From 2013 to 2015, Dr. Shervin Assari has served on the Board of Directors (BOD) of the American College of Epidemiology as the Associate Director. The Associate Director position is designed to increase Associate Members involvement in the College leadership and service activities. The Associate Director brings the voice of the junior epidemiologists to the college and its leadership.
Assari currently chairs the Associate Members Committee of the College and has recently joined the Career Mentoring Committee. Assari has also represented Associate Members in helping to plan the Annual Meeting of the College, stating: “I have learned a great deal from the opportunity the College has provided for me to become actively engaged in all leadership activities of the College. Each minute I am on the BOD or leadership calls teaches me a lesson. My advice to my Fellow Associate Members is to use this incredible opportunity. You can both contribute and learn at ACE.” Assari has also served on the BOD of the American Academy of Health Behaviors (AAHB).
Shervin Assari’s academic training is in medicine and public health. He received an MD degree from Shahrekord University of Medical Sciences of Iran in 2002, and later completed a MPH degree and research fellowship in health disparities at the University of Michigan School of Public Health. In 2014, Assari joined the University of Michigan Department of Psychiatry as a junior research faculty. In addition to his primary appointment within the Department of Psychiatry, Assari is a member of the BioSocial Methods Collaborative, and Social Neuroscience of Health Disparities, both located at the Institute of Social Research, and the Center for Research on Ethnicity, Culture and Health (CRECH), where he completed his postdoc last year.
With over 13 years of postgraduate research in public health and medicine, Assari conducts research to understand mechanisms behind health disparities in United States, and to inform policies and programs to reduce disparities in underserved populations. To do so, he applies quantitative modeling to national large cohorts and mental health surveys. According to Assari, “As a health disparities researcher, I study group differences in additive and multiplicative effects that shape risk of chronic medical and psychiatric conditions between and within populations. As a social epidemiologist, I have two identities: a social scientist, and also an epidemiologist.”