Zahra Fazli Khalaf

Assistant Professor

Zahra Fazli Khalaf
College of Health & Human Sciences


New Science Building Room 362
MAWomen’s and Gender Studies / University of North Texas
Ph.D.Psychology / University of Malaya
M.S.Counseling and Guidance / Islamic Azad University
B.S.Midwifery / Shahid Behesti University of Medical Sciences and Health-Treatment Services


Dr. Zahra Fazli Khalaf is an Assistant Professor of Psychology (Tenure Track). She received her Ph.D. in Psychology with a concentration in gender and sexual health. She also completed a Master of Arts in Women's and Gender Studies, and a Master of Science in Mental Health Counseling.

Dr. Khalaf teaches courses on Psychological Research Methods, Psychology of Women, and Applied Health Psychology.

Spring 2024:
-Methods of Psychological Research
-Psychological Statistics

Research Interests

Dr. Khalaf conducts research studies on women’s health, gender, and sexuality, as well as the impact of psychosocial determinants of health on marginalized populations. Integrating the principles of humanistic psychology into her research practices, she applies Intersectionality, and Critical Race Feminist theory and methods to investigate the impact of multiple social identities (gender, sexuality, race, class…) and other social hierarchies on health behaviors, health risks, and health care utilization. She also creates culturally tailored and community-based interventions for health promotion and disease prevention. Her current research projects focus on the experience of unplanned pregnancies and the barriers to reproductive health care utilization. She is also working on a research project to pilot community-based intervention models for HIV prevention among previously incarcerated women.

Recent Publications

  • Shayesteh Jahanfar, Zahra Fazli Khalaf (2022). (Level of sexual health knowledge and one-night stand relationships among university students). (3) 14, Global Journal of Health Science.
  • Zahra Fazli Khalaf, Jun Wei Liow, Sivalingam Nalliah, Andrew Foong (2022). (When Health Intersects with Gender and Sexual Diversity: Medical Students’ Attitudes towards LGBTQ Patients). 14, pp. 1-24. Journal of Homosexuality.
  • Zahra Fazli Khalaf (2021). (Diversity Without Inclusion: The Experience of Female Graduate Students of Color at a Minority Serving Institution (MSI)). 1, pp. 88. University of North Texas https://digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc1833490/.
  • Andrew LS Foong, Jun Wei Liow, Sivalingam Nalliah, Wah Yun Low, Zahra Fazli Khalaf (2020). (Attitudes of Future Doctors Towards LGBT Patients in Conservative Malaysian Society). 24, pp. 1358-1375. Sexuality & Culture.
  • Elaine Wan Ling Chan, Poh Sin Yap, Zahra Fazli Khalaf (2019). (Factors associated with high strain in caregivers of Alzheimer's disease (AD) in Malaysia). (4) 40, pp. 380-385. Geriatric Nursing.
  • Muneer Babar, Syed Hasan, Sufyan Akram, Ismail Burud, Zahra Fazli Khalaf, Kenneth Reckelhoff (2018). (Living with Empathy in the 21st Century). In V Lim, P Lim, J Mak, (Embracing Tomorrow's Challenges) pp. 167-212. Embracing Tomorrow's Challenges.
  • Siew Ching Goy, Yut Lin Wong, Wah Yun Low, Siti Nurani Mohd Noor, Zahra Fazli Khalaf (2018). (Swimming against the tide in STEM education and gender equality: a problem of recruitment or retention). (11) 43, pp. 1793-1809. Studies in Higher Education.
  • Zahra Fazli Khalaf, Jun Wei Liow, Wah Yun Low, Behzad Ghorbani, Effat Merghati-Khoei (2018). (Young Women’s Experience of Sexuality: A Battle of Pleasure and Sexual Purity in the Context of Malaysian Society). 22, pp. 849–864. Sexuality & Culture.
  • Jun Wei Liow, Zahra Fazli Khalaf, Andrew Foong (2017). (The experience of intimate relationships among homosexual men). (4) 21, pp. 1140-1156. Sexuality & Culture.
  • Alexander Lourdes Samy, Zahra Fazli Khalaf, Wah-Yun Low (2015). (Mental Health in the Asia-Pacific Region: An Overview). (2) 10, pp. 9-18. International Journal of Behavioral Sciences.
  • Zahra Fazli Khalaf, Wah Yun Low, Effat Merghati-Khoei, Behzad Ghorbani (2014). (Sexuality education in Malaysia: Perceived issues and barriers by professionals). (4) 26, pp. 358-366. Asia Pacific Journal of Public Health.
  • Zahra Fazli Khalaf, Wah Yun Low, Behzad Ghorbani, Effat Merghati Khoei (2013). (Perception of masculinity amongst young Malaysian men: a qualitative study of university students). 13, pp. 1-8. BMC Public Health.
  • Zohreh Behjati Ardekani, Mahdi Akhondi, Kourosh Kamali , Zahra Fazli Khalaf, Behzad Ghorbani (2011). (Mental Health Status of Patients Attending Avicenna Infertility Clinic). (4) 11, pp. 319-324. Journal of Reproduction And Infertility.
  • Zahra Fazli Khalaf, Abdollah Shafiabadi, Madjid Tarahomi (2008). (Psychological aspects of surrogate motherhood). (1) 9, pp. 43-49. Journal of Reproduction & Infertility.