Prof. Hisham Abu-Rayya specialises in social-cultural psychology. He completed his B.A. (magna cum laude) degree in psychology and statistics at the Hebrew University, where he also earned (magna cum laude) Post-graduate degrees in psychology and applied statistics. During his studies at the Hebrew University, Abu-Rayya was the recipient of Dean Distinction Prizes consistently over his study years. Abu-Rayya's Ph.D. degree in psychology was completed at the University of Cambridge supported by the Overseas Research Student Award (ORS) from the Committee of Vice-Chancellors and Principals of the Universities of the United Kingdom and Gates Cambridge Scholarship, the University of Cambridge, with both awards being awarded to outstanding candidates. Since then, Abu-Rayya was the recipient of research fellowships for outstanding young researchers, such as the University of Sydney (Australia) Research fellowship and Maof fellowship at the University of Haifa. He also won highly competitive research grants such as the Australian Research Council Project Discovery Grant (2009-2013), Israeli Science Foundation Grant (2016-2020), and the European Commission Marie Curie Fellowship (2019-2020). Abu-Rayya's primary teaching and research job is held at the University of Haifa, Israel, and he also holds an adjunct Professorship at La Trobe University, Melbourne, Australia.
Abu-Rayya's primary research nests within the following areas:
Prof Abu-Rayya's research involves a wide range of research methodologies including cross sectional and longitudinal research designs, experimental research designs, some qualitative methods, large-scale archive data analyses, critical literature reviews, and meta-analytic methods. His work was presented in over 35 international conferences and published in over 45 scientific articles, many in leading Journals such as Journal of Adolescent Health, The British Journal of Developmental Psychology, Journal of Cross-Cultural Psychology, Journal of Experimental Social Psychology, Computers in Human Behaviour, Review of General Psychology, and Neuroscience & Biobehavioural Review. Abu-Rayya is an active member of the Israel Young Academy and international scientific associations (e.g., International Association for Cross-Cultural Psychology); a reviewer for highly competitive funds (e.g., European Research Council, Australian Research Council, Israeli Science Foundation); and a consultant editor for the International Journal of Intercultural Relations.
Selected Recent Publications
Somer, E., Abu-Rayya, H. M., & Brenner, R. (in press). Childhood trauma and maladaptive daydreaming: Fantasy functions and themes in a multi-country sample. Journal of Trauma & Dissociation.
Abu-Rayya, H.M., Strier, R., & Shwartz-Ziv, T. (in press). The intersection between cultural competence and political conflict: Social workers’ construction of cultural competence in polarized cities. Journal of Social Work.
Strier, R., Abu-Rayya, H.M., Shwartz-Ziv, T., Taha-Reziq, O., & Sageer-Khaliliya, M. (in press). Public welfare services in mixed cities: Social workers’ perspectives. Welfare & Society.
Abu-Rayya, H.M., Somer. E., & Knani, H. (2020). Maldaptive daydreaming exacerbates psychosocial problems experienced by female survivors of childhood sexual abuse. Violence Against Women, 26, 828-837.
Shdema, I., Abu-Rayya, H. M., & Schnell, I. (2019). The interconnections between socio-spatial factors and labour market integration among Arabs in Israel. Papers in Regional Science, 98, 497-514.
Somer, E., Abu-Rayya, H.M. & Nsairy Samaan, Z. (2019). Maladaptive daydreaming among recovering substance use disorder patients: Prevalence and mediation of the relationship between childhood trauma and dissociation. International Journal of Mental Health and Addiction, 17, 206-216.
Abu-Rayya, H.M., Somer, E., & Meari-Amir, S. (2019). The psychometric properties of the Arabic 16-item Maladaptive Daydreaming Scale (MDS-16-AR) in a multi-country Arab sample. Psychology of Consciousness: Theory, Research, and Practice, 6, 171-183.
Buchanan, Z. E., Abu-Rayya, H. M., Kashima, E., Paxton, S. J., & Sam. D. L. (2018). Perceived discrimination, language proficiencies, and adaptation: Comparisons between refugee and non-refugee immigrants in Australia. International Journal of Intercultural Relations, 63, 105-112.
Abu-Rayya, H. M., Abu-Rayya, M. H., White, F.A., & Walker, R. (2018). Comparative associations between acculturation, ego identity achievement, and religiosity and adaptation among Australian adolescent Muslims. Psychological Reports, 121, 324-343
Abu-Rayya, H. M. (2017). Majority members’ endorsement of the acculturation integrationist orientation improves their outgroup attitudes toward ethnic minority members: An electronic-contact experiment. Computers in Human Behaviour, 75, 660-666 .
Abu-Rayya, H. M., & Sam, D. (2017). Is integration the best way to acculturate? A re-examination of the biculturalism-adaptation relationship in the “ICSEY dataset” using the bilineal method. Journal of Cross-Cultural Psychology, 48, 287-293.
Buchanan, Z. E., Abu-Rayya, H. M., Kashima, E., & Paxton, S. J (2017). The interconnection between acculturation and subjective and social wellbeing among refugee youth in Australia. Journal of Refugee Studies, 30, 511-529.
Malarbi, S., Abu-Rayya, H. M., Muscara, F., & Stargatt, R. (2017). Neuropsychological functioning of children exposed to trauma with and without post-traumatic stress disorder: A meta-analysis. Neuroscience & Biobehavioural Review, 72, 68-86.
Abu-Rayya, M. H., Walker, R., White, F. A., & Abu-Rayya, H. M. (2016). Cultural identification and religious identification contribute differentially to the adaptation of Australian adolescent Muslims. International Journal of Intercultural Relations, 54, 21-33.
Abu-Rayya, H. M., Almoty, S., White, F.A., & Abu-Rayya, M. H. (2016). The interconnection between Islamic religiosity and deviancy among Australian Muslim youth: A partial mediation role of life satisfaction. International Journal for the Psychology of Religion, 26, 337-347.
White, F.A., Abu-Rayya, H. M., Bliuc, A., & Faulkner, N. (2015). Emotion expression and intergroup bias reduction between Muslims and Christians: Long-term internet contact. Computers in Human Behaviour, 53, 435-442.
White, F.A., Harvey, L., & Abu-Rayya, H. M. (2015). Improving intergroup relations in the Internet age: A critical review. Review of General Psychology, 19, 129-139.
Kashima, E., & Abu-Rayya, H. M. (2014). Longitudinal associations of cultural distance with psychological wellbeing among Australian immigrants from 49 countries. Journal of Cross-Cultural Psychology, 45, 587-600.
Abu-Rayya, H.M. (2014). A comparative study of adaptation problems between immigrant adolescents and national adolescents in Australia. International Journal of Intercultural Relations, 39, 196-201.
Wilson, L., Morgan, G., Hanigan, I., Johnston, F., Abu-Rayya, H., Broome, R., Gaskin, C., & Jalaludin, B. (2013). The impact of heat on mortality and morbidity in the Greater Metropolitan Sydney Region: A case crossover analysis. Environmental Health, 12, 98.
Chong, S., Lobb, E., Khan, R., Abu-Rayya, H.M., Byun, R., Rose, N., & Jalaludin, B. (2013). Neighbourhood safety and area deprivation modify the associations between parkland and psychological distress in Sydney, Australia. BMC Public Health, 13, 422.
White, F.A., & Abu-Rayya, H. M. (2012). A dual identity-electronic contact (DIEC) experiment promoting short- and long-term intergroup harmony. Journal of Experimental Social Psychology, 48, 597-608.