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Aram Dobalian, PhD, MPH, JD
Adjunct Associate Professor

Location: UCLA School of Public Health, Box 951772, Los Angeles, CA 90095-1772
E-mail: adobalia@ucla.edu


Aram Dobalian is Research Health Scientist with the HSR&D Center of Excellence for the Study of Healthcare Provider Behavior at the VA Greater Los Angeles Healthcare System, and Associate Adjunct Professor of Health Services at UCLA. He currently teaches Health Systems Organization and Financing (HS200A-B), and Healthcare Ethics (249L) in the Executive MPH program. Dr. Dobalian received his Ph.D. in Health Services from the UCLA School of Public Health with an academic cognate in Social Psychology, and his J.D. from Whittier Law School where he was Editor-in-Chief of the Whittier Law Review. He received his M.P.H. in Health Services from UCLA, and his B.S. in Physics from Vanderbilt University. From 2001-2004, Dr. Dobalian was an Assistant Professor at the University of Florida, where he taught health law, health administration ethics, and health policy. His research focuses on public health emergency preparedness including the public health impact of bioterrorism, hurricanes, earthquakes, and other natural and human-caused disasters. His research also spans nursing, long-term care, nursing home malpractice, advance care planning, and the role of pain in the use of health services. He is a member of the State Bar of California.


Dobalian A, Rivers PA. Racial and ethnic disparities in the use of mental health services. Journal of Behavioral Health Services & Research. 2008 Apr;35(2):128-41.

Dobalian A, Tsao JCI, Putzer GJ, Menendez SM. A commentary on improving rural community preparedness for the chronic health consequences of bioterrorism and other public health emergencies. Journal of Public Health Management and Practice. 2007. Sep/Oct;13(5) :476-80.

Radcliff TA, Dobalian A, Levy C. Do Orders Limiting Aggressive Treatment Impact Care for Acute Myocardial Infarction? Journal of the American Medical Directors Association. 2007 Feb;8(2):91-7.

Tsao JCI, Dobalian A, Wiens BA, Gylys JA, Clawson A, Brooks R. PTSD and substance use: Unrecognized sequelae of bioterrorism in primary care providers. Southern Medical Journal. 2006. Aug;99(8):817-22.

Tsao JCI, Dobalian A, Wiens BA, Gylys JA, Evans GD. Posttraumatic stress disorder in rural primary care: Improving care for mental health conditions following bioterrorism. Journal of Rural Health. 2006. Winter;22(1):78-82.

Tsao JCI, _Dobalian A_, Myers CD, & Zeltzer LK. Pain and use of complementary and alternative medicine in a national sample of persons living with HIV. Journal of Pain and Symptom Management 2005. Nov;30(5):418-432.

Johnson CE, Dobalian A, Burkhard J, Hedgecock DK, Harman J. Predicting lawsuits against nursing homes in the United States 1997-2001. Health Services Research. 2004. 39(6 Pt 1):1713-1732.

Dobalian A. Nursing facility compliance with do-not-hospitalize orders. The Gerontologist. 2004. 44(2):159-165.

Dobalian A, Tsao JCI, Duncan RP. Pain and the use of outpatient services among persons with HIV: Results from a nationally representative survey. Medical Care. 2004. 42(2):129-138.

Dobalian A, Tsao JCI, Radcliff TA. Diagnosed mental and physical health conditions in the United States nursing home population: Differences between urban and rural facilities. Journal of Rural Health. 2003. 19(4):477-483. 

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