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Northwest Missouri State University

April Haberyan

April Haberyan



Colden Hall 2360


660.562.1963 (fax)

Joined Northwest in 1996

Associate Professor


  • Doctorate of Philosophy in Social Psychology, University of Nebraska-Lincoln Department of Psychology (2003)
  • Masters of Arts in Psychology, University of Nebraska-Lincoln Department of Psychology (2000)
  • Master of Science in Psychiatric Mental Health Nursing, University of Rochester School of Nursing, Rochester, New York (1992)
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing, University of Rochester School of Nursing, Rochester, New York (1989)

Courses Taught

  • Abnormal Psychology
  • Social Psychology
  • Disaster Psychology
  • Humanitarian Assistance
  • Introduction to Disaster Response and Recovery

Academic Interests

  • Co-developer of the Interdisciplinary Comprehensive Crisis Response Minor
  • Disaster Response and Recovery
  • Behavioral Threat Assessment
  • Crisis Intervention

Scholarly Activity

Selected Publications

  • Haberyan, A., & Barnett, J. (2009). Collaborative testing and Achievement: Are two heads really better than one? Journal of Instructional Psychology. 37, 32-41. (peer- reviewed).
  • Haberyan, A. & Hiatt, S. (2008). Disaster Facts: What school guidance counselors need to  know. The Counseling Interviewer, 41, 7-9 (peer-reviewed).
  • Hiatt, S. & Haberyan, A. (2008). Planning, organizing, implementing a crisis/emergency response conference. The Counseling Interviewer, 41, 10- 13 (peer-reviewed).
  • Kibler, K, Haberyan, A., Wilmes, J, & Murr, V. (2009). Suicide Prevention: A Rural University's Response. The Counseling Interviewer, 41, 20-24 (peer-reviewed).
  • Haberyan, A. & Kibler, J.  (2008).  Physical violence in rural and urban Midwestern adolescent dating relationships.  Psychology Journal. (peer-reviewed).
  • Kibler, J. & Haberyan, A. (2008). Suicide Prevention Training for Resident Assistants: Results of the Northwest Training Model. Retrieved February 12, 2008, from
  • Dunham, D. N. & Haberyan, A. (2007). Cooperative test-taking, personality characteristics and longer term memory of course content. Journal for the Liberal Arts & Sciences, 12 (peer-reviewed).
  • Haberyan, A. (2007). Team-Based Learning in an Industrial/Organizational Psychology Course, North American Journal of Psychology, 9 (peer-reviewed).

Selected Presentations at National Conferences

  • Barnett, J, & Haberyan, A (2010). Academic Entitlement, Narcissism, and Emotional Intelligence. Presentation at the May 2011 annual convention of the American Psychological Society, Washington, D.C.
  • Haberyan, A. International Humanitarian Law at the Higher Education Level. Panel presentation, June 22, 2010, American Red Cross National Headquarters, Washington, D.C.
  • Haberyan, A., Barnett, J, & Francis, A. (2010). The Impact of Intruder Drills on Students' Perceptions of Anxiety and Safety. Presentation at the May 2010 annual convention of the American Psychological Society, Boston, Mass.
  • Francis, A. & Haberyan A. Gender, college students' fear of victimization, and behavior: A complex relationship. Presentation at the May 2009 annual convention of the American Psychological Society, San Francisco.
  • Kibler, J. & Haberyan, A. Suicide Prevention Training for Research Assistants: Results of the Northwest Missouri State University Training Model.  Presentation at the March 2008 annual convention of the Association Counseling Association, Hawaii. 
  • Dunham, D. & Haberyan, A.  Collaborative Testing Does Not Increase Longer-Term Memory of Course Content. Poster Presentation at the May 2007 annual convention of the American Psychological Society, Washington, D.C. 


  • Haberyan, A, Barnett, J. (2008). Applied Research Grant (Northwest Missouri State University internal grant). The Psychological Consequences of Sleep Deprivation on Participants in a Field Training Exercise. $6,000. (funded).
  • Kibler, J., Haberyan, A., & Murr, V.  (2006). Department of Health and Human Services Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration Campus Suicide Prevention Grant.  Northwest Missouri State University suicide prevention program.  $406, 000 (funded).

Other Professional Experiences

  • Controller/Trainer, Summer Institute in International Disaster Relief and Humanitarian Assistance, Macedonia and Atlantic Hope Disaster Field Training Exercise, Indian River State College, Fort Pierce, Florida
  • Taught Psychological First Aid to participants
  • Trainer/Evaluator for prison detainee scenario
  • Trainer/Evaluator for Internally Displaced Persons scenario
  • Trainer/Evaluator for Musanci earthquake search and rescue scenario
  • Trainer/Evaluator for Incident Command Post
  • Assessed participants for achievement of exercise objectives
  • Participated in pre and post exercise planning meetings
  • Provided feedback to participants
  • Participated in after action reviews
  • Monitored the training environment to ensure physical and psychological safety

Northwest Missouri State University Campus - Community Emergency Response Team Trainer Maryville, Missouri.

  • Assisted with the developed of the C-CERT program
  • Work with media to gain public recognition of C-CERT capabilities
  • Recruit class participants
  • Develop supplemental classes and exercises to improve members' skills
  • Provided training in disaster psychology, medical operations, incident command
  • Trainer/Evaluation for disaster simulations  

2008, Disaster Response Exercise Development, Nodaway County, Missouri

  • Conducted needs assessment for Nodaway County emergency response
  • Developed tornado tabletop exercise for County Emergency Management
  • Participant in tabletop exercise

Selected Professional Training, Certifications and Licensure

  • Human Services-Board Certified Practitioner (HS-BCP), awarded August, 2010, Center for Credentialing and Education.
  • IS-0022 Are you ready? An in-depth Guide to Citizen Preparedness awarded August 2010, Emergency Management Institute, Federal Emergency Management Agency.
  • IS-00200.a ICS for Single Resources and Initial Action Incidents awarded August 2010, Emergency Management Institute, Federal Emergency Management Agency.
  • National Instructor, International Humanitarian Law, awarded August 2009, American Red Cross, International Services.
  • Basic Public Information Officer Course, awarded April 2009, Missouri State Emergency Management Agency.
  • Community Emergency Response Team Train-the-Trainer, awarded October 2008, Missouri State Emergency Management Agency.
  • Emergency Management Professional Development Certificate of Completion awarded August 2008, Emergency Management Institute, Federal Emergency Management Agency.


Member, Nodaway County Local Emergency Planning Committee, Maryville, Missouri.

  • Report CERT activities and needs
  • Network with committee members
  • Participate in the development of tabletop exercises

2007, December Ice Storm. Shelter Operations Volunteer, Maryville, Missouri.

  • Recruited volunteers for shelter operations
  • Obtained cots, medical supplies, and food
  • Provided emotional support to clients
  • Assisted clients with hygiene needs
  • Provided basic first aid to clients
  • Assisted with the intake procedures for clients

Professional Memberships

  • National Organization for Human Services
  • International Association of Emergency Management
  • Association for Psychological Science


  • Missouri Governor's Award for Excellence in Teaching (2010)
  • College of Education and Human Services Deans Award for Excellence in Teaching (2010)
  • Indispensable Woman of the Year, Northwest Missouri State University (2009)
  • Northwest Missouri State University National Society of Collegiate Scholars (2007)
  • Mortar Board Certificate of Appreciation (Given for devoted and invaluable services for superior education of Northwest students) (2004, 2005)