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Dr. Abe Ata
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Dr Ata graduated in psychology at the American University and was soon nominated as a delegate to the United Nations’ World Youth Assembly in New York. He completed his doctorate at Melbourne University in 1980 and has since been teaching in several Australian, American, Jordanian, West Bank and Danish universities. He was an Honorary Fellow at the Australian Catholic University (2001-2010), and is currently a Visiting Fellow at Deakin University.
Dr Ata’s teaching and research interests focus on the relationship between cultural and religious diversity and the impact of this on social relationships, well being, social attitudes and social distance.
Dr Ata’s background is in cross-cultural training which has led him to embrace multidisciplinary and culturally sensitive approaches when conducting and interpreting a wide range of research projects. This is evident in his publications of 15 books and 102 articles. These include: Bereavement and Health in Australia: Gender, Cross-cultural, Religious and Psychological Issues (1996); Christian and Muslim Intermarriage in Australia (2005); and Us and Them: Christian-Muslim Relations and Social Harmony in Australia (2009), which was nominated for the Prime Minister’s Literary Book Awards in 2010.
In 2011 Dr Ata was nominated as ‘Australian of the Year’.