Fatima is a doctoral student in the Speech, Language and Hearing Sciences program. She spent most of her childhood in Brazil and then moved with her family to Lebanon during her early adolescence. She earned her Bachelor Honors degree in Speech Therapy from Lebanese University. After serving as a speech-language pathologist for a year, Fatima was awarded the Fulbright Scholarship to attend East Carolina University, where she earned her Master's degree in Communication Sciences and Disorders. She is interested in understanding the human brain in carrying out functions of language and cognition and how these functions are affected by stroke, traumatic brain injury, and other neurological impairments. Fatima enjoys volunteering and community service; she spent five years volunteering with the youth sector of the Lebanese Red Cross. In her free time, she likes to travel and explore new places and different cultures.