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Episode Info: Dr. Jones’ conversation today is with Athena Kheibari, a doctoral candidate in the University of Kentucky College of Social Work. Athena talks about the reward and struggle of conducting forensic interviews with death row inmates and also her work in suicide prevention. We discuss her personal connection to suicide, and how it is inspiring her work in this area. Bio: Athena Kheibari, M.A., serves as the doctorate teaching assistant in the University of Kentucky College of Social Work. Ms. Kheibari also works as a capital mitigation specialist for the Kentucky Department of Public Advocacy. She has worked on a number of federally funded research grants with faculty, including an NCI sponsored research initiative to reduce cancer health disparities in rural Appalachia. Her research interests focus on attitudes toward suicide and the impact of stigma on suicide loss survivors. She is also passionate about forensic social work and criminal justice issues, with a particular interest in sentencing advocacy in capital cases and the effects of cognitive biases on legal decision making. Ms. Kheibari is a first-generation Iranian American with an appreciation for challenges related to cultural differences and bicultural identity. ——– TRANSCRIPT Transcripts are created using a combination of speech recognition software and human transcription and may contain errors. Please check the full audio podcast in context before quoting in print. ——– Social Work Conversations – Episode 2 – On Death Row Saving Lives – a conversation with Athena Kheibari   Dr. Jones: [00:00:00] Today I’m joined by Athena Kheibari. Thank you so much for joining me. Athena: [00:00:03] Thank you for having me. It is a pleasure to be here. Dr. Jones: [00:00:07] It’s so good to meet you. I’ve heard a lot about you and but I’ve never been able to meet you so I’m so excited to learn about your work. And I wonder if you could tell us a little bit. You are a doctoral student here in our college. You’ve been here about three years. Yes that right. And you hRead more »

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