HAROUTUNE K. ARMENIAN, DrPH, Johns Hopkins University; MD, American University of Beirut Professor, AUA Gerald and Patricia Turpanjian School of Public Health
President Emeritus, American University of Armenia
Professor-in-Residence of Epidemiology, UCLA Fielding School of Public Health, University of California at Los Angeles
Professor Emeritus, Johns Hopkins University

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.

LUSINE ABRAHAMYAN, PhD, University of Toronto; MPH, American University of Armenia; MD, Yerevan State Medical University
Visiting Assistant Professor, AUA Gerald and Patricia Turpanjian School of Public Health
Assistant Professor, University of Toronto
Clinical Epidemiologist, Toronto Health Economics and Technology Assessment (THETA) Collaborative, University of Toronto

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, University of Minnesota
Visiting Associate Professor, AUA Gerald and Patricia Turpanjian School of Public Health
Associate Professor and Chair, Department of Health Systems, Management & Policy, University of Colorado

Dr. Adam Atherly is an Associate Professor and Chair of the Department of Health Systems, Management and Policy in the Colorado School of Public Health. Dr. Atherly received his Ph.D. in Health Services Research, Policy and Administration from the University of Minnesota and a M.A. in economics from the University of Washington. Dr. Atherly’s main area of research is health economics, with an emphasis on the economics of aging and consumer decisions regarding health plan choice and health. Much of Dr. Atherly’s research has focused on the Medicare program, including studies on the design of the new Medicare “Part D” program, on the choice of secondary (supplemental) insurance (including both financing, the impact on the Federal budget and individual decision making) and the Medicare Advantage managed care system. Dr. Atherly also recently completed an evaluation of the Medicaid “Health Insurance Flexibility and Accountability Act (“HIFA”) expansion funded by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services. Dr. Atherly is also a Visiting Associate Professor in the Gerald and Patricia Turpanjian School of Public Health at American University of Armenia and was previously an Associate Professor in the Department of Health Policy and Management at the Emory University Rollins School of Public Health and an Assistant Professor in the Department of Health Systems Management at the Tulane University School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine.

ROBERT BAGRAMIAN, PhD, University of Michigan; DDS, Temple University
Professor, University of Michigan

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.

BYRON CRAPE, PhD, Johns Hopkins University; MSPH, Linda University
Visiting Assistant Professor, AUA Gerald and Patricia Turpanjian School of Public Health

Dr. Byron Crape is an analytical epidemiologist and biostatistician who completed his PhD at Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health in the United States.  He has worked many years with the World Health Organization, with various ministries of health, non-governmental organizations and universities around the world.  His career has included refugee work in war zones, disaster management, major university research projects, the design and management of refugee health systems and the establishment of national health information systems and monitoring and evaluation projects.  His publications include papers in international peer-review journals in diverse fields that include mental health, infectious diseases, nutrition, and chronic diseases. He has also authored various chapters in WHO publications and a Health and Education page for a National Geographic atlas.

MARIE DIENER-WEST, PhD, Johns Hopkins University
Adjunct Professor, AUA Gerald and Patricia Turpanjian School of Public Health
Helen Abbey and Margaret Merrell Professor of Biostatistics Education and Chair, Master of Public Health Program, Bloomberg School of Public Health, 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.

TSOVINAR HARUTYUNYAN, PhD, University of North Carolina at Charlotte; MPH, American University of Armenia
Assistant Professor, AUA Gerald and Patricia Turpanjian School of Public Health

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, Johns Hopkins University
Assistant Professor, AUA Gerald and Patricia Turpanjian School of Public Health
Assistant Professor, Institute of Human Nutrition, Columbia University

Dr. Kim Hekimian is Assistant Clinical Professor of Nutrition (in Pediatrics and the Institute of Human Nutrition) at Columbia University and the Associate Director of the Medical Nutrition Program for Health Professionals, Institute of Human Nutrition, Columbia University. She teaches survey research, qualitative methods, health promotion planning and public health nutrition. Before joining Columbia University, she taught at the American University of Armenia’s Gerald and Patricia Turpanjian School of Public Health where she was the Associate Director of the MPH Program and Director of the Center for Health Services Research and Development. She is a consultant 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. Her dissertation involved conducting 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.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

SARAH KAGAN, PhD, RN, University of California, San Francisco
Adjunct Professor, AUA Gerald and Patricia Turpanjian School of Public Health
Lucy Walker Honorary Term Professor of Gerontological Nursing, University of Pennsylvania

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), University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) Fielding School of Public Health; MPH, American University of Armenia; MD, Yerevan State Medical University
Assistant Professor, AUA Gerald and Patricia Turpanjian School of Public Health

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.

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ROBERT A. McLEAN, Ph.D., Cornell University; M.A., University of Texas at Austin
Visiting Professor, AUA Gerald and Patricia Turpanjian School of Public Health;
Adjunct Instructor in Economics, University of Nebraska-Omaha 

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.

VARDUHI PETROSYAN, PhD, Johns Hopkins University; MS, University of Idaho
Professor of Health Sciences 
Director, Center for Health Services Research and Development
Dean, AUA Gerald and Patricia Turpanjian School of Public Health

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. 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.  

ARA TEKIAN, PhD, American University of Beirut; M.H.P.E. University of Illinois, Chicago
Adjunct Professor, AUA Gerald and Patricia Turpanjian School of Public Health
Professor and Associate Dean for International Affairs, College of Medicine, University of Illinois at 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, Johns Hopkins University; MS, University of Maryland at Baltimore County
Adjunct Associate Professor, AUA Gerald and Patricia Turpanjian School of Public Health
Associate Professor and Coordinator of Graduate Public Health Programs, University of North Carolina at Charlotte

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, Johns Hopkins University
Visiting Assistant Professor, AUA Gerald and Patricia Turpanjian School of Public Health

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, Washington State University
Visiting Professor, AUA Gerald and Patricia Turpanjian School of Public Health
Dean/Professor Emerita, University of Idaho

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, University of Maryland at Baltimore County

Adjunct Professor, Gerald and Patricia Turpanjian School of Public Health
Professor, Johns Hopkins School of Nursing, Johns Hopkins University

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.’”

                   

GAYANE YENOKYAN, PhD, MPP, Johns Hopkins University; MPH, American University of Armenia; MD, Yerevan State Medical University
Visiting Assistant Professor, AUA Gerald and Patricia Turpanjian School of Public Health
Assistant Scientist and Interim Executive Director of the Johns Hopkins Biostatistics Center, Bloomberg School of Public Health, Johns Hopkins University

Dr. Gayane Yenokyan is an Assistant Scientist in the Department of Biostatistics and an Interim Executive Director of the Johns Hopkins Biostatistics Center at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. She is the lead statistician on a number of statistical projects and has mentored the junior faculty and graduate students at the center. Dr. Yenokyan has a Medical Doctor degree from the Yerevan State Medical University, Master of Public Health degree from the American University of Armenia, PhD in Epidemiology and MHS in Biostatistics from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. Dr.Yenokyan’s research interests include impact of hemorrhagic stroke on overall functioning and quality of life, and recovery process post stroke as perceived by providers, patients and their families. Her other important collaborations include investigating the relationship between cerebral blood flow autoregulation and neurocognitive outcomes after cardiac surgery, modeling disease trajectory in children and adolescents with Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), bipolar disorder, and eating disorders, and, most recently, single case designs for behavioral interventions in children with self-injury. Dr. Yenokyan reviews statistical aspects of scientific proposals submitted to the Clinical Research Units of the Johns Hopkins Institute for Clinical and Translational Research funded by the National Center for Advancing Translational Sciences, part of the National Institutes of Health. Dr. Yenokyan teaches an eight-week course, “Quantitative Analysis of Clinical Data” for the Science of Clinical Investigation Program at the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine and Bloomberg School of Public Health. In 2011 Dr. Yenokyan received Circulation journal’s “Best Paper Award” in the category of Population Science for a paper titled “Prospective Study of Obstructive Sleep Apnea and Incident Coronary Heart Disease and Heart Failure: The Sleep Heart Health Study”. In 2013, another paper, “The Preschool Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder Treatment Study (PATS) 6-Year Follow-up”, received the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry’s Elaine Schlosser Lewis Award for best paper on ADHD appearing over the past year in the Journal of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry (JAACAP), the #1 journal in the category of pediatrics.

 

NON-RESIDENT FACULTY WHO SERVE AS ACADEMIC ADVISERS

EDWARD BUNKER, MPH, MS (Health Informatics), Johns Hopkins University
Visiting Instructor, AUA Gerald and Patricia Turpanjian School of Public Health
Associate Director, Informatics Certificate Program, Bloomberg School of Public Health, Johns Hopkins University

After receiving his BS in Psychology from the University of Pittsburgh in 1987, Mr. Bunker worked for 5 years in the clinical research laboratories of the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA), where he created applications for data capture and analysis. After earning his MPH from Hopkins in 1994, he worked as a freelance computer programmer and data analyst. He then served as an epidemiologist with the Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, and later with the Howard County Health Department. From 1997 to 2002, Mr. Bunker was the Program Coordinator for the MPH Program at Hopkins and a student of Health Services Research at Hopkins, where his interests expanded from the discrete application of technology in public health to larger issues surrounding health information systems and quality in health care. From 2003 to 2005, Mr. Bunker was a Health Informatics Research Trainee in the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, Division of Health Sciences Informatics, where he studied the usability of a data visualization interface he developed for public health practitioners. In 2006 Mr. Bunker returned to academic administration and public health teaching when he worked in residence at the American University of Armenia, Gerald and Patricia Turpanjian School of Public Health. Since 2007, Mr. Bunker has split his time between teaching and academic administration at Johns Hopkins University and Jhpiego (an affiliate of Hopkins) where he advises on health informatics. Mr. Bunker’s areas of interest within Health Informatics are information visualization, decision support for public health practice, data capture for behavioral and qualitative research, data management, and the emerging area of “mHealth” or Mobile Health.

 

ROBERT MCPHERSON, PhD, Johns Hopkins University
Visiting Assistant Professor, AUA Gerald and Patricia Turpanjian School of Public Health 

Dr. McPherson began working in international development in 1984 when he joined the Peace Corps and served for three years as a teacher of math and science in a rural government school in mid-western Nepal. His first vocational experience in public health occurred in his subsequent job when he worked for three years in training and human resource development in an international NGO in eastern Nepal in the fields of tuberculosis control, revolving drug schemes and community health.  He began a Ph.D. program at Johns Hopkins School of Public Health in 1994 and moved to Armenia in 1996 to join the faculty of the Gerald and Patricia Turpanjian School of Public Health at the American University of Armenia and collect data for his dissertation.  While in Armenia he spent his first two years at AUA where he served as the Associate Director of the Center for Health Services Research and Development. Following completion of his doctoral program, Dr. McPherson spent the next two years in Armenia working as an advisor to a primary health care reform project, followed by three years as a freelance consultant based in Yerevan—a line of work that he has continued following his return to Nepal in 2003 and subsequent move to Thailand in 2010, where he currently resides.  Dr. McPherson’s professional focus at present involves monitoring, evaluation and operational research activities in the fields of maternal and child health.