Dr. Abir Bekhet
Associate Professor
Phone

(414) 288-3847
abir.bekhet@marqutte.edu

Specialization / Certification
Mental Health Nursing and positive psychological concepts.

Highest Degree
PhD, Case Western Reserve University

Brief Statement of Scholarly Interests
Effects of positive cognitions, resourcefulness, and resilience in overcoming adversity in vulnerable populations.


Titles of Courses Recently Taught

SELECTED PUBLICATIONS: (* italics indicate students’ names) (60+ publications)

2017 Bekhet, A. (2017).  Online Positive Thinking Training Intervention for Caregivers: Necessity, Acceptability, and Feasibility.  Issues in Mental Health Nursing, 38 (5), 443-448.

2017  Bekhet, A. (2017).  Positive Thinking Training Intervention for Caregivers of Persons with Autism: Establishing Fidelity.  Archives of Psychiatric Nursing, 31(3), 306-310.

2017 Bekhet, A., & Sjostedt, J.* (2017). Resilience in the Lives of Caregivers of Persons With Dementia: Caregivers’ Perspectives.  Archives of Psychiatric Nursing (accepted for publication)

2017  Bekhet, A., &  Garnier-Villarreal, M (2017). The Positive Thinking Skills Scale: A Screening Measure for Early Identification of Depressive Thoughts. Applied Nursing Research, 38, 5-8.

2017  Bekhet, A., Murrock, C., Mu, Q., * & Singh-Gill, H.  (2017). Nursing Students' Perception of the Stigma of Mental Illness. SM Journal of Nursing, 3(2), 1013.

2017  Bekhet, A.K. & Matel-Anderson, D.* (2017).  Risk and Protective Factors in the Lives of Caregivers of Persons with Autism: Caregivers’ Perspectives. Perspectives in Psychiatric Care, 53(3), 199-207.

2017  Bekhet, A., Zauszniewski, J.A., & Stark, N. (2017). Depression in Older Adults.  Encyclopedia of Nursing Research 4th Edition by Joyce J. Fitzpatrick. Publisher: Springer Publishing Company, Incorporated.

2016 Matel-Anderson, D.* & Bekhet, A.K.  (2016). Resilience in Adolescents Who Survived a Suicide Attempt from the Perspective of a Registered Nurse in a Psychiatric Facility. Issues in Mental Health Nursing, 37(11), 839-846.

2016 Bekhet, A.K. (2016). The Mediating Effects of Positive Cognitions on Autism Caregivers' depression and their Children Challenging Behaviors.  Archives of Psychiatric Nursing, 30, 13-18.

2016 Bekhet, A.K., & Zauszniewski, J.A. (2016). The Effect of a Resourcefulness Training Intervention on Relocation Adjustment and Adaptive Functioning among Older Adults in Retirement Communities.  Issues in Mental Health Nursing, 37(3), 182-9

2016 Murrock, C.J., & Bekhet, A.K. (2016).  Music Therapy: A concept analysis. Research and Theory for Nursing Practice: An International Journal, 30 (1), 44-59

2016 Murrock, C.J., & Bekhet, A.K., Zauszniewski, J.A. (2016). Psychometric Evaluation of the Physical Activity Enjoyment Scale in Adults with Functional Limitations". Issues in Mental Health Nursing, 37, 1–8 

2015 Bekhet, A. (2015).  Resourcefulness in African American and Caucasian caregivers of persons with Dementia: Associations with Perceived Burden, Depression, anxiety, positive cognitions, and psychological well-being". Perspectives in Psychiatric Care, 51(4), 285-294.

2015 Zauszniewski, J. A., Bekhet, A. & Suresky, J. (2015). Indicators of Resilience in Family Members of Adults with Serious Mental Illness. Psychiatric Clinics of North America, 38(1), 131-146.

2015  Bekhet, A.K. (2015). Relocation adjustment in older adults. The Encyclopedia of  Adulthood and Aging.  Published Online: 21 DEC 2015 DOI:10.1002/9781118521373.wbeaa056

2014  Bekhet, A. & Zauszniewski, J. A. (2014). Chronic Conditions in Elders in Assisted Living Facilities: Associations with Daily Functioning, Self-assessed Health, and Depressive Symptoms. Archives of Psychiatric Nursing, 28(6), 399-404

2014  Bekhet, A. & Zauszniewski, J. A. (2014). Psychometrics of Resourcefulness Scale among Caregivers of Persons with Autism Spectrum Disorders. Western Journal of Nursing Research, 36(5), 685-702

2014 Suresky, J. Zauszniewski, J. A., Bekhet, A. (2014). Factors Affecting Disruption in Families of Adults with Mental Illness. Perspectives in Psychiatric Care, 50(4), 235-42.

2014  Bekhet, A. & Zauszniewski, J.A. (2014). Individual Characteristics and Relocation Factors Affecting Adjustment among Relocated American and Egyptian Older Adults. Issues in Mental Health Nursing, 35, 80-87.

2014  Zauszniewski, J.A., & Bekhet, A. (2014). Factors Associated with Emotional Distress Expressed by Women Family Members of Adults with Serious Mental Illness.  Archives of Psychiatric Nursing, 28, 102-107.  

2014 Bekhet, A. & Zauszniewski, J.A. (2014).  Psychometric properties of the Index of Relocation Adjustment.  Journal of Applied Gerontology, 33 (4), 436 - 453.

2014  Bekhet, A. (2014). Self-assessed Health in Caregivers of Persons with Autism: Associations with Depressive Symptoms, Positive Cognitions, Resourcefulness, and Well-being. Perspectives in Psychiatric Care, 50, 210-217

2014  Johnson, N.L., Bekhet, A., Robinson, K., & Rodriguez, D.* (2014). Attributed Meanings and Strategies to Prevent Challenging Behaviors of Hospitalized Children with Autism: Two Perspectives. Journal of Pediatric Health Care, 28(5), 386-393.

2013  Bekhet, A. (2013). Effects of Positive Cognitions and Resourcefulness on Caregiver Burden among Caregivers of Persons with Dementia. International Journal of Mental Health Nursing, 22, 340–346.

 2013  Bekhet, A. & Zauszniewski, J.  (2013). Measuring Use of Positive Thinking Skills Scale: Psychometric testing of a new scale. Western Journal of Nursing Research, 35 (8), 1074-1093.

 2013 Bekhet, A. & Zauszniewski, J. A. (2013a). Psychometric Assessment of the Depressive Cognition Scale in caregivers of persons with dementia. Issues in Mental Health Nursing, 34(9), 678-684.

 2013  Bekhet, A. & Zauszniewski, J.A. (2013b).  Psychometrics of the Depressive Cognition Scale in Caregivers of Persons with Autism Spectrum Disorders. Archives of Psychiatric Nursing, 27(2), 96-100.

2013  Bekhet, A. & Zauszniewski, J.A. (2013).  Resourcefulness, positive cognitions, relocation controllability, and relocation adjustment among older people: A cross sectional study of cultural differences.  International Journal of Older People Nursing, 8, 244-252.

2012 Bekhet, A. & Zauszniewski, J.A. (2012b).  Methodological triangulation:  An approach to understanding data. Nurse Researcher, 20 (2), 40-43.

 2012  Zauszniewski, J.A., & Bekhet, A. (2012). Developing a Screening Measure for Early Detection of Depressive Symptoms:  The Depressive Cognition Scale.  Western Journal of Nursing Research, 34 (2), 228 - 242.

2012 Bekhet, A. & Zauszniewski, J.A.  (2012). Mental health of elders in retirement communities: Is loneliness a key factor? Archives of Psychiatric Nursing, 26(3), 214-224.

2012 Bekhet, A., Zauszniewski, J.A, & Matel-Anderson, D.* (2012). Resourcefulness Training Intervention: Assessing Critical Parameters from Relocated Older Adults’ Perspectives. Issues in Mental Health Nursing, 33 (7), 430–435.

2012  Bekhet, A., Johnson, N., & Zauszniewski, J.A. (2012).  Resilience among family members of persons with autism. Issues in Mental Health Nursing, 33 (10), 650-656.

2012 Zauszniewski, J.A, Bekhet, A., & Haberlein, S* (2012).  A Decade of Published Evidence for Psychiatric and Mental Health Nursing Interventions. Online Journal of Issues in Nursing (OJIN) 17(3), http://www.nursingworld.org

2012 Bekhet, A., Johnson, N., & Zauszniewski, J.A. (2012). Effects on Resilience of Caregivers of persons with Autism Spectrum Disorder: The Role of Positive Cognitions. Journal of the American Psychiatric Nurses Association, 18 (6), 337-344.

2012 Bekhet, A.K., & Zauszniewski, J.A. (2012). Theoretical substruction illustrated by the theory of resourcefulness.In Perspectives in Nursing Theory, 6th ed. published by Lippincott Williams & Wilkins. First published in Research and Theory for Nursing Practice.

2011  Bekhet, A., ElGeunidi, M., & Zauszniewski, J.A. (2011).  The effects of positive cognitions on the relationship between alienation and resourcefulness in nursing students in Egypt.  Issues in Mental Health Nursing, 32, 35-41.

2011 Bekhet, A., Fouad, R., & Zauszniewski, J.A. (2011). The role of positive cognitions in Egyptian elders relocation adjustment.  Western Journal of Nursing Research, 33 (1) 121-135.

2011 Bekhet, A. & Zauszniewski, J.A. (2011). Creating a therapeutic milieu in retirement communities.  Issues in Mental Health Nursing, 32(5), 327-334.

2011 Zauszniewski, J.A., & Bekhet, A.  (2011). Measuring Use of Resourcefulness Skills: Psychometric Testing of a New Scale. International Scholarly Research Network Journal.

2011 McDonald, P. E., Zauszniewski, J. A., & Bekhet, A.  (2011). Measurement of Acceptance of Long-Standing Health Problems: Psychometrics of an Adapted Scale.  Issues in Mental Health Nursing, 32 (7), 416-423.

2011 Bekhet, A., Zauszniewski, J.A., & Nakhla, W. (2011). Psychometric properties of the Pressure to Move Scale in relocated American Older Adults: Further Psychometric Evaluation.  Issues in Mental Health Nursing, 32 (10), 711-716.

2011  McDonald, P. E., Zauszniewski, J. A., Bekhet, A., DeHelian, L., & Morris, D. (2011). The effect of acceptance training on psychological and physical health outcomes in elders with chronic conditions.  Journal of National Black Nurses Association, 22(2), 11-19.   

2011 Zauszniewski, J.A., Bekhet, A., & Wykle, M. (2011). Depression in older adults.  Encyclopedia of Nursing Research, Third Edition by Joyce J. Fitzpatrick and Meredith Kazer. Publisher: Springer Publishing Company, Incorporated.

2010 Bekhet, A. & Zauszniewski, J.A. (2010). Psychometric properties of the Arabic version of the depressive cognition scale in First Year Adolescents Egyptian Nursing Students.  Journal of Nursing Measurements, 18(3), 143-152.

2010 McDonald, P. E., Zauszniewski, J. A., Bekhet, A. (2010). Cultural Comparison of Chronic Conditions, Functional Status, and Acceptance in Older African-American and White Adults.   Journal of the National Black Nurses Association, 21(1), 1-6.

2010  Zauszniewski, J.A., & Bekhet, A., & Suresky, M.J.  (2010). Resilience in Family Members of Persons with Serious Mental Illness. Nursing Clinics of North America, 45(4), 613-626.

2010 Zauszniewski, J.A., Bekhet, A., & Bonham, B. (2010). Psychometric Testing of the Children’s Resourcefulness Scale.  Journal of Child and Adolescent Psychiatric Nursing, 23(3), 181-188.

2009 Zauszniewski, J.A., & Bekhet, A., & Suresky, M.J.  (2009a). Effects on Resilience of Women Family Caregivers of Seriously Mentally Ill Adults: The Role of Positive Cognitions. Archives of Psychiatric Nursing, 23(6), 412-22.

2009 Bekhet, A. & Zauszniewski, J.A. & Nakhla, W. (2009). Reasons for relocation to  retirement communities: A qualitative approach.  Western Journal of Nursing Research, 31(4), 462-479.

2009  Zauszniewski, J.A., & Bekhet, A. (2009). Depressive Symptoms in Elderly Women with Chronic Conditions: Aging and Mental Health, 13(1), 64-72.

2009  Zauszniewski, J.A., Bekhet, A., & Suresky, M.J. (2009b). Relationships among perceived burden, depressive cognitions, resourcefulness, and quality of life in female relatives of seriously mentally ill adults. Issues in Mental Health Nursing, 30(3), 142-150.

2008  Bekhet, A., Zauszniewski, J.A. & Wykle, M. (February, 2008). Midwest Nursing Research Society Sage Best Paper Award: Milieu Change and Relocation Adjustment in Elders.  Western Journal of Nursing Research, 30(1), 113-129.

2008  Bekhet, A. & Zauszniewski, J.A. & Nakhla, W. (February, 2008). Happiness: Theoretical and Empirical Considerations. Nursing Forum, 43(1), 12-23.

2008  Bekhet, A. & Zauszniewski, J.A. (2008). Theoretical Substruction illustrated by the theory of Learned Resourcefulness. Research and Theory for Nursing Practice, 22 (3), 205-214.

2008 Bekhet, A. & Zauszniewski, J.A., & Nakhla, W. (2008). Loneliness: A Concept Analysis. Nursing Forum, 43(4), 207-213.

2008 Suresky, M. J., Zauszniewski, J. A., & Bekhet, A. (2008). Sense of Coherence and Quality of Life in Female Family Members of the Seriously Mentally Ill. Issues in Mental Health Nursing, 29(3), 265-278.

2008 Zauszniewski, J.A., Bekhet, A.K., & Suresky, M.J. (2008).  Factors associated with perceived burden, resourcefulness, and quality of life in female family members of adults with serious mental illness. Journal of the American Psychiatric Nurses Association, 14(2), 125-135.

2007  Zauszniewski, J. A., Bekhet, A., Lai, C., McDonald, P. E., & Musil, C. M. (2007). Effects of Teaching Resourcefulness and Acceptance on Affect, Behavior, and Cognition of Chronically Ill Elders. Issues in Mental Health Nursing, 28(6), 575-592.

2007 Zauszniewski, J., Suresky M.J., Bekhet, A., & Kidd, L. (May 14, 2007). Moving from Tradition to Evidence: A Review of Psychiatric Nursing Intervention Studies. Online Journal of Issues in Nursing 12 (2), http://nursingworld.org/ojin/hirsh/topic4/tpc4_4.htm

2007  Zauszniewski, J. A., & Bekhet, A. (March, 2007). Book review of Grieving Mental Illness (2002) by Virginia Lafond. Criminal Justice Review, 32(1), 88-90.

2007  Letter to the editor On “Evidence for Psychiatric Nursing Practice: An analysis of three years of published research” by Cynthia W. Kelly reply by authors: M. Jane Suresky, Jaclene A. Zauszniewski, & Abir K. Bekhet. Online Journal of Issues in Nursing (April 26, 2007).

Honors and Awards: (* indicates students’ involvement)

RECENT PRESENTATIONS: (* italics indicate students’ names)

Refereed Conference Presentations:

2017     Bekhet. A. (2017). Establishing Fidelity of the Positive Thinking Training Intervention for Autism Caregivers. The 19th International Society of Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurses Annual Conference. Baltimore, Maryland (Paper).

2017     Bekhet. A. (2017). Positive Thinking Training Intervention for Caregivers of Persons with Autism Spectrum Disorders: Is there a need? The 19th International Society of Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurses Annual Conference. Baltimore, Maryland (Paper).

2017    Matel-Anderson, D., * & Bekhet, A. Resilience in Adolescents who survived a suicide attempt. The 19th International Society of Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurses Annual Conference. Baltimore, Maryland (Poster).

2017    Bekhet. A. (2017). Positive Thinking Training Intervention for Autism Caregivers: Establishing Fidelity. The 41st Midwest Nursing Research Society Annual Research Conference.  Minneapolis (Paper)

2017    Murrock, C.J., & Bekhet, A.K. (2017). Reliability and Validity of the Physical Activity Enjoyment Scale in Adults with Physical Limitations. The 41st Midwest Nursing Research Society Annual Research Conference, Minneapolis (Paper)

2017    Kobiskie, K., & Bekhet, A. (2017). Pre-death grief, resourcefulness, and positive thinking among caregivers of partners with young onset dementia. The 41st Midwest Nursing Research Society Annual Research Conference, Minneapolis (student poster).

2017    Kobiske, K., * & Bekhet, A.K. (2016). Pre-death Grief, Resourcefulness, and Positive Thinking among Caregivers of Partners with Young Onset Dementia. Celebration of PhD Student Progress, Marquette University (Poster), April 28, 2017

2017   Bekhet. A. (2017). Positive Thinking Training Intervention for Autism Caregivers: Assessing Critical Parameters. The 2017 Building Bridges to Research Based Nursing Practice Conference, Milwaukee, WI (Poster) 

2016     Bekhet. A., Matel-Anderson, D.*, & Kobiske, K.* The Mediating Effects of Positive Cognitions on Dementia Caregivers' Burden and their Care Recipients Behavior Problems. Forward Thinking Poster Session/ Colloquy Presentation, Marquette University (poster).

2016    Matel-Anderson, D.*, & Bekhet, A.K.  The Mediating Effects of Perceived Social Support and Positive Thinking on the Relationship between Self-esteem and Resiliency among Undergraduate Students. Forward Thinking Poster Session/ Colloquy Presentation, Marquette University (poster).

2016     Bekhet. A. (2016). Online Positive Thinking Training for Autism caregivers: Feasibility and Acceptability.  The APNA 30th Annual Conference, October 19-22, 2016 in Hartford, Connecticut.

2016      Bekhet, A. K.  & Zauszniewski, J. A. (2016).  The Effect of a Resourcefulness Training Intervention on Relocation Adjustment and Adaptive Functioning among Older Adults in Retirement Communities.  The Midwest Nursing Research Society 40th Annual Scientific Conference, Milwaukee, WI, March, 2016. Paper presentation.

2016     Bekhet, A. K.  & Murrock, C.J. (2016). Nursing Students’ Perception of Mental Illness: A Qualitative Study. Accepted as a poster for the Midwest Nursing Research Society 40th Annual Scientific Conference, Milwaukee, WI, March, 2016. Poster Presentation

2016     Sarsour, I.*, & Bekhet, A.K. (2016). The Relationship between Positive Thinking, Religion, and Health from the Perspectives of Arab University Students. Marquette University.  Coughlin Hall, Milwaukee, WI, July 2016. Poster and paper presentation. McNair program

2016      Bekhet, A.K. & Atyan, A.* (2016). Escalation: Raising the college students' awareness of warning signs of abusive relationships. Mission Week, Earthjustice committing to our sacred world.  Marquette University AMU (poster).

2016      Bekhet, A. K.  & Zauszniewski, J. A. (2016).  The impact of a resourcefulness training intervention on relocated older adults’ adjustment. The 2016 Building Bridges to Research Based Nursing Practice Conference, Milwaukee, WI (Paper)

2016      Murrock, C.J., & Bekhet, A.K. (2016). Psychometric Evaluation of the Physical Activity Enjoyment Scale in Adults with Functional Limitations". The 2016 Building Bridges to Research Based Nursing Practice Conference, Milwaukee, WI (Poster)

2016      Bekhet, A. K.  & Murrock, C.J. (2016). Nursing Students’ Perception of the stigma of mental illness. The 2016 Building Bridges to Research Based Nursing Practice Conference. Milwaukee, WI (Poster)

2016       Kobiske, K.,* & Bekhet, A.K. (2016). Pre-death Grief, Resourcefulness, and Positive Thinking among Caregivers of Partners with Young Onset Dementia. Celebration of PhD Student Progress, Marquette University (Poster)

2015      Bekhet, A.K., Zauszniewski, J. A., & Mu, Q.* (2015).  Risk & Resistance factors: Autism caregivers’ adaptation.  The 2015 International Society of Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Psychopharmacology Institute and Annual Conference: “Looking to the Future: Interprofessional Relationships and Collaborations in Mental Health,” Seattle, Washington (poster).

2015       Matel-Anderson, D.*, & Bekhet, A.K.  (2015). Resilience in Adolescents Who Survived a Suicide Attempt. The 2015 International Society of Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Psychopharmacology Institute and Annual Conference: “Looking to the Future: Interprofessional Relationships and Collaborations in Mental Health,” Seattle, Washington (poster).

2015      Bekhet, A., & Matel-Anderson, D.* (2015).  The Lived Experience of Being a Caregiver of a Person with Autism Spectrum Disorder: An Application of Resilience Theory. The 2015 International Society of Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Psychopharmacology Institute and Annual Conference: “Looking to the Future Interprofessional Relationships and Collaborations in Mental Health,” Seattle, Washington (paper).

2015        Bekhet, A. K.  & Zauszniewski, J. A. (2015). Chronic conditions in elders in assisted living facilities: Associations with daily functioning, self-assessed health, and depressive symptoms. Submitted to The American Psychiatric Nurses Association (APNA) 29th Annual Conference.  Lake Buena Vista, Florida (poster).

2015      Matel-Anderson, D.* Bekhet, A.K. (2015). The Mediating Effects of Positive Thinking and Perceived Social Support on the Relationship between Self-esteem and Resiliency among Adolescents Admitted for Suicide Attempt. Forward Thinking Poster Session/ Colloquy Presentation, Marquette University (poster).

2015     Kobiske, K.,* & Bekhet, A.K. (2015). Pre-death Grief, Resourcefulness, and Positive Thinking Among Caregivers of Partners with Young Onset Dementia. Forward Thinking Poster Session/ Colloquy Presentation, Marquette University (poster).

2015      Bekhet, A.K. & Atyan, A.* (2015). Escalation: Raising the college students' awareness of warning signs of abusive relationships. Forward Thinking Poster Session/ Colloquy Presentation, Marquette University (poster).

2015      Bekhet, A.K., & Kobiske, K., * Matel-Anderson, D.* (2015). Psychometrics of the Positive Thinking Skills Scale in Dementia Caregivers. Forward Thinking Poster Session/ Colloquy Presentation, Marquette University (poster).

2015       Bekhet, A. K.  & Zauszniewski, J. A. (2015). Psychometric properties of the resourcefulness scale among caregivers of persons with autism spectrum disorders.  The 17th Annual Southeastern Wisconsin Nursing Research. Marquette University, Milwaukee, WI (Paper).

2015       Bekhet, A. K.  & Zauszniewski, J. A. (2015). Chronic conditions in elders in assisted living facilities: Associations with daily functioning, self-assessed health, and depressed symptoms. The 17th Annual Southeastern Wisconsin Nursing Research. Marquette University, Milwaukee, WI (poster).

2015       Kobiske, K. * & Bekhet, A.K. (2015). Resilience in caregivers of partners with young onset dementia: A concept analysis. Celebration of PhD Student Progress, Marquette University (Poster)

2015        Matel-Anderson, D.*, & Bekhet, A.K.  (2015). Resilience in Adolescents Who Survived a Suicide Attempt. Celebration of PhD Student Progress, Marquette University (Poster)

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