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Associate Professor Diana Arabiat

Associate Professor

Contact Information Email:, Campus: Joondalup, Room: JO21.457
Staff Member Details
Campus: Joondalup  
Room: JO21.457  


Diana is an Associate Professor of Clinical Research and Innovation in the School of Nursing and Midwifery.


  • August 2015 - present: Associate Professor for Research and Clinical Innovation at Edith Cowan University/Perth-Western Australia (Full-Time)
  • November 2014 - August 2015: Director of Nursing Program at Princess Noura University, Faculty of Nursing-Saudi Arabia / Riyadh (Full-Time)
  • April 2013 - Present (Unpaid leave): Associate Professor at the University of Jordan/ Jordan-Amman
  • September 2013 - September 2014: Head of Maternal and Child Nursing Department,Chairperson of the Nursery & Kindergarten Council of the University of Jordan
  • July 2000 - June 2002: Children’s Registered Nurse at King Hussein Cancer Hospital and Jordan University hospital
  • June 2002 - August 2004: Teaching Assistant at the University of Jordan/ Jordan-Amman
  • April 2008 - April 2013: Assistant Professor at the University of Jordan/ Jordan-Amman

Professional Associations

  • ACCYPN: Australian College of Children and Young People’s Nurses
  • JNMC: Jordan’s Nursing and Midwifery Council
  • JOS: Jordan Oncology Society
  • IFNA: Active Member of the International Family Nursing Association, serving on the Practice Committee. New Zealand and Australia Chapter

Awards and Recognition

National and International Awards

  • 2013 - HIKMA AWARDS for Best Cancer Publication by Jordan Oncology Society
  • 2003 - The University of Jordan full PhD scholarship to pursue PhD in UK
  • 2002 - Linnaeus-Palme Award by SIDA (Swedish International Developing Agency)

Research Areas and Interests


  • Master of Science Degree in Clinical Nursing, Jordan, 2014.
  • Doctor of Philosophy (Nursing Studies), England, 2008.
  • Bachelor of Science Degree in Nursing, Jordan, 2000.


Recent Research Grants

  • Understanding health beliefs of young Aboriginal people with type 2 diabetes,  Healthway (WA Health Promotion Foundation),  Health Promotion Research - Exploratory Research Grants,  2019 - 2021,  $75,000.
  • The impact of camps on physical, psychological and social outcomes in children and young people living with chronic musculoskeletal conditions.,  Edith Cowan University,  ECU Industry Engagement Grant,  2019 - 2020,  $92,476.
  • Health beliefs and folk models of illness in Arab families: A family centred approach,  University of Jordan,  Grant,  2017 - 2018,  $6,032.

Recent Publications (within the last five years)

Book Chapters

  • Al Jabery, M., Arabiat, D., (2019), Chronic Childhood Illness in the Arab World. Handbook of Healthcare in the Arab World, 1-19, Online, Springer, DOI: 10.1007/978-3-319-74365-3_118-1.

Journal Articles

  • Arabiat, D., Al Jabery, M., Whitehead, L., (2020), A concept analysis of psychological distress in parents related to diabetes management in children and adolescents. Journal for Specialists in Pediatric Nursing, N/A(N/A), 1-20, Wiley , Wiley-Blackwell Publishing, Inc., DOI:
  • Arabiat, D., Whitehead, L., Al Jabery, MA., Darawad, M., Geraghty, S., Halasa, S., (2019), Newborn Care Practices of Mothers in Arab Societies: Implication for Infant Welfare. Journal of Transcultural Nursing, 30(3), 260-267 , USA, SAGE, DOI: 10.1177/1043659618794256.
  • Al-Motlaq, M., Carter, B., Neill, S., Hallstrom, IK., Foster, M., Coyne, I., Arabiat, D., Darbyshire, P., Feeg, VD., Shileds, L., (2019), Toward developing consensus on family-centred care: an international descriptive study and discussion. Journal of Child Health Care, 23(3), 458-467, SAGE, DOI: 10.1177/1367493518795341.
  • Nassar, O., Shaheen, A., Saleh, M., Arabiat, D., (2019), Perception and predictors of school climate among Jordanian adolescents. Journal of Multidisciplinary Healthcare, 12(2019), 633–641, DOI: 10.2147/JMDH.S216823.
  • Foster, M., Whitehead, L., Arabiat, D., (2019), Development and validation of the Needs of Children Questionnaire (NCQ): An instrument to measure children's self‐reported needs in hospital. Journal of Advanced Nursing, 75(10), 2246-2258, DOI: 10.1111/jan.14099.
  • Saleh, M., Shaheen, A., Nassar, O., Arabiat, D., (2019), Predictors of school satisfaction among adolescents in Jordan: a cross-sectional study exploring the role of school-related variables and student demographics. Journal of Multidisciplinary Healthcare, 12(2019), 621–631, DOI: 10.2147/JMDH.S204557.
  • Arabiat, D., Whitehead, L., Al Jabery, M., Barnard, M., Shields, L., Abu Sabah, E., (2019), Traditional methods for managing illness in newborns and infants in an Arab society. International Nursing Review, 66(3), 329-337, DOI: 10.1111/inr.12505.
  • Darawad, M., Hamdan-Mansour, A., Khalil, A., Arabiat, D., Samarkandi, O., Alhussami, M., (2018), Exercise Self-Efficacy Scale: Validation of the Arabic Version Among Jordanians With Chronic Diseases. Clinical Nursing Research, 27(7), 890-906, California, USA, SAGE Publications, DOI: 10.1177/1054773816683504.
  • Foster, M., Whitehead, L., Arabiat, D., Frost, L., (2018), Parents' and staff perceptions of parental needs during a child's hospital admission: An Australian study. Journal of Pediatric Nursing, 43(November - December 2018), e2-e9, ELSEVER, DOI: 10.1016/j.pedn.2018.06.013.
  • Arabiat, D., Whitehead, L., Al Jabery, M., (2018), The 12‐year prevalence and trends of childhood disabilities in Australia: Findings from the Survey of Disability, Aging and Carers. Child: Care, Health and Development, 44(5), 697-703, WILEY, DOI: 10.1111/cch.12588.
  • Arabiat, D., Whitehead, L., Foster, M., Shileds, L., Harris, L., (2018), Parents’ experiences of Family Centred Care practice. Journal of Pediatric Nursing, 42(September - October 2018), 39-44, ELSEVER, DOI: 10.1016/j.pedn.2018.06.012.
  • Whitehead, L., Arabiat, D., Foster, M., (2018), Singing as an adjunct therapy for children and adults with cystic fibrosis. International Journal of Nursing Studies, 82(2018), 163-164, United Kingdom, Pergamon, DOI: 10.1016/j.ijnurstu.2017.09.007.
  • Arabiat, D., Collyer, D., Hamdan-Mansour, A., Khalil, A., Darawad, M., (2018), The impact of a mother’s emotional strains and disclosure of cancer on her child’s defensiveness and adjustment to cancer. Cancer Nursing, 41(4), 290-297, Pennsylvania, USA, Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, DOI: 10.1097/NCC.0000000000000516.
  • Hamdan-Mansour, AM., Mahmoud, KF., Al Shibi, AN., Arabiat, D., (2018), Impulsivity and Sensation-Seeking Personality Traits as Predictors of Substance use among University Students. Journal of Psychosocial Nursing and Mental Health Services, 56(1), 57-63, DOI: 10.3928/02793695-20170905-04.
  • Arabiat, D., Shaheen, A., Nassar, O., Saleh, M., Mansour, A., (2018), Social and health determinants of adolescent’s wellbeing in Jordan: Implications for Policy and Practice. Journal of Pediatric Nursing, 39(March 2018), 55-60, Missouri, USA, W.B. Saunders Co., DOI: 10.1016/j.pedn.2017.03.015.
  • Hamdan-Mansour, A., Al-Sagarat, A., Al-Sarayerh, F., Nawafleh, H., Arabiat, D., (2018), Prevalence and correlates of substance use among psychiatric inpatients. Perspectives in Psychiatric Care, 54(2), 149-155, New Jersey, USA, Wiley-Blackwell Publishing, DOI: 10.1111/ppc.12214.
  • Abu Sheikha, B., Arabiat, D., Holmes, S., Khader, Y., Hiyasat, D., Collyer, D., Abu Shiekh, S., (2018), Correlates of treatment satisfaction and wellbeing among patients with type II diabetes. International Nursing Review, 65(1), 114-121, West Sussex, United Kingdom, Wiley-Blackwell Publishing, DOI: 10.1111/inr.12358.
  • Hamdan-Mansour, A., Abdel Razeq, N., Abdelhaq, B., Arabiat, D., Khalil, A., (2017), Displaced Syrian children's reported physical and mental wellbeing. Child and Adolescent Mental Health, 22(4), 186-193, West Sussex, United Kingdom, Wiley-Blackwell Publishing, DOI: 10.1111/camh.12237.
  • Darawad, M., Hammad, S., Mosleh, S., Samarkandi, O., Hamdan-Mansour, A., Khalil, A., Arabiat, D., (2017), Psychosocial correlates of diabetes self-management practices. Iranian Journal of Public Health, 46(6), 771-781, THE SCHOOL OF PUBLIC HEALTH, TEHRAN UNIVERSITY OF MEDICAL SCIENCES.
  • Abdelkader, R., Khalaf, I., Kridli, S., Arabiat, D., Alrimawi, I., (2016), Parents Involvement in Child’s Care in an Arab Pediatric Setting. Health Science Journal, 10(4), 1-6, Technological Educational Institute of Athens.
  • Abdelkader, R., Arabiat, D., Holmes, S., Hamdan-Mansour, A., (2016), Socio-demographic correlates of parents’ participation in care of a hospitalized child: A perspective from a developing country. Journal of Child Health Care, 20(3), 374-383, London, UK, SAGE Publications Inc., DOI: 10.1177/1367493515598650.
  • Matar, E., Arabiat, D., Foster, M., (2016), Oral glucose efficacy on neonate’s pain responses at the NICU: A quasi experimental trial of two clinical procedures. Applied Nursing Research, 32(2016), 36-40, W.B. Saunders, DOI: 10.1016/j.apnr.2016.04.002.
  • Abuqamar, M., Arabiat, D., Holmes, S., (2016), Parents' perceived satisfaction of care, communication and environment of the pediatric intensive care units at a tertiary children's hospital. Journal of Pediatric Nursing, 31(3), e177-e184, Elsevier, DOI: 10.1016/j.pedn.2015.12.009.
  • Arabiat, D., Hamdan-Mansour, A., Al Jabery, M., Wardam, L., Tamimi, A., (2015), Measuring care needs of parents of children with cancer: Psychometric properties of the FIN-PED II Arabic version. Journal of Nursing Measurement, 23(2), 255-270, New York, United States, Springer, DOI: 10.1891/1061-3749.23.2.255.

Research Student Supervision

Principal Supervisor

  • Master by Research, Clinical and socio-economic correlates of well-being and treatment satisfaction in patients with Type 2 Diabetes Mellitus at the National Center for Diabetes, Endocrinology and Genetics
  • Master by Research, Parent's satisfaction with care provided in the pediatric intensive care unit of a tertiary children's hospital in Amman
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