I am a social epidemiologist and my primary research focus pertains to how social and cardiovascular exposures from across the life-course influence cognitive function, Alzheimer's disease and other dementias, stroke and other related health outcomes in old age. In my work on cognitive aging, I also focus on minority populations. My ultimate research goal is to employ lifecourse models to better understand how modification of social and cardiovascular factors or their timing may reduce the burden of cognitive aging and dementia disparities. I am currently leading two NIH-funded R01 projects that use causal inference methods to understand determinants of dementia and selection biases.
PhD, 2011, University of Michigan
MSc, 2006, American University of Beirut
BSc, 2004, American University of Beirut
Areas of Expertise
Aging and Elderly, Alzheimer's Disease, Longitudinal Studies, Stroke , Discrimination/Bias, Disparities / Inequalities in Health, Immigrant Health, Minority Health, Social Epidemiology, Depression
Kaiser P, Arnold AM, Benkeser D, Zeki Al Hazzouri A, Hirsch CH, Psaty BM, Odden MC. Comparing methods to address bias in observational data: Statin use and cardiovascular events in a US cohort. International Journal of Epidemiology, 47(1): 246-254, 2018.
Elfassy T, Glymour MM, Kershaw K, Carnethon M, Llabre M, Lewis CE, Schneiderman N, Zeki Al Hazzouri A. Sustained poverty and increases in body mass index over time: Sex and race differences in the CARDIA study. American Journal of Epidemiology, 187(6): 1240-1249, 2018.
Zeki Al Hazzouri A, Caunca MR, Nobrega JC, Elfassy T, Cheung YK, Alperin N, Dong C, Elkind MSV, Sacco RL, DeCarli C, Wright CB. Greater depressive symptoms, cognition, and markers of brain aging: Northern Manhattan Study. Neurology, 90(23):e2077-e2085, 2018.
Elfassy T, Swift SL, Glymour MM, Calonico S, Jacobs DR, Mayeda ER, Kershaw KN, Kiefe C, Zeki Al Hazzouri A. Associations of Income volatility with incident cardiovascular disease and all-cause mortality in A US cohort: 1990 to 2015. Circulation. Forthcoming.
Zeki Al Hazzouri A, Vittinghoff E, Zhang Y, Pletcher MJ, Moran AE, Bibbins-Domingo K, Golden SH, Yaffe K. Use of a pooled cohort to impute cardiovascular disease risk factors across the adult life course. International Journal of Epidemiology. Forthcoming.