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Benissa Salem
Adjunct Assistant Professor

E-mail: bsalem@sonnet.ucla.edu

Research: Characterizing frailty among middle age and older homeless men and women; development of health promotion interventions to address health needs among middle age and older homeless women; reduction of drug use and risky behaviors among aging homeless at risk for HIV and other infectious diseases.
Clinical: Community and public health nursing, gerontology, health disparities/vulnerable populations

Education
2013, University of California, Los Angeles, PhD, Nursing
2008, University of California, Los Angeles, MSN, Nursing
2004, UNIVERSITY OF SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA,  BS, Health Promotion

Honors and Awards
2013                             Linda Sarna Doctoral Dissertation Award
2013                             UCLA School of Nursing, Emerging Leader Award
2012-2013                   UCLA Dissertation Year Fellowship Award
2013                             UCLA School of Nursing, PhD Gonfalon Flag Student Marshall
2013                             UCLA Doctoral Student Nominee, Doctoral Hooding Ceremony Marshall
2004                             USC Town & Gown Junior Auxiliary Scholar
2004                             University of Southern California (USC) Renaissance Scholar     
2001-2004                   USC Dean’s List           
2000-2004                   USC Renaissance Scholar
2004                             USC Trojan Recognition Award for Leadership & Service
2004                             USC SCION Scholar
2004                             USC Commencement Speaker (Keck School of Medicine Undergraduate)

Professional Activities
2011-2012                   Doctoral Student Nursing Association (DSNA)-UCLA SON
2010-Present                   Student Board Member, UCLA SON International Advisory Board Task Force   
2010-2011                     Student Board Member, UCLA School of Nursing Media Recognition Task Force
2010-2011                      Board Member, GSA International Taskforce on Aging
2007-2008                     Board Member, Graduate Nursing Student Association (GSNA)
2009-2011                     Board Member, Emerging Young Scholars Program, (GSA)

Publications

  • Salem, BE., Nyamathi, A., Brecht, L., Phillips, LR., Mentes, JC., Sarkisian, C., Leake, B, (2013). Correlates of Frailty among Homeless Adults. Western Journal of Nursing Research. 1-25.
  • Salem, B.E., Nyamathi, A., Idemundia, F., Slaughter, R., Ames, M. (2013). At a Crossroads: Reentry Challenges and Healthcare Needs among Homeless Female Ex-Offenders. Journal of Forensic Nursing
  • Salem, BE., Nyamathi, A., Brecht, L., Phillips, LR., Mentes, JC., Sarkisian, C., Stein, JA., (2013). Constructing and Identifying Predictors of Frailty among Homeless Adults-A Structural Equations Model Approach.  Archives of Gerontology and Geriatrics.
  • Salem, BE., Nyamathi, A. Keenan, C., Zhang, S., Marlow, E., Khalilifard, F., Faucette, M., Leake, B., Marfisee, M. (2013). Correlates of Risky Alcohol and Methamphetamine Use among Currently Homeless Male Parolees. Journal of Addictive Diseases.
  • Salem, B. E., Nyamathi, A., Phillips, L. R., Mentes, J. C., Sarkisian, C., & Brecht, M. L. (2014). Development of a frailty framework among vulnerable populations. Advances in Nursing Science, 37(1), 70-81.
  • Nyamathi, AM, Salem, BE., Marshall, L., Idemundia, F., Mata, R., Khalilifard, F., Farabee, D., Leake, B. (2014). Substance Use Trends among Younger vs. Older Homeless Parolees. J Addict Dis 33(2): 124-133.
  • Nyamathi, AM., Reback, CJ., Salem, BE., Zhang, S., Shoptaw, S., Branson, CM., Leake, B., (2014) Correlates of Self-Reported Incarceration Among Homeless Gay and Bisexual Stimulant-Using Young Adults. West J Nurs Res.
  • Palacios, J; Salem, B.E., Hodge, F., et al. (2014). Storytelling as a Qualitative Tool for Promoting Health among Vulnerable Populations. Journal of Transcultural Nursing.
  • Nyamathi, A., Salem, B.E, Ernst, E., Keenan, C., Suresh, P., Sinha, S., Ganguly, K., Ramakrishnan, P., & Liu, Y. (2013). Correlates of Adherence among Rural Indian Women Living with HIV/AIDS. Journal of HIV/AIDS and Social Services.
  • Nyamathi, A., Salem, B.E, Meyer, V., Ganguly, K., Sinha, S., Ramakrishnan, P. (2012).  Impact of an ASHA Intervention on Depressive Symptoms among Rural Women Living with AIDS in India:  Comparison of the ASHA Life and Usual Care Program. AIDS Education and Prevention, 24(3), 280-93.
  • Nyamathi, A., Salem, B. E., Reback, C., Shoptaw, S., Branson, C., Idemundia, F., Kennedy, B. Khalilifard, F., Marfisee, M., & Liu, Y. (2012). Correlates of Hepatitis B Virus and HIV Knowledge among Gay & Bisexual Young Adults in Hollywood. American Journal on Men’s Health [Epub ahead of print August 8].
  • Nyamathi, A., Salem, B. E., Marlow, E., Zhang, S., & Yadav, K. Understanding Correlates of Hepatitis C Virus Infection among Homeless Recently Paroled Men. Journal of Forensic Nursing
  • Nyamathi, A., Salem, B. E, Farabee, D., Hall, E., Zhang, S., Khalilifard, F., Faucette, M., & Leake, B. Predictors of High Level of Hostility among Homeless Men on Parole. Criminal Justice and Behavior
  • Nyamathi, A., Ekstrand, E., Salem, B.E., Sinha, S., Ganguly, G., Leake, B., Marfisee, M.  Impact of an ASHA Intervention on Stigma and Avoidant Coping among Rural Women Living with AIDS in India. Indian Journal of Medical Research
  • Nyamathi, A., Heravian, A., Salem, B.E, Suresh, P., Sinha, S., Ganguly, K., Carpenter, C., Ramakrishnan, P., Marfisee, M., Liu, Y. (2012).  Physical and Mental Health of Rural Women Living with AIDS in Southern India. Journal of the International Association of Physicians in AIDS Care
  • Nyamathi, A., Hanson, A. Y., Salem, B. E., Sinha, S., Ganguly, K. K., Leake, B., Yadav, K., Marfisee, M. (2012). Impact of a Rural Village Women (ASHA) Intervention on Adherence to Antiretroviral Therapy in Southern India. Nursing Research, 61, 353-362.
  • Nyamathi, A., Branson, C., Kennedy, B., Salem, B.E, Khalilifard, F., Marfisee, M., Getzoff, D., & Leake, B. (2012). Impact of Nursing Intervention on Decreasing Substances among Homeless Youth. American Journal on Addictions
  • Nyamathi, A., Kennedy, B., Branson, C., Salem, B. E., Khalilifard, F., Marfisee, M., Getzoff, D., Leake, B. (2012). Impact of Nursing Intervention on Improving HIV, Hepatitis Knowledge and Mental Health among Homeless Young Adults. Community Mental Health Journal, [Epub ahead of print July 15].
  • Salem, B. and Flaskerud, J. H. (2011). A Closer Look: The Trauma of War and Migration and PTSD. Issues in Mental Health Nursing 32(3): 184-186.


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