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Abdallah Badahdah

Abdallah Badahdah


Associate Professor

Office Building

Psychology, Sociology and Rural Studies



Mailing Address

Ag Engineering 227
School of Psych, Soc & Rural Studies-Box 2120
University Station
Brookings, SD 57007


Dr. Badahdah is an associate professor of sociology in the School of Psychology, Sociology and Rural Studies. His research focuses on health and illness, stigma, gender, families, and parenting. He published in several journals including AIDS Care, Sex Roles, Child Psychiatry and Human Development, and Journal of Cross-Cultural Psychology. He serves as an associate editor for Journal of Gulf Studies, on the editorial board of Family Relations, on the consulting editorial board of AIDS and Behavior.


Ph.D. Sociology
BA. Psychology

Academic Interests

Health and illness (stigma, mental health, adherence to medication)
Parenting practices
Social psychological aspects of HIV/AIDS
COVID-19 (mental health, vaccine, healthcare providers)

Professional Memberships

Midwest Sociological Society
National Council on Family Relations
Society for Personality and Social Psychology

Creative Activities

COVID-19 Family Impact Survey in South Dakota

Deepening Partisan Polarization on Most Political Figures in South Dakota - September 23, 2021
South Dakotans’ Thoughts on the Origins of COVID-19 - September 22, 2021
The Rights to Know and to Refuse Service Based on COVID-19 Vaccination Status - September 21, 2021
Disagreements Over COVID-19 Prevention Measures Strain Relationships with Friends and Family - September 17, 2021
South Dakotans Are Cool Towards Incentives for COVID-19 Vaccination - September 15, 2021
On Questions of COVID-19 Mitigation Methods, South Dakotans are Sharply Polarized - September 14, 2021
South Dakotans Split on Support for Vaccination Passports - September 9, 2021
South Dakotans Remain Strongly Polarized on Getting Vaccinated - September 8, 2021

Applications of Research

Al Ghafri, T., Badahdah, A., Al Awaidy, S., Khamis, F., Anwar, H., Al Barwani, N., Al Tamimi, S., Hanashi, A. A., Al Yaaquba, A. G., Qatan, R., Al Mukhaini, A., Al Harrasi, A., Al Balushi, A., Al Aamri, S., Al Rabaani, M., & Al Musalhi, A. (2023). Mothers' Intention to Vaccinate Their Children Aged 5-11 Against COVID-19: A Cross-sectional Survey. Oman medical journal, 38(1), e462.

Viskupič, F., Wiltse, D., & Badahdah, A. Reminders of existing vaccine mandates increase support for a COVID-19 vaccine mandate: Evidence from a survey experiment. Vaccine (Advance online publication).

Badahdah A, Shahin M, Abu-Ras W. (2022). The Invisible frontiers: Mental health and turnover intention among social workers during COVID-19. International Social Work. (Advance online publication)

Badahdah, A. M., Al Mahyijari, N., Badahdah, R., Al Lawati, F., & Khamis, F. (2022). Attitudes of physicians and nurses in Oman toward mandatory COVID-19 vaccination. Oman Medical Journal, 37(5), e429.

Viskupič, F., Wiltse, D., & Badahdah, A. (2022). Reminders of existing vaccine mandates increase support for a COVID-19 vaccine mandate: Evidence from a survey experiment. Vaccine (Advance online publication).

Al Mahyijari, N., Badahdah, A., Nahed, J. et al. (2022). Bullying at Work: Psychometric properties and cutoff scores of an Arabic version of the Short Negative Acts Questionnaire. International Journal of Bullying Prevention

Khamis, F., Badahdah, A., Al Mahyijari, N., Al Lawati, F., Al Noamani, J., Al Salmi, I., & Al Bahrani, M. (2021). Attitudes towards COVID-19 vaccine: A survey of health care workers in Oman. Journal of Epidemiology and Global Health, 1–6. Advance online publication.

Aziz, M. M., Badahdah, A. M., & Mohammed, H. M. (2021). Cross-cultural adaptation and psychometric assessment of an Arabic version of the health care provider HIV/AIDS stigma scale. Journal of the International Association of Providers of AIDS Care, 20.

Hong, P., Abdelmoneium, A., Badahdah, A. Grzywacz, J. (2021). A Conceptual model of work-family balance among Qatari adults. Journal of Cross-Cultural Psychology, 52, 406-423.

Al Mahyijari, N., Badahdah, A. M., & Khamis, F. (2021). The Psychological impacts of COVID-19: A study of frontline physicians and nurses in the Arab World. Irish Journal of Psychological Medicine, 38, 186–191.

Lansford, J. E., Ben Brik, A. & Badahdah, A. M (Eds.) (2021). Families and Social Change in the Gulf Region. New York: Routledge.

Badahdah, A. M., Khamis, F., & Mahyijari, N. A. (2020). The psychological well-being of physicians during COVID-19 outbreak in Oman. Psychiatry Research, 289, 113053.

Badahdah, A., Khamis, F., Al Mahyijari, N., Al Balushi, M., Al Hatmi, H., Al Salmi, I., Albulushi, Z., & Al Noomani, J. (2020). The mental health of health care workers in Oman during the COVID-19 pandemic. The International Journal of Social Psychiatry.

Badahdah, A. M., Khamis, F., & Al Mahyijari, N. (2020). Sleep quality among health care workers during the COVID-19 pandemic. Journal of Clinical Sleep Medicine: JCSM: official publication of the American Academy of Sleep Medicine.

Ashbourne, L., Baobaid, M., Tam, D., Al Jamal, A., & Badahdah. (2020). Arab families’ stories of migration from war zones: Gender roles and family relations in flux. Journal of Immigrant & Refugee Studies, 19, 114-127.

Khamis, F., Mahyijari, N. A, Al Lawati, F., & Badahdah, A. M. (2020). The Mental health of female physicians and nurses in Oman during the COVID-19 pandemic. Oman Medical Journal, 35(6).