Saja Abusulttan

Saja Abusulttan

Since September 2022, Saja Abusulttan has been working as  intern at Erasmus MC's Dpt. of Nephrology and Kidney Transplantation on the research project 'Organs as a Gateway to Europe', where she is conducting a literature review on kidney sale in a migration context and co-authoring a grant application for the NWO Hestia Impulse for Refugees in Science. From September 2023 until August 2024 she will work as a research assistant on the (Dis)Incentives project. 

In 2023 she completed her Master's in Global Health at the University of Maastricht (UM) in 2023 where she specialized in Leadership and Organization. She wrote her master's thesis on mental health care and needs among female refugees and asylum seekers living in Dutch refugee camps. She obtained her first Master's Degree in Dental Public Health from the University of Sheffield in the UK and her Bachelor Degree in Dentistry from Al-Azhar University in Palestine. Her personal background as a refugee with double displacement and her newly obtained knowledge from her first master have motivated her to follow her second master and research on global health issues in migration context. She is also a member in the Diversity, Decolonization, and Belonging Committee of Global Health at UM. During her recent Master's studies, she was selected for the PREMIUM Excellence Program at UM where she worked on the Student Service Centre's Refugee Project: ELPEEDA.

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  • Müller-Funk, L., Abusulttan, S., Kabbani, M., Karabajakian, I., Omran, L., Karam, Y. 2023. “Chapter 3: The Qualitative Data. Version 1.0.” Methodological Handbook SYREALITY. The SYREALITY Methodological Handbook_Chapter 3_V1 (
  • Abusulttan, S., (2022). Mental health perceptiveness by refugees/healthcare providers. Learning Symposium Students Abstracts. Global Health Learning Symposium (April 18-29, 2022 ), The University of Maastricht (UM). Symposium Paper and Presentation. An update about this ongoing research project can be found here.
  • Abusulttan, S., (2020). Assessing social support types and their frequencies in an online support group for dentally anxious individuals. The dissertation is accessible at here.
  • Abusulttan, S., (2020). Public Health and its connection to Social Justice. Available here.