With training as MD/MPH, followed by a postdoc in racial health disparities, Dr. Assari is a research faculty at the Department of Psychiatry, with joint appointment at the Center for Research on Ethnicity, Culture, and Health, University of Michigan. His research is focused on mental health disparities due to ethnicity, gender, and place. Assari studies mechanisms by which context impacts physical and mental health. I have worked on psycho-social outcomes associated with chronic medical and psychiatric conditions. Assari has worked with a wide range of health behaviors (e.g. health care use, drug use, suicide), mental health (e.g. depression, anxiety), and chronic disease (e.g. heart disease, chronic kidney disease, diabetes, and obesity). As a quantitative researcher, with a major interest in longitudinal data analysis, mediation, and moderation, Assari uses structural equation modeling and latent growth curve modeling for data analysis.
Dr. Assari’s research focuses on studying health disparities due to race, gender, and socioeconomic status. His research investigates the intersection of chronic disease and mental health, with a particular focus on comorbid psychiatric and medical conditions across diverse groups.