Areej Al-Hamad is assistant professor at Toronto Metropolitan University. She obtained her undergraduate and master’s degrees in Nursing (2002, 2005) from Jordan University of Science & Technology. Al-Hamad has two PhDs. She received her first PhD in Rural and Northern Health (Health Policy) from Laurentian University in 2019 and her second PhD in Nursing from Western University in 2021. She was appointed to the Nursing School at University of Calgary in Qatar in 2019 as an assistant professor. She is currently an adjunct professor at the University of Calgary in Canada and Qatar. She has extensive and diverse clinical and teaching experiences in Canada, Qatar, Saudi Arabia and Jordan. Al-Hamad has published several articles in peer reviewed journals, with a research focus on food insecurity, women’s health, marginalized populations, refugees, intersectionality and social justice. She worked as a lead principal investigator in the development of an Undergraduate Research Experience Program grant to explore undergraduate nursing students’ experiences of food security in Qatar (a photovoice study) and was successful in procuring the grant (USD $30,000). She is a recipient of several scholarships, including two Ontario Graduate Scholarships with a total amount of CAD $30,000. Al-Hamad has taught several undergraduate courses (e.g. community health, adult nursing, leadership, alteration in health, chronic care) and graduate courses (e.g. philosophy and qualitative methods) and received a Teaching Excellence Certificate from Western University (2015/2016).
Al-Hamad is a recipient of several awards including the best oral presentation at the Joint Mental Health Research and Innovation Day 2020. Her PhD in Nursing from Western University was selected as a best PhD dissertation with the best academic achievement for the year 2021-2022. She is currently engaging in several interdisciplinary and international research projects including a scoping review around nurse-led research, a phenomenology study to explore the lived experiences of radiologists using home based picture archiving and communication systems (PACS) during COVID-19, and a mixed methods study to explore the perceptions of Qatari medical students toward pursuing family medicine as a future career path.