Dr Abu-Rayya is Senior Lecturer of social-cultural psychology at the Faculty of Social Welfare & Health Sciences. He obtained his PhD from Cambridge University, UK, in 2005. Prior to joining the University of Haifa, he worked at the School of Psychology, the University of Sydney, and School of Psychology and Public Health, La Trobe University, Australia. Dr Abu-Rayya’s main research interests fall within the following areas:
- Cross-cultural transitions/Acculturation, identity and adjustment.
- Inter-group relations and prejudice reduction.
- Faith/religious identity of adolescents and adults.
- Psychology of religion/Religiosity, personality, and mental health.
- Mixed-ethnic/cultural/faith marriages, identity and adjustment.
- Statistics, methodology, and data theory.
Abu-Rayya, H. M. (2006). Ethnic-self identification and psychological well-being among adolescents with European mothers and Arab fathers in Israel. International Journal of Intercultural Relations, 30, 545-556.
Abu-Rayya, H. M. (2006). Acculturation and well-being among Arab-European mixed-ethnic adolescents in Israel. Journal of Adolescent Health, 39, 745-751
Abu-Rayya, H. M. (2006). Variations in ethnic identification among Arab-European individuals in Israel during the developmental stage of adolescence: Predictors and outcomes. Identity: An International Journal of Theory and Research, 6, 341-362.
Abu-Rayya, H. M. (2006). Ethnic identity, ego identity, and psychological well-being among mixed-ethnic Arab-European adolescents in Israel. The British Journal of Developmental Psychology, 24, 669-679.
Abu-Rayya, H. M. (2007). Acculturation, Christian religiosity, and psychological and marital well-being among the European wives of Arabs in Israel. Mental Health, Religion & Culture, 10(2), 171-190.
Abu-Rayya, H. M. (2009). Acculturation and its determinants among adult immigrants in France. International Journal of Psychology, 44, 195-203.
Abu-Rayya, H. M., & Abu-Rayya, M. H. (2009). Attitude towards Islam: Adaptation and initial validation of the Francis Scale of Attitude towards Christianity in a sample of Israeli-Arab Muslims. Archive for the Psychology of Religion, 31, 117-124.
Abu-Rayya, H. M., & Abu-Rayya, M. H. (2009). Acculturation, religious identity, and psychological well-being among Palestinians in Israel. International Journal of Intercultural Relations, 33, 325-331.
Abu-Rayya, H. M., Abu-Rayya, M. H., & Khalil, M. (2009). The Multi-Religion Identity Measure: A new scale for use with diverse religions. Journal of Muslim Mental Health, 4, 124-138.
Abu-Rayya, H. M, & White, F.A. (2010). Acculturation orientations and religious identity as predictors of Anglo-Australians’ attitudes towards Australian Muslims. International Journal of Intercultural Relations, 34, 592-599.
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.
Abu-Rayya, H.M., & Yang, B. (2012). Unhealthy family functioning as a psychological context underlying Australian children's emotional and behavioural problems. The Internet Journal of Mental Health, Volume 8 Number 1. DOI: 10.5580/2c24.
Abu-Rayya, H.M., & Yang, B. (2012). Emotional and behavioural problems and their underlying risk factors among children in New South Wales, Australia. The International Journal of Mental Health, 41, 3-23.
Abu-Rayya, H.M. (2013). Psychological and socio-cultural adaptation of immigrant and national adolescents in Australia: A test of the acculturative stress hypothesis. American Journal of Applied Psychology, 2, 1-6.
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. DIO: 10.1186/1471-2458-13-422.
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. DOI: 10.1186/1476-069X-12-98.
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.
White, F. A., Abu-Rayya, H.M., & Weitzel, C. (2014). Achieving twelve-months of intergroup bias reduction: The dual identity E-contact (DIEC) experiment. International Journal of Intercultural Relations. 38, 158-163.
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.
Hassanein, S. H., & Abu-Rayya, H. M. (2014). Loss and psycho-social support among Palestinian women in the occupied territories: An evaluation of the effectiveness of the “from a bereaved woman to another” project. Journal of Loss & Trauma: International Perspectives on Stress & Coping, 19, 442-451.
White, F.A., Harvey, L., & Abu-Rayya, H. M. (in press). Improving intergroup relations in the Internet age: A critical review. Review of General Psychology.
White, F.A., Abu-Rayya, H. M., Bliuc, A., & Faulkner, N. (in press). Emotion expression and intergroup bias reduction between Muslims and Christians: Long-term internet contact. Computers in Human Behaviour.