Background and Professional Interests
Dr. Ithar Hassaballa's purpose in life is contributing to improving conditions for the health and well-being of populations. Dr. Hassaballa obtained a Ph.D. in behavioral psychology (concentration in Community Health & Development) from the University of Kansas, and a master's degree in Public Health from the University of Kansas School of Medicine. She currently serves as Research Project Manager and leads the implementation team for ThrYve, a youth development and violence prevention program based in Kansas City.
With seven years of experience in monitoring and evaluation of community interventions, Dr. Hassaballa provided consultation, training, and evaluation to more than ten organizations and universities through a nationwide type 2 diabetes initiative engaging vulnerable populations. Dr. Hassaballa provided consultation, training, and evaluation services to the World Health Organization’s African Regional Office in Brazzaville, Congo, including evaluation of the 2014 Ebola response effort in Liberia. She taught as an Assistant Professor at the American University in Cairo, where she delivered community psychology, evaluation, and graduate internship courses.
Dr. Hassaballa has three primary interests that drive her work: 1) using applied behavioral methodology to approach community concerns; 2) understanding social determinants of health among vulnerable populations; and 3) comprehending and improving conditions around preventable issues, including violence. She’s excited to contribute to improving lives of youth in Kansas.