Racial/ethnic health disparities and global health; impact of behavioral, psychosocial and environmental factors on pregnancy outcomes, particularly among African Americans
Research Interest: Cardiovascular Epidemiology: Role of biomarkers, such as fatty acids, in the pathophysiology and prevention of heart disease. Determining effective ways to help patients with Familial Hypercholesterolemia avoid cardiovascular disease events and measure blood pressure in novel ways.
Research Interest: Quality of care received by the elderly, statistical modeling and causal inference
Research Interest: The role of plant-based nutrition as a therapy in various diseases
Research Interest: Development and implementation of mobile health interventions for smoking cessation among underserved populations (e.g., Latinos, people living with HIV, people living in low- and middle-income countries).
Research Interest: Program evaluation methods including integration of qualitative and quantitative research methods and on maternal child related health outcomes.
Nutritional Epidemiology: Development of interventions that will help individuals avoid excessive weight gain.
Research Interest: Community engaged education for health professionals, health systems especially the interaction of health care delivery and public health, hospital community benefits and community health improvement planning
Cancer health disparities among underserved populations, lung cancer screening with particular emphasis on the Black community.
Community engagement and overall reduction of health disparities in deaf populations with a particular focus on the relationship between early childhood language experiences and subsequent health, cognitive, education, and overall quality of life outcomes across the lifespan and the phenomenon of language deprivation
Research Interest: Early origins research, linking in utero environment to later life health and educational attainment
Research Interest: Utilization and costs of nursing home residents; Organization and management of nursing homes; Veterans Health Administration Geriatrics and Extended Care Data and Analyses Center; Evaluation of implemented programs; Big Data systems and infrastructure for efficient analyses of health care utilization and costs.
Research Interest: Environmental and Maternal and Child Health Epidemiology: Defining the impact of environmental chemicals on immunity and immune-mediated diseases and as a mechanism for susceptibility to other disease outcomes, such as neurobehavioral disorders.
Outcomes assessment and quality report cards; nursing home policies and impacts on quality; and the quality of healthcare for persons with mental illness
Research Interest: HIV and Infectious Disease Epidemiology: Social behavioral science and epidemiological methods to understand and reduce HIV vulnerabilities among sexual and gender minority populations (e.g. men who have sex with men).
Environmental Medicine and Medical Ecology; Public Health implications of endocrine disrupting compounds, social determinants of academic success, and program evaluation
Research Interest: Smoking Cessation in special populations, Technology/Web Assisted Risk Behavior Intervention and Dissemination of effective interventions to physician practices
Research Interest: Reza's main line of interest includes the application of a social network analysis lens to inform and promote the process of knowledge translation and program implementation. He is especially interested in designing network-informed and network-rewiring interventions, and studying networks as the outcome of the implementation. He has applied network analysis in various contexts including co-authorship, information seeking and influential discussions in health care settings, and partnerships among health organizations.
Behavioral medicine and outcomes management include tobacco use and smoking interventions, obesity prevention and exercise
Designing and implementing technological, community-oriented research initiatives to reduce health inequities and address sociostructural determinants of health among minoritized groups globally.
Research Interest: Environmental, Cardiovascular, and Maternal and Child Health Epidemiology: Examining associations between air pollution and cardiopulmonary and pregnancy outcomes, examining mechanisms of such cardiopulmonary and pregnancy responses, and developing spatial-temporal models of air pollution to enable field studies of these biomarkers and clinical outcomes associated with residential air pollution exposure.
Epidemiology of Aging: Physical and mental health in later life, mechanisms of vulnerability and resilience, population health determinants, issues in measurement and estimation, complex systems analysis
Research Interest: Outcomes research with a focus on the elderly, long-term care, and end-of-life.
Research Interest: Environmental and Neurologic Epidemiology: Defining influences of environmental exposures, in particular toxic metals, on cognitive outcomes in children and adults.
Research Interest: The decision behavior of health care providers and patients, the consequent health outcomes, and the influence of social and organizational systems on such behavior and outcomes.
Behavioral interventions to improve the quality of life and associated disease outcomes in primarily African American women with lupus