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Pouran D. Faghri

Adjunct Professor

UCLA Fielding School of Public Health
650 Charles E. Young Drive South
56-070 CHS, Los Angeles, CA 90095

Academic Titles/Accomplishments/Affiliations:

M.D. | University of Isfahan, School of Medicine, 1981
Post-Doctoral Fellowship | Rowdy Fellowship Award, National Center for Rehabilitation, Wright State University School of Medicine, Wright State University, Dayton, Ohio School of Medicine, 1983
M.S. | Wright State University, Department of Physiology and Biophysics, School of Medicine, Dayton, Ohio; December 1987

Research interest:

Professor Faghri joined UCLA Department of Environmental Health Sciences and COEH from the University of Connecticut, where she was a Professor in the Department of Allied Health Sciences and Director of the Center for Environmental Health and Health Promotion. She had joint appointments as professor of Biomedical Engineering, School of Engineering, and professor of Public Health, School of Medicine. Over the years, she has developed and evaluated multiple models for integrating health promotion with workplace injury prevention and occupational ergonomics for health protection, addressing physical and psychosocial risk factors at the workplace with strong emphasis on employee involvement. She developed and implemented many workplace ergonomics, health promotion and injury prevention interventions for private and state agencies, including Connecticut’s state employee worksite health promotion program, “ConnectiFIT.” She was the Co-PI (Storrs) and team leader for health promotion strategies for the Center for Promotion of Health in New England Workplace: Total Worker Health® NIOSH Center for Excellence.

Professor Faghri’s biomedical research focuses on biomechanics (kinematics and kinetics) of movement science in able-bodied and people with neurological disorders. She has been  preforming research on the application of functional electrical stimulation (FES) for muscle activation in people with disability. She was one of the researchers involved in the development and testing of the original FES cycle ergometry system, which was later commercialized and is now being used to promote cardiovascular and musculoskeletal health in many rehabilitation settings for people with spinal cord injury. She is continuing her research to improve and optimize the FES induced cycling as an effective and efficient exercise system for people with spinal cord injury and other neurological disorders. She is a holder of a patent for the prevention of deep venous thrombosis and pulmonary embolism utilizing FES. Her latest research was funded by National Science Foundation evaluated the effect of electrical stimulation on tissue regeneration.

Dr. Faghri’s researches have been continuously funded by Federal and private organizations. She is on the editorial boards and reviewer of major peer reviewed journals and serves as expert grant reviewer for major Federal and private funding agencies nationally and internationally.

Areas of Interest:
  • Occupational Health and Safety
  • Identification  and evaluation of workplace psychosocial and physical stressors and their impact on chronic disease development, including mental health, musculoskeletal, cardiovascular, obesity and type 2 diabetes and related outcomes.
  • Integrative intervention approaches to workplace health promotion and injury prevention.
  • Total Worker Health (TWH)- the intersection between work and non-work risk factors for employee health and safety
  • Occupational health and safety and ergonomic program interventions in different sectors including small and large manufacturing companies,  corrections, and health care
  • Health behavior intervention strategies, behavioral economics and contingency management,
  • Implementation and dissemination strategies
  •  Evaluation of social and environmental determinants of health, health disparities, self-care, and self-awareness
  • Biomechanics  (kinematics and kinetics) of movement science in able-bodied and people with neurological disorders.
  • Application of functional electrical stimulation (FES) for exercise an movement in people with spinal cord injury


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