PhD Experimental Psychology (University of Manchester, UK)


Justin earned his PhD in experimental psychology from the University of Manchester, UK. He also has professional postgraduate qualifications in health psychology and cognitive therapy. He is a chartered health psychologist with the British Psychological Society and is presently also an associate professor of psychology at Zayed University, where he directs the Research Cluster for Culture Cognition and Wellbeing. Justin publishes extensively on topics related to culture and psychological wellbeing, and psychopathology. His most recent book is, Psychological Wellbeing in the Gulf States: The New Arabia Felix.  Justin is also a great believer in promoting the public understanding of science and writes extensively for the popular press, makes regular media appearances and gives public lectures and workshops on a variety of topics related to psychology. 

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University of Liverpool

Lancashire Care NHS Trust 


Abu Dhabi - Khalifa City


+971-2-599 3616

Teaching Areas

General Psychology

Social Psychology

Abnormal Psychology

Research methods & statistics



Research and Professional Activities


Founder of the Culture Cognition and Well-being Research Cluster


Extensive well-being workshops

Root cause analysis

Emotional intelligence


Chartered member of the British Psychological Society



Thomas, J. (2015b). Psychological Well-Being in the Gulf States: The New Arabia Felix. London: Palgrave Macmillan.

Thomas, J., & Furber, M. (2015). Culturally and Spiritually Attuned Psychotherapy in the UAE. In C. Y. Al-Karam & A. Haque (Eds.), Mental Health and Psychological Practice in the United Arab Emirates. London: Palgrave Macmillan.

 Peer review journals articles

Thomas, J., Al Marzooqi, F. H., Tahboub-Schulte, S., & Furber, S. M. (2014). Changing physical appearance preferences in the United Arab Emirates. Mental Health, Religion & Culture, 17(6), 594-600. doi: 10.1080/13674676.2013.871242

Thomas, J., Al Qarni, N., & Furber, S. M. (2015). Conceptualizing Mental Health in the United Arab Emirates: The Perspective of Traditional Healers. Mental Health, Religion & Culture, 18(2), 134-145. doi: 10.1080/13674676.2015.1010196

Thomas, J., Al-Menhali, S., & Humeidan, M. (2016). Compulsive buying and depressive symptoms among female citizens of the United Arab Emirates. Psychiatry Research. doi:

Thomas, J., Ali, W., Bahusain, E., & Mutawa, M. (2014). The relationship between taste sensitivity to phenylthiocarbamide and anhedonia Psychiatry Research, 215, 444–447. doi: 10.1016/j.psychres.2013.11.026

Thomas, J., & Grey, I. (2016). From Black Bile to the Bipolar Spectrum: A Historical Review of the Bipolar Affective Disorder Concept. Archives of Depression and Anxiety, 2(1), 010-015.

Thomas, J., Quadflieg, S., & O'Hara, L. (2016). Implicit out-group preference is associated with eating disorders symptoms amongst Emirati females. Eating Behaviors, 21, 48-53. doi: 10.1016/j.eatbeh.2015.12.005

Thomas, J., Raynor, M., & Bahussain, E. (2016). Stress Reactivity, Depressive Symptoms and Mindfulness: A Gulf Arab Perspective. International Perspectives in Psychology: Research, Practice, Consultation, 5(3), 156-166.

Thomas, J., Raynor, M., & Bakker, M. (2016). Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction Amongst Emirati Muslim Women. Mental Health Religion & Culture, 19(3), 295–304. doi: 10.1080/13674676.2016.1168389

Wang, Y., Thomas, J., Weissgerber, S. C., Kazemini, S., Ul-Haq, I., & Quadflieg, S. (2015). The headscarf effect revisited: Further evidence for a culture-based internal face processing advantage. Perception, 44(3), 328-336. doi: 10.1068/p7940

O'Hara, L., Tahboub-Schulte, S., & Thomas, J. (2016). Weight-related teasing and internalized weight stigma predict abnormal eating attitudes and behaviours in Emirati female university students. Appetite, 102, 44-50. doi: 10.1016/j.appet.2016.01.019.