My name is Asma /ˈasmə/. I recently graduated from the University of Toronto with an Honours Bachelor of Science degree, obtaining a double major in Psychology and Cognitive Science. While at UofT, I had the opportunity to take a variety of courses on mental health outside of the psychology department and got to learn about scientific research and knowledge development from a critical standpoint. This has inspired me to further pursue psychological research from an interdisciplinary approach.
My passion for helping people along with my belief in a socially and individually responsible science that serves people first has led me to the Scott lab. I first joined the lab in the fall of 2016 as a research assistant helping with the Safe and Understood project. I have had the privilege of working with vulnerable populations in different contexts. My experiences include working with HIV positive individuals in a national study on serodicordant couples, where one person is HIV-negative and the other is HIV-positive at the Dalla Lana School of Public Health. I also volunteer with survivors of torture and war at the Canadian Centre for Victims of Torture.
My general research interests revolve around culturally appropriate intervention programs for survivors of trauma.