School of Psychology

Ahlam Lee, Ph.D.

Associate Professor, School of Psychology

Dr. Ahlam Lee is an associate professor in the school of psychology at Xavier University (Cincinnati, Ohio). Prior to joining the school of psychology in Fall 2021, Dr. Lee had served as faculty of leadership studies and human resource development from Fall 2015 to Spring 2021. Before joining Xavier in 2015, she had been affiliated with Arkansas State University (Jonesboro, AR) for three years from 2012 to 2015 as an assistant professor of education.

Dr. Lee completed her postdoctoral training in the Graduate School of Education at University of Pennsylvania in 2012 and received her PhD in educational leadership and policy analysis from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 2011. She earned her master's degree in rehabilitation psychology at the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 2008, another master's degree in public finance and budgeting at Columbia University in 2005, and a bachelor's degree in business economics and public policy at the Indiana University-Bloomington in 2001.

Her interdisciplinary background allows her to be involved in various research areas including refugees’ issues through an interdisciplinary lens, national culture, and parochial/political altruism related to ideologies and self-interest.

Her work has been published in top-ranked journals and major book publishers.

Professional Interests

Refugee issues through an interdisciplinary lens, confirmation bias, parochial and political altruism, ideology, self-interest, culture, and competition

Representative Publications (underline = students)

Lee, A. (Ed.). (2021). Refugee education: Introduction to the special section [Editorial]. British Educational Research Journal, 47(4), 787-795.

Myeong, H., & Lee, A. (2021). Intergroup friendships between South Korean hosts and North Korean refugees: Implications for educational practices. British Educational Research Journal.

Myeong, H., Lee, A., Park, E. A, Gong, Y. E, Kim, M., Jo, H.J. (2021). Psychosocial adjustment needs of North Korean refugee youth in South Korea. Journal of Refugee Studies, 34(2), 2200-2219.

Lee, A. (2020). Toward a conceptual model of hierarchical microaggression in higher education settings: A literature review. Educational Review.

Lee, A. (2020). A forgotten underrepresented group: Students with disabilities’ entrance into STEM fields. International Journal of Disability, Development and Education.

Lee, A. (2020). The association between female students’ computer science education and STEM major selection: Multilevel structural equation modeling. Computers in the Schools, 37(1), 17-30.

Lee, A. (2020). Confirmation bias and irrational decision-making: Implications for human resource development in South Korea and other countries. In L. H. Lim, S. W. Yoon, & D. Cho (Eds.), Human Resource Development: Theory, Research, and Practice. Palgrave Macmillan, Cham.


  • Ph.D. Educational Leadership and Policy Analysis, 2011, University of Wisconsin-Madison ;M.S. Rehabilitation Psychology, 2008, University of Wisconsin-Madison;M.P.A. Public Finance and Budgeting, 2005, Columbia University in the City of New York;B.S. Business Economics and Public Policy, 2001, Indiana University-Bloomington