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Center for Health Services Research and Development (CHSR)

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0019 Yerevan, Armenia
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SPH FACULTY, 2011-2013

HAROUTUNE K. ARMENIAN, DrPH, Johns Hopkins University; MD, American University of Beirut
Professor-in-Residence of Epidemiology and Associate Dean of Academic Programs, UCLA College of Health Sciences, University of California at Los Angeles
Professor Emeritus, Johns Hopkins University

Dr. Haroutune K. Armenian is the Associate Dean of Academic Programs and Professor in Residence of epidemiology at the UCLA Fielding College of Health Sciences and Professor Emeritus at Johns Hopkins Bloomberg College of Health Sciences 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 College of Health Sciences 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 College of Health Sciences, 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.

ADAM ATHERLY, PhD, University of Minnesota
Visiting Associate Professor
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 College of Health Sciences. 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 College of Health Sciences at American University of Armenia and was previously an Associate Professor in the Department of Health Policy and Management at the Emory University Rollins College of Health Sciences and an Assistant Professor in the Department of Health Systems Management at the Tulane University College of Health Sciences and Tropical Medicine.

ROBERT BAGRAMIAN, PhD, University of Michigan; DDS, Temple University
Dean, College of Health Sciences, AUA
Professor, University of Michigan

Dr. Robert Bagramian is the Dean of the College of Health Sciences. 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.

ARA CHALIAN, MD, FACS, Indiana University
Visiting Associate Professor
Associate Professor, University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine

Dr. Ara A. Chalian is Associate Professor of Otorhinolaryngology: Head and Neck Surgery at the University of Pennsylvania. Dr. Chalian’s clinical expertise is in surgical oncology and in reconstructive and facial plastic surgery and leverages his focus on humanism and care of the vulnerable. His research spans molecular biology, mechanisms of head and neck cancer, and oncologic wound healing and the influence of hyperbaric oxygen. His clinical scholarship integrates humanism, collaboration, experience, and aesthetics in a variety of clinical inquiry and improvement projects. Additionally, Dr. Chalian is expert in patient safety and quality in both clinical and administrative domains, especially in surgical care. Dr. Chalian is widely published in peer reviewed literature and is a sought after speaker nationally, as well as in Europe, the United Kingdom, and the Near East. He is Visiting Faculty at the American University of Armenia in the College of Health Sciences.

BYRON CRAPE, PhD, Johns Hopkins University; MSPH, Linda University
Assistant Professor
Coordinator of MPH Program, College of Health Sciences, AUA

Dr. Byron Crape is an analytical epidemiologist and biostatistician who completed his PhD at Johns Hopkins Bloomberg College of Health Sciences 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 Educationpage for a National Geographic atlas.

MARIE DIENER-WEST, PhD, Johns Hopkins University
Adjunct  Professor
Helen Abbey and Margaret Merrell Professor of Biostatistics Education and Chair, Master of Public Health Program, Bloomberg College of Health Sciences, 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 College of Health Sciences. 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 College of Health Sciences 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

Dr. Tsovinar Harutyunyan is an Assistant Professor at the College of Health Sciences (CHS) 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
Institute of Human Nutrition, Columbia University

Dr. Kim Hekimian currently teaches at the Institute of Human Nutrition at Columbia University. She has taught at the American University of Armenia’s College of Health Sciences since its inception in 1995 when 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. Currently, she is working on a national nutrition assessment of Armenia with focus on determinants of stunting in children under five.
Dr. Hekimian received her PhD from the Johns Hopkins University College of Health Sciences 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 and nutrition during pregnancy and lactation. 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. 
Dr. Hekimian received a BA in liberal arts from the University of Pennsylvania and is a graduate of Phillips Academy, Andover. She currently resides in New Jersey and travels frequently to Armenia. 

SARAH KAGAN, PhD, RN, University of California, San Francisco
Adjunct Professor
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 College of Health Sciences. 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. 

VARDUHI PETROSYAN, PhD, Johns Hopkins University; MS, University of Idaho
Associate Professor
Associate Dean, College of Health Sciences, AUA
Director, Center for Health Services Research and Development (CHSR)

Dr. Varduhi Petrosyan is an Associate Professor of Health Sciences from the American University of Armenia (AUA) College of Health Sciences (CHS). She is the Associate Dean of the CHS and Director of the Center for Health Services Research and Development. Dr. Petrosyan earned her PhD from Johns Hopkins University Bloomberg College of Health Sciences, Department of Health Policy and Management. She also has a Master of Science, focusing on environmental health, from the University of Idaho. She has successfully led health services research projects in Armenia and the region focusing on public health services, tobacco control, tuberculosis, primary care, ophthalmic care, diabetes care, environmental health, and determinants of health disparities among women and other vulnerable populations, including working migrants, diabetes patients, tuberculosis patients, pregnant women, and children 0-7 years old. Dr. Petrosyan teaches graduate courses in health services research, program evaluation, and comparative health systems. She has been appointed to be a member of the Country Coordination Mechanism for HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria programs in the Republic of Armenia. Prior to her arrival to AUA, she held a position of Research Assistant at Johns Hopkins University Bloomberg College of Health Sciences, 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 multiple 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. Since December 2012, Dr. Petrosyan is the Advisor on Health Reforms of the Prime Minister of the Republic of Armenia on a voluntary basis.

ARA TEKIAN, PhD, American University of Beirut; M.H.P.E. University of Illinois, Chicago
Adjunct Professor
Associate Professor and Associate Dean for International Affairs, College of Medicine, University of Illinois at Chicago

Dr. Tekian is Associate 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
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 College of Health Sciences 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

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
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
Visiting Associate Professor
Associate Professor, Johns Hopkins University

Dr. Kathleen (Kathi) M. White previously directed the Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) and the Master’s degree programs at the School of Nursing. She currently coordinates the MSN Health Systems Management track and the MSN-MBA dual degree option. In July 2010, Dr. White began an assignment at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services in the Health Resources and Services Administration, where she serves as a Senior Advisor to the Center for Health Workforce Analysis, the Division of Nursing and the Office of Performance Management in the Bureau of Health Professions. Dr. White also maintains a joint appointment as a clinical nurse specialist at the Johns Hopkins Hospital (JHH), where she is a member of the EBP Steering Committee and an original part of the collaborative School of Nursing (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 the 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, where she served as their inaugural Chairperson until 2011.
“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
Assistant Scientist, Johns Hopkins University

Dr. Gayane Yenokyan is an Assistant Scientist in the Department of Biostatistics and Associate Director of the Johns Hopkins Biostatistics Center at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg College of Health Sciences. In this capacity, she provides essential study design and statistical analysis services to researchers at Johns Hopkins Medical Institutions as well as other health research organizations, pharmaceutical companies, and governmental agencies. 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 is a 1999 MPH AUA alumna. Her training also includes Medical Doctor degree from the Yerevan State Medical University, PhD in Epidemiology and MHS in Biostatistics from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg College of Health Sciences.
Dr.Yenokyan’s research interests include triggers for attacks in Familial Mediterranean fever (FMF) and extending mind-body approach to studying the etiology of this endemic condition. In addition, she is involved in the design and statistical analysis of a clinical trial of hemorrhagic stroke (CLEAR III) in collaboration with the Johns Hopkins Department of Neurology.  For this trial, she has worked on the implementation of covariate-adaptive randomization to ensure balanced allocation of potential risk factors between the two treatment arms. She has also worked on assessing the impact of hemorrhagic stroke on overall functioning, quality of life, and personal utility using innovative structured group discussion approach.
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 has taught Epidemiology and co-taught Biostatistics courses at the AUA. She also 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 College of Health Sciences. In 2011 she 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”.



LUSINE ABRAHAMYAN, Ph.D., University of Toronto; MPH, American University of Armenia; MD, Yerevan State Medical University
Visiting Assistant Professor
Collaborator at the Toronto Health Economics and Technology Assessment (THETA) Collaborative, University of Toronto


EDWARD BUNKER, MPH, MS (Health Informatics), Johns Hopkins University
Visiting Instructor of Public Health
Associate Director, Informatics Certificate Program, Bloomberg College of Health Sciences, 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, College of Health Sciences. 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.


FELICITY ENDERS, PhD, Johns Hopkins University
Visiting Assistant Professor
Assistant Professor of Biostatistics, Mayo Clinic 

ROBERT MCPHERSON, PhD, Johns Hopkins University
Visiting Assistant Professor

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 College of Health Sciences in 1994 and moved to Armenia in 1996 to join the faculty of the College of Health Sciences 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.


SCHARPF, ROB, PhD, MS, Johns Hopkins University
Visiting Assistant Professor
Assistant Professor, Johns Hopkins University 


DANA WALRATH, PhD, the University of Pennsylvania; MFA

Assistant Professor, University of Vermont

Fulbright Scholar, College of Health SciencesDr. Dana Walrath is an Assistant Professor of Family Medicine at the University of Vermont and a Women’s and Gender Studies affiliated faculty member. After earning her Ph.D. from the University of Pennsylvania, she taught at the University of Pennsylvania and Temple University. Dr. Walrath broke new ground in medical and biological anthropology through her work on biocultural aspects of childbirth. She has also written on a wide range of topics related to gender in paleoanthropology, the social production of sickness and health, sex differences, genetics, and evolutionary medicine. Her work has appeared in edited volumes and in journals such as Current Anthropology, American Anthropologist, American Journal of Physical Anthropology, and Anthropology Now. As well, she is a co-author of a leading anthropology textbook series that is published in a variety of languages. Dr. Walrath developed a novel curriculum in medical education at the University of Vermont’s College of Medicine that brings humanism, anthropological theory and practice, narrative medicine, and professionalism skills to first-year medical students. She also has a Masters of Fine Arts in Creative Writing from Vermont College of Fine Arts and has shown her art work in galleries throughout the country. Her recent work on the Alzheimer’s disease, Aliceheimer’s, combines anthropology with memoir and visual art. Her verse novel, Grey White Down, set during the Armenian genocide is forthcoming from Random House/ Delacorte in 2014. Spanning a variety of disciplines, Dr. Walrath’s work has been supported by diverse sources such as the National Science Foundation, the Templeton Foundation, the New York Foundation for the Arts, the Centers for Disease Control, the Health Resources Services Administration, the Vermont Studio Center, the Vermont Arts Council and the National Endowment for the Arts.Currently a Fulbright Scholar at the AUA College of Health Sciences, she is working on a project that builds upon her Aliceheimer’s series titled “the Narrative Anthropology of Aging in Armenia.”

KEVIN D. FRICK, PhD, MA, University of Michigan
Visiting Professor
Professor, Bloomberg College of Health Sciences, Johns Hopkins University