Mr Mohammed Alsubaie
I graduated with my Bachelor degree in Special Education from King Faisal University with First Class Honours within three years and received the University’s Excellence Award of Academic Achievement. In 2011 I worked in an elementary school as a teacher and trainee during my years of undergraduate study. I was awarded an outstanding performance certificate among my colleagues. In 2012 I was selected for a position of Teaching Assistant in the Department of Education and Psychology at King Faisal University. My responsibilities included, teaching various subjects such as introduction to psychology, educational psychology, mental health for special needs, counseling and guidance. In addition, I was a member of the postgraduate admission committee in the Department of Education and Psychology as well as the practicum committee, and other committees in the College of Education. I supervised a number of students in their final practical stage in public schools. I also had a chance in 2012 to work with the National Center of Assessment in Higher Education(Qiyas) in my country with collaboration of King Faisal University to assess high school students as well as participating with professors as a research assistant for data collection. In 2013 I was awarded a scholarship by King Faisal University to complete a MA degree in the United States. In 2014 I graduated from the University of Northern Colorado with my Masters Degree in Educational Psychology. I received the Excellence Award of Academic Achievement, and the Excellence Award of Early Graduation from The Royal Embassy of Saudi Arabia in Washington, D.C.. Following my graduation, I returned to my work as a lecturer where upon I was awarded a Ministry of Education scholarship to complete a PhD in Mental Health from Durham University. In October 2015 I commenced my enrolment in a PhD at Durham University. My research interests encompass youth mental health and wellbeing, and more specifically, the impact of childhood adversity on young people. Given the scarcity of mental health professionals in Saudi Arabia, I aim for my research and my skills as a researcher to contribute to filling the professional gap in the Saudi Arabia work market. Mental health is a field that fascinates me. I feel that I am bound not only to achieve personal goals but also influence others positively. Being a member of a scholarly and supportive community at Durham University such as the Mental Health Research Group is an honour, and will enhance my knowledge in the field. I believe that Durham University which is one of the well known universities around the world will prepare me much better for successful and challenging future careers. After I obtain my PhD degree, I will be in a better position to participate in developing my native country’s academic systems. Furthermore, the doctorate will enable me to become an administrator in the educational and mental health sector. I also aspire to become a researcher and policy maker in the mentioned field. I believe this degree will improve my skills in this industry as a researcher and policy maker. and consequently becoming a highly qualified specialist.