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Gohar Abelyan (AUA MPH 2015), Research Assistant, Center for Health Services Research and Development, AUA School of Public Health

Gohar Abelyan is a Research Assistant at the Center for Health Services Research and Development (CHSR). She has joined the CHSR in December 2013. Before that she worked in World Vision Armenia, Department of child sponsorship. She worked as a volunteer at UNICEF and World Vision Armenia (Yerevan ADP). She was involved in programs focusing on healthcare, child protection and education. Gohar Abelyan graduated from the State Agrarian University of Armenia in 2012 and has a Master’s degree with honor diploma as a scientist agronomist-ecologist. Gohar received stipend during six years of education at the State Agrarian University of Armenia for her excellent academic performance. In 2015, she earned a Master of Public Health degree (MPH) from the American University of Armenia. During her studies at AUA she received full merit-based scholarship from AUA and the Ministry of Education and Science of the Republic of Armenia and other merit based scholarships. Her MPH thesis project focused on risk factors of chronic ulceration in patients with varicose veins.

Armine Abrahamyan (AUA MPH 2015), Research Assistant, Center for Health Services Research and Development, AUA School of Public Health

Armine Abrahamyan is a Research Assistant at the Center for Health Services Research and Development (CHSR). She has joined the CHSR in March 2014 and has mainly been involved in TB care and Tobacco Control projects. Her research interest also focuses on pediatric palliative care. For several years she has worked at Pediatric Oncology and Chemotherapy Department at the National Oncology Center as a psychotherapist. During her MPH studies at AUA she devoted her Master’s thesis project to the exploration of pediatric palliative needs of adolescents living with cancer and their parents. Before earning her Master of Public Health degree (MPH) in 2015 she graduated from the Yerevan State University in 2010 with a Master in Clinical Psychology degree. Armine Abrahamyan has been practicing as a Clinical Psychologist since 2010.

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Stepan Atoyan (AUA MPH 2015), Assistant Director, Center of Medical Genetics and Primary Health Care 

Stepan Atoyan  has been competitively selected for the position of Assistant Director in the Center of Medical Genetics and Primary Health Care. He started his new assignment in December, 2015. Dr. Atoyan’s main responsibility includes assist director, provide training and guidance, work with the director to sustain and grow programs and service, manage administrative functions to ensure smooth and efficient operations of the organization, support the organization’s strategic alliances and partnership, participate in strategic planning, represent the organization to the public, key stakeholders and business partner, plan and implement the annual calendar of activities including special events. Dr. Atoyan earned his Medical Doctor degree from Yerevan State Medical University (YSMU) in 2010, where he got his qualification of Doctor of General Practice. Following that, he continued his specialization in Infectious Diseases. In 2013 he started his studies in the Master of Public Health program at the American University of Armenia School of Public Health. Prior to this Dr. Atoyan worked as Project Coordinator in Armenian Red Cross Society and Assistant Professor at the Morphology Department, YSMU, as a physician at Nork Infectious Clinical Hospital. He was also involved in several UNICEF projects at SAMSA (Scientific Association of Medical Students of Armenia) as an assistant of project coordinator. Dr. Stepan Atoyan has participated in local and international workshops, trainings and conferences.

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Tatevik Babayan (AUA MPH 2015), Quality assurance auditor, Darmantest laboratories

Tatevik Babayan has been selected for the position of the quality assurance auditor in Darmantest laboratories. She started her new job in July 2016. Prior to this she worked as a Head of Monitoring and Evaluation Department/Public Health specialist in National Tuberculosis Control Center, Ministry of Health and before that in “Satman” LLC as a chemist manager and an assistant to the microbiologist at the “A and D” LLC. She earned her Master of Public Health (MPH) degree in 2015. Her MPH thesis project included a quantitative research focusing on “Neurocognitive Development of Children with Corrected Congenital Heart Defect” that she conducted in collaboration with the Nork Marash Medical Centre. During her studies in the School of Public Health, she was selected to work on CHSR projects. Tatevik completed her Public Health Internship at the “Jinishian Memorial Foundation”, where she mainly focused on monitoring and evaluation activities. Prior to this she did her master’s studies at Yerevan State University, Department of Ecological Chemistry and bachelor’s studies in Biochemistry. During these years she was the Secretary of the Student Scientific Society of Biology of Yerevan State University and she is a member of Young Biologists Association. She took the on-line course “Improving Global Health: Focusing on Quality and Safety” developed by Harvard University faculty (available on edX) and attended the International Young Scientists School organized by the Institute of Molecular Biology, National Academy of Sciences of Armenia.

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Zaruhi Grigoryan (AUA MPH 2015), Research Assistant, Center for Health Services Research and Development, AUA School of Public Health

Zaruhi Grigoryan is a Research Assistant at the Center for Health Services Research and Development. She earned her Master of Public Health (MPH) degree in 2015. Her MPH thesis project focused on qualitative exploration of factors that facilitate adherence to anti-tuberculosis treatment in Yerevan, Armenia. During her study years in the MPH program, Zaruhi received a merit based scholarship from the Ministry of Education and Science of the Republic of Armenia and American University of Armenia. Zaruhi also holds a diploma in Pharmaceutical Chemistry from Yerevan State University (YSU). Zaruhi has received stipends for excellent academic performance at YSU. She was involved in a chemical laboratory research at YSU and has co-authored several works published in the YSU chemical journal; Chemical journal of Armenia, National Academy of Science of Republic of Armenia; and Proceedings journal, State engineering university of Armenia (Polytechnic).

Samvel Mkhitaryan (AUA MPH 2015), Research and policy analyisis consultant

Samvel Mkhitaryan works as a psychotherapist, trainer and consultant. Samvel has extensively worked in the Center for Health Services Research and Development (CHSR) at AUA School of Public Health and also with such international organizations as United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) and United Nations Children Fund (UNICEF). In 2011-2014, he worked at the UN Population Fund towards improving reproductive health and rights of adolescents in Armenia. In 2014, during his MPH studies, he has provided consultancy to UNFPA country office in Armenia on increasing the demand for modern contraceptives in Armenia. After his graduation Samvel Mkhitaryan joined the Statistics, Monitoring and Evaluation unit at UN Children Fund for a short term assignment to provide consultancy on strengthening focus on social exclusion and vulnerability of children in national data collection and management systems in Armenia. His research interests include variety of topics related to public health in general and mental health in particular. Prior to studying at AUA School of Public Health he has studied psychology at Yerevan State University in Armenia and Gestalt Psychotherapy at Caucasus Institute of Gestalt Therapy and Family Psychotherapy in Georgia. With the pursuit of his research interests Samvel Mkhitaryan joined the CHSR as a research assistant after obtaining his MPH degree at AUA SPH in 2015. He also practices gestalt psychotherapy since 2013.

 

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Meri Mkhitaryan (AUA MPH 2015), Assistant Professor at Yerevan State Medical University after Mkhitar Heratsi (YSMU)

Meri Mkhitaryan is an Assistant Professor at Yerevan State Medical University after Mkhitar Heratsi (YSMU) since 2009. Prior to this she worked in the Armenian Eye Care Project (AECP) as an ophthalmologist for two years. Dr. Mkhitaryan earned her Medical Doctor degree from YSMU in 2006. She graduated the medical university with Honor Diploma and got her qualification as a General Practitioner. She completed ophthalmology residency in S.V. Malayan Eye Center (2006-2009). In 2009, Dr. Mkhitaryan was competitively selected to participate in an ophthalmological seminar in Salzburg, Austria under the auspices of the American Austrian Foundation. Her case presentation “Lagophthalmos. Gold weight implantation” was awarded as the best presentation among 42 participant countries. Dr. Mkhitaryan earned the Master of Public Health degree from the American University of Armenia School of Public Health in 2015. She was awarded Garo Meghrigian Fellowship. As a Meghrigyan Fellow she contributed to several projects of the Garo Meghrigian Institute of Preventive Ophthalmology. During her studies in the MPH Program she received a merit-based scholarship from AUA. Her thesis project focused on risk factors of Dry Eye Disease among visual display terminal users at workplaces in Armenia.

 

Serine Sahakyan (AUA MPH 2015), Research Assistant, Center for Health Services Research and Development , AUA School of Public Health

Serine Sahakyan has earned her MPH degree from AUA School of Public Health in 2015. During her time at AUA she has received merit-based scholarships, has been nominated for the university-wide Balian Award and has been awarded third place in a nationwide competition for “Best Student” among health professionals in 2015 by the Republic of Armenia (RA) Ministry of Education and Science. Serine also holds a Nurse Manager diploma and a B.S. in Pharmacology. Her research experience involves designing and analyzing of quantitative and qualitative research projects in the field of Tuberculosis and Nursing (Nationwide assessment of Nursing education, practice and policy) in Armenia. Currently she is working as a research assistant in the Center for Health Services Research and Development.  

 

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Balu Vignesh Thavidu Rajan (AUA MPH 2015), Public Health Specialist, Department of Preventive Medicine Management, Directorate of Health Affairs-Bisha, Ministry of Health in Kingdom of Saudi Arabia  

Dr Balu Vignesh Thavidu Rajan has joined the Department of Preventive Medicine Management, Directorate of Health Affairs-Bisha, Ministry of Health in Kingdom of Saudi Arabia as a Public Health Specialist. He started his new mission in September 2016. His main job responsibilities are to work with 15 PHCs under the posted sector on the coordination of the National Health programs, to ensure the follow of protocols of preventive medicine management, manage the administrative functions, effective strategic planning and distribution of health kits and medical inventories. Prior to this mission, Dr Rajan has worked as an Assistant Manager in the department of Risk Management at Vidal Health TPA India Private Limited, Bangalore, India and before that worked as an Independent Public Health Specialist at The Doctor’s Office, Chennai, India. Dr Rajan has worked as an intern (as a part of the MPH program) at the State Health Inspectorate, Ministry of Health of the Republic of Armenia. In 2012, Dr Rajan started his studies at the American University of Armenia (AUA) in the College of Business and Economics (CBE) and School of Public Health (SPH) for the MBA/MPH dual degree program. During his academic years at the AUA, Dr Rajan received merit-based International Scholarship for all three years. In the same period, Dr Rajan was elected twice as a member of Graduate Student Council. On the commencement day for the class of 2015, Dr Rajan gave a valedictorian speech. Dr Rajan was an active participant in a wide range of events and community work at AUA. Dr Rajan is a certified Lean Six Sigma – Black Belt (KPMG- India, 2016). Dr Rajan earned his Doctor of Medicine (MD) as a General Physician from Yerevan State Medical University (YSMU), Yerevan, Republic of Armenia in 2010. He completed post graduation clinical residency program in the department of Family Medicine at YSMU in 2013.