Dr Venera Bekteshi

BA Journalism and Political Science (University of Oklahoma), MA Political Science (St John's University), M.P.A (Columbia University), M.S.W (Boston College), PhD

  • Senior Lecturer
  • Year 2 coordinator for Think Ahead



Areas of Expertise

  • Research Methodology - Structural equation modelling, regression, hierarchical linear modelling
  • Cancer prevention and the role of cultural and socio-structural factors
  • Immigrant women and integration stress
  • Mental health and women in post-conflict areas

Brief Biography

Prior to joining the Department of Social Policy and Social Work at the University of York, Dr. Bekteshi taught for four years at the University of Illinois in Urbana-Champaign (UIUC).  At the UIUC, Dr. Bekteshi taught mental health policy, research methods and immigration and immigrant policies.  She has also co-taught introduction to social policy at Boston College School of Social Work and developed and taught Introduction to Political Theory in St. Jon’s University Department of Political Science in New Jersey.

Her practice experience includes serving as a Deputy Director of the Albanian American Women’s Organization in New York, Deputy Director at New York City Department of Youth and Community Development’s Beacons After School Program, Program Manager at the New York City Department of Homeless Services’ Homeless Prevention Program, Administration Coordinator at Aon Re Inc and International Rescue Committee and Research Associate at the United Nations Development Programme. She has participated in Ethical Leadership Training at The Woodhull Institute in New York, Leadership Middle Management Training at the Institute for Not-for-Profit Management at Columbia University, and training in International Popular Economics at the Center for Popular Economics.

Professional activities

Reviewer in American Journal of Public Health

Reviewer in Society for Social Work Research (SSWR)

Recent Publications


Bekteshi, V., & van Hook, M. (2015). Contextual Approach to Acculturative Stress Among Latina Immigrants in the U.S. Journal of Immigrant and Minority Health, Vol.17, No.5, pp. 1401-1411.

Bekteshi, V., Vanhook, M., & Matthew, L. (2015).  Puerto-Rico born women in the U.S.: contextual approach to immigration challenges.  Health & Social Work, Vol. 40, No. 4, pp. 298-306.

Bekteshi, V., Xu, Q., & Thanh, T. (2015).  Psychological distress among low-income U.S.-and foreign-born women of Mexican descent: impact of acculturation. Women’s Health Issues, Vol. 25, No.2, pp. 185-192.

Tran, T., Wang, K., & Bekteshi, V., Vatcher, R. (2016). Marital Status, Race/Ethnicity, and Psychological Distress Among Foreign-Born Chinese, Korean, Mexican, and Vietnamese Americans. Social Work In Mental Health, Vol. 14, No.3.

Bekteshi, V., Vanhook, M., & Kang, S. (2016).  Social work with Latino immigrants: contextual app roach to acculturative stress among Cuban, Mexican and Puerto-Rican women.  British Journal of Social Work.

López-Cevallos, D., Gonzalez, P., Bethel, J.W., Castaneda, S.F., Isasi, C.R., Penedo F., Ojeda, L., Davis, M.S., Chirinos, D.A., Bekteshi, V. (revise and resubmit). Assessing the association between wealth and objective and subjective health status among Hispanic/Latinos: Results from the HCHS/SOL Sociocultural Ancillary Study. Ethnicity and Health.

Bekteshi, V., Matthew, L. (under review). Contextualizing immigration challenges among Cuban-born women in the United States.

Bekteshi, V., Kang, S. (under review).  Contextualizing immigration challenges among  Latinos in the U.S.: A systematic review.

Bekteshi, V.,  Stodolska, M., Kang, S. (under review). Ethnic Enclosure and Perception Discrimination among Korean and Polish Immigrants.

Bekteshi, V., Yaghjyan, L, Su-Hsin, C., Drake, B.F.  (under review).  Health behaviors among prostate cancer survivors:  National Health Interview Survey, 2005.

Landrum, J., Neville, N., Bekteshi, V., Hunter, C.D., Weathersby, D. (under review). Praxis for Social Justice in Mental Health: Conceptual Framework and Practice For consideration of special edition in Counseling Psychologist.

Fox, R.S., Mills, S.D., Roesch, S. C., Sotres-Alvarez, D., Gonzalez, P., Bekteshi, V. ….. (under review). Perceptions of Cancer Risk/Efficacy and Cancer-related Risk Behaviors: Results from HCHS/SOL



Research labels

Cancer and immigrant women

Culture and immigration

Stress and immigration

Immigrant policy

Post-conflict regions and mental health


PhD supervision interests

Interested in supervising PhD students working with immigration issues

Contact details

Dr Venera Bekteshi
Senior Lecturer

Tel: 01904 32 1209