Assistant Professor, Masters in Social Work Coordinator, Department of Social Work Exchange Coordinator
F026 - Office Hours Madab Sun. 11:00-12:00 & Amman Mo. Wed. 15:00-17:00
+962 6 4294444 Ext. 4708

Dr. Rawan W. Ibrahim is an Assistant Professor at the Department of Social Work in the German Jordanian University. Her specialization lies in the field of child protection and alternative care. Her career began in residential care for severely abused children in Jordan. Upon completing her doctorate that examined pathways of young Jordanian adults transitioning from residential care to adulthood, she returned to Jordan and was appointed Project Director and Co-Investigator of the Community-Family Integration Teams (C-FIT). The C-FIT program was a multi-year UNICEF funded partnership with Columbia University and Jordan’s Ministry of Social Development.  Through the introduction of foster care to the Jordanian child welfare system, the program aimed to deinstitutionalize children in residential care homes. The project represents one of the first formal implementations of community-based alternatives to institutional care in the region. The foster care program is now implemented in three cities serving 200 children. Dr. Ibrahim  continues to consult for the UNICEF Jordan Country Office, as well as other local and international organizations such as in Nothern Iraq, Indonesia and Morocco on areas along the continuum of alternative care. She has been a member of the International Research Network on Transitions to Adulthood from Care (INTRAC) since 2006, and was recently re-elected to continue to be part of INTRAC’s executive committee. She was also invited to be a member of the International Advisory Board at the Institute for Inspiring Children’s Future in the University of Strathclyde. Her interests include preparation and post-care support of youth transitioning from substitute care to adulthood and implementation science.  Of particular focus are subgroups of young people in care such as those separated from families at birth, and at-risk and unwed young mothers. She completed her PhD at the School of Social Work in the University of East Anglia (Norwich, UK) in 2010.


Dr. Rawan may be contacted at, +962-6-4294708





Under Review & In Press:


Ibrahim, R.W. ‘Care Leavers Looking Back on Residential Care Experiences in Jordan’.  I. Tuhinul and L, Fulcher, (eds.)  Residential Child and Youth Care in a Developing World: Asian and Middle East Perspectives. Cape Town: CYC-Net Press.

Ibrahim, R.W. ‘Longer-term contributions of formal and informal supports: Experiences of formal and informal supports’. V. Mann-Fedder and M. Goyette (eds.) Leaving Care and the Transitions to Adulthood: International Contributions to Theory, Research and Practice. Emerging Adulthood Series: Oxford Press. 

Ibrahim, R.W. From educational failure to educational success: A case study of a care-leaver in Jordan.




Ibrahim, R.W. De-institutionalising children and youth in Jordan: Implementation science and lessons learned for developing contexts. 

Ibrahim, R.W. Navigating through Local and North-South Research Dynamics. The chapter is part of the ‘Politics of Engaged Transformative Gender Research in Arab Countries’ project directed by Professor Suad Joseph, University of California, Davis.




Frampton, M., Ibrahim, R.W., Sameraa, L., Al Makhamreh, S. ‘English for Social Work: A Bilingual Terminology Handbook’. University of Vechta.  DOI: 10.23660/voado-59 (online and free ebook).


Ibrahim, R.W. ‘Paying for my Father’s Sins: ‘Daughters of Unknown Lineage’’.            N. Yaqub and R. Qawwas (eds.) Bad Girls of the Arab World. Austin: University of Texas Press. 


MacKenzie, M.J., Schwalbe, C.S., Gearing, R.E., Ibrahim, R.W., Conway, A., Brewer, K.B., Bint Shaker, Z. Dysregulated infant temperament and caregiver warmth in Jordanian Orphanages: The importance of considering goodness-of-fit. Children and Youth Services Review, 82, 400-406.


Gearing, R., Schwalbe, C. SJ , MacKenzie, M.J., Ibrahim, R.W., Bushnaq, S., Brewer,   K.B.   C-FIT adolescent diversion program: A behavioral intervention pilot test for delinquent offenders. International Social Work, 60 (5), 1111-1125.


Ibrahim, R.W. ‘Cast Out and Punished.’ P. Mendes and P. Snow (eds.) Young people transitioning from out-of-home care: International research, policy and practice. Palgrave Macmillan.


Gearing, R. E., Brewer, K. B., Elkins, J., Ibrahim, R. W., MacKenzie, M. J., & Schwalbe, C. S. Prevalence and Correlates of Depression, Posttraumatic Stress Disorder, and Suicidality in Jordanian Youth in Institutional Care. The Journal of nervous and mental disease.


Gearing, R. E.  Brewer, K.B.; Elkins, J.; Ibrahim, R.W.; MacKenzie, M. J.; Schwalbe, C. S.J. Prevalence and Correlates of Depression, Posttraumatic Stress Disorder, and Suicidality in Jordanian Youth in Institutional Care. The journal of nervous and mental disease, 203(3), 175.


Brewer, K. B., MacKenzie, M. J., Ibrahim, R. W., Schwalbe, C. S., Batayneh, J., & Gearing, R. E.  Public perceptions of adolescent unwed mothers in need of care and protection in Jordan: Can community-based alternatives to institutional placement reduce stigma? International Social Work, 60(4), 861-868.


Gearing, R. E., MacKenzie, M. J., Ibrahim, R. W., Brewer, K. B., Batayneh, J. S., & Schwalbe, C. S. (2015). Stigma and Mental Health Treatment of Adolescents with Depression in Jordan. Community mental health journal, 51(1), 111-117.


Gearing, R. E., Schwalbe, C. S., MacKenzie, M. J., Brewer, K. B., & Ibrahim, R. W.  Assessment of Adolescent Mental Health and Behavioral Problems in Institutional Care: Discrepancies Between Staff-Reported CBCL Scores and Adolescent-Reported YSR Scores. Administration and Policy in Mental Health and Mental Health Services Research, 1-9.


MacKenzie, M. J., Gearing, R. E., Schwalbe, C. S., Ibrahim, R. W., Brewer, K. B., & Al-Sharaihah, R. Child mental health in Jordanian orphanages: effect of placement change on behavior and caregiving. BMC Paediatrics, 14(1), 1173.


Schwalbe, C. S., Ibrahim, R. W., Brewer, K. B., MacKenzie, M. E., & Gearing, R. E. Is program structure related to stigma and community acceptance of justice-involved adolescents? Children and Youth Services Review,  (35) 871-876.


Gearing, R. E., Brewer, K. B., Schwalbe, C. S., MacKenzie, M. J., & Ibrahim, R. W. Stigma and adolescents with psychosis in the Middle East: Implications for engaging in mental health treatment. Journal of Nervous and Mental Disease, 201(1), 68-71.


Gearing, R. E., MacKenzie, M. J., Schwalbe, C. S., Brewer, K. B., & Ibrahim, R. W. Prevalence of mental health and behavioral problems in adolescents in institutional care in Jordan. Psychiatric Services, 64(2), 196-200.


Gearing, R. E., Schwalbe, C. S., MacKenzie, M. J., Brewer, K., Ibrahim, R. W., Olimat, H. S., Al-Makhamreh, S. S., Mian, I., & Al-Krenawi, A. Adaptation and translation of mental health interventions in Middle Eastern Arabic countries: A systematic review of barriers to and strategies for effective treatment implementation. International Journal of Social Psychiatry.


MacKenzie, M. J., Brewer, K. B., Schwalbe, C. S., Gearing, R. E., Ibrahim, R. W., Batayneh, J.,Darwish, D. M., Al-Kharabsheh, J., & Al-Zu´bi, M. H. (2012). Foster care as a viable alternative to institutional care in the Middle East: Community acceptance and stigma across type of placement in Jordan. Journal of Developmental and Behavioral Paediatrics, 33(6), 517-521.


Schwalbe, C.S., Gearing, R.E., Mackenzie, M.J., Brewer, K.B. & Ibrahim, R.W. A meta-analysis of experimental studies of diversion programs for juvenile offenders. Clinical Psychology Review, 32 (1), 26-33.


Ibrahim, R. W. & Howe, D.  The experience of Jordanian Care Leavers making the Transition from Residential Care to Adulthood: The Influence of a Patriarchal and Collectivist Culture. Special Issue: Transitions from Care to Adulthood, Child and Youth Services Review, 33 (12) 2469-2474.


Ibrahim, R.W. ‘Jordan’. M. Stein and Emily Munro (eds.) Young People's Transitions from Care to Adulthood: International Research and Practice.  London: Jessica Kingsley Publishers: 115-131.





Educational Background

University of East Anglia Doctor of Philosophy in Social Work Thesis Title: ‘Making the Transition from Residential Care to Adulthood: The Experience of Jordanian Care Leavers’ Supervisor: Emeritus Professor David Howe Examiners: Emeritus Professor June T
University of Manchester Master’s in Development Studies Thesis Title: ‘Between the Informal Market and Regulation: Child Labour in Jordan’
Oglethorpe University Bachelor’s of Arts in Foreign Affairs