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Dr Zhraa Alhaboby

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Professional biography

Medical doctor (MBBS), with master’s degree in International Primary Healthcare from Barts and the London School of Medicine and Dentistry -Queen Mary University of London (QMUL) and PhD from the Institute for Health Research, University of Bedfordshire. Zhraa has cross-cultural clinical experience overseas in more than 20 international hospitals and clinics. She is a senior fellow of the Higher Education Academy and a researcher in public health. Zhraa is actively involved in health promotion campaigns and designing culturally sensitive health promotion educational activities. She is also a novelist and short story writer with international recognition.

Zhraa worked with multidisciplinary research teams and funded projects related to cyber-victimisation and chronic conditions, disability discrimination and cyber-hate, chronic disease management, and using innovative technologies in healthcare. Zhraa’s research on cyber-victimisation examines the scope and impact of cyber-victimisation against people with long-term conditions, this includes collaborations with disability organisations, victim support groups, and patient support groups. A major theme in Zhraa’s work is tackling disability discrimination in cyberspace and the impact on health. Her research provided evidence to support policy change and recommendations for law reforms in the UK. Her recent research examined disabled people’s online experiences during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Research interests

The self-management of chronic conditions, the impact of cyber-victimisation on health, infodemiology, disability discrimination, global health, medical ethics and human rights in public health.

Teaching interests

Global health, medical ethics and ethics in healthcare, evidence-based medicine, research methods for undergraduate and postgraduate health researchers.



The Impact of Cybervictimization on the Self-Management of Chronic Conditions: Lived Experiences (2023-08-25)
Alhaboby, Zhraa A.; Evans, Hala; Barnes, James and Short, Emma
Journal of Medical Internet Research, 25, Article e40227

Cyber-victimisation of adults with long-term conditions in the UK: A cross-sectional study (2023-05-17)
Alhaboby, Zhraa; Barnes, James; Evans, Hala and Short, Emma
Journal of Medical Internet Research, 25, Article 39933

Blockchain and IoMT against Physical Abuse: Bullying in Schools as a Case Study (2021)
Ersotelos, Nikolaos; Bottarelli, Mirko; Al-Khateeb, Haider; Epiphaniou, Gregory; Alhaboby, Zhraa; Pillai, Prashant and Aggoun, Amar
Journal of Sensor and Actuator Networks, 10, Article 1(1)

Advocating the use of social media for health education in consideration of the SARS CoV-2 pandemic (2020)
Saxena, Atulya; Alhaboby, Zhraa A and Saxena, Anoop
American Journal of Biomedical Science & Research, 8(6) (pp. 532-534)

Cyber-Victimization of People With Chronic Conditions and Disabilities: A Systematic Review of Scope and Impact (2019-07-01)
Alhaboby, Zhraa A.; Barnes, James; Evans, Hala and Short, Emma
Trauma, Violence, & Abuse, 20(3) (pp. 398-415)

Cyberstalking: Investigating formal intervention and the role of Corporate Social Responsibility (2017)
al-Khateeb, Haider M.; Epiphaniou, Gregory; Alhaboby, Zhraa A.; Barnes, James and Short, Emma
Telematics and Informatics, 34(4) (pp. 339-349)

Challenges facing online research: Experiences from research concerning cyber-victimisation of people with disabilities (2017)
Alhaboby, Zhraa A.; Barnes, James; Evans, Hala and Short, Emma
Cyberpsychology: Journal of Psychosocial Research on Cyberspace, 11, Article 8(1)

‘The language is disgusting and they refer to my disability’: the cyberharassment of disabled people (2016)
Alhaboby, Zhraa A.; al-Khateeb, Haider M.; Barnes, James and Short, Emma
Disability & Society, 31(8) (pp. 1138-1143)

Cyberharassment and cyberbullying; individual and institutional perspectives (2016)
Short, E.; Brown, A.; Barnes, J.; Conrad, M.; Alhaboby, Z.; Pitchford, M.; Conradie, L.; Stewart, G. and Dobocan, A.
Annual Review of CyberTherapy and Telemedicine, 14 (pp. 115-122)

A Practical Guide to Coping with Cyberstalking (2015)
National Centre for Cyberstalking Research, and Alhaboby, Zhraa
ISBN : 9781785381737 | Publisher : Andrews UK Limited | Published : University of Bedfordshire

Digital Twins for Precision Healthcare (2020-04-07)
Ahmadi-Assalemi, G.; Al-Khateeb, H.; Maple, C.; Epiphaniou, G.; Alhaboby, Z. A.; Alkaabi, S. and Alhaboby, D.
In: Jahankhani, H.; Kendzierskyj, S.; Chelvachandran, N. and Ibarra, J. eds. Cyber Defence in the Age of AI, Smart Societies and Augmented Humanity. Advanced Sciences and Technologies for Security Applications (pp. 133-158)
ISBN : 978-3-030-35745-0 | Publisher : Springer | Published : Cham.

Understanding the Cyber-Victimisation of People with Long Term Conditions and the Need for Collaborative Forensics-Enabled Disease Management Programmes (2018-12-06)
Alhaboby, Zhraa A.; Alhaboby, Doaa; Al-Khateeb, Haider M.; Epiphaniou, Gregory; Kbaier Ben Ismail, Dhouha; Jahankhani, Hamid and Pillai, Prashant
In: Jahankhani, Hamid ed. Cyber Criminology. Advanced Sciences and Technologies for Security Applications.. Advanced Sciences and Technologies for Security Applications (pp. 227-250)
ISBN : 978-3-319-97180-3 | Publisher : Springer | Published : Cham, Switzerland

Disability and ­Cyber-Victimization (2018)
Alhaboby, Z. A.; Evans, H.; Barnes, J. and Short, E.
In: Schatz, J. L. and George, A. E. eds. The Image of Disability (pp. 167-182)
ISBN : 978-1-4766-3299-5 | Publisher : McFarland Press

Recognising the Impact of Cyberstalking (2015)
Short, Emma; Alhaboby, Zhraa A,; McNamara, Niamh and Barnes, Jim
In: National Centre for Cyberstalking, ed. A Practical Guide to Coping with Cyberstalking
Publisher : Andrews UK Limited | Published : University of Bedfordshire

Cyber-Disability Hate Cases in the UK: The Documentation by the Police and Potential Barriers to Reporting (2021)
Alhaboby, Zhraa A.; Al-Khateeb, Haider M.; Barnes, James; Jahankhani, Hamid; Pitchford, Melanie; Conradie, Liesl and Short, Emma
In : 13th International Conference on Global Security, Safety and Sustainability (14 Jan - 15 Jan 2021, London) (pp. 123-133)

Written evidence on the impact of cyber-victimisation on people with long term conditions (2018-02)
Alhaboby, Z. A.
Petitions Committee, House of Commons