Dr. Fatimah F. Rashad

Dr. Fatimah F. Rashad

Dr. Fatimah F. Rashad

Assistant Professor in Counseling, Special Education, & Neuroscience Division Practicum and Internship Coordinator


  • Ph.D., Developmental Psychology, Purdue University, USA


Dr. Fatimah F. Rashad is an innovative educator and researcher with wide-ranging experience in teaching, conducting research, and working with diverse populations in the USA, Colombia, South Korea and the UAE.

Dr. Rashad joined ECAE in 2014 and currently serves as Assistant Professor in Counseling, Special Education, & Neuroscience Division. She has taught both undergraduate and graduate courses in early childhood education, psychology, human development, and counseling.

Prior to joining ECAE, she served as an Adjunct Assistant Professor of Psychology at Brooklyn College where she taught courses on cognitive development and introductory psychology. As a Foreign Language Teacher at Uisoon Elementary School in South Korea, she taught English classes to over 300 children from Kindergarten through Grade 6. Dr. Rashad has served as a child development consultant for the Children’s Museum of Indianapolis and a consultant for several non-profit organizations servicing underprivileged and underrepresented youth.

In the UAE, Dr. Rashad has served government and non-government agencies in several capacities. Since 2014, she shared her knowledge as a child development specialist at parenting workshops in Abu Dhabi. In 2015, she collaborated with the Dubai Women’s Auxiliary Association to illuminate the psychological effects of harassment on child development.

Since 2004, Dr. Rashad has studied language acquisition and factors that impact its development in infants and pre-schoolers. Her project on language acquisition in the UAE, entitled Infant Language Learning from Screen Media, is funded by an ECAE Faculty Research Grant. Her most recent project, entitled ECAE Helping Hands, examines the use of service learning as a vehicle to promote social emotional development, STREAM skills, and community engagement in children ages 4 to 9 years.

Dr. Rashad has been recognized as an early childhood expert by the UAE Ministry of Education and has represented the UAE as a delegate member at the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development in Paris, France.

She holds memberships in several professional organizations such as the Society for Research in Child Development and The Cognitive Development Society. She has been awarded fellowships from the National Institute of Mental Health, the Ford Foundation, and the National Science Foundation to conduct child development research in the USA.


Articles in Peer-Reviewed Research Journals

  • Woolsey, M. L., Rashad, F. F., Tennant. L., & Kelly, M. P. (2017). Emirati pre-service teacher behaviors in mathematics classrooms. Journal of Education and Practice, 8(24), 1-10.
  • Rashad, F. F., Fidalgo, P., Saqr, S., & Menano, L. (2016). Pre-service teachers’ concerns about the classroom-based internship experience. Scholars Bulletin, 2 (11), 597-604.
  • Woolsey, M. L., Kelly, M. P., Tennant. L., & Rashad F. F. (2016). An ecobehavioral assessment of Emirati pre-service science teachers. International Journal of Contemporary Applied Sciences, 3(3), 143-157.
  • Areepattamannil, S., Khine, M., Melkonian, M., Welch, A. G., Al Nuaimi, S. A., & Rashad, F. F. (2015). Are Emirati parents’ attitudes toward mathematics linked to their adolescent children’s attitudes toward mathematics and mathematics achievement? Journal of Adolescence, 44, 17-20.