The role of values and religious beliefs in positive parenting (El-Khani & Calam) Oxford University Press.


Family life education. Evidence-based programmes and interventions

Chapter title: Family skills in LMIC and challenged settings (Maalouf, El-Khani, Calam, Ramirez & Gomez). Publisher, Universitat de les Illes Balears.



Manchester Doctoral College Award, The University of Manchester, UK. Feb 2016


Susan Fielder Memorial Prize for outstanding academic achievement (Doctoral Thesis), The University of Manchester. Dec 2015


Making a Difference Awards for Social Responsibility, The University of Manchester, UK. June 2015

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