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Kristina Akopyan (AUA MPH 2013), Human Protections Administrator, AUA IRB and Research Assistant, Center for Health Services Research and Development, AUA School of Public Health

Dr. Kristina Akopyan is the Human Protections Administrator of the Institutional Review Boards of AUA. She is also a Research Assistant at the Center for Health Services Research and Development. She earned her Medical Doctor (MD) degree from Yerevan State Medical University in 2009, completed residency in Diagnostic Radiology in the National Institute of Health in 2011.  She also received a Master of Public Health degree (MPH) from the American University of Armenia (AUA) in 2013. During her studies at AUA she received merit based Doumanian Scholarship. She has been involved in a few CHSR projects including the ones focusing on environmental health, medical entrepreneurship and nursing.

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Lusine Kocharyan (AUA MPH 2013), Head of the Health Department of the Armenian Red Cross Society

Dr. Lusine Kocharyan has been appointed as the Head of the Health Department of Armenian Red Cross Society in May, 2014. The organization is recognized as auxiliary humanitarian organization to the government of Armenia. As a member of the International Federation of Red Cross it is driven by the main principals of the Red Cross and Red Crescent movement. Before that, from May 2013 to May 2014,  she was the Head of Public Health Department of the Ministry of Health of the Republic of Armenia. In 2009-2013, Dr. Kocharyan was a Senior Specialist in the Division of Infection and Non infection disease Control of the State Hygiene and Anti-epidemic Inspectorate (SHAI) of the Ministry of Health. Since 2010, she contributed to the National Tobacco Control and Tuberculosis Control Programs. In 2007, after the certificate program organized by UNICEF, World Health Organization and RA Ministry of Health, Lusine Kocharyan became a trainer in the National Immunization Program and participated in massive vaccination programs, including Measles and Rubella Massive Vaccination Campaign and Poliomyelitis Massive Vaccination Campaign. In 2000-2007 she worked as an epidemiologist in one of the Yerevan centers of the SHAI. Dr. Kocharyan earned her Medical Doctor (MD) degree from the Yerevan State Medical University in 2000 and MPH from AUA SPH in 2013. She has participated in international workshops and trainings and has contributed to governmental inter-sectorial working groups.

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Ani Movsisyan (AUA MPH 2013), Doctoral Candidate, University of Oxford, United Kingdom

Ani Movsisyan has been awarded Barnett Scholarship from the Department of Social Policy and Intervention at the University of Oxford to pursue her research interest as a Doctor of Philosophy candidate from 2014 to 2017. The Times Higher Education World University Rankings 2012-2013 placed Oxford in the top ten universities globally in life sciences, physical sciences, social sciences and the arts and humanities. She is currently interested in investigation of the GRADE system in the systematic reviews of public health and complex psychosocial interventions. Ani Movsisyan finished her MSc degree in Evidence-based Social Intervention at the University of Oxford in fall 2014. She was awarded Open Society Foundations Scholarship to realize this endeavor. Ani Movsisyan received Master of Public Health (MPH) degree from AUA School of Public Health in 2013. During her studies at AUA she was granted full merit-based scholarship from AUA and the Ministry of Education and Science of the Republic of Armenia. She also holds a bachelor degree in Psychology from Yerevan State University. From 2012 to 2013, Ani Movsisyan has been involved in the working group to develop a comprehensive mental health strategy for the Republic of Armenia in collaboration with the Ministry of Health and Open Society Foundations – Armenia.

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Lusine Musheghyan (AUA MPH 2014), MPH Recruitment Coordinator and Research Assistant, Center for Health Services Research and Development (CHSR), AUA School of Public Health

Lusine Musheghyan is the MPH Recruitment Coordinator and Research Assistant. She earned her MA in Social Work degree from Yerevan State University in 2012 and MPH from AUA School of Public Health in 2014. During her studies at AUA she received full merit-based scholarship from AUA and the Ministry of Education and Science of RA. She has been involved in a few CHSR projects since 2012. Before joining CHSR Lusine Musheghyan worked in different organizations, both governmental and nongovernmental, and focused on projects dealing with health quality related assurance, patient safety, social and health policy research and analysis. Her MPH thesis project focused on healthcare quality and patient safety in the intensive-care units of Yerevan hospitals.

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Yelena Sardaryan (AUA MPH 2013), Counselor, American University of Armenia (AUA)

Yelena Sardrayan has been appointed as Counselor in American University of Armenia in August, 2016. As a counselor, she is responsible for providing individual and group counseling to AUA undergraduate and graduate students, provide regular workshops and implement various outreach programs to support mental health promotion in the campus. Prior to the appointments, she has also worked for other local and international organizations as a Project officer (Armenian Red Cross Society), Counselor (Children of Armenia Fund, Unison NGO, Pyunic NGO), Trainer (Save the Children Armenia), Expert Psychologist (Human Rights Defender’s Office), External Evaluator (SOS Children’s Village Armenia) and etc. She received a Master of Public Health degree (MPH) from the American University of Armenia (AUA) School of Public Health in 2013. Yelena Sardaryan also holds Master of Arts (MA) in Psychology from Yerevan State University. She has had two professional publications in the Volume of Young Scientists and Conference Materials on Young Psychologist’s Scientific Conference devoted to the 90th anniversary of Yerevan State University. During her studies at AUA she received merit based scholarship. 

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Aelita Sargsyan (AUA MPH 2013), Healthcare and Social Programs Officer, Fund for Armenian Relief (FAR)

Dr. Aelita Sargsyan has been selected for the position of Healthcare and Social Programs Officer in the Fund for Armenian Relief (FAR). Before this, she worked in different laboratories in Yerevan as a laboratory doctor since 2009. In June 2013 Dr. Sargsyan passed an internship in the Department of Foreign Relationship of Ministry of Health of Armenia. From 2004 to 2006 she was involved in teaching and research in the Department of Medical Biology and Genetics in Yerevan State Medical University (YSMU). She was a co-author of an article published in the journal dedicated to 75 years of YSMU. Dr. Sargsyan earned her Medical Doctor (MD) degree YSMU in 2004 and MPH from AUA School of Public Health in 2013.

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Angela Tadevosyan (AUA MPH 2013), Project Coordinator of Bioequivalence Studies, FDA Lab, Laboratory of Tonus-Les

Angela Tadevosyan is a Project Coordinator of bioequivalence studies at the FDA Lab, laboratory of Tonus-Les and Research and Development Specialist at Tonus-Les pharmaceutical company. She has been involved in a few projects of the AUA Center for Health Services Research and Development since 2012. She has two years of work experience in pharmacies. She earned her Master of Pharmacy (MPharm) degree from Yerevan State Medical University in 2012. She earned a Master of Public Health (MPH) degree from the AUA School of Public Health in 2013. During her studies at AUA she received merit based Zaven O. Kodjayan Scholarship.

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Arman Tsaturyan (AUA MPH 2013), Urologist, Department of Urology, Izmirlian Medical Center 

Dr. Arman Tsaturyan is a second year resident in Urology. He earned his Medical Doctor (MD) degree from Yerevan State Medical University and a Master of Public Health degree (MPH) from the American University of Armenia (AUA) in 2013.  During his studies at AUA he received a full scholarship from AUA and the RA Ministry of Education and Science and military deferment. From July 2013 till October 2014 he worked as a research assistant at the Center for Health Services Research and Development, AUA School of Public Health. In October – December 2014, Dr. Tsaturyan has completed short fellowship program in urology at KULeuven Hospital in Leuven, Belgium.

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Armine Tumasyan (AUA MPH 2013), Was Promoted to Clinical Research Associate at Harris/NIH/NHLBI Corporation, Bethesda, MD, USA  

Dr. Armine Tumasyan has been promoted to  the position of Clinical Research Associate at Harris Corporation, which works on a contract for the US National Institute of Health in Bethesda, MD, USA. Before this she was working as Clinical Data Quality Specialist at the same corporation, where supported the National Hearth, Lung and Blood institute to monitor the quality of research data. Previously, Dr. Armine Tumasyan worked as a Clinical Data Manager for oncology protocols in the US National Cancer Institute. She worked in the Research Center of Maternal and Child Health Protection in Yerevan as a Diagnostic Radiologist, and was actively involved in implementation of Densitometry Testing in Armenia. She earned her Medical Doctor (MD) degree from Yerevan State Medical University in 1997, completed residency in Diagnostic Radiology in the same institution in 2006.  She received a Master of Public Health degree (MPH) from the American University of Armenia (AUA) School of Public Health in 2013. During her studies at AUA she received merit based Zaven O. Kodjayan Scholarship.