Graduate Spotlight: Amani Kappi, PhD, MSN, RN, BSN

Tuesday, December 14, 2021

Congratulations to Amani Kappi, PhD, MSN, RN, BSN BH WELL Project Assistant, for graduating from the UK College of Nursing with a Doctor of Philosophy in Nursing. 

While earning her PhD, Dr. Kappi received the Katherine Tenore Girone Scholarship from UK College of Nursing. She also received three research-related awards: Delta Psi Chapter of Sigma Theta Tau Research Award, the Graduate Student Congress Cycle 4 Award, and a Top 10 Poster Award from the Center for Clinical and Translational Science (CCTS) Conference. She is also a member of the Society for Collegiate Leadership & Achievement at the University of Kentucky.

Dr. Kappi has been with BH WELL since August 2020. She joined the BH WELL team because she wanted to work to benefit children living with mental and behavioral health challenges. At BH WELL, she worked on several projects cleaning data, conducting systematic literature reviews, and translating a comic book about anxiety and nicotine withdrawal from English to Arabic.

Dr. Kappi says her time on the BH WELL team has helped grow her knowledge of research and different study designs. She is eager to share what she learned from the BH WELL team, such as evidence-based research through social media platforms and other communication methods, with individuals in Saudi Arabia.

BH WELL Executive Director, Dr. Zim Okoli, shares, “What I will miss most about Dr. Kappi is her initiative, drive, and incredible work ethic. When given any project, she owns it and always makes it better. She has been innovative in many of her approaches and goes out of her way to make certain that any required task is accomplished with excellence. Dr. Kappi has left an indelible mark on our team and we truly appreciate her enduring contributions.”

Upon graduation, Dr. Kappi will return to Saudi Arabia where she will assume a position as Assistant Professor in the College of Nursing at Jazan University. As a member of the Saudi ADHD Society, she will conduct research and develop programs that improve mental health outcomes for children with ADHD. She will also improve parents' understanding of ADHD symptoms severity and the importance of seeking mental healthcare early. 

Congratulations Dr. Kappi!