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Bakhtiari, Farin

Farin Bakhtiari





Graduate Student. Human Dev & Family Sci

Farin Bakhtiari is a doctoral candidate in the department of Human Development and Family Sciences working with Dr. Aprile Benner. She received her MA in General Experimental Psychology and her BA in psychology from California State University Northridge. 

Farin’s research interests focus on neighborhood, family, peers, and school climate in relation to substance use, academics, and well-being of children, adolescents, and emerging adults, particularly those from immigrant or under-represented families.

Research Grants

Bakhtiari, F. (PI). Alcohol use among Latina/o adolescents: The role of family and peer stressors. Ruth L. Kirschstein Predoctoral Individual National Research Service Award. National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (F31AA027158). Funded for $125,706 from 6/3/19 to 4/30/22.

Bakhtiari, F. (PI). Alcohol use among Latina/o adolescents: The role of immigration, family, and peer stressors. Department of Human Development and Family Sciences, University of Texas at Austin. Funded for $600 in Fall 2018. 

Bakhtiari, F. (PI)Young adults' well being in stepfamilies and Latino adolescents' delinquency and alcohol use. Chancellor’s Doctoral Incentive Program (CDIP), California State University. Funded for $1,652 in Fall 2018. 

Bakhtiari, F. (PI).Interparental conflict in stepfamilies and its impact on emerging adults’ well-being. Office of Research and Graduate Studies, California State University, Northridge. Funded for $1,000 in Spring 2015.

Journal Articles

Bakhtiari, F., Benner, A. D., & Plunkett, S. W. (2018). Life quality of university students from immigrant families in the United States. Family and Consumer Sciences Research Journal, 46, 333-346. doi:10.1111/fcsr.12260

Benner, A. D., Boyle, A. E., & Bakhtiari, F. (2017). Understanding students’ transition to high school: Demographic variation and the role of supportive relationships. Journal of Youth and Adolescence, 46, 2129-2142. doi:10.1007/s10964-017-0716-2

Bakhtiari, F., Plunkett, S. W., & Alpizar, D. (2017). Family qualities, self-deprecation, and depressive symptoms of Zoroastrian young adults in immigrant families. Journal of Immigrant and Minority Health, 19, 645-654. doi:10.1007/s10903-016-0476-1

Bakhtiari, F., & Plunkett, S. W. (2016). Zoroastrian young adults’ well-being. FEZANA Journal, 30, 85-87. (non peer reviewed). Retrieved from https://fezana.org/fjissue/FEZANA_2016_01_Spring.pdf

Research Monographs

Benner, A. D., & Bakhtiari, F. (2017). Project PISCES school report (Reports for School No. 1-5). Preventing Inequalities in School Climate and Educational Success (PISCES) Research Project, The University of Texas at Austin. (17 reports total for 11 schools and 6 districts)

Bakhtiari, F., & Plunkett, S. W. (2015, October). Family qualities and mental health of Zoroastrian young adults (A Lab Report No. 1). Adolescent & Adult Adjustment, California State University Northridge.

Plunkett, S. W., Whaling, K., & Bakhtiari, F. (2014, June). Building connections for success: CSUN Title V evaluation report #3. California State University Northridge.

Scholarships and fellowships

  • Graduate Dean's Prestigious Fellowship Supplement (2019) - Office of Graduate Studies, UT Austin
  • Myrna Lapidus Crabtree Graduate Scholarship (2019)– American Association of Family and Consumer Sciences (AAFCS)
  • Estelle Boughton Sharp Memorial Scholarship in Human Ecology (2018) –HDFS, UT Austin
  • The Vakhshoori Scholarship: Leadership through Education (2017-18) – The Vakhshoori Foundation
  • Graduate Mentoring Fellowship (2016-17)– Office of Graduate Studies, UT Austin 
  • Leonard and Abby Zeifman Graduate Fellowship in Child Development (2017) –HDFS, UT Austin 
  • Chancellor’s Doctoral Incentive Program Scholar (2016-2021) – California State University (CSU) 
  • Alumni Association Graduate Student Scholarship (2015-16) – CSUN Alumni Association 
  • Sally Casanova Pre-Doctoral Scholarship (2015-16) – CSU
  • The Mehraban & Morvarid Kheradi Endowed Scholarship for Academic Excellence (2014/15) – Federation of Zoroastrian Associations of North America (FEZANA) 
  • Associated Students Scholarship in Honor of Jolene Koester (2014-15) – CSUN 
  • Houshang Khatibi Scholarship (2014) – California Zoroastrian Center 
  • Banoobai and Maneckshaw Kapadia Endowed Scholarship (2013-14) – FEZANA 
  • Mahdokht Majidi Ahy Award of Excellence in Education (2014)– Association of Scholars of Iranian Heritage 

Honors

  • Family and Consumer Sciences Research Journal Best Paper Award in Family Studies/Human Development (2018)– AAFCS
  • William Wilsoncroft Award for Exceptional Scholastic Achievements (2016) – Psychology, CSUN
  • Undergraduate Qualitative Research Award (2014) – Psychology, CSUN
  • The FEZANA Scholar(2014-15) – Federation of Zoroastrian Associations of North America 
  • Outstanding Undergraduate Research Award (2014) – Adolescent and Adult Adjustment lab
  • APSIH Graduation Award (2014, 2016)– Association of Professors and Scholars of Iranian Heritage 
  • Student Worker Appreciation Recognition (2014) – CSUN College of Social & Behavioral Sciences
  • Psi Chi International Honor Society (2014-present)
  • Dean’s & Presidents Honor Lists (2010-2016) – Los Angeles Pierce College, Valley College, & CSUN
Professional Conference Presentations * indicate mentored undergraduate or post-bac students

*Limon, K. L., Bakhtiari, F., & Benner, A. D. (2019, June). Sexual orientation discrimination and adolescents’ alcohol use: The role of sexual identity centrality. Poster presented at the annual meeting of the Research Society on Alcoholism. Minneapolis, MN.

*Estrada, M., Bakhtiari, F., & Benner, A. D. (2019, June). Pathways linking perceived school-based ethnic/racial discrimination to adolescents’ alcohol use: The role of school safety. Poster presented at the annual meeting of the Research Society on Alcoholism. Minneapolis, MN.

Bakhtiari, F.,*Marcano, D., & Benner, A. D. (2019, June). Latina/o adolescents’ alcohol use: The role of immigration and exposure to deportation. Poster presented at the annual meeting of the Research Society on Alcoholism. Minneapolis, MN.

Mistry, R. S., Benner, A. D., & Bakhtiari, F. (2019, June). Adolescents’ Perceived Social Status, Educational Engagement, and Psychological Well-BeingPaper presented at the summer conference of the Society for Psychological Study of Social Issues. San Diego, CA.

Jiang, R., Reid, A., Bakhtiari, F., & Plunkett, S. W. (2019, April). Psychometric properties of Difficulties in Emotion Regulation Scale with Latino university students.Poster presented at the meeting of the National Council on Measurement in Education, Toronto, Canada.

Bakhtiari, F., Fernandez F., & Benner, A. D. (2019, March). School racial climate and Latina/o adolescents’ substance use behaviors in immigrant and non-immigrant families. Poster presented at the biennial meeting of the Society for Research in Child Development, Baltimore, MD.

Benner, A. D., & Bakhtiari, F. (2019, March). The immigrant paradox and American youth: Are certain adolescents able to reap greater benefits? Paper presented at the biennial meeting of the Society for Research in Child Development, Baltimore, MD.

Bakhtiari, F.,& Benner, A. D. (2019, March). Ethnic discrimination and Latina/o adolescents’ academic adjustment: The moderating role of parental academic support. Paper presented at the biennial meeting of the Society for Research in Child Development, Baltimore, MD.

Bakhtiari, F.,& Benner, A. D. (2018, June). Alcohol approval and use among Latina/o adolescents: The roles of discrimination, socioemotional well-being, and proximal contexts.Poster presented at the annual meeting of the Research Society on Alcoholism. San Diego, CA.

Bakhtiari, F.,Boyle, A. E., & Benner, A. D. (2018, April). Pathways linking ethnic discrimination to alcohol and marijuana approval and use among Latina/o adolescents.Poster presented at the biennial meeting of the Society for Research on Adolescence. Minneapolis, MN.

Benner, A. D., Mistry, R. S., & Bakhtiari, F. (2018, April). Educational disparities and adolescents’ perceptions of social position: Adding subjective social status to the mix.Paper presented at the biennial meeting of the Society for Research on Adolescence. Minneapolis, MN.

Bakhtiari, F.,& Plunkett, S. W. (2017, November). Interparental conflict and young adults’ well-being in stepfather families.Poster presented at the annual conference of the National Council on Family Relations, Orlando, FL.

Bakhtiari, F.,Benner, A. D., & Plunkett, S.W. (2017, April). Happiness and quality of life of young adults from newcomer families in the United States: A developmental-contextual approach. Poster presented at the biennial meeting of the Society for Research in Child Development, Austin, TX.

Reid, A., Bakhtiari, F., & Plunkett, S. W. (2016, June). Using newsletters to enhance critical thinking and professional development in an FCS class.Round table presented at the annual conference of the American Association of Family and Consumer Sciences, Bellevue, WA.

Cai, Y., Mimura, Y., Plunkett, S. W., Short, S. M., & Koonce, J., Bakhtiari, F., & Gonsalves, K. (2016, June). Financial socialization among Chinese American young adults: Focus on the role of ‘filial piety.’Poster presented at the Asian Studies on the Pacific Coast Conference, Northridge, CA.

Jiang, R., Bakhtiari, F., & Plunkett, S. W. (2016, May). Individual, family, and peer qualities related to depressive symptoms of university students. Poster presented at the annual meeting of the Association for Psychological Science, Chicago, IL.

Bakhtiari, F., Yomtov, D., & Plunkett, S. W. (2016, April). Individual and contextual qualities related to depressive symptoms and quality of life of first-year university students. Paper presented at the biennial meeting of the Society for Research on Adolescence, Baltimore, MD.

Bakhtiari, F., & Plunkett, S. W. (2016, April). Neighborhood, family, school, and peers in relation to Latino adolescents’ academic motivation and depressive symptoms.Paper presented at the biennial conference of the California Affiliate-American Association of Family and Consumer Sciences, Burbank, CA.

Cai, Y., Bakhtiari, F., Gonsalves, K., Mimura, Y., Plunkett, S. W., Short, S. M., & Koonce, J. (2016, April).Financial information young adults learn from their parents: Focus on Chinese Americans and Confucian values.Poster presented at the biennial conference of the California Affiliate-American Association of Family and Consumer Sciences, Burbank, CA.

Herrera, M., Hinger, C., Bakhtiari, F., & Plunkett, S. W. (2016, April). Dominance analysis to assess family qualities and Mexican Americans’ depression. Poster presented at the annual meeting of the Western Psychological Association, Long Beach, CA.

Bakhtiari, F., Nolasco, H., Winograd, D., & Plunkett, S. W. (2016, November). Interparental conflict in stepfather families in two parental dyads.Poster presented at the annual conference of the National Council on Family Relations, Minneapolis, MN.

Moschetti, R., Bakhtiari, F., Plunkett, S. W., & Yomtov, D. (2015, March). An exploration of mentoring relationships among first-generation college Latino students. Poster presented at the biennial meeting of the Society for Research in Child Development, Philadelphia, PA.

Bakhtiari, F., Reid, A., & Plunkett, S. W. (2014, March). Parental acceptance and rejection in Middle Eastern American families. Poster presented at the biennial meeting of the Society for Research on Adolescence, Austin, TX.

Other professional presentations

  • 2 poster presentations with 2 undergraduate students at the Undergraduate Research Forum at the College of Natural Sciences at The University of Texas at Austin.

HDF 313: Child Development

HDF 113L: Child Development Laboratory

HDF 304: Family Relationships