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College of Public Health

Arsham Alamian

Arsham Alamian, Ph.D., M.Sc., M.A.C.E.

Associate Professor of Epidemiology 
Department of Biostatistics and Epidemiology
Contact:
423-439-4428 /
149D Lamb Hall





EDUCATION

Ph.D. in Public Health with distinction (Specialization: Epidemiology) 
University of Montreal, Montreal, Quebec, Canada. 

Fellowship in Public Health 
Transdisciplinary Research Training Program on Interventions in Public Health of the Canadian Institutes of Health Research and of the Quebec Population Health Research Network Montreal, Quebec, Canada. 

M.Sc. in Pharmacy (Specialization: Pharmacoepidemiology) 
Laval University, Quebec City, Quebec, Canada. 

B.Sc. in Physiology 
McGill University, Montreal, Quebec, Canada.

COURSES TAUGHT

  • Epidemiology (EPID 5400)
  • Epidemiology of Chronic Disease (EPID 5420)
  • Public Health Program Field Experience (EPID 5850)
  • Doctor of Public Health Practicum (EPID 6850)
  • Doctor of Public Health Dissertation (EPID 6960)
  • Independent Study (EPID 6900)
  • Reading and Research (EPID 5990)
  • Supervised Research (EPID 5029)
  • Risk Behavior Epidemiology (EPID 6470)

HONORS AND  AWARDS

  • 2014: Inducted into Alpha Pi Chapter of Delta Omega-Honorary Society in Public Health
  • 2011: Elected Full Member of the American College of Epidemiology (M.A.C.E. distinction)
  • 2011: Best PhD Dissertation Prize - Quebec Population Health Research Network (QPHRN)
  • 2009: Best poster presentation, 4th Symposium of the Association of Public Health Students of the University of Montreal, Montreal, QC
  • 2007-2008: Summer School Fellowship, Quebec Inter-university Centre for Social Statistics, Montreal, QC
  • 2005: Ph.D. Award in Public Health - Department of Social and Preventive Medicine, Faculty of Medicine, University of Montreal
  • 2005: Ph.D. Bursary, Research Institute of the McGill University Health Center, Montreal, QC
  • 2002-2004 Master’s Bursary, Laval University, Quebec City, QC

RESEARCH FOCUS

  • Epidemiology of multiple risk factors for adult chronic disease
  • Clustering of risk factors among youth and adults
  • Metabolic syndrome
  • Substance abuse and misuse 

SELECTED PEER-REVIEWED PUBLICATIONS

  1. Leinaar E, Alamian A, Wang L. A systematic review of the relationship between asthma, overweight, and the effects of physical activity in youth. Annals of Epidemiology. 2016; 26:504-510. Doi:10.1016/j.annepidem.2016.06.002.
  2. Mamudu HM, Paul TK, Wang L, Veeranki SP, Panchal HB, Alamian A, Sarnosky K, Budoff M. The effects of multiple coronary artery disease risk factors on subclinical atherosclerosis in a rural population in the United States. Preventive Medicine. 2016; 88:140-146.
  3. Gray J, Hagemeier N, Brooks B, Alamian A. Prescription Waste and Disposal Practices: A Two-Year Ecological Study of Drug Drop Box Donations in Appalachia. American Journal of Public Health. 2015; e-1-e6. doi: 10.2105/AJPH.2015.302689
  4. Quinn M, Alamian A, Hillhouse J, Scott C, Turrisi R, Baker K. Prevalence and Correlates of Indoor Tanning and Sunless Tanning Product Use among Female Teens in the United States. Preventive Medicine Reports. 2015; 2:40-43. doi: 10.1016/j.pmedr.2014.12.004.
  5. Hagemeier N, Murawski M, Alamian A, Pack RP. Factors associated with provision of addiction treatment information by community pharmacists. Journal of Substance Abuse Treatment. 2014. doi: 10.1016/j.jsat.2014.11.006
  6. Wang L, Mamudu HM, Anderson JL, Alamian A, Brooks B. Independent and joint effects of prenatal smoking and maternal exposure to secondhand smoke on the development of adolescent obesity. Journal of Paediatrics and Child Health. 2014. doi:10.1111/jpc.12667.
  7. Hagemeier N, Murawski M, Alamian A, Pack RP. Theoretical exploration of Tennessee Community pharmacists’ perceptions regarding opioid pain reliever abuse communication. Research in Social & Administrative Pharmacy. 2013. doi:10.1016/j.sapharm.2013.07.004.
  8. Wang L, Alamian A, Southerland J, Wang K, Anderson J, Stevens M. Cesarean section and the risk of overweight in grade six. European Journal of Pediatrics. 2013. doi: 10.1007/s00431-013-2043-2.
  9. Wang X, Wang L, Li X, Huang M, Guo H, Liu X, Wang K, Alamian A, Anderson JL. Investigation of the residents' health literacy status and its risk factors in Jiangsu Province of China. Asia-Pacific Journal of Public Heath. 2013. doi: 10.1177/1010539513487012.
  10. Wang L, Wu T, Liu X, Anderson JL, Alamian A, Fu M, Li J. Pesticide exposure during pregnancy and low birth weight . WHO South-East Asia Journal of Public Health. 2012;1(3):232-238.
  11. Alamian A, Paradis G. Individual and social determinants of multiple chronic disease behavioral risk factors among youth.  BMC Public Health. 2012; 12(1):224. doi:10.1186/1471-2458-12-224
  12. Alamian A, Paradis G. Correlates of multiple chronic disease behavioral risk factors in Canadian children and adolescents. American Journal of Epidemiology. 2009;170(10):1279-89.
  13. Alamian A, Paradis G. Clustering of chronic disease behavioral risk factors in Canadian children and adolescents. Preventive Medicine. 2009;48(5):493-9.
  14. Alamian A, Skinner K. Burden of chronic diseases. Student editorial. Canadian Public Health Association (CPHA) Health Digest. 2008;Volume XXXII(1):7.
  15. Pilote L, Dasgupta K, Guru V, Humphries KH, McGrath J, Norris C, Rabi D, Tremblay J, Alamian A, Barnett T, Cox J, Ghali WA, Grace S, Hamet P, Ho T, Kirkland S, Lambert M, Libersan D, O’Loughlin J, Paradis G, Petrovich M, Tagalakis V. A comprehensive view of sex specific issues related to cardiovascular disease. Canadian Medical Association Journal. 2007;176(6): S1-44.
  16. Alamian A, Rouleau I, Simard J and Dorval M for INHERIT BRCAs. Use of dietary supplements among women at high risk of hereditary breast and ovarian cancer (HBOC) tested for cancer susceptibility. Nutrition and Cancer. 2006;54(2):157-65.

GOVERNMENTAL REPORTS

Alamian A. Skills Online Facilitator Needs Assessment Survey – Final Report. Skills Enhancement for Public Health Program, Office of Public Health Practice, Public Health Agency of Canada. Ottawa, Ontario, Canada. 2011.

SELECTED PRESENTATIONS

  1. Alamian A, Alhassan A, Rusiñol J, Peterson J, Clark WA, Otukonyong E, Wang L, Marrs J. The prevalence and distribution of metabolic syndrome components in Hispanic children in northeast Tennessee: A pilot study. 2016 Epidemiology Congress of the Americas. Miami, FL, June 20-25, 2016.
  2. Foster KN, Hagemeier NE, Alamian A, Pack RP, Sevak RJ. Don't be afraid...we're researchers! The impact of informal contact language on response rates and patterns of response. American Association for Public Opinion Research (AAPOR) 71st Annual Conference. Austin, TX, May 12-15, 2016.
  3. Mamudu HM, Paul T, Wang L, Veeranki SP, Panchal HB, Alamian A, Subedi P, Budoff M. Association between multiple modifiable risk factors of cardiovascular disease and hypertension in a rural population of the United States. Arteriosclerosis, Thrombosis and Vascular Biology (ATVB)/Peripheral Vascular Disease (PVD) 2016 Scientific Sessions. Nashville, TN, May 5-7, 2016.
  4. Alamian A, Leinaar E, Wang L. A systematic review of the relationship between asthma, obesity and the effects of physical activity in youth. American Public Health Association 143rd Annual Meeting and Exposition, Chicago, IL, October 31-November 4, 2015.
  5. Hagemeier N, Alamian A, Murawski MM, Pack RP. Correlates of Prescription Opioid Legitimacy Estimations among Community Pharmacists in Tennessee. The College on Problems of Drug Dependence (CPDD) 77th Annual Meeting, Phoenix, AZ, June 13-18, 2015.
  6. Alamian A, Wang L, Pitts M, Ikekwere J, Hall A. Infant sleep problems increase the odds of childhood overweight at grade 6: differential effects of commonly used definitions of sleep problems. American Heart Association Epidemiology and Prevention/Nutrition, Physical activity and Metabolism 2014 Scientific Sessions. San Francisco, CA, March 18-21, 2014.
  7. Alamian A, Paradis G. Individual and social determinants of multiple chronic disease behavioral risk factors among youth. Society for Epidemiologic Research 45th Annual Meeting. Minneapolis, MN, June 27-30, 2012 (presented as part of a Spotlight session).
  8. Alamian A. Multiple behavioral risk factors for chronic diseases and public health implications. Grounds Rounds. College of Public Health, East Tennessee State University. Johnson City, TN, April 20, 2012.
  9. Alamian A. Epidemiology of multiple chronic disease behavioral risk factors among youth. Department of Biostatistics and Epidemiology, College of Public Health, East Tennessee State University. Johnson City, TN, March 28, 2011.
  10. Alamian A. The study of multiple lifestyle risk factors in Canadian children and adolescents [in French]. National Public Health Institute of Quebec. Montreal, Quebec, Canada, December 8, 2009.
  11. Alamian A, Paradis G. Correlates of multiple chronic disease behavioral risk factors in Canadian children and adolescents. American Public Health Association 136th Annual Meeting. San Diego, CA, October 25-29, 2008.
  12. Alamian A, Paradis G. A conceptual framework for studying multiple chronic disease behavioral risk factors among youth. XVIII IEA World Congress of Epidemiology. Porto Alegre, Brazil, September 20-24, 2008.
  13. Alamian A.Multiple behavioral risk factors – Evidence and future directions.Montreal Public Health Department. Montreal, Quebec, Canada, June 9, 2008.
  14. Alamian A, Paradis G. The prevalence and clustering of multiple chronic disease behavioral risk factors in Canadian children and adolescents. CPHA 2008 Annual Conference. Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada, June 1-4, 2008.
  15. Alamian A, Rouleau I, Simard J, INHERIT BRCAs, Dorval M: Use of dietary supplements among women undergoing BRCA1/2 genetic testing. 17th Entretiens du Centre Jacques Cartier – Oncogenetics Symposium: Achievements and Challenges. Montreal, Quebec, Canada, October 7-8, 2004.

SELECTED PUBLISHED ABSTRACTS

  1. Alamian A, Wang, L, Pitts M, Ikekwere J, Hall A. Infant sleep problems increase the odds of childhood overweight at grade 6: differential effects of commonly used definitions of sleep problems. Circulation. 2014;129(Suppl 1):AP106.
  2. Wang L, Alamian A. Child’s sleep problems and risk of childhood overweight: A longitudinal study. Am. J. Epidemiol. 2013;177(Suppl 11):S1-S181 doi:10.1093/aje/kwt103.
  3. Wang L, Alamian A, Anderson JL, Stevens M, Wang K, Southerland J. Cesarean section is associated with increased risk for overweight and obesity in grade six children. Circulation. 2013;127(Suppl 12):AP289.
  4. Alamian A, Paradis G. Individual and social determinants of multiple chronic disease behavioral risk factors among youth. American Journal of Epidemiology. 2012;175(Suppl 11):S44.
  5. Wang L, Mamudu HM, Anderson JL, Alamian A. Maternal smoking during pregnancy and risk of adolescent obesity. Am. J. Epidemiol. 2012;175(Suppl 11):S77. 

THESIS AND DISSERTATION

  1. Alamian A. Individual and social determinants of multiple chronic disease behavioral risk factors in Canadian children and adolescents. Ph.D. dissertation. Faculty of Medicine, University of Montreal. Montreal, Quebec, Canada. 2010 (with distinction of excellence).
  2. Alamian A. Use of dietary supplements among women tested for a genetic predisposition to breast cancer linked to BRCA1 and BRCA2 [in French]. Master of Science thesis. Faculty of Pharmacy, Laval University. Quebec City, Quebec, Canada. 2004.

GRANTS

Ongoing Research Support
TBR E210029, Tennessee Board of Regents Alamian (Co-PI)
Characterization of the metabolic profile of an Hispanic at-risk pediatric population in Northeast Tennessee
Role: Co-PI

TBR E270101, Tennessee Board of Regents Hamdy (PI)
Distal radius Bone Mineral Density (BMD): diagnosis and follow-up of male patients with osteoporosis
Role: Co-PI

NIH/NIDA R24 DA036409 Pack (PI)
Inter-professional communication to prevent prescription drug abuse in Appalachia
Role: Co-I

TBR E293980, Tennessee Board of Regents Sevak (PI)
Nonmedical use of prescription stimulants among Tennessee community college students: An evaluation using the theory of planned behavior.
Role: Co-PI

Completed Research Support

RDC E82250, East Tennessee State University Alamian (Co-PI)
Prevalence and risk of metabolic syndrome in Hispanic children in NE, TN
Role: Co-PI

RDC E82204, East Tennessee State University Alamian (PI)
The Study of metabolic syndrome among Hispanic families in Johnson City, TN
Role: PI

RDC E82177, East Tennessee State University Alamian (PI)
Sleep problems and overweight among American Youth
Role: PI

Doctoral Fellowship, CIHR and QPHRN Alamian (PI)
Multiple chronic disease behavioral risk factors in Canadian children and adolescents : An investigation of individual-level and environmental-level determinants
Role: PI

Complementary Doctoral Fellowship, CIHR and QPHRN Alamian (PI)
Multiple chronic disease behavioral risk factors in Canadian children and adolescents : An investigation of individual-level and environmental-level determinants
Role: PI

Operating Grant, CIHR Paradis (PI)
Multiple chronic disease behavioral risk factors in Canadian children and adolescents: An investigation of individual-level and environmental-level determinants
Role: Co-I

Matching Grant, Quebec Inter-university Centre for Social Statistics Alamian (PI)
Multiple chronic disease behavioral risk factors in Canadian children and adolescents : An investigation of individual-level and environmental-level determinants
Role: PI

Doctoral Research Award, CIHR IPPH-PHAC Alamian (PI)
Clustering of cardiovascular disease behavioural risk factors in Quebec children and adolescents
Role: PI

International and Federal Grant Review Experiences 

2015- : Peer review Committee Member, SBIRIT-Student Training, Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA)

2010: Peer review Committee Member, Fellowship Program, Health Research Training B – HP Committee, Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR)

LEADERSHIP ROLES

2013- : Governing Councilor, Epidemiology Section, American Public Health Association

  • 2009- :  Scientific Director, Chronic Diseases, Epidemiologic Management & Consulting

PERSONAL INTERESTS

Weight training, Soccer, Tennis, Traveling

 

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