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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


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. 

Refereed Journal Articles (Selected)

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 Health, 23(1), 659.

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., Burke, J. G., O'Keefe, A. M., & Bazarganā€Hejazi, S. (2012). Sustaining relationships between communities and local health systems: two Iranian villages. Journal of International Development, 24(4), 433-447.

Rowel, R., Sheikhattari, P., Barber, T. M., & Evans-Holland, M. (2012). Introduction of a guide to enhance risk communication among low-income and minority populations: a grassroots community engagement approach. Health promotion practice, 13(1), 124-132.

Kamangar, F., Sheikhattari, P., Mohebtash, M. (2011). Helicobacter pylori and its effect on human health and disease. Arch Iran Med, 14, 192-199

Sheikhattari, P., & Kamangar, F. (2010). How can primary health care system and community-based participatory research be complementary? International journal of preventive medicine, 1(1), 1.

Islami, F., Sheikhattari, P., Ren, J. S., & Kamangar, F. (2010). Gastric atrophy and risk of oesophageal cancer and gastric cardia adenocarcinoma-a systematic review and meta-analysis. Annals of oncology, 22(4), 754-760.

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.

Textbook and Book Chapters

Sheikhattari, P., Wright, M. T., Silver, G., Van der Donk, C., & van Lanen, B. (2022). Practitioner Research for Social Work, Nursing, and the Health Professions. United States:Johns Hopkins University Press.

Wallerstein, N., Belone, L., Burgess, E., Dickson, E., Gibbs, L., Parajon, L.C., Ramgard, M., Sheikhattari, P., Silver, G., Community Based Participatory Research: Embracing Praxis for Transformation, Action Research Section. In: Burns, D.; Howard, J. and Ospina, S. (eds) (2021) The SAGE Handbook of Participatory Research, London: SAGE Publishing.

Sheikhattari, P. Apata, J., Bleich, L., Bezold, L., Wagner, F. (2020) Communities Engaged and Advocating for Smoke-free Environments (CEASE) in Researching Health Together: Engaging Patients and Stakeholders, From Topic Identification to Policy Change (pp. 230 – 241). Sage Publications Inc

Kamangar, F., Silver, G., Hohmann, C., Mehravaran, S., Sheikhattari, P. (2019). Empowering Undergraduate Students to Lead Research: The ASCEND Program at Morgan State University. In Zakiya S. Wilson-Kennedy, Goldie S. Byrd, Eugene Kennedy and Henry Frierson (Eds.), Broadening Participation in STEM: Curricula and Co-Curricula Strategies and Programs that Work. Emerald Publishing.