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Department of Psychiatry Faculty

Photo: Shervin Assari, MD, MPH

Shervin Assari, MD, MPH

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Primary Programs/Services:


  • University of Michigan, Research Fellow (Health Disparities)
  • University of Michigan, MPH (Health Behavior and Health Education)
  • Shahrekord University of Medical Sciences, MD (Primary Health Care)

Clinical Interest:

  • Obesity, metabolic syndrome, and cardiovascular disease in mood disorders
  • Multi-morbidity in mood disorders
  • Psychiatric disorders among racial and ethnic minority groups
  • Suicide and high-risk behaviors

Research Interest:

  • Racial, gender, and ethnic mental health disparities
  • Longitudinal data analysis, structural equation modeling, complex survey data, mediation and moderation
  • Additive, sub-additive, and synergistic effects
  • Nationally representative mental health surveys
  • Global mental health and cross-country comparisons

Academic Appointment:

  • Research Assistant Professor, University of Michigan, Department of Psychiatry
  • Honorary Assistant Professor, University of Social Welfare and Rehabilitation, Tehran, Iran

Recent or Representative Publications:

  • Assari S, Lankarani MM, Depressive Symptoms Are Associated with More Hopelessness among White than Black Older Adults. Front Public Health 2016: April 4:82
  • Assari S, Moazen-Zadeh E, Lankarani MM, Micol-Foster V. Race, Depressive Symptoms, and All-Cause Mortality in the United States. Front Public Health. 2016 Mar 17;4:40
  • Assari S, Lankarani MM, Burgard S. Black-white difference in long-term predictive power of self-rated health on all-cause mortality in United States. Ann Epidemiol. 2016 Feb;26(2):106-14
  • Assari S, Burgard S, Zivin K. Long-Term Reciprocal Associations Between Depressive Symptoms and Number of Chronic Medical Conditions: Longitudinal Support for Black-White Health Paradox. J Racial Ethn Health Disparities. 2015 Dec;2(4):589-97
  • Assari S. Association between Obesity and Depression among American Blacks: Role of Ethnicity and Gender. J Racial Ethnic Health Disparities 2014: 36-44

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