Wayne State University

Fatima Abdul-Rahman Barakji

Fatima

Academic Interests

Health communication, health psychology, public health.

 

Area of Expertise

 - Development of mobile health interventions targeted at Type 2 Diabetes patients to improve adherence to medically recommended regimen, especially amongst minorities in the United States (Arab American community).

- Persuasive health messages.

- Structural Equation Modeling analysis.

- Nationally representative complex sample analysis.

- Quantitative and qualitative research methods.

Awards & Honors

 - Top Student Paper Award, Peace and Conflict division, National Communication Association, Chicago 2014.
- Graduate Teaching Assistantship, PhD in Communication program, Wayne State University, 2013-present.

Degrees and Certifications

 Ph.D, Communication
Health Communication, Wayne State University, Michigan, U.S.A.
Ph.D Candidate. Expected graduation May 2017

M.A., Mass Communication, (2012)
College of Communication, University of Sharjah, Sharjah, United Arab Emirates
GPA 4.0
Thesis: "Media Coverage of the 2011 Egyptian Revolution by Al-Jazeera, Al-Arabiya, BBC Arabic’s Wesbsites. A Comparative Content Analysis.”

B.A., Mass Communication, (2009)
College of Communication, University of Sharjah, Sharjah, United Arab Emirates
Graduated with highest honor (Excellent) GPA 3.8

Primary Research Interest

 Health interventions for chronic diseases, community-based interventions, m-health technology, family communication, doctor-patient communication, health campaigns across cultures, media coverage of health and political crises.

Recent Conferences

Barakji, F., & Sopory, P. (2015). "Does Self-efficacy Mediate the Effect of Spousal Support and Spousal Strain on Diabetes Regimen Adherence Among Married Older Adults? Concurrent and Time-Lagged Analyses" Paper presented at the National Communication Association, Las Vegas.

Vultee, F., Wilkins, L., Barakji, F. (2015). “The dependency gap: Story types and source selection in coverage of an international health crisis”. Paper presented at The Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication, San Francisco.

Barakji, F. (2014). "News Coverage of the 2011 Egyptian Revolution Al Jazeera, Al Arabiya and BBC Arabic’s Websites: A Comparative Content Analysis Study." Paper presented at the National Communication Association, Chicago. Top Student Papers in Peace and Conflict, Peace and Conflict Division.
Barakji, F. (2014). "Examining Urban Communication in Times of Resilience and Renewal: Ethnographic Narratives of Community Health in Detroit." Paper presented at the National Communication Association, Chicago.

Courses Taught

 COM 4210 Research Methods in Communication Studies and Public Relations   Fall 2015
COM 1010 Oral Communication – Online                                                                Fall 2015
COM 1010 Oral Communication- Hybrid                                                                  Winter 2015
COM 1010 Oral Communication                                                                              Fall 2014 
COM 1500 Survey of Mass Communication                                                            Spring 2014
COM 1010 Oral Communication                                                                              Winter 2014