Krista Mehari, Ph.D.

Krista Mehari, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor
Developmental Psychology, Clinical Psychology


Ph.D. Virginia Commonwealth University 2015
Clinical Psychology
M.S. Virginia Commonwealth University 2011
Clinical Psychology
B.A. Hope College 2009

Dr. Mehari will be reviewing graduate student applications for the 2021-2022 academic year. Apply here.

Research Interest

  • Youth violence prevention
  • Adverse childhood experience and promoting resilience

My clinical and research interests are focused on promoting positive youth development. My research focuses on violence prevention and addressing the effects that contextual risk factors have on children's and adolescents' development and functioning. Specifically, I am interested in the dynamic interaction between a child and his or her environment, and how that relates to the development of problem behaviors. I prioritize using community-based participatory research that integrates the goals and perspectives of the community so that interventions are culturally appropriate, effective, and sustainable.


Journal Articles

Mehari, K. R.,  Farrell, A. D. (2016). Where does cyberbullying fit?: A comparison of competing models of adolescent aggression. Psychology of Violence. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1037/vio0000081

Mehari, K. R., Farrell, A. D., Le, A. (2014). Cyberbullying: Measures in search of a construct. Psychology of Violence, 4(4), 399-415.doi: 10.1037/a0037521

Mehari, K. R., Farrell, A. D. (2013). The relation between peer victimization and adolescents’ well-being: The moderating role of ethnicity within context. Journal of Research on Adolescence 25(1), 118-134. doi: 10.1111/jora.12095

See More