Jordan Research Partners

University of Jordan

School of Medicine

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Maysa’ Khadra, MD, MMed - Dr. Khadra is the Women ASPIRE Principal Investigator at University of Jordan. She is an Assistant Professor at the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology in the School of Medicine, and the head of the Reproductive Health Unit. Dr. Khadra is a member of the Jordanian Society of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (JSOG) and the European Society of Human Reproduction and Embryology (ESHRE). Her main research interests are in women’s reproductive health, infertility, and gender-based violence. 


Ra’eda Al-Qutob, MD, MPH, PhD - .DrAl-Qutob is a Women ASPIRE co-investigator at University of Jordan. She is a Professor in Public Health (Women and Child Health) and a physician by training with a wealth of experience in health, population and development policy, and program management and implementation. She holds an M.D. from the University of Jordan, and an MPH and Dr.PH in Maternal and Child Health from Johns Hopkins University, USA. Dr. Al-Qutob has held many key positions in Jordan including former advisor to the first lady of Jordan Queen Rania Abdulla on Public Health and Children, Secretary General of the National Council for Family Affairs, Secretary General of the Higher Population Council, first woman Dean of the Faculty of Medicine in Jordan at the University of Jordan, and Director of the UNICEF country program in Jordan. Dr. Al-Qutob was appointed by His Majesty the King of Jordan as a Senate in the Jordanian Council of Senate. She has also won a number of regional and international awards for applied scientific research in Public Health focusing on women healthcare services, and has published many scientific articles and book chapters in a number of national, regional and international peer-reviewed scientific publications.

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Ruba Jaber, MBB - Dr. Jaber is a Women ASPIRE co-investigator at University of Jordan. She is a family doctor, women and child’s health specialist, and an Assistant Professor at the Department of Family and Community Medicine.  Her main research focus is women’s health issues, including sexual dysfunction and menopausal transition. She is a member of the Jordanian Society of Family Medicine, and an active member of the School of Medicine board. She held the position of Assistant Dean for Student and Graduate Affairs, and she is currently the Assistant Dean for Quality and Communication Affairs. 


University of Jordan

School of Medicine

  • Mazen Bishtawi, MD, MRCOG, CCT, Assistant Professor, Consultant subspecialist in Gynaecological Oncology, Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology

Center for Women’s Studies

  • Abeer Dababneh, PhD, Professor, Director

Department of Social Sciences

  • Lubna Akroush, PhD

Department of Sociology

  • Rania Jaber, PhD, Assistant Professor

Research Staff

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Luma Samawi, BA - Luma is the Women ASPIRE Project Coordinator based in Columbia Global Center (CGC) Amman. Before joining the project, Luma worked as a Psychosocial Counselor for refugees at the Center for Victims of Torture (CVT) in Amman and Zarqa. At CVT, she conducted biopsychosocial assessments of survivors of war trauma, and led therapy sessions with individuals and groups of all ages. Luma received her Bachelor’s degree in Psychology and Neuroscience from the Johns Hopkins University, and has held multiple research assistant and coordinator positions at the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine and the University of Maryland Baltimore. In her most recent research position, Luma coordinated a study investigating the effects of Mindfulness meditation on fMRI brain structure and function in chronic migraine patients.