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Pouran Faghri

Pouran Faghri

Center for Environmental Health and Health Promotion
University of Connecticut


Professor Pouran Faghri is a medical doctor and an exercise physiologist, She is a Professor of Health Promotion Sciences within the Department of Allied Health Sciences and Director of the University of Connecticut Center for Environmental Health and Health Promotion. Additionally, she has joint appointments as Professor of Biomedical Engineering as well as Community Medicine and Health Care. Her expertise are in worksite health promotion programs, community health promotion programs, intervention strategies to reduce over weight and obesity, health promotion and secondary disability prevention, and evaluation of social determinant of health, self-care, self awareness, and decision making strategies under distressed environments. Professor Faghri’s research in obesity focuses on developing innovative intervention strategies to address overweigh and obesity at the workplace. She has used behavioral economics and contingency management as well as participatory approaches in weight loss and weight management at workplace. Her research has been continually funded by federal and private organizations. She is on the editorial boards of many journals and has more that 150 publications and presentations.

Research Interest

Health promotion design, intervention, and evaluation of work-site health promotion programs, health behavior intervention strategies, health promotion and secondary disability prevention (neuromuscular, musculoskeletal and psychological) in disabled and elderly populations, evaluation of social determinants of health, self-care, and self awareness.