Dean and Faculty

Varduhi Petrosyan, PhD, MS
Dean, AUA Turpanjian School of Public Health (SPH), Director, Center for Health Services Research and Development (CHSR), Professor of Health Sciences
Varduhi Petrosyan, PhD, MSDean, AUA Turpanjian School of Public Health (SPH), Director, Center for Health Services Research and Development (CHSR), Professor of Health Sciences

PhD, Johns Hopkins University
MS, University of Idaho

Dr. Varduhi Petrosyan is a Professor of Health Sciences from the American University of Armenia (AUA) Gerald and Patricia Turpanjian School of Public Health (SPH). She is the Dean of the SPH and Director of the Center for Health Services Research and Development (CHSR). Dr. Petrosyan was the Associate Dean in 2007-2015. She earned her PhD from Johns Hopkins University Bloomberg School of Public Health, Department of Health Policy and Management. She also has a Master of Science, focusing on environmental health, from the University of Idaho and a degree in biochemistry from Yerevan State University. She has successfully led health services research projects in Armenia and the region focusing on public health services, tobacco control, tuberculosis control, primary care, ophthalmic care, diabetes care, environmental health, and other important projects. Dr. Petrosyan teaches graduate courses in health services research, program evaluation, and comparative health systems. In 2011-2016, she was a member of the Country Coordination Mechanism for HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria programs in the Republic of Armenia. In 2012-2014, Dr. Petrosyan was the Advisor on Health Reforms to the Prime Minister of the Republic of Armenia on a voluntary basis. Currently she is a member of the Public Council next to the Minister of Health of the Republic of Armenia (MOH), the Management Council of the Health Inspectorate of the MOH, and the Working Group on Cancer Control Strategy of the MOH. Prior to her arrival to AUA, she held a position of Research Assistant at Johns Hopkins University Bloomberg School of Public Health, where she conducted research on comparative health systems (focusing on health spending and cross national comparison of quality) in member countries of the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development. Dr. Petrosyan has authored many peer-reviewed publications and has extensively presented her work at international scientific meetings and conferences. She is currently the Associate Editor of the International Journal for Equity in Health, an open access, peer-reviewed, online journal presenting evidence relevant to the search for, and attainment of, equity in health across and within countries.

Room: PAB Room 405W
Phone: 060 61 2592
Email: vpetrosi@aua.am
Department: Gerald & Patricia Turpanjian School of Public Health (SPH)
Address: 40 Baghramyan Avenue, Yerevan 0019, Armenia

Haroutune K. Armenian, DrPH, MD
Professor, AUA Turpanjian School of Public Health (SPH), President Emeritus, American University of Armenia (AUA), Professor-in-Residence of Epidemiology, UCLA Fielding School of Public Health, University of California at Los Angeles, Professor Emeritus, Johns Hopkins University
Haroutune K. Armenian, DrPH, MDProfessor, AUA Turpanjian School of Public Health (SPH), President Emeritus, American University of Armenia (AUA), Professor-in-Residence of Epidemiology, UCLA Fielding School of Public Health, University of California at Los Angeles, Professor Emeritus, Johns Hopkins University

DrPH, Johns Hopkins University
MD, American University of Beirut

Dr. Haroutune K. Armenian is Professor in Residence of epidemiology at the UCLA Fielding School of Public Health and was the Associate Dean of Academic Programs; he is Professor Emeritus at Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health where he received his MPH, and Dr.P.H. degrees (1972-4) and his M.D. from the American University of Beirut in 1968 where he has specialized in internal medicine. His career in epidemiology has spanned a number of countries and regions of the world. He has special interests in the application of epidemiologic methods to health services research and chronic diseases. He is one of the earliest to apply epidemiologic methods to study the effects of the civil war at the population level during the 1980s in Lebanon, and the long-term effects of the 1988 earthquake in Armenia. In the 1980s, he pioneered epidemiologic research by using Armenian Church parish records to study infant mortality as well as other health indicators in 16 diasporan countries over a timeframe of 300 years. More recent research includes the 23 year follow up of the survivors of the earthquake in Armenia. Dr. Armenian’s academic and development leadership has included program development at the Ministry of Health in Bahrain, Dean of the Faculty of Health Sciences at the American University of Beirut, Director of the MPH Program at the Johns Hopkins University, and Dean of the School of Public Health at the American University of Armenia. Dr. Armenian is President Emeritus of the American University of Armenia (AUA). As President of the AUA for fourteen years, he was at the forefront of the establishment of novel educational and development programs in Armenia and the Middle East. Recent awards include the Ernest Lyman Stebbins Medal for Excellence in Education and the Golden Apple Award for Excellence in Teaching from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, the Movses Khorenatsi Presidential Medal of Service in 2001 from the Republic of Armenia, Presidential Medal of the Order of Cedars from the Republic of Lebanon, and membership in the Alpha Omega Alpha medical and Delta Omega public health honorary societies. Dr. Armenian is also a fellow of the Royal College of Physicians in London, and a member of the American Epidemiological Society. He has been on the central executive council of the Armenian Church in Lebanon as well as on the executive of the Hamazkaine Cultural Association and the Karageuzian Foundation. Dr. Armenian has been for 15 years the Editor in Chief of Epidemiologic Reviews and on the editorial board of a number of professional journals and publications. He has published over 100 scientific papers and peer reviewed chapters as well as 20 books. He recently published two collections of his watercolors and prose-poetry in Armenian and English: Colors and Words and Past Here Does Not Yet Melt. The latter was composed while they climbed Mount Ararat in an AUA expedition led by Sona Armenian to Ararat and Western Armenia in 2006. In 2009 he published a new textbook on the Design and Applications of the Case-Control Method at Oxford University Press, and became the supervisor of the Chair in Epidemiology and Public Health at the King Saud University in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. In Armenia, he continues to lead the Turpanjian Rural Development Program with over 250 businesses established in the villages and 600 people trained in entrepreneurship.

Room: PAB Room 437W
Phone: 060 61 2565
Email: harmenia@aua.am
Department: Gerald & Patricia Turpanjian School of Public Health (SPH)
Address: 40 Baghramyan Avenue, Yerevan 0019, Armenia
Lusine Abrahamyan, PhD, MPH, MD
Visiting Assistant Professor, AUA Turpanjian School of Public Health (SPH), Assistant Professor, University of Toronto, Clinical Epidemiologist, Toronto Health Economics and Technology Assessment Collaborative, University of Toronto
Lusine Abrahamyan, PhD, MPH, MDVisiting Assistant Professor, AUA Turpanjian School of Public Health (SPH), Assistant Professor, University of Toronto, Clinical Epidemiologist, Toronto Health Economics and Technology Assessment Collaborative, University of Toronto

PhD, University of Toronto
MPH, American University of Armenia
MD, Yerevan State Medical University

Dr. Lusine Abrahamyan is an Assistant Professor in the Institute of Health Policy, Management and Evaluation at the University of Toronto. She also works as a Clinical Epidemiologist at THETA Collaborative, a multi-disciplinary research group supporting policy decision-making regarding new drug and non-drug health technologies in Ontario, Canada. Dr. Abrahamyan’s PhD thesis was focused on methodological aspects of designing randomized controlled trials in rare diseases. As part of her post-doctoral work, she conducted a systematic review of cardiovascular quality indicator development initiatives which created a foundation for the “Best practices to develop pan-Canadian cardiovascular quality indicators”, adopted by the Canadian Cardiovascular Society. Dr. Abrahamyan’s current research interests include health technology assessment (including clinical trials, economic evaluation), health services outcomes research and evaluation, and use of administrative databases for health research. Dr. Abrahamyan is an invited lecturer for the course of Community Dentistry at the Faculty of Dentistry, University of Toronto. She is a Visiting Assistant Professor at the AUA Gerald and Patricia Turpanjian School of Public Health and is supervising MPH students since 2006. She is currently teaching graduate courses in health survey research methods and systematic reviews.

Adam Atherly, PhD, MA
Visiting Professor, AUA Turpanjian School of Public Health (SPH), Professor and Director, Center for Health Services Research, Larner College of Medicine, University of Vermont
Adam Atherly, PhD, MAVisiting Professor, AUA Turpanjian School of Public Health (SPH), Professor and Director, Center for Health Services Research, Larner College of Medicine, University of Vermont

PhD, University of Minnesota
MA, University of Washington

Dr. Adam Atherly is the founding Director of the Center for Health Services Research at the Larner College of Medicine at the University of Vermont, where he is also a Professor in the Department of General Medicine.  Dr. Atherly served previously as a professor of health systems, management, and policy at the Colorado School of Public Health, which he joined in 2009 as associate professor and founding chair of the Department of Health Systems, Management, and Policy. His previous academic appointments include associate professor at Emory University’s Rollins School of Public Health and assistant professor at Tulane University’s School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine. He holds a PhD in health services research, policy, and administration from the University of Minnesota and an MA in economics from the University of Washington.

Dr. Atherly’s research targets health economics, with a particular focus on healthcare spending and expenditure modeling, scale development and psychometric analysis, evaluation of efforts to improve quality of care and patient safety, and cost-effectiveness analysis. He has published more than 70 journal articles and book chapters and has presented at more than 75 national and international professional meetings. Since 2002, he has been consistently funded by agencies including the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, National Institutes of Health (NIH), the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.

Robert Baghramian, PhD, DDS
Professor, University of Michigan
Robert Baghramian, PhD, DDSProfessor, University of Michigan

PhD, University of Michigan
DDS, Temple University

Dr. Robert Bagramian is a professor in the Gerald and Patricia Turpanjian School of Public Health and was the Dean in 2007-2015. He is a Professor in the School of Dentistry and Public Health at the University of Michigan, where he also served as a Professor and Chair in the Department of Community Dentistry for seventeen years. He is an accomplished scholar and the recipient of many awards in the dental and public health spheres and currently provides consultancy services both nationally and internationally. In addition to teaching at the undergraduate, graduate, and postgraduate levels at major universities such as the University of Michigan and University of California, he has served as Visiting Professor at the University of Berne, Switzerland, and the National University of Singapore.

Brett M. Burnham, EdD, MA, MS, MAT, MPH
Assistant Professor of Behavioral Sciences in Public Health, AUA Turpanjian School of Public Health (SPH)
Brett M. Burnham, EdD, MA, MS, MAT, MPHAssistant Professor of Behavioral Sciences in Public Health, AUA Turpanjian School of Public Health (SPH)

EdD, Columbia University
MA, Eastern Mennonite University
MS, University of the District of Columbia/Georgetown University
MAT, University of the District of Columbia
MPH, Southern Illinois University

Dr. Brett Burnham is an Assistant Professor of Behavioral Sciences in Public Health at the American University of Armenia (AUA) Gerald and Patricia Turpanjian School of Public Health (SPH). He earned his EdD from Teachers College of Columbia University in Health Education within the department of Health and Behavior Studies. Additionally, Dr. Burnham possesses four interdisciplinary master’s degrees in the fields of: [1] Conflict Transformation (MA, Eastern Mennonite University); [2] Cancer Biology, Prevention & Control (MS, University of the District of Columbia/Georgetown University); [3] Secondary Social Studies Education (MAT, University of the District of Columbia); and [4] Community Health Education (MPH, Southern Illinois University).  At AUA, Dr. Burnham teaches behavioral health science courses to both undergraduate and graduate students; his research interests include bio-behavioral and biopsychosocial community health education research that aims to address both cancer and LGBT health disparities in Armenia and beyond. Prior to his arrival at AUA, Dr. Burnham practiced over five years of multidisciplinary teaching and learning in various settings, including clinical and community health education sites, secondary social studies education, undergraduate-level allied health education, and graduate-level health education for teachers; group facilitation and conflict mediation at a federal political action committee (PAC); US nationwide grassroots community organizing to bolster lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBTQ) healthcare equity; clinical cancer prevention and control health behavior research; and lastly, HIV, STI and HPV prevention and control health behavior research and outreach activities comprising needs assessments, program planning, program implementation, program evaluation and policy analysis/reform efforts. In the summer of 2015, Dr. Burnham was selected to participate in the prestigious Ryan White Internship for the Minnesota HIV Services Planning Council, in which he participated in HIV health disparities and epidemiological research, program planning and evaluation activities.  Dr. Burnham has authored peer-reviewed journal articles and has also co-authored one book chapter.

Room: PAB Room 404W
Phone: 060 61 2560
Email: brett.burnham@aua.am
Department: Gerald & Patricia Turpanjian School of Public Health (SPH)
Address: 40 Baghramyan Avenue, Yerevan 0019, Armenia

Marie Diener-West, PhD
Adjunct Professor, AUA Turpanjian School of Public Health (SPH), Helen Abbey and Margaret Merrell Professor of Biostatistics Education and Chair, Master of Public Health Program, Bloomberg School of Public Health, Johns Hopkins University
Marie Diener-West, PhDAdjunct Professor, AUA Turpanjian School of Public Health (SPH), Helen Abbey and Margaret Merrell Professor of Biostatistics Education and Chair, Master of Public Health Program, Bloomberg School of Public Health, Johns Hopkins University

PhD, Johns Hopkins University

Dr. Marie Diener-West is the inaugural Helen Abbey and Margaret Merrell Professor of Biostatistics Education and the Chair of the Master of Public Health program at the Johns Hopkins University Bloomberg School of Public Health. Her training includes a PhD in Biostatistics in 1984 from the Johns Hopkins University and she has been a Hopkins faculty member since 1986.  Professor Diener-West has taught and mentored numerous masters and doctoral students and post-doctoral fellows.  Her research interests have focused on the design, conduct and analysis of multicenter clinical trials or longitudinal studies. From 1986 through 2006, she served as the Deputy Director and Study Statistician of the Collaborative Ocular Melanoma Study, a set of trials evaluating radiotherapy versus enucleation for treatment of ocular melanoma.  Other research interests include treatment trials for cystic fibrosis and a longitudinal assessment of the relationship between sleep disorders and heart disease in the Sleep Heart Health Study. Since 1990, Professor Diener-West has been one of the lead instructors for the introductory statistical methods course sequence for graduate students at the Bloomberg School of Public Health and co-developed with Dr. Sukon Kanchanaraksa the School’s first online course in quantitative methods. She has been a 6-time recipient of the Golden Apple Award for Excellence in Teaching.  Outside of Baltimore, she has taught short courses at the University of Washington and at the American University of Armenia in Yerevan. She was the recipient of the Statistics Section Award for Academic Statistics given by the American Public Health Association in 2003.  In 2006, she became a fellow of the American Statistical Association for innovation and excellence in biostatistics education of health scientists and professionals and for leadership in statistical applications in clinical research.  She also received the 2010 Association for Schools of Public Health/Pfizer Award for Teaching Excellence.

Arusyak Harutyunyan, MPH, MD
Adjunct Assistant Professor, AUA Turpanjian School of Public Health (SPH), Senior Researcher, Zvart Avedisian Onanian Center for Health Services Research and Development (CHSR)
Arusyak Harutyunyan, MPH, MDAdjunct Assistant Professor, AUA Turpanjian School of Public Health (SPH), Senior Researcher, Zvart Avedisian Onanian Center for Health Services Research and Development (CHSR)

MPH (2009), American University of Armenia
MD, Yerevan State Medical University

Dr. Arusyak Harutyunyan is an Adjunct Assistant Professor in the Gerald and Patricia Turpanjian School of Public Health (SPH) and a Senior Researcher at the Avedisian Onanian Center for Health Services Research and Development. Dr. Harutyunyan has led multiple quantitative and qualitative studies focusing on Tobacco Control, Tuberculosis Control and Maternal and Child Health. She is currently the Principal Investigator of the “Integrating evidence-based tobacco control services into tuberculosis control in Armenia” project” (supported by Global Bridges Healthcare Alliance for Tobacco Dependence Treatment hosted by Mayo Clinic) and the “Smoke-free coalitions in Armenia and Georgia project: A community randomized trial” (in partnership with Emory University and supported by the US National Institute of Health).  Dr. Harutyunyan has been a Teaching Associate in the SPH for the courses General Principles of Public Health Problem Solving, Inferential Biostatistics, and Basics of Health Lifestyle; she has been a guest lecturer in several SPH graduate and undergraduate courses. Dr. Harutyunyan is also the Coordinator (a volunteer position) of the Coalition for Tobacco Free Armenia, a union of 30 NGOs. In 2012, she was competitively selected to receive a Scholarship and completed the Global Tobacco Control Certificate Program at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. In 2015, Dr. Harutyunyan completed the Mayo Clinic Nicotine Dependence Center’s Tobacco Treatment Specialist Certification Training Program and received Mayo Clinic’s Tobacco Treatment Specialist Certificate. In 2017, she received a scholarship and completed the European Regional Tobacco Control Leadership Program hosted by Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health (JHSPH) in Kiev, Ukraine.
Dr. Harutyunyan earned her MD from Yerevan State Medical University in 2007 and Master of Public Health from the American University of Armenia in 2009. In 2008 she received Vartkess and Rita Balian Merit Award from AUA for achieving outstanding scholastic record and for showing great promise towards a professional career. She has also completed a residency program in Obstetrics and Gynecology (Yerevan State Medical University, 2011) and has been a practicing Obstetrician/gynecologist. Dr. Harutyunyan has published in peer-reviewed journals and extensively presented her work in various international scientific conferences.

Room: PAB Room 410W
Phone: 060 61 2621
Email: aharutyunyan@aua.am
Department: Gerald & Patricia Turpanjian School of Public Health (SPH)
Address: 40 Baghramyan Avenue, Yerevan 0019, Armenia

Tsovinar Harutyunyan, PhD, MPH
Assistant Professor, AUA Turpanjian School of Public Health (SPH)
Tsovinar Harutyunyan, PhD, MPHAssistant Professor, AUA Turpanjian School of Public Health (SPH)

PhD, University of North Carolina at Charlotte
MPH, American University of Armenia

Dr. Tsovinar Harutyunyan is an Assistant Professor at the Gerald and Patricia Turpanjian School of Public Health (SPH) of the American University of Armenia (AUA). She is a Research Consultant at the Center for Health Services Research and Development (CHSR). Dr. Harutyunyan earned her PhD in Health Services Research from the College of Health and Human Sciences of the University of North Carolina (UNC) at Charlotte in 2011.  She obtained her MPH degree from the American University of Armenia in 1999. After graduating from AUA, she worked for more than 7 years at the Center for Health Services Research and Development on the number of studies focusing on needs assessment and evaluation of public health interventions. Currently Dr. Harutyunyan teaches graduate courses in program development and evaluation, survey research methods, and problem solving in public health. Dr. Harutyunyan has authored several peer-reviewed publications and has presented her work at international scientific meetings and conferences. Before joining AUA Dr. Harutyunyan worked as a Graduate Research Assistant/Teaching Associate in the UNC Charlotte, where she instructed courses in social determinants of health and issues of health and quality of life.

Kim Hekimian, PhD
Assistant Professor, AUA Turpanjian School of Public Health (SPH), Assistant Professor, Institute of Human Nutrition, Columbia University
Kim Hekimian, PhDAssistant Professor, AUA Turpanjian School of Public Health (SPH), Assistant Professor, Institute of Human Nutrition, Columbia University

PhD, Johns Hopkins University

Dr. Kim Hekimian is Assistant Professor of Nutrition (in Pediatrics and the Institute of Human Nutrition) at Columbia University. She teaches public health nutrition, survey research, qualitative methods, and research methods. She is also the Associate Director of Education for the Program for Global and Population Health at the Vagelos College of Physicians and Surgeons and was recently the Associate Director of the Medical Nutrition Program for Health Professionals at the IHN. Before joining Columbia University, she taught at the American University of Armenia’s College of Health Sciences where she was the Associate Director of the MPH Program and Director of the Center for Health Services Research and Development. She consults for international health projects and has worked for USAID, UNICEF, World Vision and the World Bank among others. Dr. Hekimian received her PhD from the Johns Hopkins School of Public Health and Hygiene in the department of Health Policy, division of Behavioral Sciences and Health Education. Her research has focused on determinants of infant feeding practices, breastfeeding promotion, and nutrition during pregnancy and lactation. Currently, she is working on nutrition initiatives with focus on determinants of stunting in children under five in Armenia and dietary approaches to meet the RDA for women of reproductive age. She conducted the first national survey of infant nutrition practices in the newly independent nation of Armenia. The findings from this study led to a four year nation-wide breastfeeding promotion program, and she was involved in the design and evaluation of the program which was funded by USAID, UNICEF, and the Ministry of Health of Armenia. At the end of the promotion program, breastfeeding rates tripled and post-neonatal mortality declined. Her data collection instrument continues to be used for breastfeeding research in Armenia.

Sarah Kagan, PhD, RN
Adjunct Professor, AUA Turpanjian School of Public Health (SPH), Lucy Walker Honorary Term Professor of Gerontological Nursing, University of Pennsylvania
Sarah Kagan, PhD, RNAdjunct Professor, AUA Turpanjian School of Public Health (SPH), Lucy Walker Honorary Term Professor of Gerontological Nursing, University of Pennsylvania

PhD, RN, University of California, San Francisco

Dr. Sarah H. Kagan is the Lucy Walker Honorary Term Professor of Gerontological Nursing at Penn and holds clinical appointments in the Department of Otorhinolaryngology: Head and Neck Surgery and in the Penn Center for Human Appearance. She is Adjunct Professor at the American University of Armenia, Visiting Professor at the Oxford Brookes University Faculty of Health and Life Sciences, and Honorary Professor in the Department of Community Medicine, University of Hong Kong. Dr. Kagan’s education and training includes a bachelor of arts in behavioral science from the University of Chicago, a bachelor of science in nursing from Rush University, and a master’s degree in gerontological nursing and a PhD from the University of California San Francisco. Since arriving at the University of Pennsylvania in 1994, Dr. Kagan’s has developed an educational focus in undergraduate nursing education.  She currently directs the University of Pennsylvania Undergraduate Nursing Honors Program and two clinically-based undergraduate international exchange programs in nursing – one in the United Kingdom and one in Australia. In addition, Dr. Kagan teaches short term study abroad for the University of Pennsylvania in partnership with the University of Hong Kong School of Public Health. She also maintains an active program of clinical scholarship and practice in geriatric oncology which serves as a wellspring for her undergraduate pedagogy and anchors her understanding of the nurse-patient relationship and nursing care. Dr. Kagan’s work is acknowledged nationally and internationally as innovative, sophisticated and clinically relevant. She is a fellow of the Gerontological Society of America and the American Academy of Nursing. Dr. Kagan has held numerous visiting professorships at many notable institutions nationally and internationally. Among the awards she has received for her practice, research, and teaching are the Sigma Theta Tau International Founders Award for Excellence in Nursing Practice and the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Fellowship.

Vahe Khachadourian, PhD (c), MPH, MD
Assistant Professor, AUA Turpanjian School of Public Health (SPH)
Vahe Khachadourian, PhD (c), MPH, MDAssistant Professor, AUA Turpanjian School of Public Health (SPH)

PhD (c), University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) Fielding School of Public Health
MPH, American University of Armenia
MD, Yerevan State Medical University

Vahe Khachadourian, MD, MPH is an Assistant Professor at the Gerald and Patricia Turpanjian School of Public Health (SPH) of the American University of Armenia (AUA). He completing his PhD studies at University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) Fielding School of Public Health, Department of Epidemiology. His PhD focuses on mediating effect of post-disaster experiences on long-term health outcomes among the 1988 Spitak earthquake survivors.  Dr. Khachadourian was a visiting lecturer in the AUA SPH teaching Epidemiology, Graduate Research Seminar, and advising MPH students with their capstone projects. Dr. Khachadourian has been involved in various research studies as a Graduate Student Researcher and has served as teaching assistant and teaching fellow in several graduate and undergraduate level courses at UCLA Fielding School of Public Health. He currently leads the journal club in the Epidemiology Department at UCLA and is a member of the UCLA Epidemiology Seminar Series’ organizing committee. His research interests include effectiveness research and causal inference using data from observational studies. He is also a fellow with the WORLD Policy Analysis Center studying policy analysis and advanced multilevel modeling. In 2016, he received a grant from the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to study risk factors of back pain among US farm workers.Dr. Vahe Khachadourian earned his MD (Medical Doctor) from Yerevan State Medical University and Master of Public Health (MPH) from the AUA’s SPH in 2011. After graduating from the AUA MPH program, he worked at Zvart Avedisian Onanian Center for Health Services Research and Development (CHSR) on a number of research projects including psychopathology of earthquake survivors, health sector needs assessment in Artsakh, and environmental and health impact assessment in mining communities in Armenia. He also served as a Monitoring and Evaluation consultant for the National Tuberculosis Control Center of the Ministry of Health in the Republic of Armenia, overseeing practice in and performance of more than 70 Tuberculosis outpatient clinics in Armenia. His collaboration with the AUA’s CHSR continued during his time at UCLA working on a randomized clinical trial evaluating effectiveness of an innovative tuberculosis management strategy in Armenia. He has published his work in peer-reviewed journals and presented his research at various international scientific meetings and conferences.

Room: PAB Room 410W
Phone: 060 61 2570
Email: vkhachadourian@aua.am
Department: Gerald & Patricia Turpanjian School of Public Health (SPH)
Address: 40 Baghramyan Avenue, Yerevan 0019, Armenia

Robert A. McLean, PhD, MA
Visiting Professor, AUA Turpanjian School of Public Health (SPH), Adjunct Instructor in Economics, University of Nebraska-Omaha
Robert A. McLean, PhD, MAVisiting Professor, AUA Turpanjian School of Public Health (SPH), Adjunct Instructor in Economics, University of Nebraska-Omaha

Ph.D., Cornell University
M.A., University of Texas at Austin

Dr. McLean began his career in health economics and finance as a Research Associate in the American Medical Association’s Center for Health Services Research and Development. Prior to his retirement, he held academic positions at the University of Kansas, the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, the University of Alabama at Birmingham, and Creighton University. From 2005 to 2012, he was Director (later, Head) of University Relations at CFA Institute, a global association of financial professionals. He has taught in professional development programs for health management professionals in Armenia, Bosnia-Herzegovina, the Czech Republic, the Philippines, and Ukraine. He has served as a Fulbright lecturer at the Czech Republic’s Palacký University, and has been a Visiting Professor of Public Health at King Saud University in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. His research has appeared in the American Journal of Public Health, Health Services Research, the Health Care Management Review, Health Services Management Research, the Journal of Health Administration Education, and other journals. He is author of four books, including Financial Management in Health Care Organizations (1st and 2nd editions, Cengage Learning). He holds the Chartered Financial Analyst® designation.

Ara Tekian, PhD
Adjunct Professor, AUA Turpanjian School of Public Health (SPH), Professor and Associate Dean for International Affairs, College of Medicine, University of Illinois at Chicago
Ara Tekian, PhDAdjunct Professor, AUA Turpanjian School of Public Health (SPH), Professor and Associate Dean for International Affairs, College of Medicine, University of Illinois at Chicago

PhD, American University of Beirut
M.H.P.E. University of Illinois, Chicago

Dr. Tekian is Professor and the Director of International Affairs at the Department of Medical Education (DME), and the Associate Dean for the International Affairs at the College of Medicine, the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC).  He joined DME in 1992, and is involved in both teaching courses offered in the Master’s of Health Professions Education (MHPE) program and advising graduate students.  He also teaches one of the major courses in the Masters in Patient Safety Leadership program.  Prior to joining DME, he was the founding Director of the Medical Education Department at King Saud University, College of Medicine in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia (1983 – 1990).  He served during the 80s and 90s as a consultant to the World Health Organization (WHO) Eastern Mediterranean Regional Office (EMRO) for projects in the Division of Development of Human Resources for Health.  He also served as consultant to the Ministries of Health and Education in most of the Eastern Mediterranean countries. Dr. Tekian established a number of medical education departments/ units in the Eastern Mediterranean countries.Dr. Tekian is an internationally recognized scholar and leader in health professions education.  He has organized and conducted over 150 workshops in more than 40 countries and 55 cities.  His consultations and workshops have focused on curriculum development, assessment, program evaluation, and patient safety.  He has received numerous honors and awards.  In 1996, he was awarded an honorary doctorate by the Tashkent University in Uzbekistan.  Dr. Tekian was the recipient of the 1997 Teaching Recognition Program Award from the University of Illinois (UIC) Council for Excellence in Teaching and Learning.  He is also the recipient of the 2012 ASME (Association for the study of Medical Education) Gold Medal Award which is one of the most prestigious international awards in medical education.  He has served as the President of the Division of Education in the Professions of the American Educational Research Association (AERA) from 2009 – 2012.   His scholarship in health professions education is reflection in publications in the premiere medical education journals.  He is the senior author of the book “Innovative Simulations for Assessing Professional Competence: From Paper-and-Pencil to Virtual Reality”published in 1999.  His current research interests include curriculum planning and evaluation for medical schools, student assessment and innovative testing methodologies, instructional technology, medical simulations, patient safety, and international health professions education. Dr. Tekian has taught/ consulted in the following countries: Canada,  Switzerland, Austria, Germany, France, The Netherlands,  Sweden, Armenia, Lithuania, Poland, Uzbekistan, Lebanon, Syria, Jordan, Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, United Arab Emirates, Qatar, Oman, Yemen, Sudan, Egypt, Tunis, Libya, Morocco, Nigeria, South Africa, Australia, Israel, Turkey, Pakistan, India, Iran, Thailand, Vietnam, Indonesia, Korea, Chile, Mexico, Argentina, and Brazil.

Michael E. Thompson, DrPH, MS
Adjunct Associate Professor, AUA Turpanjian School of Public Health (SPH), Associate Professor and Coordinator of Graduate Public Health Programs, University of North Carolina at Charlotte
Michael E. Thompson, DrPH, MSAdjunct Associate Professor, AUA Turpanjian School of Public Health (SPH), Associate Professor and Coordinator of Graduate Public Health Programs, University of North Carolina at Charlotte

DrPH, Johns Hopkins University
MS, University of Maryland at Baltimore County

Dr. Thompson is an Associate Professor of Public Health Sciences at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte, where he coordinates their CEPH-accredited Master of Science in Public Health (MSPH) degree program and their CAHME-accredited Master of Health administration (MHA) Program.  His responsibilities include program evaluation, curriculum development, and implementation of educational innovations as well as accreditation activities.  Dr. Thompson holds an adjunct appointment at AUA and has been involved with the AUA Gerald and Patricia Turpanjian School of Public Health since its inception.  From 2000-2005, Dr. Thompson was with AUA on a full-time basis, serving as the Associate Director of the MPH Program, Director of the Center for Health Services Research and Development, and Interim Vice President. Dr. Thompson holds a bachelor’s degree in biology (1986) from Johns Hopkins, a master’s degree in emergency health services administration (1988) from the University of Maryland, and a Doctor of Public Health degree in Health Policy and Management (health services research and evaluation) from Johns Hopkins (2002) based on research conducted in Armenia at CHSR.  Dr. Thompson is skilled in teaching group process and conflict resolution. Dr. Thompson’s research agenda is focused on providing the evidence base for vulnerable communities to collaborate in identifying and addressing their challenges.  As such, he has tackled issues ranging from blindness prevention to dental public health to tobacco control to hospital quality assurance, with most efforts focused on reproductive/maternal child health, self-rated health, and public health workforce development.  In addition to helping launch the AUA and UNC Charlotte public health programs, Dr. Thompson has consulted on the establishment or improvement of graduate public health programs in Lebanon, Pakistan, and Saudi Arabia.

Karunesh Tuli, PhD
Visiting Assistant Professor, AUA Turpanjian School of Public Health (SPH)
Karunesh Tuli, PhDVisiting Assistant Professor, AUA Turpanjian School of Public Health (SPH)

PhD, Johns Hopkins University

Dr. Karunesh Tuli is a public health consultant. He holds a PhD and an MPH from Johns Hopkins University as well as an MD from the All India Institute of Medical Sciences and an MBBS from the Christian Medical College in Ludhiana, India.  His professional experience includes consulting for non-governmental organizations, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and the World Bank.  He has also served as a Prevention Effectiveness fellow at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.  In addition, he has worked for CARE-India, Johns Hopkins University, and Texas Tech University.

Margrit von Braun, P.E., PhD
Visiting Professor, AUA Turpanjian School of Public Health (SPH), Dean/Professor Emerita, University of Idaho
Margrit von Braun, P.E., PhDVisiting Professor, AUA Turpanjian School of Public Health (SPH), Dean/Professor Emerita, University of Idaho

P.E., PhD, Washington State University

Dr. Margrit von Braun’s teaching and research has been in the area of hazardous waste management and risk assessment. She helped found and directed the Environmental Science and Environmental Engineering programs at the University of Idaho from 1993-2003 and served as Dean of the College of Graduate Studies for nearly 10 years before retiring in 2010. Dr. von Braun is an environmental engineer with degrees from the Georgia Institute of Technology (B.S), the University of Idaho (MCE), and Washington State University (PhD). She is a licensed Professional Engineer. She and her husband, Dr. Ian von Lindern, founded TerraGraphics Environmental Engineering, Inc. in 1984; currently with 6 offices the company’s projects have focused on remediation of hazardous waste sites, particularly in mining districts. Dr. von Braun is co-founder of TerraGraphics International Foundation (TIFO), a non-governmental organization providing assistance to communities in many countries to reduce environmental exposures. Dr. von Braun received a 3-year leadership development fellowship from the W. K. Kellogg Foundation, the Outstanding Faculty Award from the College of Engineering and the Graduate Teaching Excellence.  She has served as President of the Western Area Graduate Schools.  In 2012, Dr. von Braun was elected as a Fellow of the Collegium Ramazzini.

Kathleen White, PhD
Adjunct Professor, AUA Turpanjian School of Public Health (SPH), Professor, Johns Hopkins School of Nursing, Johns Hopkins University
Kathleen White, PhDAdjunct Professor, AUA Turpanjian School of Public Health (SPH), Professor, Johns Hopkins School of Nursing, Johns Hopkins University

PhD, University of Maryland at Baltimore County

Dr. Kathleen (Kathi) M. White directs the Master of Science in Nursing: Entry into Nursing Program at the Johns Hopkins School of Nursing. She previously coordinated the MSN Health Systems Management track, the MSN-MBA dual degree option, the Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) and Master’s programs. Dr. White serves as a senior adviser to the Center for Health Workforce Analysis, the Division of Nursing, and the Office of Performance Management in the Bureau of Health Professions at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services in the Health Resources and Services Administration, a role she assumed in July 2010. She also maintains a joint appointment as a clinical nurse specialist at Johns Hopkins Hospital, where she is a member of the EBP Steering Committee and an original part of the collaborative SON/JHH team that developed the widely published, award-winning Johns Hopkins Nursing Evidence-based Practice Model and Guidelines. Dr. White’s numerous practice leadership roles have included consulting with Parkway Group Healthcare in Singapore and the primary healthcare reform project in Armenia; serving as visiting faculty at the American University of Armenia; as a member of the Hopkins-Healthways Advisory Group; and as chairperson of the American Nursing Association Congress on Nursing Practice and Economics from 2006-2010. She currently serves on the Governor’s Health Quality and Cost Council, the Maryland Health Care Commission’s Hospital Performance Evaluation Guide Advisory Committee, the CareFirst Board of Directors, and the Maryland Patient Safety Center’s Board of Directors. “Throughout my career, I have been involved in practice policy development and leadership. I have subscribed to the words of Mahatma Gandhi in these efforts: ‘Be the change you want to see in the world.’”