As a doctoral student concentrating in clinical psychology, Aliya's research revolves around religion, power, patriarchy, and gender relations in the lives of American Muslim women.
As part of a community psychology course, she reached out to the All Dulles Area Muslim Society. Her goal was to bring her research to bear on the organization's activities. She contracted with the group on an exploration of the health of American Muslim marriages.
With her advisor, she created a theoretical model of the process of individual empowerment. It is to be published in American Psychology.
In recognition of her accomplishments, Aliya was awarded a Dean's Challenge Fellowship for 2010-2011.
Aliya was a highly successful Mason undergraduate. She completed the psychology honors program and graduated summa cum laude with a BS in psychology and a minor in Islamic Studies.