Associate Dean For Graduate Programs (Ug, Master's and Professional Programs)
Director, Masters in Global Health
Dr. Nezami is the Associate Dean for Undergraduate, Masters, and Professional programs of the Keck School of Medicine of the University of Southern California. She serves as the director of the Master of Science in Global Medicine program at the graduate level, and as director of the Global Health and Health Promotion and Disease Prevention Studies programs at the undergraduate level, including eight affiliated minor programs. She is also the co-director of the Master of Science in Electrical Engineering - Wireless Health Technology program.
Dr. Nezami’s ongoing research interests examine education and global health, with specific emphases including: global health and citizenship - using education to promote global connectivity across humanity; effective integration of technology into pedagogy; exploration of distance learning models and effects on student engagement; and spaced learning and its impact on student retention of materials.
Her other research examines determinants of behavioral risk factors for chronic diseases, cancer, and cardiovascular diseases, as well as the examination of personality characteristics in relation to cardiovascular disease, and self-medication theories of smoking. Dr. 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