Dr Shereen Sharaan BSc, MSc, PhD

Dr Shereen Sharaan

School of Psychology
Assistant Professor of Psychology
Research Lead for Psychology

Dr. Shereen Sharaan leads an inclusion-focused interdisciplinary research agenda focused on autistic individuals – encompassing aspects of culture, race, ethnicity and social class - to better understand human diversity. In 2021, she was awarded the ‘Autistica Real World Impact Award for Autism Research’.


2023 – 2024 – The University of Birmingham, UK, School of Psychology, PG Certificate in Higher Education

2016 – 2020 – The University of Edinburgh, UK, School of Psychology, Philosophy, and Language Sciences, PhD in Psychology (Autism, Bilingualism, Executive Function) 

2017 – 2018 – The University of Edinburgh, UK, School of Health in Social Sciences (Clinical Psychology), PG Certificate in Children and Young People’s Mental Health and Psychological Practice

2013 – 2014 – Newcastle University, UK, School of Education, Communication, and Language Sciences, MSc in Clinical Linguistics and Evidence-Based Practices

2006 – 2011 – The American University of Sharjah, UAE, School of Business and Management, BSc in Business Administration (Major in Marketing) Minor in Psychology


Dr. Shereen Sharaan has a PhD in Psychology (University of Edinburgh, UK), in addition to post graduate degrees in Clinical Linguistics (University of Newcastle, UK) as well as Children and Young People’s Mental Health and Psychological Practice (University of Edinburgh, UK).She has worked in multidisciplinary departments in the United Arab Emirates, the United Kingdom, Japan and Germany - and is currently based in the UAE (where she was born and raised) to lead a inclusion-focused interdisciplinary research agenda aimed at autistic people of determination. Maintaining her connection to Russel Group universities, she joined University of Birmingham in 2022. She is keen on research collaborations that can inform and foster culturally competent, trauma-sensitive, and empathetic care. 


Cognitive Psychology (Year 1), Language and Communication (Year 2)

Postgraduate supervision

Dr. Shereen is interested in supervising postgraduate students and PhD students in the following areas: (please email s.sharaan.1@bham.ac.uk if you’re interested in working with Dr. Shereen)

Autism and….well-being / social behavior / bilingualism / play / technology / executive functions. With a focus on non-WEIRD (Western, Educated, Industrialized, Rich, Democratic) populations.


My interests are neurodiversity (autism-focused) and non-WEIRD (Western, Educated, Industrialized, Rich and Democratic) populations.

Especially at the interface of…..well-being / social behavior / bilingualism / play / technology / executive functions. Using participatory research frameworks.

Other activities

Dr Shereen is the Research Lead for the Psychology Department at the Dubai campus of the University of Birmingham. She has membership to the following societies:

  • INSAR (International Society for Autism Research)
  • Experimental Psychology Society