Abir Bekhet, Ph.D., RN, HSMI

Abir Bekhet
Abir Bekhet, Ph.D., RN, HSMIMarquette University

Clark Hall, 333

MilwaukeeWI53201United States of America
(414) 288-3847

Associate Professor

Highest Degree and Institution

Ph.D., Case Western Reserve University

Courses Taught

HEAL 1025: Culture and Health (University Course)

NURS 2500:  Concepts and Interventions for the Promotion of Mental Health (new curriculum)

NURS 3500:  Mental Health Nursing Theory (Direct entry and undergraduate students)

NURS 5502:  Graduate Entry Students (GEM)-Mental Health Nursing

NURS 6005: Mental Health Theory

NURS 6995:  102 Independent Study in Nursing

NURS 8980 105:  Nursing Research Sem/Prac

NURS 8982:  101 Nursing Research/Practicum II

NURS 8999:  Doctoral dissertation

Research Interests

Effects of positive cognitions, resourcefulness, and resilience in overcoming adversity in vulnerable populations.

Professional Affiliations

Sigma Theta Tau International

Midwest Nursing Research Society

International Society of Psychiatric Mental Health Nurses (ISPN)

Council for the Advancement of Nursing Science (CANS)

American Psychiatric Nurses Association (APNA)

The Autism Society of Southeastern Wisconsin                                        

American Nurses Association (ANA)

Specialization

Mental Health Nursing

Positive Psychological Concepts

Certifications

Holistic Stress Management Instructor (HSMI)

Publications

Matel-Anderson, D.*, & Bekhet, A.K., & Garnier-Villarreal, M (2019).  Mediating Effects of Positive Thinking and Social Support on Suicide Resilience. Western Journal of Nursing Research, 41(1), 25-41

Matel-Anderson, D.*, & Bekhet, A.K. (2019). Psychometric Properties of the PositiveThinking Skills Scale Among College Students. Archives of Psychiatric Nursing, 33 (1), 65-69

Bekhet, A. K., Nakhla, V., Gohar, I., Oudeh, R., Gergis, M., Malik, N. (2018).  Cross-cultural Adaptation of the Arabic Version of the Positive Thinking Skills Scale.  Issues in Mental Health Nursing (accepted for publication)

Kobiske, K.*, Bekhet, A.K., Garnier-Villarreal, M. & Frenn, M. (2018). Pre-death grief, resourcefulness and perceived stress among partners of young onset dementia. Western Journal of Nursing Research, 1-17.   DOI: 10.1177/0193945918806689

Bekhet, A.K., & & Garnier-Villarreal, M (2018).  Factor Structure and Psychometric Properties of Cognitive-Behavioral Scales in Caregivers of Persons with DementiaInternational journal of psychology and psychoanalysis, 4(2), 1-9.

Bekhet, A.K., &  Garnier-Villarreal, M (2018).  Depression, Positive Thinking, Personal and Social Resourcefulness among Caregivers of Persons with Autism Spectrum Disorders. Archives of Psychiatric Nursing, 32, 823-827.

Bekhet, A.K., & Sarsour, I.* (2018). The Relationship Between Positive Thinking, Religion, and Health from the Perspectives of Arab University Students Journal of Clinical Trial and Case Report, 1(2), 106

Zauszniewski, J.A., Bekhet, A. K., & Herbell, K.* (2018). Comprehensive Evaluation of Interventions: Eight Vital Parameters. Nurse researcher, 26 (3), 20-25.

Bekhet, A. K., Zauszniewski, J.A., Matel-Anderson, D.*, Suresky, M., & Stonehouse, M.* (2018). Evidence for Psychiatric and Mental Health Nursing Interventions: An Update (2011 to 2015). The Online Journal of Issues in Nursing, 23 (2), Manuscript 4. DOI: 10.3912/OJIN.Vol23No02Man04

Kobiske, K., * & Bekhet, A. (2018).  Resilience in caregivers of partners with young onset dementia: A concept analysis.  Issues in Mental Health Nursing, 39(5), 411-419.

Bekhet, A., & Sjostedt, J.* (2018). Resilience in the Lives of Caregivers of Persons With Dementia: Caregivers’ Perspectives.  Archives of Psychiatric Nursing, 32(1), 19-23

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.

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

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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

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

Honors and Awards

2017 Waukesha Community Foundation Fund Award. “Pre-Death Grief, Resourcefulness, and Perceived stress among Caregivers of Partners with Young Onset Dementia. (Kobiske*& Bekhet).

2016 Delta Gamma At large Award for the project entitled “The Mediating Effects of Positive Cognitions on Dementia Caregivers' Burden and their Care Recipients Behavior Problems.” (Bekhet, PI)

2016 Strategic Innovation Fund Award for the project entitled: Escalation: Raising the college students’ awareness of warning signs of abusive relationships. (Bekhet, PI).

2016 Social innovation award winner for 2016 for the project entitled “The Mediating Effects of Perceived Social Support and Positive Thinking on the Relationship between Self-esteem and Resiliency among Undergraduate Students (Matel-Anderson* & Bekhet).

 

Funding

2019, Next Clinic: A Partnership targeting mental and developmental and developmental health for Milwaukee’s underserved children and families, Mental Health team member and developmental team member, Johnson Controls. The President’s Challenge

2018, A swimming program for children with ASD and its impact on their challenging behaviors and their caregiver’s psychological well-being (Johnson & Bekhet-PIs).

2018, Development of an effective fitness intervention for caregivers of children with Autism Spectrum Disorder (Johnson, Bekhet, Van Hecke, & Ng). The Autism Society of South Eastern Wisconsin

2018, Effects of Positive Thinking and Resourcefulness on Perceived Stress Among Hospice & Palliative Care Nurses (Gergis & Bekhet). The 2018 Towson University FDRC Award (Bekhet, Co-PI)

2018, Gendered Disabilities and Milwaukee Muslim Immigrants: Empowering Muslim Women, Health Providers, and Researchers to Understand Stigmatizing Effects of Disabilities and Promote Positive Change (Afinoguenova, Bekhet, Gibes, Baillargeon, Omar, & Othman). Marquette University 2017- 2018 Explorer Challenge.

2018, Positive Thinking Training Intervention for First Generation Middle Eastern Immigrants: Assessing Critical Parameters. (Bekhet, A., Nakhla, V., Oudeh, R., Malik, N., Maximous, M., & Gohar, I. Marquette University 2017- 2018 Explorer Challenge.

2018, 2018 Community Engaged Research Partnership Development Grant, “Examination of the feasibility of a peer-led Physical Activity for Life for Seniors (PALS) program at St. Camillus,” has been awarded full-funding through the Office of the Provost, and the Office of Community Engagement. (Barnes, Gretebeck, Bekhet, Keller, & Schroeder).

2017, Psychometric Properties of the Arabic Version of the Positive Thinking Skills Scale (A-PTSS) among First Generation Middle Eastern Immigrants.  Marquette International Research Award (Bekhet, A., Nakhla,V.*, Oudeh, R.*, Malik, N.*, Maximous, M., & Gohar, I.)

2017, Pre-Death Grief, Resourcefulness, and Perceived stress among Caregivers of Partners with Young Onset Dementia. Waukesha Community Foundation Fund (Kobiske*& Bekhet). 

2016, Social innovation award winner for the project entitled “The Mediating Effects of Perceived Social Support and Positive Thinking on the Relationship between self-esteem and suicide resiliency” (Matel-Anderson* & Bekhet)

2016, The Mediating Effects of Positive Cognitions on Dementia Caregivers' Burden and their Care Recipients Behavior Problems.  Sigma Theta Tau International Delta Gamma At-Large Chapter.

2016, Escalation: Raising the college students’ awareness of warning signs of abusive relationships. 2016 Strategic Innovation Fund Award.

2015, Online Positive Thinking Intervention in Caregivers of Persons with Autism Spectrum Disorders. 2015 Summer Faculty Fellowship (SFF) and a 2015 Regular Research Grant (RRG) Fund.

2014, The 2014 Forward Thinking Poster Session/Colloquy Award from the Office of the Vice Provost for Research and the Office of Research and Sponsored Programs for the project titled" Resilience in Adolescents Who Survived a Suicide Attempt from the Perspective of the Registered Nurse in a Psychiatric Facility" (Bekhet & Matel-Anderson*)

2014, “Risk & Resistance factors: Autism caregivers’ adaptation.” ISPN Foundation (International Society of Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurses(Bekhet, PI).


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