Nada Eltaiba


  • The University of Western Australia (M256), 35 Stirling Highway,

    6009 Perth


Personal profile

Research interests

Mental Health



Teaching Social Work


Refugee mental health 


Nada Eltaiba is an Adjunct Research Fellow at the School of Allied Health. Before to that, Nada was a senior lecturer at Social Work and Social Policy, Currently, Nada is employed as an associate professor at German Jordanian University in Jordan.

Nada's research interests incorporate mental health, cross-cultural practice, religion and spirituality. She has also conducted some research in teaching social work, ethics and narrative therapy.

Nada has extensive experience as a social work practitioner in both health and community settings in Australia and overseas.

Teaching is an area that Nada is passionate about. For Nada, teaching in social work programs is an opportunity to share knowledge and experiences. It is the starting point for developing a professional social work identity.

 Nada has taught in several social work programs in Australia and overseas; the University of Western Australia, Curtin University, Al-Balqa University in Jordan, Qatar University and Doha Institute for Graduate research in Qatar.


My teaching aspiration is to support social work students to be competent practitioners who appreciate the value of collaboration and who are open to learning” 


Funding overview

2017-present: (WISH) World Innovation Summit for Health & (WEYAK) Mental Health Association. Research Project Titled:  Mental Health Issues amongst Adolescents in Qatar and pathways to improvement,  ($50.000). 

2012  Qatar University internal grant. Research Project Title: Ethics and social work ($20,000)

2010   Start Up grants Qatar University. Research Project Title: inpatient views on mental health services in Qatar. ($7,000).

2010   Research Development Award, The University or Western Australia, Australia, Research Project Title: in patient views about mental health services, ($5,893).

2008–2009 Equity and Diversity grant, The University or Western Australia, Australia, Research Project Title:Remove the barriers and expanding the horizon, ($3,000).

 Research Project unfunded:

2017- on going   Research Project Titled:  Spirituality and Religion in the practice of Social work Joint research with Professor Maria Harries, The University of Western Australia. 

2015- 2018 Research Project Titled:  The effectiveness of field education in social work education: A student perspective, Joined research with Dr. Abdou Ndoye Northern Kentucky University.

2013-2015               Guest editor: “Islam and social work” for International Social Work Journal

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being
  • SDG 16 - Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions

Education/Academic qualification

Counselling and Guidance, Master, Investigation of effect of group counselling program based on Rational Emotive Therapy in reducing depression symptoms among female high school students , University of Jordan


Award Date: 19 Jun 2026

Social Work and Social Policy , PhD, Perceptions of mental health problems in Islam: A textual and experiential analysis., The University of Western Australia


Award Date: 20 Jul 2019

Narrative Thearpy , Master, Master of Narrative Therapy & Community Work, University of Melbourne


Award Date: 29 Dec 2018

Social Work, BA,Science and Education, Specializing in Social W, University of Tripoli


External positions

Associate Professor , German Jordanian University

1 Nov 2022 → …

Associate Professor, Doha Institute for Graduate Studies


Associate Professor, Qatar University


Sessional Academic , Curtin University


Lecturer , Al-Balqa Applied University


Research expertise keywords

  • Cross-cultural Practice social work
  • Mental Health
  • Religion and Mental Health
  • Refugee mental health
  • Ethics
  • Teaching Social Work
  • Narrative Therapy


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