Abdallah Badahdah, Ph.D. is the Director of the Family Research Division at the Doha International Family Institute (DIFI) a member of the Qatar Foundation for Education, Science, and Community Development. Before joining DIFI, Dr. Badahdah taught in the Department of Sociology at the University of North Dakota for 12 years and served as the Director of the Sociology Graduate Program for several years. Prior to his tenure at the University of North Dakota, he worked in the field of management in both the public and private sectors for more than a decade.
Dr. Badahdah received his B.A. in psychology and a Ph.D. degree in sociology from Iowa State University, USA. He has given more than 50 regional, national, and international presentations and published in journals such as Child Psychiatry and Human Development, Evolution and Human Behavior, and AIDS Care and encyclopedia entries such as The Blackwell Encyclopedia of Sociology, Encyclopedia of Gender and Society and The Blackwell Concise Encyclopedia of Sociology. He has written research reports for many organizations such as the Saudi Ministry of Health, the Oman Ministry of Health/UNICEF, and the North Dakota Department of Health. In addition to being a board member for the Midwest Sociological Society (2011-2016), Dr. Badahdah has chaired and served as a member of numerous committees at the University of North Dakota, Qatar University, the American Sociological Association, and the Sociologists AIDS Network. Dr. Badahdah also has served on the review and editorial boards of several journals, including Health Behavior and Policy Review, Humanity and Society, the American Journal of Health Behavior and has been a frequent peer reviewer for numerous scientific journals.