Rita Giacaman is a professor of public health at the Institute of Community and Public Health, Birzeit University. Founder of the Institute, Rita has chronicled the effects of Israeli military occupation on the life and health of Palestinians under occupation. Since 2000, she has been focusing on the impact of chronic war-like conditions and exposure to violence on the health and well-being of Palestinians, with an emphasis on psychosocial health and the development of measures to assess health and well-being in conditions of protracted political violence. She has published extensively locally and internationally. Rita was awarded an Honorary PhD from LSE in 2011 for having made an “outstanding contribution to the increased understanding or appreciation of ‘the causes of things’…” She was  also awarded an Honorary Doctor of Science degree (honoris causa) from King’s College London, for her work which ‘has set a standard for the provision of health care in war and post-war contexts in the Middle East and globally,’ October 16, 2019.

Latest Publications: 
  1. Giacaman R. Reflections on the meaning of ‘resilience’ in the Palestinian context. Journal of Public Health 2019 doi: 10.1093/pubmed/fdz118
  2. Muhareb R, Giacaman R. Tracking COVID-19 responsibility. The Lancet March 26 2020 https://www.thelancet.com/journals/lancet/article/PIIS0140-6736(20)30693-0/fulltext
  3. Asfour H………. and Giacaman R. Triple Captivity: Palestinian Women Under Israeli Rule in the Time of COVID-19, May 2020. Institute of Palestine Studies Blog. Available from: https://www.palestine-studies.org/en/node/1650056
  4.  Sarhan MBA, Shannon HS, Fujiya R, Jimba M, GiacamanR. Psychometric properties of an Arabic Language health literacy assessment scale for adolescents (HAS-A-AR) BMJ Open 2020; 27:29-42.
  5. Harsha N, Lynch MA, Giacaman R. Child abuse in the West Bank of the occupied Palestinian territory: social and political determinants. BMC Public Health 2020; 20:1-10.
  6. Harsha N, Ziq L, Lynch M, Giacaman R. Assessment of parental nurturing and associated social, economic, and political factors among children in the West Bank of the occupied Palestinian territory (WB/oPt). BMC Pediatrics 2020; 20:407 DOI: https://doi.org/10.1186/s12887-020-02317-0.
  7. Nemer M, Giacaman R, Husseini A. Lung function and respiratory health of populations living close to quarry sites in Palestine: a cross-sectional study. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health 2020; 17 :1-13.
  8. El Achi N, Menassa M, Sullivan R, Patel P, Giacaman r, Abu-Sittah G. Ecology of war, health research and knowledge subjugation: Insights from the Middle East and North Africa Region. Annals of Global Health 2020;86(1):120 1-4.
  9. Hammoudeh W, Kienzler H, Meagher K, Giacaman R. Social and political determinants of health in the occupied Palestine territory (oPt) during the COVID-19 pandemic: who is responsible? BMJ Global Health 2020; 5:e003683. doi:10.1136/bmjgh-2020-003683.
  10. Ghandour R, et al Giacaman R. Double Burden of COVID-19 Pandemic and Military Occupation: Mental health among a Palestinian University Community in the West Bank. Annals of Global Health. 2020; 86(1): 131, 1–11. DOI: ttps://doi.org/10.5334/aogh.3007.