Pouran Faghri

A Short Biography:

Professor Faghri joined UCLA Department of Environmental Health Sciences 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 the Promotion of Health in the New England Workplace (CPH-NEW), a NIOSH Center of Excellence for “Total Worker Health.”

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UCLA Adjunct Professor, Environmental Health Sciences

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

Detailed Biography:

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 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.


A selected list of publications:

Faghri Pouran D, Punnett Laura   Inclusion of 'Total Worker Health®' a program by NIOSH Health promotion international, 2019; 34(6): 1250-1251.
Vromans Maria, Faghri Pouran D   Functional electrical stimulation-induced muscular fatigue: Effect of fiber composition and stimulation frequency on rate of fatigue development Journal of electromyography and kinesiology : official journal of the International Society of Electrophysiological Kinesiology, 2018; 38(6): 67-72.
Buden Jennifer C, Dugan Alicia G, Faghri Pouran D, Huedo-Medina Tania B, Namazi Sara, Cherniack Martin G   Associations Among Work and Family Health Climate, Health Behaviors, Work Schedule, and Body Weight Journal of occupational and environmental medicine, 2017; 59(6): 588-599.
Faghri Pouran D, Simon Julia, Huedo-Medina Tania, Gorin Amy   Perceived Self-Efficacy and Financial Incentives: Factors Affecting Health Behaviors and Weight Loss in a Workplace Weight Loss Intervention Journal of occupational and environmental medicine, 2017; 59(5): 453-460.
Evans Martinus, Faghri Pouran D, Pagoto Sherry L, Schneider Kristin L, Waring Molly E, Whited Matthew C, Appelhans Bradley M, Busch Andrew, Coleman Ailton S   The weight loss blogosphere: an online survey of weight loss bloggers Translational behavioral medicine, 2016; 6(3): 403-9.
Buden Jennifer C, Dugan Alicia G, Namazi Sara, Huedo-Medina Tania B, Cherniack Martin G, Faghri Pouran D   Work Characteristics as Predictors of Correctional Supervisors' Health Outcomes Journal of occupational and environmental medicine, 2016; 58(9): e325-34.
Faghri Pouran D, Mignano Christina, Huedo-Medina Tania B, Cherniack Martin   Psychological Health and Overweight and Obesity Among High Stressed Work Environments Obesity, open access, 2015; 1(1): 43.
Faghri Pouran D, Chin Winnie Sy, Huedo-Medina Tania B   The Link between Musculoskeletal Pain, Lifestyle Behaviors, Exercise Self-Efficacy, and Quality of Life in Overweight and Obese Individuals International journal of physical medicine & rehabilitation, 2015; 3(1): 255.
Garza Jennifer L, Dugan Alicia G, Faghri Pouran D, Gorin Amy A, Huedo-Medina Tania B, Kenny Anne M, Cherniack Martin G, Cavallari Jennifer M   Demographic, health-related, and work-related factors associated with body mass index and body fat percentage among workers at six Connecticut manufacturing companies across different age groups: a cohort study BMC obesity, 2015; 2(3): 43.

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