Dr. Areen Omary

Areen Omary, Ph.D., LMSW

Assistant Professor of Social Work

Office: Harrington Academic Hall 380A
Phone: 806-651-2904

Professional Profile

Dr. Omary joined the College of Education and Social Sciences in 2019. She received her second Master's in Social Work from New York University in 2007 and her first Master's in 2005. She earned a Ph.D. in Social Work from the University of Missouri-Columbia, where she received her Jane Bierdeman- Fike Doctoral Fellowship and the Dean's Scholarship Award- Eunice Bower Smith Scholarship Award. Before she arrived at West Texas A&M University (WTAMU), Dr. Omary served as Research Assistant Professor for the Department of Psychiatry in the School of Medicine at the University of Missouri.

Teaching and Related Service

Dr. Omary teaches across the Bachelor and Master curriculums in the social work program. She has more than ten years of clinical practice experience and nine years of teaching experience and has served on theses for graduate students and mentored undergraduate students. She also worked with a diverse population of adults and juveniles with comorbid diagnoses and with parents of children with developmental disorders to empower families as partners in reshaping early childhood intervention programs in NYC. Nationally, she served on the Council of Social Work Education Curricular National Task Force to draft the competencies of the 2020 CSWE Curricular Environmental Justice Curricular Guide, which was published in summer 2020.

Research and Creative Activity 

Dr. Omary has more than 19 years of experience in research and advanced statistical modeling techniques, including regression models, general linear models, cluster analyses, and survival analyses. Her research and scholarship focus on covariates of major depression, suicide, addiction, social determinants of health, evidence-based treatment, integrated health, and patient and community engagement. Her current research work utilizes national data to discover associations, differences, and patterns to improve mental health care access, planning, and delivery. Dr. Omary expertise involves health analytics of big databases, including the National Health Discharge Survey (NHDS), National Survey on Drug Use and Health (NSDUH), and Nationwide Readmission Database (NRD). She has primarily published on the national prevalence and correlates of major depression, schizophrenia, bipolar, suicide, and mental health services disparities among the adult population. Her research work utilizes complex weighted surveys to discover associations, differences, and relationship patterns within the dataset to improve mental health care access and delivery. She also uses a randomized controlled trial design to test the efficacy of online mindfulness-based treatments in treating major depression and anxieties among adults. In 2020, Dr. Omary received the WTAMU Faculty Development Grant Award (S20-9). Immediately following graduation from her Doctoral program, she was the principal investigator of a two-million-dollar comparative effectiveness research grant proposal submitted to a highly competitive federal grant sponsored by the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute. She led 17 investigators and community partners in Missouri, Kansas, and Ohio, the proposed research project. The proposal was scored at first submission after it passed successfully through all major review stages.

Dr. Omary has a registered patent in the United States Copy Right Office of the Health Status Questionnaire developed in early 2021 to examine physical and mental health functioning among the adult population during COVID-19 in the US, the COVID-19 Health Status Survey (CHSS). She published dozens of high-impact factor peer-reviewed scientific journal articles and book chapters and currently serves as a guest editor of the special issue' COVID-19 impact on men's mental health' in the Journal of Men's Health. Dr. Omary is also a member of AcademyHealth- a leading national organization for health service researchers and policymakers. She regularly presents at the AcademyHealth Annual Research Meeting, the Council of Social Work Education Annual Program Meeting conference, and the Society for Social Work and Research. In addition, she serves as a scientific reviewer for several peer-reviewed of top scientific journals, including the American Journal of Public Health, Journal of Men's Health, and Family Relations. She has been a Licensed Master's Social Worker in New York State since 2008 and Missouri since 2017.