Dr. Holly Hatton-Bowers, advisor
MS.Ed, Child Psychology, Duquesne University,
Mashael Altwijri is an early childhood development researcher focusing on how parenting and parents’ intrapersonal mechanisms influence children’s cognitive, social, and emotional development, especially among Arabic and Middle Eastern populations. Furthering her work in this area, Mashael’s dissertation addresses the limited research and tools that exist by implementing a mixed-method convergent design study to explore relations between Saudi maternal parenting and their preschool children’s self-regulation skills through different maternal, child, and cultural factors.
While at UNL, Mashael has developed a range of professional skills. She has filled different roles including leadership in two projects, collaborating with teams from different institutes, becoming licensed for various child and adult assessment tools, conducting in-person, home and virtual interviews, preparing surveys via Qualtrics, and conducting analysis via SPSS. Mashael also has enjoyed creating several visual booklets to share simplified findings with practitioners and families.
Upon graduation, Mashael will return to Saudi Arabia and join Princess Nourah University as a faculty member of College of Education. She plans to build on the findings of her dissertation and design culturally appropriate parenting programs that enhance both mothers’ knowledge and children’s social emotional development.
Why CYAF at University of Nebraska-Lincoln
“I chose CYAF for its multidisciplinary nature, the flexibility it offers in designing your program based on your specialized area and interests as well as for the different research opportunities. In the CYAF department/program, in addition to courses, as a doctoral student, I have been expected and strongly encouraged to engage in different teaching and research experiences. For four years now, I’ve been involved in different projects which have allowed me to see how research studies are put into practice and all the behind the scene processes. Because of this, I have felt much more prepared and confident transitioning into candidacy and conducting my dissertation project.
- Patrice L. Engle Dissertation Grant in Global Early Child Development Support - 2020
Maude Hammond Fling Fellowship Award - 2020-2021
Margaret S. Fedde Fellowship Award - 2019-2020
Highlighted Publications & Presentations
Altwijri, M., Hatton-Bowers, H., Esteraich, J., Raikes, H., Yao, Y., (2019, March). The Role of Parent Reflective Functioning in Executive Functioning Among Preschoolers Living in Low-Income Homes. Poster presented at the 2019 Society for Research and Child Development Biennial Meeting. Baltimore, MD.
Altwijri, M., Hatton-Bowers, H., Esteraich, J., Raikes, H., Yao, Y., (2019, March). The Associations between Parent Reflective Functioning and Parent Executive Functioning Among Parents of Toddlers and Preschoolers Living in Low- Income Homes. Poster presented at the 3rd Biennial International Convention of Psychological Science. Paris, France.
Altwijri, M., Hatton-Bowers, H., Raikes, H., (2019, March). Addressing a Gap in Studying Parent Reflection by Validating an Arabic Version of the Parent Reflective Functioning Questionnaire Among Mothers. Poster presented at the 3rd Biennial International Convention of Psychological Science. Paris, France.
Davis, D., Raikes, H., and Altwijri, M., (2019). Educare of Lincoln evaluation report for year of 2018-2019
Altwijri, M., Davis, D., and Raikes, H., (2019). Educare of Lincoln evaluation report for year of 2018-2019- visual booklet. A small booklet that demonstrates Educare data in a creative and simple way using visual provided in three languages (English, Spanish and Arabic).