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Yorghos Apostolopoulos

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.

There are 19 included publications by Yorghos Apostolopoulos :

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Active Living in the Trucking Sector: Environmental Barriers and Health Promotion Strategies. 2012 217 Background: As one of the most underserved segments of the U.S. labor force, truck drivers have been associated with a series of morbid conditions intimately linked to their occupational milieux, their mostly unhealthful nutritional intake and sede...
Barriers to truck drivers’ healthy eating: Environmental influences and health promotion strategies. 2011 284 This article presents an assessment of 25 trucking work settings designed to examine whether the environmental attributes of these settings influence eating patterns of truckers who are at risk for excess weight gain. Findings corroborate evidence th...
Binge Drinking and Casual Sex on Spring-Break 2006 1186 College students‘ health-risk behaviors on spring break were examined via pre-and post-surveys. Over one-half reported getting drunk on the previous vacation and stated intentions to do so again. Personal normative beliefs and situational expectation...
Caribbean Tourism and Development 2002 413 Mass charter tourism is the cornerstone of development plans in the Caribbean. Unparalleled tourism investment in the post-World War II era has boosted a tourist influx of unprecedented dimensions, the world’s largest peacetime population movement, e...
Conflict Resolution through Tourism Cooperation? The Case of the Partitioned Island-State of Cyprus 2000 1949 Hostility and armed conflict can exist most easily in closed societies. Social science literature suggests that increasing contact among individuals from diverse groups creates an opportunity for mutual acquaintances, enhances understanding and accep...
Cruising for Truckers on Highways and the Internet: Sexual Networks and Infection Risk. 2011 50 Empirical evidence on the heterosexual partnerships of long-haul truckers suggests connections among occupational stressors, substance misuse, structural factors, and risk for sexually transmitted infections and HIV. Yet the potential risks associ...
Environmental Determinants of Obesity-Associated Morbidity Risks for Truckers. 2012 347 Purpose – The purpose of this paper is to examine how the transportation environment triggers, exacerbates and sustains truckers’ risks for obesity and associated morbidities. Design/methodology/approach – An extensive literature review of PubMed ...
From Farmers and Shepherds to Shopkeepers and Hoteliers: Constituency-Differentiated Experiences of Endogenous Tourism in the Greek Isle of Zakynthos 1999 1089 The effects exerted by endogenous tourism investment on the developing Greek island of Zakynthos are examined, focusing in particular on whether the experiences among residents, tourist enterprises and local government are homogeneous, or whether the...
Human Rights and Health Disparities for Migrant Workers in the UAE. 2011 1754 Systematic violations of migrant workers’ human rights and striking health disparities among these populations in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) are the norm in member countries of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC). Migrant laborers comprise abou...
The Impact of Gender and Religion on College Students Spring-Break Behavior 2001 2701 The authors investigated the influence of gender and religion on health-risk behavior potentials and destination-related expectations of college students on spring break vacation using a random sample of 534 students from two U.S. universities. Resul...
Infection Risk Along U.S. Highways? The Case of a ‘Truckchaser’ Cruising for Truckers. 2010 325 This article explores potential infection risks linked with trucker cruising along U.S. highways. Specifically, the article delineates the settings and social organization of trucker cruising, examines the structure of sex partnerships of truckers an...
New Directions in Mediterranean Tourism: Restructuring and Cooperative Marketing in the Era of Globalization 2000 1756 At a time when tourism is the preeminent global industry, the Mediterranean is one of the most important tourist regions in the world, accounting for approximately a third of total tourism revenues and half of international arrivals. Because the trad...
Occupational Stressors and the Mental Health of Truckers. 2010 248 Trucking has been classified as one of the highest-risk occupations in the United States. Occupational stress is even greater for long-haul truckers who are away from home, family, friends, and other support networks for several days or weeks at a ti...
Sexwork in Trucking Milieux: ‘Lot Lizards,’ Truckers, and Risk. 2013 576 Background: Long-haul truckers often engage in risk-laden sexual mixing and drug exchanges with female sex workers while on the road, which increase their vulnerability to sexually transmitted infections/blood borne infections (STI/BBI). Objective:...
STI/HIV Risks for Mexican Migrant Laborers: Exploratory Ethnographies 2006 308 The influx of Latino laborers into the U.S. and the confluence of migration-driven factors in an environment ripe for risk-taking have the potential to exacerbate already rising STI/HIV rates among migrants and their social networks at both the home ...
Tourism in Crisis: Managing the Effects of Terrorism 1999 12287 While tourists are free to avoid destinations associated with risk, the consequences of disastrous events on tourist destinations are inescapable and can be profound. Terrorism that targets tourism can be viewed as a disaster for a destination and en...
Trucking Organization and Mental Health Disorders of Truck Drivers. 2012 238 There are over 3 million truck drivers employed in the commercial transportation and material moving occupations, one of the largest occupational groups in the United States. Workers in this large and growing occupational segment are at risk for a ra...
Worksite-Induced Morbidities Among Truck Drivers in the United States 2010 1641 A critical review was conducted of social, psychological, and health science literature on the array of health risks and morbidities of truckers. Multilevel worksite-induced strains (e.g., long work hours and fatigue, shift work and sleep deprivation...
World at work: Hotel cleaners 2013 319 With tourism and hospitality representing the largest economic sector in the world1 and over 4.8 million rooms in accommodation establishments in the U.S. alone2, hotel cleaners comprise a significant occupational segment. Regardless of geographic va...