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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 and/or under-represented families.

Research Grant

Bakhtiari, F. Interparental conflict in stepfamilies and its impact on emerging adults’ well-being. Office of Research and Graduate Studies, California State University, Northridge. Funded for $1000 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. (6 reports total for 6 schools)

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

  • Estelle Boughton Sharp Memorial Scholarship in Human Ecology (2018) – Department of HDFS, UT Austin
  • The Vakhshoori Scholarship: Leadership through Education (2017/18) – The Vakhshoori Foundation
  • Graduate Mentoring Fellowship (2016/17) – Office of Graduate Studies, University of Texas, Austin (UT) 
  • Leonard and Abby Zeifman Graduate Fellowship in Child Development (2017) – Department of HDFS, UT
  • Chancellor’s Doctoral Incentive Program Scholar (2016-2021) – California State University (CSU)
  • Alumni Association Graduate Student Scholarship (2015/16) – CSU Northridge (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 Professors and Scholars of Iranian Heritage (APSIH)

Honors

  • William Wilsoncroft Award for Exceptional Scholastic Achievements (2016) – CSUN Psychology Department
  • Undergraduate Qualitative Research Award (2014) – CSUN Psychology Department
  • The FEZANA Scholar (2014/15) – FEZANA
  • Outstanding Undergraduate Research Award (2014) – Adolescent and Adult Adjustment lab
  • APSIH Graduation Award (2014, 2016) – APSIH
  • 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, Los Angeles Valley College, and CSUN

Professional Conference Presentations

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, & 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.

HDF 313: Child Development

HDF 113L: Child Development Laboratory

HDF 304: Family Relationships