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Pouran Faghri, MD, MS, FACSM

Professor, Health Promotion & Allied Health Sciences
Address 358 Mansfield Road
Unit 1101
Storrs, CT 06269-1101
Phone (860) 486-0018


Research Overview

Dr. Pouran Faghri is Professor in the Department of Allied Health Sciences with an emphasis on Health Promotion Disease and Disability Prevention. Dr. Faghri also has joint appointments as Professor with the Biomedical Engineering Program, School of engineering and the Department of Community Medicine and Health Care (MPH and PhD Programs) at the University of Connecticut Health Center. As a medical doctor and an exercise physiologist, professor Faghri has expertise in health promotion, wellness, disease, and disability prevention for healthy individuals as well as neurologically impaired and those with chronic conditions and elderly. Dr. Faghri’s areas of interest are: work-site health promotion programs (design/intervention/evaluation), community health promotion programs (design/intervention/evaluation), health related behavior, intervention strategies for health promotion and secondary disability prevention (neuromuscular, musculoskeletal, and physiological) in disabled and elderly populations. She has knowledge in evaluation of social determinant of health, self-care, self awareness, and decision making strategies under uncertain or distributed environments.

Dr. Faghri’s research has been continuously funded by federal and private organizations. She has more than 100 publications in archival journals and conference proceedings, and she has presented her research at national and international conferences. She has served or serving on the editorial boards of many prestigious journals including Clinical Kinesiology, Clinical Rehabilitation, IEEE Transaction in Biology and Medicine, and Journal of Neuroengineering and Rehabilitation. She is also a primary grant reviewer for the National Institute on Disability and Rehabilitation Research (NIDRR), Paralyze Veteran of America, Spinal Cord Injury Foundation, Canadian Institute of Health Research (CIHR), and U.S. Civilian Research and Development Foundation (CRDF), as well as many prestigious archival journals. She is the Team Leader for Health Promotion Methodology and Co-investigator of the NIOSH/CDC funded Center of Excellence: Center for Promoting Health in the New England Workplace-CPH-NEW.


M.S., Wright State University, 1987

Postdoctoral study, Wright State University, 1983

M.D., University of Isfahan, 1981


Faghri, PD. Electronic Muscle Pump (EMP) (sole inventor). US 6,959,216 B2 Oct. 25, 2005

Featured Publications

Books and Book Chapters

Faghri PD: Functional Electrical Stimulation, (pp 407-430); In: Spinal Cord Injuries: Management and Rehabilitation by Sue Ann Sisto, Eric Druin and, Martha Macht Sliwinski; Elsevier Publications, 2008.

Faghri, PD. Research Methodology for Health Professionals: An Interdisciplinary Approach (sole author, Textbook), 2003 ISBN# [1-58692-513-X], Erudition Books, Boston, Massachusetts.

Faghri, PD, Glaser, RM, Figoni, SF, “Functional electrical stimulation cycle ergometer exercise: Training effects on cardiorespiratory responses of spinal cord injured subjects at rest and during submaximal exercise.” Yearbook of Sports Medicine, Edited by RJ Shephard; Mosby-Yearbook Inc. 439-441,1993.

C. Selected Peer-reviewed Publications (Selected from 65 peer-reviewed publications)

  1. Faghri PD, Kotejoshyer R, Cherniack M, Punnett L, Reeves D (2010). Assessment of a Worksite Health Promotion Readiness Checklist. Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine. 2010 Sep; 52(9):893-9. PMID: 20798646
  2. Faghri PD and Adams CH (2010, in press). Contribution of physical and psychosocial risk factors combined with sedentary lifestyle to overweight and obesity: Prospects for prevention: ISBN: 978-1-61761-982-3, ©2010 Nova Science Publishers, Inc.
  3. Copenhaver, MM, Merz-Beyus, Lee, IC, Faghri PD. (2010) The Living Arrangement May Differentially Influence IDU Parents’ Motivation to Reduce HIV risk as a Function of Gender. AIDS Care Vol. 00, No. 0 1_6. PMID: 20711890
  4. Mazerolle SM, Marcinick M, Faghri PD, Milazzo SA (2010) ) Practical Strategies to Address Staffing Shortages at Division I Universities: A Pilot Investigation. Human Kinetics - ATT 15(3), pp. 34-37
  5. Henning R, Warren N, Robertson M, Faghri P D, Cherniack M; CPH-NEW Research Team. Workplace health protection and promotion through participatory ergonomics: an integrated approach. Public Health Rep. 2009 Jul-Aug;124 Suppl 1:26-35. PMID: 19618804
  6. Punnett L, Cherniack M, Henning R, Morse T, Faghri PD; CPH-NEW Research Team. A conceptual framework for integrating workplace health promotion and occupational ergonomics programs. Public Health Rep. 2009 Jul-Aug;124 Suppl 1:16-25. PMID: 19618803
  7. Duffy, VB, Hayes, JE, Sullivan BS, Faghri, PD. (2009) Surveying Food/Beverage Liking: A Tool for Epidemiological Studies to Connect Chemosensation with Health Outcomes. . Annals of NY Academy of Science, 1170, 558 – 568. PMID: 19686193
  8. Faghri, PD., Blozie, E., Gustavesen, S., Kotejoshyer, R. (2008). The Role of Tailored Consultation Following Health-Risk Appraisals in Workers’ Health Behavior. Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine, 50(12):1378-85). PMID: 19092493
  9. Faghri, PD, Omokaro, C., Parker, C., Nichols, E., Gustavesen, S., Blozie, E. (2008). E-Technology and Pedometer Walking Program to Increase Physical Activity at Work. Journal of Primary Prevention, 29(1):73-91. PMID: 18213518
  10. Sisto SA, Forrest GF, Faghri PD. Technology for mobility and quality of life in spinal cord injury. IEEE Eng Med Biol Mag. 2008 Mar-Apr;27(2):56-68. Review. No abstract available. PMID: 18463021
  11. Haapala SA, Faghri PD, Adams DJ. Leg joint power output during progressive resistance FES-LCE cycling in SCI subjects: developing an index of fatigue. J Neuroeng Rehabil. 2008 Apr 26;5:14.PMID: 18439300
  12. Faghri PD, Du QY. Prediction of calf volume during muscle contraction. Assist Technol. 2006 Spring;18(1):46-55.PMID: 16796241
  13. Trumbower RD, Rajasekaran S, Faghri PD. Identifying offline muscle strength profiles sufficient for short-duration FES-LCE exercise: a PAC learning model approach. J Clin Monit Comput. 2006 Jun;20(3):209-20. Epub 2006 Jun 15.PMID: 16775658
  14. Trumbower RD, Faghri PD. Kinematic analyses of semireclined leg cycling in able-bodied and spinal cord injured individuals. Spinal Cord. 2005 Sep;43(9):543-9.PMID: 15838528
  15. Devan MR, Pescatello LS, Faghri P, Anderson J. A Prospective Study of Overuse Knee Injuries Among Female Athletes With Muscle Imbalances and Structural Abnormalities. J Athl Train. 2004 Sep;39(3):263-267.PMID: 15496997
  16. Trumbower RD, Faghri PD. Improving pedal power during semireclined leg cycling. IEEE Eng Med Biol Mag. 2004 Mar-Apr;23(2):62-71. No abstract available. PMID: 15264472
  17. Faghri PD, Yount J. Electrically induced and voluntary activation of physiologic muscle pump: a comparison between spinal cord-injured and able-bodied individuals. Clin Rehabil. 2002 Dec;16(8):878-85.PMID: 12501950 .
  18. Faghri PD, Yount JP, Pesce WJ, Seetharama S, Votto JJ. Circulatory hypokinesis and functional electric stimulation during standing in persons with spinal cord injury. Arch Phys Med Rehabil. 2001 Nov;82(11):1587-95.PMID: 11689980
  19. Faghri PD, Votto JJ, Hovorka CF. Venous hemodynamics of the lower extremities in response to electrical stimulation. Arch Phys Med Rehabil. 1998 Jul;79(7):842-8.PMID: 9685103
  20. Faghri PD, Van Meerdervort HF, Glaser RM, Figoni SF. Electrical stimulation-induced contraction to reduce blood stasis during arthroplasty. IEEE Trans Rehabil Eng. 1997 Mar;5(1):62-9.PMID: 9086386
  21. Faghri PD. The effects of neuromuscular stimulation-induced muscle contraction versus elevation on hand edema in CVA patients. J Hand Ther. 1997 Jan-Mar;10(1):29-34.PMID: 9116805
  22. Faghri PD, Rodgers MM, Glaser RM, Bors JG, Ho C, Akuthota P. The effects of functional electrical stimulation on shoulder subluxation, arm function recovery, and shoulder pain in hemiplegic stroke patients. Arch Phys Med Rehabil. 1994 Jan;75(1):73-9.PMID: 8291967
  23. Faghri PD, Glaser RM, Figoni SF. Functional electrical stimulation leg cycle ergometer exercise: training effects on cardiorespiratory responses of spinal cord injured subjects at rest and during submaximal exercise. Arch Phys Med Rehabil. 1992 Nov;73(11):1085-93.PMID: 1444777
  24. Hooker SP, Figoni SF, Glaser RM, Rodgers MM, Ezenwa BN, Faghri PD. Physiologic responses to prolonged electrically stimulated leg-cycle exercise in the spinal cord injured. Arch Phys Med Rehabil. 1990 Oct;71(11):863-9.PMID: 2222153
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Department of Allied Health Sciences
College of Agriculture, Health and Natural Resources
358 Mansfield Road, Unit 1101
Storrs, Connecticut 06269-1101
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