Dean and Faculty

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

DrPH, Johns Hopkins University
MD, American University of Beirut

Dr. Haroutune K. Armenian is Professor in Residence of epidemiology at the UCLA Fielding School of Public Health and was the Associate Dean of Academic Programs; he is Professor Emeritus at Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health where he received his MPH, and Dr.P.H. degrees (1972-4) and his M.D. from the American University of Beirut in 1968 where he has specialized in internal medicine. His career in epidemiology has spanned a number of countries and regions of the world. He has special interests in the application of epidemiologic methods to health services research and chronic diseases. He is one of the earliest to apply epidemiologic methods to study the effects of the civil war at the population level during the 1980s in Lebanon, and the long-term effects of the 1988 earthquake in Armenia. In the 1980s, he pioneered epidemiologic research by using Armenian Church parish records to study infant mortality as well as other health indicators in 16 diasporan countries over a timeframe of 300 years. More recent research includes the 23 year follow up of the survivors of the earthquake in Armenia. Dr. Armenian’s academic and development leadership has included program development at the Ministry of Health in Bahrain, Dean of the Faculty of Health Sciences at the American University of Beirut, Director of the MPH Program at the Johns Hopkins University, and Dean of the 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 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 Entrepreneurship in Health project and Turpanjian Rural Development Program with over 550 businesses established in the villages and 1150 people trained in entrepreneurship.

Room: PAB Room 437W
Phone: 060 61 2565
Email: [email protected]
Department: Gerald & Patricia Turpanjian College of Health Sciences (CHS)
Address: 40 Baghramyan Avenue, Yerevan 0019, Armenia
Robert Baghramian, PhD, DDS
Professor, University of Michigan
Robert Baghramian, PhD, DDSProfessor, University of Michigan

PhD, University of Michigan
DDS, Temple University

Dr. Robert Bagramian is a professor in the Gerald and Patricia Turpanjian College of Health Sciences 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.

Varduhi Petrosyan, PhD, MS
Dean, AUA Turpanjian College of Health Sciences (CHS), Director, Zvart Avedisian Onanian Center for Health Services Research and Development (CHSR), Professor of Health Sciences
Varduhi Petrosyan, PhD, MSDean, AUA Turpanjian College of Health Sciences (CHS), Director, Zvart Avedisian Onanian Center for Health Services Research and Development (CHSR), Professor of Health Sciences

PhD, Johns Hopkins University
MS, University of Idaho

Dr. Varduhi Petrosyan is a professor and dean in the Turpanjian College of  Health Sciences (CHS)American University of Armenia (AUA). She also directs the Avedisian Onanian Center for Health Services Research and Development (CHSR). She received her Bachelor’s degree at Yerevan State University and her Master’s degree at the University of Idaho. She completed her PhD studies at the Johns Hopkins University Bloomberg School of Public Health, Department of Health Policy and Management. She was elected to the Delta Omega Public Health Honorary Society (US National Public Health Honorary Society), Alpha Chapter, in 2006. She has successfully led health services research projects in Armenia and the region focusing on public health services, public health emergencies including disease outbreaks, tobacco control, tuberculosis control, primary care, ophthalmic care, diabetes care, environmental health, and other important topics. She was a member of the Country Coordination Mechanism for HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria programs in the Republic of Armenia (2011–16). In 2012–2014, she was the Advisor on Health Reforms to the Prime Minister of the Republic of Armenia on a voluntary basis. Dr. Petrosyan was also a member of the Expert panel on COVID-19 next to the Minister of Health of the Republic of Armenia (2020-23), the Primary Health Care Strengthening Task Force of the Ministry of Health (2021-22), and the Management Council of the Health Inspectorate Body of the Government of Armenia (2017-22). Currently, she is a member of the Public Council next to the Minister of Health of the Republic of Armenia and Advisory Board next to the Executive Director of the National Center for Disease Control and Prevention, and the Deputy Chair of the National Immunization Technical Advisory Group of the Republic of Armenia. 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 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 journal.

Room: PAB Room 405W
Phone: 060 61 2592
Email: [email protected]
Department: Gerald & Patricia Turpanjian College of Health Sciences (CHS)
Address: 40 Baghramyan Avenue, Yerevan 0019, Armenia

Lusine Abrahamyan, PhD, MPH, MD
Visiting Associate Professor, AUA Turpanjian College of Health Sciences (CHS); Associate Professor, Institute of Health Policy, Management and Evaluation, University of Toronto; Scientist, Toronto General Hospital Research Institute, University Health Network
Lusine Abrahamyan, PhD, MPH, MDVisiting Associate Professor, AUA Turpanjian College of Health Sciences (CHS); Associate Professor, Institute of Health Policy, Management and Evaluation, University of Toronto; Scientist, Toronto General Hospital Research Institute, University Health Network

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

Dr. Lusine Abrahamyan is a Scientist at the Toronto General Hospital Research Institute (University Health Network) and an Associate Professor in the Institute of Health Policy, Management and Evaluation, University of Toronto. Dr. Abrahamyan’s research interests are in comparative effectiveness research and health technology assessment using clinical trials, observational studies, administrative data analysis, systematic reviews, surveys, and economic evaluation studies. She is the Co-Lead of the Canadian Research Network for Adult Congenital Heart Disease interventions (CRN-ACHDi). Her research team at the Toronto General Hospital conducts studies to answer high priority research questions in ACHDi, embracing innovative methods and providing excellent research and training opportunities for undergraduate and graduate students and fellows. She is also interested and has experience in health services research in heart failure and other cardiovascular diseases, obstructive sleep apnea, COPD and rare diseases. She is currently teaching graduate courses in health survey research methods and systematic reviews. She is a Visiting Associate Professor at the Turpanjian College of Health Sciences and has been supervising MPH students since 2006.

Anya Agopian, PhD, MPH
Assistant Professor, Turpanjian College of Health Sciences
Anya Agopian, PhD, MPHAssistant Professor, Turpanjian College of Health Sciences

PhD, George Washington University

MPH, University of Southern California

Dr. Anya Agopian is an Assistant Professor in the Turpanjian College of Health Sciences at the American University of Armenia. Her work and research thus far have focused on the intersection between infectious disease prevention and behaviors, using surveillance and systematic data collection to help inform public health activities and policy.  After obtaining her MPH from the University of Southern California, Dr. Agopian worked with the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health conducting infectious disease surveillance of vaccine-preventable diseases.  She went on to receive her PhD in epidemiology from the George Washington University, where she also managed the Washington, DC site of the CDC-sponsored National HIV Behavioral Surveillance project, a bio-behavioral surveillance system focused on persons at high risk for HIV infection. Dr. Agopian currently teaches graduate courses in epidemiology and data management, as well as an undergraduate health course.

 

Room: PAB Room 437W
Email: [email protected]
Department: Gerald & Patricia Turpanjian College of Health Sciences (CHS)
Address: 40 Baghramyan Avenue, Yerevan 0019, Armenia

Nour Alayan, RN, PhD
Associate Professor and Inaugural Chair, Bachelor of Science in Nursing Program, AUA Turpanjian College of Health Sciences (CHS)
Nour Alayan, RN, PhDAssociate Professor and Inaugural Chair, Bachelor of Science in Nursing Program, AUA Turpanjian College of Health Sciences (CHS)

PhD, Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey

MSN & BSN, American University of Beirut

Dr. Nour Alayan is an Associate Professor and the Inaugural Chair of the Nursing Program at the Turpanjian College of Health Sciences at the American University of Armenia. She is an experienced nurse clinician, researcher, and educator with a focus on health behavior change and the use of complementary and bio-behavioral approaches that support mental health and well-being. Dr. Alayan completed her PhD in Nursing at Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey (2017), and her MS in Nursing (2008) and BS in Nursing (2004) at the American University of Beirut. Dr. Alayan’s research work has two arms; (1) clinical research that is based on mind-body science and investigates bio-behavioral treatment, such as heart rate variability biofeedback, and (2) health promotion and primary care research that investigates evidence-based interventions, such as Motivational Interviewing and Screening, Brief Intervention, and Referral to Treatment (SBIRT). Dr. Alayan is also a Stop Smoking Practitioner and a behavioral health specialist. She uses holistic interventions such as Motivational Interviewing, Hypnosis, Biofeedback, and Emotional Freedom Techniques to support mental health and well-being.

Room: PAB Room 407W
Phone: 060 61 2570
Email: [email protected]
Department: Gerald & Patricia Turpanjian College of Health Sciences (CHS)
Address: 40 Baghramyan Avenue, Yerevan 0019, Armenia

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

Visiting Professor, AUA Turpanjian College of Health Sciences (CHS), Seymour and Ruth Perlin Professor of Health Administration and Internal Medicine, Virginia Commonwealth University College of Health Professions

 

PhD, University of Minnesota
MA, University of Washington

 

Dr. Adam Atherly is an experienced health services researcher and health economist whose research spans numerous methodological and topical areas, including choice modeling, healthcare spending and expenditure modeling, scale development and psychometric analysis, evaluation of efforts to improve quality of care and patient safety, and cost-effectiveness analysis.  Dr. Atherly has published more than 100 peer review papers and book chapters.  Numerous papers focus on the effect of health on health care spending, including lifetime spending and life expectancy projections for Medicare beneficiaries with and without chronic illnesses and the effect of copayments and other cost sharing on health care spending.  Dr. Atherly has also completed many cost effectiveness studies, on topics ranging from cancer to asthma to Covid-19. His research often focuses on consumer decisions regarding health insurance plan choice, and, more recently, value-based healthcare. Dr. Atherly is an experienced teacher and has taught courses in health economics, health policy, research methods, cost effectiveness and more at levels ranging from introductory undergraduate courses to doctoral seminars.  Dr. Atherly also has a long-standing collaboration with American University of Armenia, where he has an academic appointment and has taught periodic courses for nearly two decades.

Casey Bartrem, PhD, RPCV
Visiting Assistant Professor, AUA Turpanjian College of Health Sciences (CHS), Executive Director and Environmental Scientist at TerraGraphics International Foundation (TIFO)
Casey Bartrem, PhD, RPCVVisiting Assistant Professor, AUA Turpanjian College of Health Sciences (CHS), Executive Director and Environmental Scientist at TerraGraphics International Foundation (TIFO)

PhD, University of Idaho

Dr. Casey Bartrem is Executive Director and Environmental Scientist at TerraGraphics International Foundation (TIFO), an international non-governmental organization that provides assistance to communities in low-income countries to address environmental pollution. Her primary area of work and research is international environmental health and risk assessment. Since 2010, she has occupied a key leadership role in the Zamfara Emergency Environmental Response Project, which was recognized by the United Nations and given their 2011 Green Star Award. Dr. Bartrem’s Ph.D. research focused on assessing environmental heavy metal exposures experienced by vulnerable populations in Northern Nigeria during the lead poisoning outbreak. Dr. Bartrem also assists Alta Science and Engineering with quality assurance/quality control and analysis of blood lead/soil lead data for the Bunker Hill Superfund Site, one of the largest waste sites in North America. She has worked on human health risk assessments in Kyrgyzstan, Bangladesh, Nigeria, and the United States, often in close collaboration with local stakeholders, government representatives, humanitarian organizations such as Doctors Without Borders, and other NGOs. Dr. Bartrem is a member of the Norwich University/AEHS Environmental Security Working Group, providing perspectives of how environmental degradation and climate change are impacting TIFO’s humanitarian response work. As a Senior Fellow at the Norwich Center for Global Resilience and Security, Dr. Bartrem works with students and faculty to explore environmental security issues and innovative resilience strategies. She is a visiting assistant professor at the American University of Armenia’s Turpanjian College of Health Sciences where she teaches a course in Environmental Health Risk Assessment for Master of Public Health Students. Dr. Bartrem is a Fellow of the Collegium Ramazzini, an independent, international academy of renowned scientists in the fields of occupational and environmental health. Dr. Bartrem has presented at conferences in North America, Europe, Africa, and Asia. From 2007-2009, Dr. Bartrem was a United States Peace Corps Volunteer in the Kingdom of Lesotho, working with communities on grassroots health and development projects. 

 

Anahit Demirchyan, MPH, MD
Research Assistant Professor, AUA Turpanjian College of Health Sciences (CHS), Senior Researcher, Center for Health Services Research and Development (CHSR)
Anahit Demirchyan, MPH, MDResearch Assistant Professor, AUA Turpanjian College of Health Sciences (CHS), Senior Researcher, Center for Health Services Research and Development (CHSR)

MPH (1999), American University of Armenia
MD, Yerevan State Medical University

Dr. Demirchyan earned her MD in Pediatrics from Yerevan State Medical University (diploma with honor), and Master of Public Health from AUA College of Health Sciences. She has also completed a residency program in Pediatrics (Yerevan State Medical University, 1986-87), a fellowship program in Human Lactation Management (USA, Wellstart International, 1994, 1997), and a clinical fellowship in Child Development (USA, Meyo Clinic, 1998). In 1998 she received Vartkess and Rita Balian Merit Award from AUA for achieving outstanding academic performance.

During 1992-2000, Dr. Demirchyan was the advisor to the deputy minister responsible for mother and child health issues in Armenia. She was the initiator and first coordinator of the National Breastfeeding Promotion Program in Armenia, managing this comprehensive and successful program for seven years. She has authored a manual on infant nutrition for medical doctors, a guide on feeding of low birth-weight and sick neonates for neonatologists, a curriculum on child development for primary health care providers.

During her employment at the CHSR since 2000, she carried out numerous public health projects, including assessment of Hepatitis B burden in Armenia, technical assistance to UNICEF in preparing the follow-up report on the Decade Goals set by UNICEF World Summit for Children, health sector’s needs assessment in Nagorno Karabagh, and a number of community health surveys. During 2001-2005, she managed a multi-faceted quality assurance program at Nork Marash Medical Center – a tertiary-level cardiac hospital. During 2006-2010, she served as the Senior Research Director for the USAID-funded Primary Health Care Reform Project in Armenia, carrying the primary responsibility for the project monitoring, evaluation, and research activities. Since then, Dr. Demirchyan’s work was mainly focused on research covering a broad spectrum of interests such as child nutrition, health outcomes research, healthcare quality, psychometrics, and mental health. In the meantime, she advised many MPH students for their thesis work. Starting from 2020, Dr. Demirchyan assumed the responsibilities of Research Assistant Professor, co-teaching Graduate Research Seminar course to 2nd year MPH students. Dr. Demirchyan has authored over 20 peer-reviewed publications and has made numerous presentations of her work at international scientific meetings and conferences.

Room: PAB Room 408W
Phone: 060 61 2562
Email: [email protected]
Department: Gerald & Patricia Turpanjian College of Health Sciences (CHS)
Address: 40 Baghramyan Avenue, Yerevan 0019, Armenia

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

PhD, Johns Hopkins University

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

Talin Gulgulian, RN, BSN, MSN
Lecturer, AUA Turpanjian College of Health Sciences (CHS)
Talin Gulgulian, RN, BSN, MSNLecturer, AUA Turpanjian College of Health Sciences (CHS)

MSN & BSN, American University of Beirut

Talin Gulgulian is a Lecturer at the Turpanjian College of Health Sciences at the American University of Armenia. She is an expert nurse leader in neonatal and children’s health, encompassing over 10 years of experience in direct patient care, more than six years of academic teaching experience. She is passionate about community health nursing programs specifically in early childhood intervention and development initiatives. She completed her Masters of Science in Nursing Community Public Health (2010) and Bachelor of Science in Nursing at the American University of Beirut Hariri School of Nursing, Beirut, Lebanon. Her current research work is focused on the role of debriefing in resuscitation education and training of various health care professionals. Mrs. Talin Gulgulian is also an American Heart Association (AHA) instructor in children and neonatal resuscitation programs such as Neonatal Resuscitation Program (NRP) and Pediatric Advanced Life Support (PALS). She is a member of the honorary nursing society of excellence Sigma Theta Tau as a recognized nurse leader in her field of specialty.

Room: PAB Room 407W
Phone: 060 61 2570
Email: [email protected]
Department: Gerald & Patricia Turpanjian College of Health Sciences (CHS)
Address: 40 Baghramyan Avenue, Yerevan 0019, Armenia

Arusyak Harutyunyan, MPH, MD
Research Assistant Professor, AUA Turpanjian College of Health Sciences (CHS), Senior Researcher, Zvart Avedisian Onanian Center for Health Services Research and Development (CHSR)
Arusyak Harutyunyan, MPH, MDResearch Assistant Professor, AUA Turpanjian College of Health Sciences (CHS), Senior Researcher, Zvart Avedisian Onanian Center for Health Services Research and Development (CHSR)

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

Dr. Arusyak Harutyunyan is a Research Assistant Professor in the  Turpanjian College of Health Sciences (CHS) and a Senior Researcher at the Avedisian Onanian Center for Health Services Research and Development. Dr. Harutyunyan has led multiple quantitative and qualitative studies focusing on Tobacco Control, Tuberculosis Control and Maternal and Child Health. She is currently the Principal Investigator of the “Smoke-free coalitions in Armenia and Georgia project: A community randomized trial” (in partnership with Emory University and supported by the US National Institute of Health).  Dr. Harutyunyan teaches Basics of Health Lifestyle course to undergraduate students, co-teaches General Principles of Public Health Problem Solving and Graduate Research Seminar to graduate students. Dr. Harutyunyan is also the Coordinator (a volunteer position) of the Coalition for Tobacco Free Armenia, a union of 30 NGOs. In 2012, she was competitively selected to receive a Scholarship and completed the Global Tobacco Control Certificate Program at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. In 2015, Dr. Harutyunyan completed the Mayo Clinic Nicotine Dependence Center’s Tobacco Treatment Specialist Certification Training Program and received Mayo Clinic’s Tobacco Treatment Specialist Certificate. In 2017, she received a scholarship and completed the European Regional Tobacco Control Leadership Program hosted by Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health (JHSPH) in Kiev, Ukraine. In 2018 she obtained the US National Certificate in Tobacco Control Practice in recognition of her significant amount of experience in this field.
Dr. Harutyunyan earned her MD from Yerevan State Medical University in 2007 and Master of Public Health from the American University of Armenia in 2009. In 2008 she received Vartkess and Rita Balian Merit Award from AUA for achieving outstanding scholastic record and for showing great promise towards a professional career. She has also completed a residency program in Obstetrics and Gynecology (Yerevan State Medical University, 2011) and has been a practicing Obstetrician/gynecologist. Dr. Harutyunyan has published in peer-reviewed journals and extensively presented her work in various international scientific conferences.

Tsovinar Harutyunyan, PhD, MPH
Associate Professor, AUA Turpanjian College of Health Sciences (CHS)
Tsovinar Harutyunyan, PhD, MPHAssociate Professor, AUA Turpanjian College of Health Sciences (CHS)

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

Dr. Tsovinar Harutyunyan is an Associate Professor at the Gerald and Patricia Turpanjian 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.

Room: PAB Room 404W
Phone: 060 61 2560
Email: [email protected]
Department: Gerald & Patricia Turpanjian College of Health Sciences (CHS)
Address: 40 Baghramyan Avenue, Yerevan 0019, Armenia

Kim Hekimian, PhD
Associate Professor, AUA Turpanjian College of Health Sciences (CHS), Associate Professor, Institute of Human Nutrition, Columbia University
Kim Hekimian, PhDAssociate Professor, AUA Turpanjian College of Health Sciences (CHS), Associate Professor, Institute of Human Nutrition, Columbia University

PhD, Johns Hopkins University

Kim Hekimian, PhD is Associate Professor of Nutrition in Pediatrics (Gastroenterology, Hepatology,
and Nutrition) and the Institute of Human Nutrition at Columbia University Medical Center. There,
she is the Director of the Master of Science in Nutrition program. She is also the Associate Director
of Education for the Vagelos College of Physicians & Surgeons (VP&S) Program in Education in
Global and Population Health. Dr. Hekimian teaches courses in global health, public health nutrition
and research methods at VP&S and the IHN. She is a member of the Virginia Apgar Society of
Medical Educators and a recipient of the Columbia University Provost Award for Hybrid Learning
Course Redesign for Research Methods in Global Health.
Previously, she served as the Associate Director of the Master of Public Health (MPH) Program as
well as Founder and Director of the Center for Health Services Research at AUA CHS. At CHS, she
continues to teach coursework in nutrition and public health and mentors MPH students.
Dr. Hekimian received her PhD in Health Policy from the Johns Hopkins School of Public Health with
a concentration in Behavioral Science and Health Education. Her research has focused on maternal
and child nutrition with a special interest in infant and young child feeding. She was the PI for a
multi-year national breastfeeding campaign in the Republic of Armenia through partnerships with
the Ministry of Health, USAID and UNICEF.
In Spring 2020, she co-organized a Public Health Working Group for Armenia during the time of
COVID-19. This group of epidemiologists, biostatisticians, public health policy makers and risk
communication experts from academic centers around the globe supports efforts of the Ministry of
Health of the Republic of Armenia in health system strengthening activities.
Currently, Dr. Hekimian is an advisor to the Minister of Health through a supported partnership for
health policy development by the Applied Policy Research Institute of Armenia (APRI) and the
Health Network for Armenia (HENAR). Her work focuses on developing nutrition policies and
programs as well as perinatal care reforms to improve maternal mortality, cesarean deliveries, and
post-partum care practices to promote exclusive breastfeeding.

Vicky Herkelian, MA, BSN, RN
Lecturer, AUA Turpanjian College of Health Sciences (CHS)
Vicky Herkelian, MA, BSN, RNLecturer, AUA Turpanjian College of Health Sciences (CHS)
MA, Kimmage Development Studies Center, Dublin, Ireland
BSN, American University of Beirut.
Vicky Herkelian is a lecturer at the Turpanjian College of Health Sciences at the American University of Armenia. She is an experienced nurse clinician and educator. She completed her Masters of Arts in development studies (2010) at the Kimmage Development Studies Center, Dublin, Ireland and Bachelor of Science in Nursing at the American University of Beirut Hariri School of Nursing, Beirut, Lebanon. She has more than 20 years of experience as a nurse clinician in Joint Commission International (JCI) accredited hospitals in Beirut, Dublin, and Saudi Arabia. She has vast experience in critical care nursing. Her passion for humanitarian work has taken her to Mongolia, South Sudan and Lebanon, working with different international organizations like Doctors Without Borders (MSF) and International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC). She has worked with nurses in low- and middle-income countries, with poor and war wounded populations. She has worked closely with the war wounded and displaced populations in South Sudan and Lebanon. Attended to their medical needs and psychosocial needs. Trained and supported nurses. She has also helped organize and implement a measles vaccination campaign for 10000 children in Yuai, South Sudan. She has worked as a nurse trainer and educator, training nurses in the hospitals. She has given lectures and workshops on different topics to nurses and volunteers in different organizations.
Sarah Kagan, PhD, RN
Honorary Professor, AUA Turpanjian College of Health Sciences (CHS), Lucy Walker Term Professor of Gerontological Nursing, University of Pennsylvania
Sarah Kagan, PhD, RNHonorary Professor, AUA Turpanjian College of Health Sciences (CHS), Lucy Walker Term Professor of Gerontological Nursing, University of Pennsylvania

PhD, RN, University of California, San Francisco

Dr. Sarah H. Kagan is the Lucy Walker 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, MPH, MD
Adjunct Assistant Professor, AUA Turpanjian College of Health Sciences (CHS)
Vahe Khachadourian, PhD, MPH, MDAdjunct Assistant Professor, AUA Turpanjian College of Health Sciences (CHS)

PhD, University of California, Los Angeles
MPH, American University of Armenia
MD, Yerevan State Medical University

Dr. Vahe Khachadourian earned his MD from Yerevan State Medical University and Master of Public Health (MPH) from American University of Armenia (AUA) 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.  In 2014, Dr. Khachadourian began his PhD in Epidemiology from the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) where he received advanced training in quantitative research methods. His PhD thesis applied a mediation analysis framework and machine learning algorithms quantifying the impacts of natural disasters on diabetes and mortality. During his PhD studies, Dr. Khachadourian served as a teaching assistant and teaching fellow for advanced epidemiology and biostatistics courses. Dr. Khachadourian’s research in public health focuses on the theoretical and methodological, as well as the applied aspects of epidemiology in the field. His main interest in theory lies in advanced epidemiologic and statistical methods, with an emphasis on causal inference using data from observational studies. . To pursue his passion in education and research, in 2017, Dr. Khachadourian returned to AUA, mentoring MPH students and teaching research methods course, receiving AUA Faculty Teaching Excellence Prize (2019). In 2020, Dr. Khachadourian joined the Department of Psychiatry at Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai as a National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) funded Postdoctoral Fellow studying epidemiology of psychiatric and neurodevelopmental diseases. Dr. Khachadourian continues to serve as an Adjunct Assistant Professor at AUA’s SPH.

 

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

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

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

Ani Movsisyan, MPH, MSc, DPhil
Visiting Assistant Professor, AUA Turpanjian College of Health Sciences (CHS), Postdoctoral researcher, Pettenkofer School of Public Health, Ludwig Maximilian University of Munich (LMU Munich)
Ani Movsisyan, MPH, MSc, DPhilVisiting Assistant Professor, AUA Turpanjian College of Health Sciences (CHS), Postdoctoral researcher, Pettenkofer School of Public Health, Ludwig Maximilian University of Munich (LMU Munich)

DPhil, University of Oxford, Department of Social Policy and Intervention
MSc, University of Oxford, Department of Social Policy and Intervention
MPH (2013), AUA Turpanjian College of Health Sciences

Ani Movsisyan, MPH, MSc, DPhil is a postdoctoral researcher at the Pettenkofer School of Public Health, Ludwig Maximilian University of Munich (LMU Munich). Dr. Movsisyan’s research interests include development, implementation, and evaluation of complex population health interventions, complex systems thinking, and use of evidence in policy-making. Much of her work has focused on extending and developing methods for assessing the evidence of complex population health interventions. Her DPhil work explored how the Grading of Recommendations Assessment, Development and Evaluation (GRADE) guidance may be advanced to better describe the evidence base of complex interventions. Currently, she is a researcher on the ADAPT Study (a collaboration among five institutions, including DECIPHer at Cardiff University, LMU Munich, the MRC/CSO Social and Public Health Sciences Unit in University of Glasgow, University of Sheffield, and University of Stirling), which aims to develop an overarching guidance for adapting complex population heath interventions when transferring them into new contexts. In 2019, the World Health Organization (WHO) commissioned Dr. Movsisyan to write and edit a new chapter in the WHO Handbook of Guideline Development on how to incorporate a complexity perspective into WHO guidelines. In 2019, she also received the Friedrich-Baur-Stiftung (research funding) to lead a project on mapping the field of evidence use, specifically the intellectual structure of research co-production and its conceptual developments across different disciplines. Dr. Movsisyan joined AUA’s CHS as a Visiting Assistant Professor to teach Qualitative Research Methods (QRM) in 2019. She is particularly interested in the use of QRM in the context of collaborative research in health and aims to further work in this area to contribute to the development of critical approaches in implementation science. Previously, Dr. Movsisyan has lectured at the University of Oxford and the University of Malta on the methods of evidence synthesis and systematic reviewing.

Lusine Musheghyan, MPH, MA
Research lecturer, AUA Turpanjian College of Health Sciences (CHS), Research Associate, Zvart Avedisian Onanian Center for Health Services Research and Development (CHSR)
Lusine Musheghyan, MPH, MAResearch lecturer, AUA Turpanjian College of Health Sciences (CHS), Research Associate, Zvart Avedisian Onanian Center for Health Services Research and Development (CHSR)

MPH (2014), AUA Gerald and Patricia Turpanjian College of Health Sciences
MSW, (2012), Yerevan State University

Lusine Musheghyan is a research lecturer at the American University of Armenia and research associate at the  Zvart Avedisian Onanian Center for Health Services Research and Development (CHSR) at the Turpanjian College of Health Sciences at AUA. She has been involved in various CHSR projects since 2012, particularly focusing on tuberculosis research, health services quality assessment, emergency preparedness and response. She teaches Global Health to AUA undergraduate students.

In 2013-2017 she worked as the MPH student recruitment coordinator. Before joining AUA Lusine worked and volunteered in different organizations in the field of social protection, both governmental and nongovernmental, focusing on social and health policy evaluation, research and analysis. She earned her Master of Public Health (MPH) degree from the American University of
Armenia in 2014 and Master of Social Work (MSW) degree from Yerevan State University in 2012.

 

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Phone: 060 61 2536
Email: [email protected]
Department: Gerald & Patricia Turpanjian College of Health Sciences (CHS)
Address: 40 Baghramyan Avenue, Yerevan 0019, Armenia

Martina Pavlicova, PhD, MS
Visiting Associate Professor, AUA Turpanjian College of Health Sciences (CHS), Associate Professor, Biostatistics at the Columbia University Irving Medical Center (CUMC)
Martina Pavlicova, PhD, MSVisiting Associate Professor, AUA Turpanjian College of Health Sciences (CHS), Associate Professor, Biostatistics at the Columbia University Irving Medical Center (CUMC)

PhD, MS, Ohio State University
MS, Charles University, Czech Republic

 Dr. Martina Pavlicova is Associate Professor of Biostatistics at Columbia University Irving Medical Center. She teaches courses about Applied Regression, Categorical Data Analysis, Introduction to Health Data Science in Mailman School of Public Health. She is a director of the Statistics, Assessment and Data Management core within HIV Center for Clinical and Behavioral Studies at the New York State Psychiatric Institute (NYSPI) and Columbia University. Additionally, she is a senior/head biostatistician in the Division of Behavioral Medicine, CUIMC, Columbia University, in Substance Abuse Center at Division on Substance Use at NYSPI, and also in NIDA Clinical Trials Network, Greater New York Node. Dr. Pavlicova is additionally active member of the Biostatistics, Epidemiology, and Research Design (BERD) in the Irving Institute for Clinical and Translational Research in CUIMC.

 Dr. Pavlicova has a long-standing interest in effective modern teaching methods for statistics and biostatistics and in methods of successful collaborations. As a recipient of many teaching awards (2016 Presidential Teaching Award, 2010 Early Career Teaching Award) and member of some prestigious societies (Glenda Garvey Teaching Academy, ASPH/Pfizer Health Academy of Distinguished Teachers), she pioneers innovative modern methods of team-based and self-directed learning methods in her classroom. In her collaborations, she utilizes modern management approaches to direct small to medium-sized teams of master-level statisticians located within large collaborative centers.

Dr. Pavlicova methodological research include analysis clinical trials data, longitudinal analysis of non-normally distributed data, multiple comparison procedures and statistical methods for analysis of functional MRI images. To  solve a multiple comparison issue when analyzing fMRI images, she developed Enhanced P-value Adaptive Thresholding procedure (EPAT) that applies adaptively false discovery rate to images in wavelet space while accounting for their specific spatial neighborhood structure and distribution. She is currently interested in methods of machine learning and their application in large datasets. Dr. Pavlicova additionally led papers introducing advanced statistical methodologies in fields of substance abuse or HIV, and has been the primary or senior biostatistician on numerous clinical trials.

Yeva Sahakyan, MD, MPH, MS
Visiting Assistant Professor, AUA Turpanjian College of Health Sciences (CHS), Scientific Associate, University Health Network (UHN), Toronto, Canada
Yeva Sahakyan, MD, MPH, MSVisiting Assistant Professor, AUA Turpanjian College of Health Sciences (CHS), Scientific Associate, University Health Network (UHN), Toronto, Canada

MS, University of Toronto

MPH, American University of Armenia

MD, Yerevan State Medical University

Dr. Yeva Sahakyan is a Scientific Associate at University Health Network (UHN), Toronto, Canada and a visiting faculty at the Turpanjian College of Health Sciences (CHS), American University of Armenia. Dr. Sahakyan’s areas of expertise include health economic evaluation, decision modeling and statistical analyses. Her current research focuses on economic evaluation of cancer screening projects in collaboration with Canadian Partnership against Cancer. She is also a lead decision modeller in studies focussing on cystic fibrosis, benign prostatic hyperplasia and chronic hepatitis C. Dr. Sahakyan received her medical degree from Yerevan State Medical University. She holds a Master of Science degree in Biostatistics from the University of Toronto and a Master of Public Health from the American University of Armenia. She received training in decision analytic modeling and methods of economic evaluations. During her years of study, she received merit-based university-wide awards for her outstanding academic performance. Prior to joining UHN, she has worked as an assistant professor and practicing physician at the Departments of Clinical Pharmacology and Internal Medicine at the Yerevan State Medical University Hospital. Search for Dr. Sahakyan ‘s publications in Pubmed.

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

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

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

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

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

Dr. Thompson is an Associate Professor of Public Health Sciences at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte, where he coordinates their CEPH-accredited Master of Science in Public Health (MSPH) degree program and their CAHME-accredited Master of Health administration (MHA) Program.  His responsibilities include program evaluation, curriculum development, and implementation of educational innovations as well as accreditation activities.  Dr. Thompson holds an adjunct appointment at AUA and has been involved with the AUA Gerald and Patricia Turpanjian 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
Visiting Associate Professor, AUA Turpanjian College of Health Sciences (CHS)
Karunesh Tuli, PhDVisiting Associate Professor, AUA Turpanjian College of Health Sciences (CHS)

PhD, Johns Hopkins University

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

Margrit von Braun, P.E., PhD
Visiting Professor, AUA Turpanjian College of Health Sciences (CHS), Dean/Professor Emerita, University of Idaho
Margrit von Braun, P.E., PhDVisiting Professor, AUA Turpanjian College of Health Sciences (CHS), Dean/Professor Emerita, University of Idaho

P.E., PhD, Washington State University

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

Kathleen White, PhD
Adjunct Professor, AUA Turpanjian College of Health Sciences (CHS), Professor, Johns Hopkins School of Nursing, Johns Hopkins University
Kathleen White, PhDAdjunct Professor, AUA Turpanjian College of Health Sciences (CHS), Professor, Johns Hopkins School of Nursing, Johns Hopkins University

PhD, University of Maryland at Baltimore County

Dr. Kathleen M. White has been an Adjunct Professor at the AUA CHS since 2004 who is also a member of the RN to BSN Advisory Board. Dr. White 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 served 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 from 2010-2013. 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 Maryland Health Care Commission’s Hospital Performance Evaluation Guide Advisory Committee, the Howard County General Hospital Board of Trustees, and the Maryland Patient Safety Center’s Board of Directors. At the Johns Hopkins School of Nursing, Dr. White has served as director of the Master of Science in Nursing (Entry into Nursing), Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP), and Master’s programs, and coordinated the MSN Health Systems Management Track and the MSN/MBA dual degree option.