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School of Community Health & Policy

Payam Sheikhatari

Dr. Payam Sheikhattari

Director of Prevention Sciences Research Center & Professor, School of Community Health & Policy

Office: Portage 102
Phone: 443-885-3639

Dr. Payam Sheikhattari CV


Post-Doctoral Fellow in Reproductive Health, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, 2003-2005

Master of Public Health (MPH), Tehran School of Public Health, 2001-2003

Medical Diploma (MD), Uromia School of Medicine, 1989-1996

Dr. Payam Sheikhattari a tenured professor of Public Health at Morgan State University, serves as the Director of the Prevention Sciences Research Center. With an MD and MPH from Uromia and Tehran Universities in Iran, he has over 20 years of experience in community health, both nationally and internationally. Dr. Sheikhattari's research focuses on promoting community-led initiatives, targeting underrepresented minorities and low-income communities, and addressing urban health disparities through partnership-based research collaborations.  Among his key achievements are his work as Principal Investigator on multiple National Institute of Health-funded projects and his leadership roles in several high-profile initiatives. These include the NIGMS-funded "ASCEND" Training Model for diversity in biomedical research, the Community Engagement Core for the RCMI@Morgan U54 co-operative agreement award (Morgan CARES), and a five-year trial on a virtual smoking cessation intervention (CEASE) funded by NIMHD. Dr. Sheikhattari is also a Principal Collaborator on the IMPACT project funded by the American Heart Association, the lead coordinator of the International Collaboration for Participatory Research, and the author of a textbook on practitioner research for health professions. 


Sheikhattari P, Barsha RAA, Apata J, Assari S. (2023). Race by Education Intersectional Differences in Exposure to Tobacco Advertisement in Baltimore City. J Lung Health Dis. 7(2): 9-17

Assari S, Sheikhattari P. (2023). Electronic Nicotine Delivery Systems (ENDS), Marginalized Populations, and Tobacco Regulatory Policies. J Lung Health Dis. 7(2): 1-8

Sheikhattari, P., Apata, J., Silver, G. B., Mehravaran, S., Mitchell, E., & Assari, S. (2023). Small CBPR Grants Program: An Innovative Model to Build Sustainable Academic-Community Partnerships. Metropolitan Universities, 34(5).

Sheikhattari, P., Apata, J., Bleich, L., Kamangar, F., & Assari, S. (2023). Efficacy of a Smoking Cessation Program for Underserved Ethnic Minority Communities: Results of a Smoking Cessation Trial. International Journal of Public Health, 68, 1605739.

Sheikhattari, P., Barsha, R. A. A., Shaffer, E., Bhuyan, I., & Elliott, B. (2023). Lessons learned to improve COVID-19 response in communities with greatest socio-economic vulnerabilities. BMC Public Health23(1), 659.

Apata, J., Oladele, A., Fahimi, S., Atanda, F., Barsha, R. A. A., Crowley, M., ... & Sheikhattari, P. (2023). Monday-Enhanced CEASE Program for Underserved Ethnic Minorities: a Mixed-Methods Study. Journal of Racial and Ethnic Health Disparities, 1-15.

Jackson, A., Henry, S., Jackman, K.M., Jones, L., Kamangar, F., Koissi, N., Mehravaran, S., Oni, A., Perrino, C., Sheikhattari, P. and Whitney, E. (2023). A Student-Centered, Entrepreneurship Development (ASCEND) Undergraduate Summer Research Program: Foundational Training for Health Research. CBE—Life Sciences Education22(1), p.ar13.

Alves, H., Gibbs, L., Marinkovic, K., Brito, I., & Sheikhattari, P. (2022). Children and adolescents’ voices and the implications for ethical research. Childhood, 29(1), 126-143.

Sheikhattari, P., Mehravaran, S., Apata, J., Silver, G., Murphy, S., Hurtado, S., & Kamangar, F. (2022). An Innovative Biomedical Research Training Model: Rationale, Design, and Evaluation. European Journal of Investigation in Health, Psychology and Education, 12(12), 1743-1759

Sheikhattari, P., Shaffer, E., Barsha, R. A. A., Silver, G. B., Elliott, B., Delgado, C., ... & Bronner, Y. (2022). Building Capacity for Community-Academia Research Partnerships by Establishing a Physical Infrastructure for Community Engagement: Morgan CARES. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, 19(19), 12467.

O'Keefe AM, Bustad K, Apata J, Sheikhattari P, Abrams NR, Mahmud A. What Differentiates Underserved Smokers Who Successfully Quit From Those Who Do Not. J Community Health. 2018 Jul 16. doi: 10.1007/s10900-018-0551-8.

Campollo, O., Sheikhattari, P., Alvarez, C., Toro-Guerrero, J., Avila, H. S., & Wagner, F. A. (2018). Factors associated with tobacco, alcohol, and other drug use among youth living in West Central Mexico. World journal of psychiatry, 8(1), 33.

Petteway, R. J., Sheikhattari, P., & Wagner, F. (2018). Toward an Intergenerational Model for Tobacco-Focused CBPR: Integrating Youth Perspectives via Photovoice. Health promotion practice, 1524839918759526.

Campollo, O., Sheikhattari, P., Alvarez, C., Toro, J., Sanchez, H., Wagner, F. (2018). Factors associated with tobacco, alcohol, and other drug use among youth living in West central Mexico. World Journal of Psychiatry.

Kamangar, F., Silver, G., Hohmann, C., Hughes-Darden, C., Turner-Musa, J., Haines, R. T., & Sheikhattari, P. (2017, December). An entrepreneurial training model to enhance undergraduate training in biomedical research. In BMC Proceedings (Vol. 11, No. 12, p. 18). BioMed Central.

Estreet, A., Apata, J., Kamangar, F., Schutzman, C., Buccheri, J., O'Keefe, A.M., Wagner, F., Sheikhattari, P. (2017). Improving Participants' Retention in a Smoking Cessation Intervention Using a Community-Based Participatory Research Approach. International Journal of Preventive Medicine, 8(1), 106.

Sheikhattari, P., Apata, J., Kamangar, F., Schutzman, C., O'Keefe, A., Buccheri, J., & Wagner, F. A. (2016). Examining Smoking Cessation in a Community-Based Versus Clinic-Based Intervention Using Community-Based Participatory Research. Journal of community health, 41(6), 1146-1152.

Wagner, F. A., Sheikhattari, P., Buccheri, M. J., Gunning, M. M., Bleich, M. L., & Schutzman, M. C. (2016). A community-based participatory research on smoking cessation intervention for urban communities. Journal of health care for the poor and underserved, 27(1), 35-50.

Johnson, C., Sheikhattari, P., Lao, L., Bronner, Y., & Wagner, F. (2014). Implementation and Feasibility of an Auricular Acupuncture Intervention for Smoking Cessation in a Residential Spiritual Recovery Program: A Pilot Study. Journal of Health Disparities Research and Practice, 8(3), 2.

Sheikhattari, P., Stephenson, R., Assasi, N., Eftekhar, H., Zamani, Q., Maleki, B., & Kiabayan, H. (2006). Child maltreatment among school children in the Kurdistan Province, Iran. Child abuse & neglect, 30(3), 231-245.


2014 – 2024    Title: A Student-Centered, Entrepreneurship Development (ASCEND) Training Model to Increase Diversity in Biomedical Research
Goal: Provide transformative and innovate research training to underrepresented minority undergraduate students such that they pursue research in NIH-relevant fields
Role: Contact Principal Investigator (PI)
Funding: $41 million (over 10 years); U54 award funded by the NIH 
2019 – 2024    Title: RCMI@Morgan: Center for Urban Health Disparities Research and Innovation; PI: Dr. Valerie Odero Marah, Dr. Paul Tchounwou
Goal: Enhance the capacity for conducting health-related research among minority serving institutions
Role: Director of the Morgan CARES Community Engagement Core
PI: Assessing the effectiveness of virtual versus in-person peer-motivation smoking cessation interventions for youths and adults (one of the three main projects)
Funding: $18 million (over 5 years); U54 award funded by the NIH 
2022 – 2026    Title: Improving Participation Among diverse populations in Cardiovascular clinical Trials (IMPACT); PI: Dr. Erin Michos (JHU)
Goal: Establish a Strategic Focused Research Network (SFRN) Center dedicated to the Science of Diversity in Clinical Trials, in collaboration with the American Heart Association (AHA) and Johns Hopkins University.
Role: Principal Collaborator and Postdoc Mentor
Engage Morgan CARES community outreach center to initiate a Cardiovascular Learning Center and test innovative interventions aimed at recruiting a diverse population into AHA clinical trials.
Mentor four postdoctoral fellows and oversee their assignments.
Funding: $749k (over 4 years); funded through AHA (946222)
2023 – 2025     Title: Community & Stakeholder Engagement Certificate Program
Goal: Establish an annual, year-long CBPR scholarship certificate program that results in potential fundable NIH-type proposals.
Role: Program Director
Funding: $226k (over 2 years); funded through Morgan State University Center for Urban Health Equity