My overarching interests lie in the application of the research process to an identified need or problem. To date, my research has experience has spanned substantive areas, but the underlying commonality has been populations that are vulnerable or stigmatized (e.g., foster children with mental health problems, Arab Americans with mental health problems, poor individuals with disabilities, incarcerated individuals with mental health problems). What drives my efforts is an underlying interest in these most vulnerable groups and a deep interest in the research approaches and methodologies that underlie research on the complicated set of factors that influence services and outcomes for these populations. In addition, I am interested in exploring the existence of disparities in mental health service access, quality, and outcomes, particularly among understudied groups. I am particularly interested in building from these interests to understand the policy, contextual, and service system issues that influence mental health service access, quality, and outcomes for vulnerable populations.
Current Research Projects
I am currently working with Allison Robertson, Ph.D., Jeffrey Swanson, Ph.D., and Marvin Swartz, MD, on studies 1) exploring the use of Medication Assisted Treatment (MAT) as a supplement to the treatment of individuals with co-occurring substance abuse and serious mental illness who are also involved in the criminal justice system (a subset of whom are drug court clients); 2) the implementation and evaluation of psychiatric advance directives; 3) and the intersection of firearms policy with the mental health system.
2016 Ph.D. Social work; Virginia Commonwealth University
2005 M.Ed. Counseling Psychology; University of Missouri-Columbia
2001 B.S. Psychology and Neuroscience; Duke University
Khoury, D. & Manuel, J.I. (2016). The development and validation of a measurement of multicultural competence towards Arab Americans. Best Practices in Mental Health, 12(1), 43-60.
Price, S.K., Gray, L.A., & Khoury, D. (2014). Facilitating mental health intervention in home visiting: Learning from content, context, clients, and community. Zero to Three, (34), 5, 28-34
Weng, S.S. & Khoury, D. (2013) Culturally specific services. In L.H. Cousins & J.G. Golson (Eds.), Encyclopedia of Human Services and Diversity. Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage Publications.
Sperber Richie, B., Ferguson, A., Adamaly, Z., Gomez, M., Khoury, D. (2003). Resilience in survivors of traumatic limb loss. Disability Studies Quarterly, 23 (2), 29-41.
Khoury, D. (September, 2016). The role of provider cultural competence in the provision of mental health services toward Arabs (in progress).
Khoury, D., & Perrin, P. (November, 2016). Mental health provider readiness for change: implications for cultural competence (in progress).
Murray, M., Khoury, D., & Farmer, E.M.Z. (August, 2015). Improving implementation of evidence-based treatment foster care through coaching and consultation. Paper presented at the 29th Annual Conference on Treatment Foster Care, Denver, CO.
Khoury, D. (January, 2015). Initial development and validation of a scale measuring cultural competence towards Arab Americans. Poster presented at the 19th Annual Conference for Society for Social Work and Research, New Orleans, LA.
Mónico, C. & Khoury, D. (February, 2014). Incorporating Service Learning into an Online Social Justice Course. Poster presented at the 6th annual conference on higher education pedagogy, Blacksburg, VA.
Farmer, E.M.Z., & Khoury, D. (January, 2014). Examining relationships between number of youth in the home, treatment processes, and outcomes in treatment foster care. Paper presented at the 18th Annual Conference for Society for Social Work and Research, San Antonio, TX.
Price, S.K., Gray, L.A., Khoury, D. (January, 2014). Enhanced Engagement: A Feasibility Study Infusing Mental Health Services Into Maternal and Child Health Home Visiting. Paper presented at the 18th Annual Conference for Society for Social Work and Research, San Antonio, TX.
Khoury, D. (November, 2013). Understanding access to mental health services for individuals from the Middle East. Paper presented at the 59th Annual Program Meeting of the Council on Social Work Education, Dallas, TX.
Farmer, E.M.Z., Khoury, D. & Lee, S. (November, 2013) How many is too many: Patterns and outcomes in Treatment Foster Care. Paper presented at the 59th Annual Program Meeting of the Council on Social Work Education, Dallas, TX.
Price, S. K., Gray, L. A., Khoury, D. & Masho, S. (March, 2013). Bridging the mental health services gap for low-income women with perinatal depression: Results from a translational research pilot. Poster presented at Women’s Health 2013: The 21st Annual Congress, Washington, DC.
Sperber Richie, B., Ferguson, A., Adamaly, Z., El-Khoury, D., Gomez, M. (November, 2002). I will dance again: Trauma recovery theory: Resilience in survivors of limb loss. Poster presented at the 18th Annual Meeting for the International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies, Baltimore, MD.
Sperber Richie, B., Ferguson, A., Khoury, D., Gomez, J., Adamaly, Z. (May, 2003) Physical Rehabilitation is not enough: Comprehensive and Coordinated Care for Landmine Survivors. Presented at the International Society for Physical and Rehabilitation Medicine, Prague, Czechoslovakia.