Dr. Areen Omary, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor of Social Work

Office: harrington Academic Hall 308A
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. She earned a Ph.D. in Social Work from the University of Missouri-Columbia, where she received a 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, 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 Bachelor and Master level social work courses. She teaches diverse and culturally competent social work, research methods, critical social work, diagnosing, and evidence-based practice. Dr. Omary has more than 10 years of clinical practice experience and 8 years of teaching experience on both undergraduate and graduate levels. She has worked with diverse populations of adults and juveniles with comorbid diagnoses and parents of children with developmental disorders to empower families as partners in reshaping early childhood intervention programs. Dr. Omary is a Licensed Master's Social Worker in New York State and Missouri and a task force member of the 2020 CSWE Curricular Environmental Justice Curricular National Task Force Guide 2020.

Research and Creative Activity 

Dr. Omary's research and scholarship focus on major depression, suicide, addiction, social determinants of health and rural mental health, evidence-based treatment, integrated health, and patient and community engagement. Her research work utilizes national surveys to discover associations, differences, and patterns within the data to improve mental health care access and delivery. Dr. Omary's expertise involves big data health analytics, including databases such as National Health Discharge Survey (NHDS), National Survey on Drug Use and Health (NSDUH), and Nationwide Readmission Database (NRD), and has published dozens of peer-reviewed publications primarily about identifying covariates of major depression, schizophrenia, bipolar, suicide. Her work also focuses on comparative effectiveness research to test mindfulness programs using randomized controlled trial design. In 2020, Dr. Omary received the WTAMU Faculty Development Grant Award (S20-9). A year prior, she was also the principal investigator of a comparative effectiveness research grant proposal submitted to a highly competitive federal grant announcement sponsored by the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute. The proposed project that she led included 17 investigators and community partners in Missouri, Kansas, and Ohio. The proposal was scored at first submission after it passed successfully through all major review stages.


Dr. Omary regularly presents at the AcademyHealth Annual Research Meeting and the Society of Social Work and Research annual conferences. In addition to research, she serves as the guest editor of the special issue "the impact of COVID-19 on men's mental health” in the Journal of Men's Health and is a frequent reviewer on several peer-reviewed journals, including the American Journal of Public Health, Psychological Review, Quarterly Psychiatric, and Family Relations. She also serves as a conference reviewer in the 2020 and 2021 CSWE APM conferences. She is a Licensed Master's Social Worker in New York State and Missouri.