Dr. Abir Bekhet
Assistant Professor

(414) 288-3847

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
(selected from 41 publications)

Bekhet, A. & Zauszniewski, J.A. (2012, in press).  Psychometrics of the Depressive Cognition Scale in Caregivers of Persons with Autism Spectrum Disorders. Archives of Psychiatric Nursing (accepted for publication).

Bekhet, A. (September, 2012). Effects of Positive Cognitions and Resourcefulness on  Caregiver Burden among Caregivers of Persons with Dementia. International Journal of Mental Health Nursing. 2012 Sep 25. doi: 10.1111/j.1447-0349.2012.00877.x. [Epub ahead of print] 

Bekhet, A., Johnson, N., & Zauszniewski, J.A. (2012, in press). Effects on Resilience  of Caregivers of persons with Autism Spectrum Disorder: The Role of Positive Cognitions. Journal of the American Psychiatric Nurses Association (accepted for publication). Scheduled for November-December issue.

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.

Bekhet, A. & Zauszniewski, J.A.  (November, 2012).  Methodological triangulation: An approach to full understanding of data. Nurse Researcher (accepted for    publication). Scheduled for November 2012 issue.

Zauszniewski, J.A, Bekhet, A., & Sara, H. (September, 2012).  A Decade of Published Evidence for Psychiatric and Mental Health Nursing Interventions. Online Journal of Issues in Nursing (OJIN) 17(3), available at: www.nursingworld.org

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.

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.

Bekhet, A. & Zauszniewski, J.A. (2012).  Psychometric properties of the Index of Relocation Adjustment.  Journal of Applied Gerontology. First published online on June 25, 2012 as doi:10.1177/0733464812450072.

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.

Bekhet, A. & Zauszniewski, J.A. (2012).  Resourcefulness, positive cognitions, relocation controllability, and relocation adjustment among older people: A cross sectional study of cultural differences.  International Journal of Older People Nursing 2012 Jul 24. doi: 10.1111/j.1748-3743.2012.00341.

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

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.

Bekhet, A., Fouad, R., & Zauszniewski, J.A. ( 2011). The role of positive cognitions in Egyptian elders relocation adjustment.  (Selected for 2010 MNRS/WJNR Outstanding Faculty Paper Award) first published on October 8, 2010. Western Journal of Nursing Research, 33 (1) 121-135.

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

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The Marquette Neighborhood Health Center

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