NCFR Recognizes Farin Bakhtiari for Outstanding Dissertation Proposal

Farin Bakhtiari

The National Council on Family Relations (NCFR) is proud to recognize Farin Bakhtiari, M.A., as the 2020 recipient of the Ruth Hathaway Jewson Award, which funds the best dissertation proposal submitted by a doctoral candidate in Family Science. Her research is titled “Alcohol use among Latina/o adolescents: The role of immigration, family, and peer stressors” and has received federal funding from the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism.

Ms. Bakhtiari is a doctoral student at the University of Texas at Austin in Human Development and Family Sciences, and a predoctoral fellow at the National Institutes of Health. She earned her master’s degree in general experimental psychology and bachelor’s in psychology at California State University Northridge. Ms. Bakhtiari’s research interests focus on neighborhood, family, peer, and school climate in relation to substance use, academics, and well-being of children, adolescents, and emerging adults, particularly those from immigrant and under-represented families.

Ruth Hathaway Jewson, the namesake of this award, was NCFR's second executive director. While working full-time at NCFR, she earned her master's and doctorate degrees, writing her dissertation in the 1970s on what was at the time a small group: “The Retired Professional Woman.”

Ms. Bakhtiari will be recognized for her achievement at a special Awards Ceremony during the 2020 NCFR Annual Conference on Friday, Nov. 13, 2020 at 5:15 – 6:15 p.m. CT.

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