Introducing ENACT Pre-Doctoral Fellow: Rawan AlHeresh
Rawan AlHeresh, MS, OT joined ENACT’s training program in July 2011 as the first pre-doctoral fellow. Rawan brings tremendous expertise and a unique international perspective to ENACT. Rawan has worked with the Community-Based Rehabilitation program to share her occupational therapy expertise in Palestinian Refugee camps. This program, which is supported by the United Nations (UN) and World Health Organization (WHO), advocates for the social equalization of persons with disabilities in developing countries.
Rawan comes to ENACT with impressive academic credentials. She holds a BS degree in Occupational Therapy from the University of Jordan and an MS degree from Brunel University in London. Before joining ENACT’s program, Rawan was a full-time lecturer in the Occupational Therapy Department at the University of Jordan’s School of Rehabilitation Sciences where she taught theory and clinical practice to students working with rheumatology patients at the University of Jordan Hospital. Rawan is one of 60 occupational therapists in Jordan, and one of only six in the country with an advanced degree. Upon receipt of her ScD in rehabilitation science from Boston University, she will be the first occupational therapist in Jordan to receive an academic doctoral degre in Rheumatologic Rehabilitation. Rawan plans to return to Jordan to advance the science and health care practice in rheumatologic rehabilitation. This area of practice is much needed in Jordan because rehabilitation is not covered by most insurance policies and, therefore, it is considered a luxury.
Rawan recognizes a clear need for the expertise she will gain through her ENACT fellowship. She says, “I feel lucky to be working with ENACT. I hope to take what I learn and apply it to improve health services, education and research in Jordan and become a national leader in the area of prevention, rehabilitation and policy revision.” Dr. Julie Keysor, Director of ENACT, notes, “Rawan is driven, focused and has good clinical questions. I have no doubt Rawan will improve the lives of people with arthritis within Jordan and beyond.” We extend a warm welcome to Rawan and eagerly anticipate the impact she will make on ENACT’s essential research and teaching content areas.