Athena Kheibari

Athena Kheibari

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Started UK doctoral program: 2014

Area of research interest: Understanding the underlying causes of stigma, particularly related to suicide, and factors associated with suicide stigma.

Dissertation chair: Dr. Julie Cerel

Mentor: Dr. Julie Cerel; Dr. Jay Miller

Working title of dissertation: Terror Management Theory and Suicide Attitudes

Current Position:

(1) Graduate assistant for UK Transformative Learning program and (2) part-time capital mitigation investigation

Publications:

Kheibari, A., Cerel, J., & Sanford, R. (2018). Attitudes about suicide ideation among suicide loss survivors: A vignette study. Psychological Reports. https://doi.org/10.1177/0033294118795882

Victor, G., Kheibari, A., Staton-Tindall, M. & Oser, C. (2018). Appalachian women’s use of substance abuse treatment: Examining the Behavioral Model for Vulnerable Populations. Journal of Social Work Practice in Addictions. https://doi.org/10.1080/1533256X.2018.1450264

Kheibari, A., Victor, G., Gutti, S. S., Gutti, S. N., Rao, S., Kitzman, P., & Dignan, M. (2018). Smoking and stroke in Appalachian Kentucky. Journal of Neurology and Neurobiology, 1(1), 1-4. doi:10.31487/j.NNB.2018.10.006

Miller, J., Benner, K., Kheibari, A., & Washington, E. (2017). Conceptualizing on-campus support programs for collegiate foster youth and alumni: A plan for action. Children and Youth Services Review, 83, 57-67. doi:10.1016/j.childyouth.2017.10.028

Grant Funding:

College of Social Work Pilot Funding Award (04/01/2018). Project title: Suicide Attitudes from a Terror Management Theory Perspective (Amount $2,120). Role: PI

College of Social Work Pilot Funding Award (PI: Carlton Craing, PhD; 05/01/2015). Project title: Does a Parenting Skills Group Decrease Child Abuse Potential? (Amount $10,000). Role: Co-PI

Presentations:

Kheibari, A., Cerel, J., Brown, A., & Williams, S. (2018, April). Are suicide attitudes different in suicide attempt survivors? Poster presented at the 51st Annual American Association of Suicidology, Washington, D.C.

Williams, S., Frey, L., Cerel, J., Brown, M., & Kheibari, A. (2018, April). Loss survivor perceptions of suicide: Comparing the United States and Japan. Paper presented at the 51st Annual American Association of Suicidology, Washington, D.C.

Kheibari, A., & Victor, G. (2017, November). Existential terror, social injustice, and the death penalty. Paper presented at the American Society of Criminology 73rd Annual Meeting, Philadelphia, PA.

Victor, G., Kheibari, A., Staton-Tindall, M. & Oser, C. (2017, June). Appalachian women’s use of substance abuse treatment: Examining the behavioral model for vulnerable populations. Poster presented at the College on Problems of Drug Dependence Annual Meeting, Montreal, Canada.

Miller, J., Benner, K., & Kheibari, A. (2017, March). Identifying collegiate supports for foster youth and alumni: A plan for action. Paper presented at the Association of Baccalaureate Social Work Program Directors Annual Conference, New Orleans, LA.

Miller, J., Benner, K., & Kheibari, A. (2016, November). Conceptualizing support programs for collegiate foster youth: A plan for academic administrators. Poster presented at the Council on Social Work Education 62nd Annual Program Meeting, Atlanta, GA.

Kheibari, A. & Victor, G. (2016, June). The role of terror management theory and social injustice in capital punishment. Oral presentation at the National Organization of Forensic Social Work Annual Conference, New Orleans, LA.

Victor, G., Kheibari, A., & Staton-Tindall, M. (2016, June). An examination of risk factors predicting injection drug use among previously incarcerated rural women. Poster presented at the National Organization of Forensic Social Work Annual Conference, New Orleans, LA.

Kheibari, A., Sanford, R., Frey, L., & Cerel, J. (2016, April). Personal experience with stigma in adults bereaved by suicide and suicide attempt survivors: A qualitative study. Poster presented at the 49th Annual American Association of Suicidology, Chicago, IL. doi:10.13140/RG.2.2.23214.82248

Kheibari, A., Sanford, R., Frey, L., & Cerel, J. (2016, January). Exploring attitudes toward suicide in adults bereaved by suicide and suicide attempt survivors. Poster presented at the Society for Social Work and Research 20th Annual Conference Anniversary, Washington, D.C. doi:10.13140/RG.2.2.10107.62243

Houston, J. F., Jaggi, N., Hebert, J. R., Gallagher, A. D., Cromo, M., Kheibari, A. (2015, November). Impact of targeted communications within a National Cancer Institute Center to reduce cancer health disparities geographical management of Cancer Health Disparities Program Regional Network. Poster presented at the 8th AACR Conference on the Science of Cancer Health Disparities in Racial/Ethnic Minorities and the Medically Underserved, Atlanta, GA.

Gutti, S., Gutti, S., Kitzman, P., Kheibari, A., Johnson, A., & Dignan, M. (2015, March). Geographic distribution of stroke in the Big Sandy area development district. Poster presented at the 10th Annual Center for Clinical and Translational Science Spring Conference, Lexington, KY.

Kheibari, A., & Chan, J. Y. (2014, August). Attitudes toward suicide survivors. Poster presented at the 122nd Annual Convention of the American Psychological Association, Washington, D.C.

Kheibari, A., Musial, J., Drake, P., Henry, A., & McAuslan, P. (2012, May). Special education service among traditional public schools and public academy schools within the city of Detroit. Poster presented at the 84th annual meeting of the Midwestern Psychological Association, Chicago, IL.

McDowell, J., Kheibari, A., Balaghi, D., & Bollinger, M., (2012, May). Religious stereotypes and attitudes in college students. Poster presented at the 84th annual meeting of the Midwestern Psychological Association, Chicago, IL.

Kheibari, A., & Musial, J. (2011, May). A comparison of special education service among traditional public schools and public-school academies. Poster presented and journal published at the 20th annual Meeting of the Minds, Rochester, MI.

MA, Social Psychology. Ball State University

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