2020 Gendlin Research Grant Recipient Dr. Mohamed Altawil

The Eugene T. Gendlin Center for Research in Experiential Philosophy and Psychology is proud to announce that Dr. Mohamed Altawil has been awarded the second Gendlin Grant. Dr. Altawil, a clinical psychologist, is the Founder and Director of Palestine Trauma Centre (UK) and visiting lecturer at the University of Hertfordshire, department of Psychology. Dr. Altawil will be studying the efficacy of the Gaza Focusing Intervention for combating Post-Traumatic Syndrome Disorder (PTSD) in Gaza, Palestine.

The Gendlin Research Center committee was very impressed with the rigor of the study designed by Dr. Altawil and the inclusion of a control group in order to validate findings.

Here is an excerpt from his application for the grant:

“Over the last 70 years, war and conflict have vastly influenced the lives and well-being of Palestinians living in the Gaza Strip and the West Bank. Giacaman et al. (2004) established that the restrictions on the liberty of young Palestinian people under occupation in the West Bank… have dramatically impacted adolescents’ wellbeing, development and education….

Every analysis of interventions on individuals and communities who are experiencing and observing war and conflict on a daily basis should always have those people’s needs, dignity, culture, honour and resilience as the focus of attention.

With all the above in mind, this study aims to assess the impact of the Gaza Focusing Project among 500 traumatized people in the Gaza Strip by using pre- and post- assessment via PTSD Scale (a validated and published scale).”

The Eugene T. Gendlin Center for Research in Experiential Philosophy and Psychology was created in honor of Gene Gendlin to promote high level academic research that builds on the work he did in philosophy and psychology, as well as encouraging interdisciplinary work. Currently, the Center’s primary goal is to promote quantitative research in psychology that will demonstrate the efficacy of Focusing.

Thank you to all of our generous donors for making the second Gendlin Grant possible.

Thank you to the members of the Gendlin Center Committee: Prof. Akira Ikemi (Kansai U.), Prof. Kevin Krycka (Seattle U.), Prof. Mary Jeanne Larrabee (DePaul U.), Dr. Rob Parker, Dr. Joao Messias (Pontifícal Catholic University of Campinas, Brazil) and Dr. Leslie Ellis (board liaison).
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