Awards and Funding


2019 Family Research Scholar Center for Research on Families – Ian Barron

2018 OBE – Queen’s Honors List – Laurie Matthew. Laurie was awarded the OBE for her services to survivors of child sexual abuse

2018 Global Peace Award presented to Aref Alsehaimi. The award is for those who have made outstanding contributions against violence and towards respect and care for children and the family, and for supporting the values of peace among nations

2017 Impact case study 4* Research Excellence Framework Four Star Impact Case study for World Leading Excellence in Research Impact, United Kingdom Research Excellence Framework.

2017 Impact Champion – Dr Ian Barron, University of Dundee.

2014 CARE Accolade Award, Scottish Social Services Council to Rossie Young People’s Trust and Dr Ian Barron, University of Dundee.

Dr Ian Barron (UoD), Keren Ingram (programme worker), David Mitchell (Programme’s manager), and Aileen Laing (programme worker) following the SSSC award ceremony.


CARE Award

2012 Awarded to Dr Ian Barron for his continued commitment to child trauma recovery in occupied Palestine from the Centre for Applied research in Education. Presented by the Ministry of Counselling, Palestine.


2009 UBS Optimus Foundation Innovation Call developed from the research of Dr Ian Barron, Professor Keith Topping (UoD) and Laurie Matthew (18U) into School and Community Based Sexual Violence Prevention Projects.

Dr Abdallah has worked tirelessly for peace education in schools, colleges and Universities bringing Israeli and Palestinian professionals and politicians together ins seeking to achieve a lasting peace in the Middle East. Dr Abdallah has made an exceptionally meritorious contribution to peace making and trauma recovery and has received numerous global awards for his peace-making efforts, in a dangerous context. These include:

2007 The Search for Common Ground Prize.

2004 The Hague Appeal Award for Peace.

2002 The Konrad Adenwar Foundation Prize.

2000 The UNESCO Honorable Mentioning for Peace Education.


Funding our projects

If you are interested in funding any of our projects please contact Professor Ian Barron at the University of Massachusetts.



2023 – 2024 Theater of the Oppressed in Palestine. Funder: UMass Start Up $15,000

2023 – 2024 Helping infants and mothers to cope with daily stress and domestic violence in the Coruna era (Phas 2). Funder: Two Lilies Fund, USA: $10,000.

2023 – 2028 present Egyptian Pioneers. Prime: American University of Cairo; FHI360 (Budget tbc)

2023-2024 Evaluation of C-GTEP for Ukrainian child refugees in 7 countries. Material translation $2500

2023 – 2024 Children and COVID-19 in occupied Palestine. Randomized Control Trial of the Children and Grief Program. Funder: Children and War Foundation $26,500

2022 – 2023 Increasing Female Teachers in Formal Education in Afghanistan Funder: Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisers $40,000

2021 – 2022 After-school program and TMC gender-sexual violence campaign. Loving Arms, Malawi. Start-Up Grant. Funder UMass Amherst $5000

2021 – 2022 Prison Education Mentoring Community: Mutual Mentoring Team grant. Funder: UMass Amherst $4890.

2021 – 2022 Helping infants and mothers to cope with daily stress and domestic violence in the Coruna era (Phase 1). Funder: Two Lilies Fund, USA: $5,000.

2021-2022 Health & Social Impact of the COVID-19 Pandemic on Young People across the Socio economic Ladder: A Cross-Country Comparative Study. Across 6 different countries. Funder: World Universities Network

2021 Trauma-informed Schools for Turkish children. Prime: University of Wuppertal, Germany. Funder: German Government

2020 Advancing the Evidence Base and Community Building. Prime: Education Development Center (EDC).Funder: USAID

2020 Trauma Response Network (UK and Ireland) 300 free Microsoft Teams licenses.

2020 Advancing Higher Education for Afghanistan’s Development (AHEAD). Prime: FHI360. Funder: USAID.

2020 National Health Technical Assistance Program. Prime: Management Sciences for Health. Funder: USAID.

2020-2021 GLUU. School Online School – Pilot Minimal Viable Product (Trauma Response Network): Disadvantaged Year 10 Pupils. TRN contribution to mental health curriculum. Prime: GLUU.

2020-2021 Commissioned paper. The contribution of social work in the care of older adults during the COVID-19Pandemic to reducing social isolation. Funder: Saudi Arabian Government.

2019-2020 Translation of Theater of the Oppressed training materials into Arabic Funder: Center for International Education/Student Development, College of Education, UMass.

2019-2020 Follow up evaluation of 10 years of trauma recovery in occupied Palestine. Funders: Dundee Nablus Twinning Association.

2018-2019 Principle Investigator University Support Workforce Development Project no cost extension. Prime CIE, UMass. Funder: USAID

2018-2023 Eighteen PhD 50% fee waivers for An Najah International University. Funders: University of Dundee (School of Social Sciences, School of Education and Social Work & the School of Medicine; An Najah International University.

2018 – 2019 Trauma Informed lens to Safeguarding. Principal Investigator: Dr. Ian Barron. Funder: Children First.

2018-2019 Analysis of 5 years outcome data in occupied Palestine. Funder: Dundee Nablus Twinning Association.


Awards and Funding