Maneeza Dawood

Maneeza Dawood is an Islamic Psychology research fellow at the Alkaram Institute and a final year doctoral student in psychology at Columbia University. Prior to beginning her doctorate, she worked as a research coordinator in the Division of Behavioral Medicine at the Columbia University Medical Center, conducting exercise interventions to attenuate age-related memory loss. As a graduate student, she broadly studies insider and outsider dynamics and the ways in which individuals feel included or excluded in society, with a particular focus on Muslim adolescents. She explores these dynamics using an intersectional and cultural lens, and through mixed-methods, including qualitative (e.g., interviews, focus groups, text analysis), and quantitative (longitudinal, daily diary, social network analysis) approaches, and field studies. Recently, she was awarded a grant from the Templeton Foundation to contextualize virtue development in the daily experiences of Muslim youth and to develop a scale to quantify character virtues within an Islamic context. Her work as a fellow at the Al-Karam Institute is aimed at developing a framework of Islamic social psychology.