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Nishat Fatima Rahman
Assistant Professor

DEPARTMENT: Center for Play, Early Childhood Development & Center for Psychosocial
Wellbeing

OFFICE EXTENSION NUMBER: 2126

PROFESSIONAL EXPERTISE: Academic Head of BIED’s MSc. in Early Childhood
Development Program, Coordinator of BIED’s Center for Play, Early Childhood Development, &
Center for Psychosocial Wellbeing. Major areas of interest in research include impact of play in
early years, experimental-intervention design and its effect on children’s developmental aspects,
mental health support for mothers, socio-emotional and developmental outcomes for children
and adolescents. Professional expertise also includes academic course designing and
curriculum development, trainings and project-designing for early years.

EDUCATIONAL QUALIFICATION:
Degrees Institutions
1. Ph.D in Clinical Psychology Institute of Clinical Psychology
Vienna University, Austria

2. Master of Science in Psychology with a major in
Clinical & Developmental Psychology

Dhaka University

SELECTED PUBLICATIONS:
1. Syeda, S.Z., Nishat F.R. et al. (2014).Global Rating Scale of Environments (GROE)
for Bangladesh. Published in the proceedings of 5th National ECD conference held in
March 29, 2014.
2. Ferdousi, K., Sakila, Y., Syeda, S.Z., Nishat, F.R. et al. (2013). An investigation on
Effectiveness of a comprehensive Child Development Package. Bangladesh
Education Journal. Vol 12, No 2, December.

3. Nishat, F. R., & Sakila, Y. (2013). Maternal Depression and its consequence for
young child development. Bangladesh Education Journal. Vol 12, No 1, June.
4. M. Ahmed, M. Akhter, F. Khanom, SS Zaman, S. Yesmin, N. F. Rahman, R K
khanom, S Sharif, W Pervin. (2011). Cultural adaptation of Wechsler pre-school and
primary scale of intelligence-III (WPPSI-III) in Bangladesh. Published in the
proceedings of 11 National Head start conference held in June 18-20, 2012 in
Washington D.C.
5. Nishat F. R., White R, Jagsh R, Fisher G, Exner I.K. (2011). Cultural comparison
between Bangladeshi and Austrian Opioid Abusers, their treatment and access to
treatment. South Asian Anthropologist, Vol-11, issue no1, pp 1-7.

6. S Yesmin, M. Ahmed, M. Akhter, F. Khanom, SS Zaman, N. F. Rahman, R K
khanom, S Sharif, W Pervin. (2011). Cultural adaptation of Wechsler pre-school and
primary scale of intelligence-III (WPPSI-III) in Bangladesh. Abstract published in
Bangladesh Education Journal, Vol 10, Num 2.

7. Fatima, N. (2004). Treatment available for the substance dependent patients in
Bangladesh and the socio-cultural influence on addiction: A comparative analysis with
Austria. Dissertation. Institute of Psychology, Department of Clinical Psychology,
University of Vienna, Austria.
8. Fatima, N. (2004). Transcultural differences between Bangladeshi and Austrian
opioid abusers. Abstract published in the proceedings of 16 International congresses
on Addiction “Ethnicity & Addiction” held on 7 th to 10 th September, 2004. Vienna,
Austria.
9. Ameer, S.S., Fatima, N., Rashed, M.M., Kibria, G. et al. (2007). Chobite Chobite
Shishu Abhidhan. Institute of Educational Development-BRAC University.
10. Fatima, N. & Foysal, M.K. (2008). ECDRC Annual Report. Institute of Educational
Development-BRAC University.

PERSONAL INTERESTS: A keen observer of people who enjoys providing psychososcial
support to those in need.
MANTRA IN LIFE: “If you really know your goal and you work hard you will be able to reach the
goal.”

Ashfi Mehnaz
Team Leader
Ferdousi Khanom
Senior Lecturer

DEPARTMENT: Center for Play, Early Childhood Development

OFFICE EXTENSION NUMBER: 2112

PROFESSIONAL EXPERTISE: Responsible for conducting postgraduate lectures, coordinating
courses, supervision of student thesis; designing & developing play-based curriculum & learning
models as well as developing training materials and facilitating teachers’ training. Her research
interest focuses on assessing the importance and impact of play-based learning for young
children aged 0- 5 years old.

EDUCATIONAL QUALIFICATION:

Degrees Institution
1. Master in Social Science (Sociology) University of Dhaka
2. Bachelor in Social Science (Sociology) University of Dhaka

SELECTED PUBLICATIONS:
1. Opel, A., Zaman, S., Khanom, F., Aboud, F., Evaluation of a mathematics
program for preprimary children in rural Bangladesh, International Journal of
Educational Development, Volume-32, Issue-1, January 2012.

2. Khanom, F., Yesmin S., Zaman S. S., Fatema, N., Khanom, R., Sharif, S.,
Akhter, M., Ahmed, M., An Investigation on Effectiveness of a Comprehensive
Child Development Package, Bangladesh Education Journal, Volum12,
Number 2, December 2013.

Sakila Yesmin, S., Ahmed, M., Khanom, F., Zaman, S., Fatima, N., Khanom,
R., Sharif, S., Parvin, W., Akhter, M.,Cultural Adaptation of Wechsler Preschool
and Primary Scale of Intelligence-III (WPPSI-III) in Bangladesh, was published
in the proceedings of Head Start’s 11 th National Research Conference held on
June 18-20, 2012 in Washington, DC, USA.

4. Opel, A., Zaman, S., KhanomF., Aboud, F., Effectiveness of a community-
based child stimulation program in rural Bangladesh, was published in the
proceedings of Head Start’s 9 th National Research Conference held on June
23-25, 2008 in Washington, DC, USA.

5. Opel, A., KhanomF., Zaman, S., Aboud, F., Effectiveness of a mathematics
program for 3 to 4 year children in urban Bangladesh, was published in the
proceedings of South Asia Regional Conference held on December 7-9, 2010
in Dhaka, Bangladesh.

PERSONAL INTEREST: Enjoys singing and listening to music as well as taking rickshaw rides
in the rain.
MANTRA IN LIFE: “Think positive and positive things will happen.’’

Hamida Akhter Zahan
Senior Research Associate

DEPARTMENT: Center for Play, Early Childhood Development Program

OFFICE EXTENSION NUMBER: 2127

PROFESSIONAL EXPERTISE: Responsible for field operations such as, planning, designing,
coordinating and managing field activities for project implementation.
EDUCATIONAL QUALIFICATION:

Degrees Institutions
1. Master of Education BRAC Institute of Educational
Development, BRAC
University
2. Master of English PRIME University

PERSONAL INTEREST: Enjoys shopping, watching movies and acquiring more knowledge
regarding fieldwork.
MANTRA IN LIFE: “Knowledge is power.”

Md. Jabadul Hoque
Deputy Manager
Mitul Datta
Lecturer

DEPARTMENT/PROJECT: Center for Play, Early Childhood Development.

OFFICE EXTENSION NUMBER: 2112

PROFESSIONAL EXPERTISE: Early Childhood Specialist focusing on conducting
postgraduate lectures, course coordination, supervising student thesis; researcher, project
coordinator and curriculum developer for research works on ECD & Adolescent development;
need-based training facilitator for ECD professionals, day-care supervisors and school teachers.
Research interests include-early years’ teachers’ attitudes & beliefs, teacher support on
students’ emotional wellbeing and early years’ teachers’ insights on creativity.

EDUCATIONAL QUALIFICATION:

Degrees Institution
1. Master of Health Science Ryerson University, Toronto, Canada
2. Master of Science (Food & Nutrition) Dhaka University, Bangladesh

SELECTED PUBLICATIONS:
1. Dutta, M., & Islam, S. F. S. (2015) Early Years Teacher Insights about Creativity.
Bangladesh Education Journal, Volume 14, Number 2, p-57- 64, December 2015.
2. Dutta. M, Akhter, S.R & Karim, S. (2015). Sexual and Reproductive Health and
Marriage. Sajeda Amin (ed.). Urban adolescents need assessment survey in
Bangladesh”. Dhaka: BIED, BRACU, and Population Council
3. Dutta, M., Islam, S. F. S., Akhter, S. R., Ahmed, S. T., Hossain, M. M., Al Sowad,
A.,Parvin, R.& Sultan, M. (2014)Supporting Young Children’s Emotional Well-being in
Classroom: Teachers’ Belief and Attitude. Bangladesh Education Journal, Volume 13,
Number 2, p-7- 28, December 2014.

4. Akhter, S.R., Sarkar, R. K., Dutta, M., Khanom, R., Akter, N, Chowdhury, R.M., Sultan,
M. (2015) Issues with Families and Children in Disaster: A Qualitative Perspective from
Rural Bangladesh, International Journal of Disaster Risk Reduction, Volume 13, p
313–323

PERSONAL INTERESTS: Enjoys gardening, reading books and searching for inspirational
quotes.
MANTRA IN LIFE: “Have pride in how far you have come. Have faith in how far you can go”.

Mohammad Mesbah Uddin
Research Associate

DEPARTMENT: Center for Play, Early Childhood Development

OFFICE EXTENSION NUMBER: 2137

PROFESSIONAL EXPERTISE: Research designing and implementation, coordinating and
monitoring groups for early years projects.

EDUCATIONAL QUALIFICATION:
Degrees Institution
1. Master of Philosophy (part 1) Jahangirnagar University
2. Master of Science in Statistics Jahangirnagar University

PERSONAL INTERESTS: Enjoys working on research statistics and data.
MANTRA IN LIFE: “Yes I can!”

Nahid Parvin
Senior Trainer

DEPARTMENT: Center for Play, Early Childhood Development

PROFESSIONAL EXPERTISE: Early Childhood Specialist focusing on curriculum development
for early years’ learning through play, training of teachers and play facilitators regarding play-
based learning. Her areas of research interest include researches on corporal punishment in
urban primary school settings.

EDUCATIONAL QUALIFICATION:
Degrees Institution
1. Master of Science in Early Childhood Development BRAC Institute of Educational
Development, BRAC University

2. Master of Education National University

PERSONAL INTERESTS: Enjoys reciting poetry and pursuing her secret passion-acting.
MANTRA IN LIFE: “Life is very short.”

Nazneen Imam
Staff Researcher

DEPARTMENT: Center for Play, Early Childhood Development

PROFESSIONAL EXPERTISE: Early childhood specialist focusing on developing the
curriculum framework for play-based learning for 0-5 years old children; facilitating training for
field officers and play facilitators; monitoring field operation activities of play centers and
providing feedback reports.

EDUCATIONAL QUALIFICATION:
Degrees Institution
1. Professional Course on ECE (Early Childhood
Education)

Saskatchewan Institute of
Science & Technology (SIAST)
Regina, Canada.
2. Master of Science (Soil Science) Dhaka University

PERSONAL INTERESTS: A freelance travel writer whose hobbies include traveling to exotic
locations and writing travel stories.
MANTRA IN LIFE: “Always do right. This will gratify some people, and astonish the rest.”

Prohlad Chandra Karmaker
Senior Manager (Graphics Design)

Department: Design Lab

OFFICE EXTENSION NUMBER: 2116

PROFESSIONAL EXPERTISE:
Coordinating Graphics design team as well as provide concept ideas for Graphics design
materials; logos, textbooks, workbooks, teachers’ guidebooks, reports and brochure design;
Provide artwork for Primary school textbooks

Educational Qualification:

Degrees Institution
1. Master of Fine Arts Faculty of Fine Art, DU
2. Bachelor of Fine Arts Faculty of Fine Art, DU

PERSONAL INTERESTS: Enjoys sketching, painting and playing musical instruments.
MANTRA IN LIFE: “Speak only when you feel your words are better than your silence.”

Rabiya Khatun
Staff Researcher
Rashd-E-Matina
Senior Material Developer
Sadaf Haq
Programme Specialist
Sakila Yesmin
Research Associate-III

DEPARTMENT: Center for Play, Early Childhood Development, Center for Psychosocial
Wellbeing

OFFICE EXTENSION NUMBER: 2126

PROFESSIONAL EXPERTISE: Early childhood research specialist focusing on assessing
learning & developmental needs of children & adolescents; designing play-based learning
curriculum for children aged 0-5 years; implementing psychosocial learning models and
supervising frontline counselors; provide counseling support to trauma victims as well as people
all age groups and socio-economic backgrounds; coordinates postgraduate course lectures for
the Master of Science & Postgraduate Diploma in Early Childhood academic program.
Research interest focuses on child & adolescent development, mental health and wellbeing.

EDUCATIONAL QUALIFICATION:

Degrees Institutions
1. MPhil in Developmental Psychology Dhaka University
2. European Masters of Science
in International Health (MIH)

Humboldt University, Germany;
Institute of Child Health, UCL, UK;
and Karolinishak Institute , Sweden

3. Masters in Social Science
in Psychology

Dhaka University

SELECTED PUBLICATIONS:
1. Yesmin, S. Rahman, NF,Khatun, R.Afrin, S.,Begum, T.,Hamadani, JD (2016)
Community Based Psychosocial Intervention in Reducing Maternal Depression
and Improving Infant’s Development in Bangladesh: A Randomized Control
Trial. IOSR Journal of Nursing and Health Science (IOSR-JNHS) Volume 5,

Issue 3 Ver. II (May. - Jun. 2016), PP 11-20
2. Jyotirmoy Saha and Sakila Yesmin (2015). Chapter 6: Mental Health.In
Sajeda Amin (ed.). 2015. “Urban adolescents need assessment survey in
Bangladesh.” Dhaka: BIED, BRACU, and Population Council. P 50-58.
3. Ferdousi Khanom; Sakila Yesmin; Syeda Sazia Zaman, Nishat Fatima
Rahman, Roxana Khanom, Md.Shahidullah Sharif, Mahmuda Akther and
Manzoor Ahmed (2014). An Investigation on Effectiveness of a Comprehensive
Child Development Package. Bangladesh Education Journal, Vol-12, Issue-2,
December 2013
4. NF Rahman and S Yesmin. Maternal Depression and its Consequence for
Young Child Development. Bangladesh Education Journal, Vol-12, Issue-1,
June 2013
5. Hamadani JD, Grantham-McGregor SM, Tofail F, Nermell B, Fängström B,
Huda SN,Yesmin S, Rahman M, Arifeen SE, and Vahter M. Pre- and postnatal
arsenic exposure and child development at 18 month: a cohort study in rural
Bangladesh. Int. J. Epidemiol 2010;

PERSONAL INTERESTS: Enjoys cooking, spending time family and watching comedy movies.
MANTRA IN LIFE: “Life is 10% what happens to us and 90% how we react to it.”

Sheikh Abir Hossain
Staff Researcher

DEPARTMENT: Center for Play, Early Childhood Development (ECD)

OFFICE EXTENSION NUMBER: 2137

PROFESSIONAL EXPERTISE: Provide training to data collectors; arrange workshop & training
programs for play facilitators and Field Officers; report documentation of field operations;
develop play-based learning materials for play centers.

EDUCATIONAL QUALIFICATION:

Degrees Institution
1. Master in Social Science (Social Welfare) University of Dhaka
2. Bachelor in Social Science (Social Welfare) University of Dhaka

SELECTED PUBLICATIONS:
1. Hossain, S. A. and Alam, M.A. (2016). Socio-economic Status of the Street
Children in Bangladesh. International Journal of Social Work, Vol. 3, No. 1, Pp. 42-
49. Available at:
http://www.macrothink.org/journal/index.php/ijsw/article/view/8668/7194
2. Hossain, S. A. (2015). Lives and Livings of Older People in Aila Affected Areas of
Bangladesh. International Journal of Social Science and Humanities Research,
Vol. 3, Issue 3, Pp. 365-371. Available at:
http://www.researchpublish.com/journal/IJSSHR/Issue-3- July-2015- September-
2015/0
3. Hossain, S. A. (2015). Livelihood Pattern of the Persons with Disabilities in Dhaka
City (PDF-e- Book). Anchor Academic Publishing, Hamburg, Germany, ISBN: 978-
3-95489- 982-1.
Available at:
https://books.google.com.bd/books/about/Livelihood_patterns_of_persons_w...

sa.html?id=g0CYCgAAQBAJ&redir_esc=y
4. Hossain, S. A. (2014). Survival Pattern of Older People in Aila Affected Areas of
Bangladesh. Bangladesh Journal of Geriatrics, Vol. 49. Pp. 47-64.

PERSONAL INTERESTS: Enjoys voluntarism and activities such as debating, reciting.
MANTRA IN LIFE: “The world suffers a lot, not because of the violence of bad people, but
because of the silence of good people.”

Syeda Sazia Zaman
Senior Research Fellow

DEPARTMENT: Center for Play, Early Childhood Development

OFFICE EXTENSION NUMBER: 2126

PROFESSIONAL EXPERTISE: Education Specialist involved in designing and developing the
Master of Science/Postgraduate Diploma in Early Childhood Development academic program;
postgraduate lectures & course coordination, grading, mentoring as well as thesis supervision of
postgraduate students; conduct, coordinate and implement research programs; develop ECD
curriculum, program models, training manuals as well as facilitating training sessions on ECD.
Research interests include the importance of play models in ECD & learning.

EDUCATIONAL QUALIFICATION:
Degrees Institutions
1. Master of Science in Social work Goteborg University, Sweden
2. Master in Social Science (Social Welfare) University of Dhaka

SELECTED PUBLICATIONS:
1. Opel, A., Zaman, S., Khanom,F., Aboud, F., Evaluation of a mathematics
program for preprimary children in rural Bangladesh, International Journal of
Educational Development, Volume-32, Issue-1, January 2012.

2. Khanom, F., Yesmin S., Zaman S. S., Fatema, N., Khanom, R., Sharif, S.,
Akhter, M., Ahmed, M., An Investigation on Effectiveness of a Comprehensive
Child Development Package, Bangladesh Education Journal, Volum12,
Number 2, December 2013.

3. Sakila Yesmin, S., Ahmed, M., Khanom, F., Zaman, S., Fatima, N., Khanom,

R., Sharif, S., Parvin, W., Akhter, M.,Cultural Adaptation of Wechsler Preschool
and Primary Scale of Intelligence-III (WPPSI-III) in Bangladesh, was published
in the proceedings of Head Start’s 11 th National Research Conference held on
June 18-20, 2012 in Washington, DC, USA.

4. Opel, A., Zaman, S., KhanomF., Aboud, F., Effectiveness of a community-
based child stimulation program in rural Bangladesh, was published in the
proceedings of Head Start’s 9 th National Research Conference held on June
23-25, 2008 in Washington, DC, USA.

5. Opel, A., KhanomF., Zaman, S., Aboud, F., Effectiveness of a mathematics
program for 3 to 4 year children in urban Bangladesh, was published in the
proceedings of South Asia Regional Conference held on December 7-9, 2010
in Dhaka, Bangladesh.

PERSONAL INTERESTS: Enjoys listening and reading the news, reading novels, etc.
MANTRA IN LIFE: “Honesty and seriousness may be the basic pieces of life, but a little sprinkle
of fun is also needed.”

Taslima Begum
Staff Researcher
Wasima Parvin (Lopa)
Assistant Manager

DEPARTMENT: Center for Play, Early Childhood Department

OFFICE EXTENSION NUMBER: 2127

PROFESSIONAL Expertise: Conducting & developing research materials on early childhood
development; coordinating field researches; designing training modules & manuals to facilitate
training sessions as well as coordinating workshops, conferences and symposiums on early years.

EDUCATIONAL QUALIFICATION:

Degrees Institutions
1. Master of Science in Early Childhood
Development

BRAC Institute of Educational Development,
BRAC University

2. Master of Science National University

PERSONAL INTERESTS: Enjoys watching movies, drama and travelling.
MANTRA IN LIFE: “No one can make you feel inferior without your consent.”

Bakul Rani
Associate Officer

DEPARTMENT: Administration

EDUCATIONAL QUALIFICATION:

Degree Institution
Bachelor in Social Sciences, 2 nd class National University

PERSONAL INTERESTS: Enjoys reading books and listening to music.
MANTRA IN LIFE: “Honesty is the best policy.”

Dilruba Begum
Manager

DEPARTMENT: Center for Psychosocial Wellbeing

OFFICE EXTENSION NUMBER: 2128

PROFESSIONAL EXPERTISE: Involved in material and program development, recruitment and
facilitation of teacher training workshops as well as managing and overseeing field operations of
projects.

EDUCATIONAL QUALIFICATION:

Degree Institution
Bachelors in Arts (Hons) Eden College

PERSONAL INTERESTS: Enjoys cooking meals for family and friends as well as going on
adventurous journeys.
MANTRA IN LIFE: “Yes, I can.”

Afroza Sultana
Training Manager

DEPARTMENT: Design Lab

OFFICE EXTENSION NUMBER: 2115

PROFESSIONAL EXPERTISE: Training coordinator, development and conducting of training
modules, curriculum & teachers’ guide development, textbook refinement.

EDUCATIONAL QUALIFICATION:
Degrees Institutions
Master of Education Brunel University, UK
Master of Science (Mathematics) Eden College, Dhaka

University

PERSONAL INTERESTS: Enjoys spending time with family.
MANTRA IN LIFE: “Don’t be late.”

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