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Elahe Nezami, PhD
Associate Professor of Clinical Preventive Medicine (Educational Scholar)
Associate Dean For Graduate Programs (Ug, Master's and Professional Programs)
Director, Masters in Global Health
Preventive Medicine
UVI 3375 S. Hoover University Park Campus Los Angeles
+1 213 821 1600


Dr. Elahe Nezami is principal investigator of the TTURC pilot program Psychosocial Predictors of Smoking Across Cultures. As a research assistant professor of preventive medicine in the Keck School of Medicine, Nezami has focused her research on determinants of behavioral risk factors for chronic diseases -- cancer and cardiovascular disease in particular. Risk factors of primary interest are tobacco use, physical activity, and nutritional practices. Her other research projects include examination of personality characteristics (hostility, anger, aggression) in relation to cardiovascular disease; the psychological predictors of smoking (depression, anxiety, novelty seeking); and the role of culture and acculturation in predicting behavior.

Nezami received her M.A. in clinical psychology from the University of Houston and her Ph.D. in clinical psychology from the University of Southern California.


Eichbaum Q, Hoverman A, Cherniak W, Evert J, Nezami E, Hall T. Career opportunities in global health: A snapshot of the current employment landscape. J Glob Health. 2015 Jun; 5(1):010302. View in: PubMed

Nezami E, Zamani R, DeFrank G. Linguistic translation of psychological assessment tools: a case study of the MMPI-2. Eval Health Prof. 2008 Sep; 31(3):313-7. View in: PubMed

Bass SB, Guttmacher S, Nezami E. Who will keep the public healthy? The case for undergraduate public health education: a review of three programs. J Public Health Manag Pract. 2008 Jan-Feb; 14(1):6-14. View in: PubMed

Nezami E, Unger J, Tan S, Mahaffey C, Ritt-Olson A, Sussman S, Nguyen-Michel S, Baezconde-Garbanati L, Azen S, Johnson CA. The influence of depressive symptoms on experimental smoking and intention to smoke in a diverse youth sample. Nicotine Tob Res. 2005 Apr; 7(2):243-8. View in: PubMed

Weiss JW, Mouttapa M, Chou CP, Nezami E, Anderson Johnson C, Palmer PH, Cen S, Gallaher P, Ritt-Olson A, Azen S, Unger JB. Hostility, depressive symptoms, and smoking in early adolescence. J Adolesc. 2005 Feb; 28(1):49-62. View in: PubMed

Ritt-Olson A, Unger J, Valente T, Nezami E, Chou CP, Trinidad D, Milam J, Earleywine M, Tan S, Johnson CA. Exploring peers as a mediator of the association between depression and smoking in young adolescents. Subst Use Misuse. 2005; 40(1):77-98. View in: PubMed

Unger JB, Baezconde-Garbanati L, Shakib S, Palmer PH, Nezami E, Mora J. A cultural psychology approach to "drug abuse" prevention. Subst Use Misuse. 2004; 39(10-12):1779-820. View in: PubMed

Nezami E, Sussman S, Pentz MA. Motivation in tobacco use cessation research. Subst Use Misuse. 2003 Jan; 38(1):25-50. View in: PubMed

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