Pouran D. Faghri

Professor Faghri joined UCLA Department of Environmental Health Sciences from the University of Connecticut, where she was a Professor in the Department of Allied Health Sciences and Director of the Center for Environmental Health and Health Promotion. She had joint appointments as professor of Biomedical Engineering, School of Engineering, and professor of Public Health,  School of Medicine. Over the years, she has developed and evaluated multiple models for integrating health promotion with workplace injury prevention and occupational ergonomics for health protection, addressing physical and psychosocial risk factors at the workplace with strong emphasis on employee involvement. She developed and implemented many workplace ergonomics, health promotion and injury prevention interventions for private and state agencies, including Connecticut's state employee worksite health promotion program, "ConnectiFIT.” She was the Co-PI (Storrs) and team leader for health promotion strategies for the Center for Promotion of Health in New England Workplace: Total Worker Health® NIOSH Center for Excellence.

Center Affiliations


  • MS, Physiology and Biophysics, Wright State University, Dayton, Ohio
  • Post-Doctoral Fellowship, Rowdy Fellowship Award, Wright State University, Dayton, Ohio
  • MD, University of Isfahan, Isfahan, Iran

Areas of Interest

  • Occupational Health and Safety
  • Identification  and evaluation of workplace psychosocial and physical stressors and their impact on chronic disease development, including mental health, musculoskeletal, cardiovascular, obesity and type 2 diabetes and related outcomes.
  • Integrative intervention approaches to workplace health promotion and injury prevention.
  • Total Worker Health (TWH)- the intersection between work and non-work risk factors for employee health and safety
  • Occupational health and safety and ergonomic program interventions in different sectors including small and large manufacturing companies,  corrections, and health care
  • Health behavior intervention strategies, behavioral economics and contingency management,
  • Implementation and dissemination strategies
  •  Evaluation of social and environmental determinants of health, health disparities, self-care, and self-awareness
  • Biomechanics  (kinematics and kinetics) of movement science in able-bodied and people with neurological disorders. 
  • Application of functional electrical stimulation (FES) for exercise an movement in people with spinal cord injury

Selected Publications