I am a social epidemiologist with a background in sociology (PhD, University of Connecticut, 1994) and extensive hands-on epidemiological experience. My areas include social epidemiology, public health demography, global and migrant health, health behavior, and research methodology.
Grounded in social ecological and social cognitive theoretical frameworks, my research examines the ways social structure and the built environment affect health outcomes across diverse populations and geographies. In this context, my transdisciplinary work delves into: (1) population mobility, social networks, and infectious disease; (2) occupational and environmental health in the transport sector; (3) substance use and sexual health of young adults; (4) physical activity, dietary patterns, and NCDs; and (5) travel medicine. Besides North America, I have conducted epidemiological fieldwork in Cyprus, Ethiopia, Greece, and the UAE.