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Reza Amini, PhD


Associate Professor
U-M Flint

I hold a Ph.D. in sociology of aging, a Medical Doctorate (General Medicine), and a Master’s of Public Health. I have been studying health status, access to healthcare, healthcare utilization, cognitive function, and the quality of life among senior adults. Using the life-course perspective, I focus on the determinants of health and healthcare utilization in vulnerable populations (i.e., war survivors, older adults, and under-served populations) with various physical, mental, and social risk factors. Considering the prevalence and incidence of cognitive impairment, including Alzheimer’s Disease and Related Dementia among the older population, I focused my research on the vulnerable population at risk of health inequality with risk of cognitive impairments. My current research projects focus on the correlation between cognitive function and hospital admission, cognitive impairment, access to health services, and utilization.

Research Area(s)

Health services research | Social Determinants of Health


  • Principal investigator of: Health Equity: Comprehensive Health Need Assessment in Flint
  • Co-investigator of: Promoting active travel modes for healthy aging in place: Investigating the physical and mental health benefits of e-bicycling among older populations
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