Distinguished Visiting Global Health Scholar 

Dornsife School of Public Health


Title: “A Human Rights-based Approach to Global Health in Conversation Social Settings”


Professor Alaei (MD, Isfahan Medical University; MPH, Epidemiology, Tehran Medical University; MS, International Health, Harvard University; Dr Ph, Health Policy and Management, SUNY, University at Albany; MSt, International Human Rights Law, University of Oxford) is a Distinguished Visiting Global Health Scholar at the Dornsife School of Public Health and also a visiting academic (professor) at St. Antony College at University of Oxford. He is the Co-President of the Institute for International Health and Education, (IIHE) and was formerly the founding director of the Global Institute for Health and Human Rights and the Associate Dean for Global and Interdisciplinary Research at the State University of New York (SUNY) at Albany.

Along with his brother, he innovated the ‘Triangular Clinics’ which offered services for people living with HIV/AIDS, Sexually Transmitted Infections (STI) and Injecting Drug Users (IDU) – a first in the Middle East region and one that was documented by the United Nations/World Health Organization as a ‘Best Practice.’ Among several awards, he received the Heinz R. Pagels Human Rights of Scientists Award from the New York Academy of Science (2009), the Jonathan Mann Award for Global Health and Human Rights from the Global Health Council (2011), and the Inaugural Elizabeth Taylor Award in Recognition of Efforts to Advocate for Human Rights in the field of HIV from AMFAR (2012) and Ellis Island Medal of Honor by the NECO (2015).

His diversified research interest includes health rights and HIV law; infectious chronic disease epidemiology and prevention; social and behavioral studies on people who inject drugs (PWID); health care delivery for PLWH; health economics and social rights; health devolution; global health and HIV policy; immigrant health; and health disparities among vulnerable populations such as PWID, sex workers, LGBTI, gang members and prisoners.



National Taiwan Normal University

Title: Embracing Community’s Responses to Address Global Public Health Issues.

Dr. Tony Szu-Hsien Lee is currently working as a Distinguished Professor at the Department of Health Promotion and Education, National Taiwan Normal University, Taiwan. He is the Chairperson of Research Ethics Committee of the university. He has been working as the Editor in Chief and Editor of some reputed journals. Prof. Lee was working as a visiting Professor of Yale Health Promotion and Education from 2013- 2017. As a distinguished professor, researcher, psychologist and a policy advocate for mental health promotion, education and human rights, he has devoted his expertise in the field of both clinical and non-clinical aspects of mental health, substance abuse/dependence, HIV/AIDS, and crime prevention in the Chinese society.

His work has involved integrating mental health education, HIV prevention and substance use treatment since 1996 with his doctoral dissertation. Trained as a psychologist, he regard addiction as a brain, treatable relapsing disease based on the evidence accumulated from physiological and psychological-social research, including medical and NIDA’s. He continued his work on research and educational collaboration with a focus on furthering this development particularly using psychological theories to assist patients with drug use building resilience in the community and personal strength. Along with designing effectiveness of harm reduction programs in Taiwan, his colleagues and he develop education curriculum with contents of life skills and cognitive-behavioral therapy underlying the philosophy of harm reduction for patients with substance use disorder in both prisons and clinics. Additionally, he evaluate the outcome effectiveness of methadone maintenance treatment which was launched in 2006 in Taiwan to stem the endemic of HIV/AIDS amongst injection drug users.


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University of Malaya

Title: Multidimensional Social and Cultural Norms Influencing Hpv Vaccine Hesitancy in Asia

Dr. Wong Li Ping, received her Ph.D. in medical science (Epidemiology) from the University of Malaya in 2004. She takes part in the Faculty’s research methodology, epidemiology, and bio statistical teaching both at the undergraduate and graduate levels. Dr. Wong’s research has centered almost exclusively on social and behavioral medicine. Dr. Wong is a highly funded researcher. She has successfully secured grants and funding on an enormous range of subjects includes: [1] research on risk behaviors, [2] research on preventive behaviors [3] behavioral responses to emerging infectious diseases, and [4] sexual reproductive health research. Dr. Wong’s research also extends beyond behavioral medicine to environmental health. She has acquired a grant to study health impact and needs assessment of urban heat island phenomenon of the city of Kuala Lumpur Malaysia. Dr. Wong is also engaged as a registered Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) consultant with the Department of Environment (DOE) Malaysia under the EIA Consultant Registration Scheme. She is a certified EIA Consultant since the year 2014 and has been consultants for various EIA projects in Malaysia.

Dr. Wong has published over 130 publications, over 80 of them indexed by the Web of Science (Thomson Reuters) and SCOPUS (Elsevier). Her publications also include Books and Book Chapters. Dr. Wong has supervised over 30 Master and Ph.D. thesis and currently supervises over 20 research students. She has acted as editor and reviewer to a number of journals and also has taught courses in Research Methodology. She has over 2778 citations for her publications, updated h-index of 29 and i10-index of 57.

Dr. K.L. Johnson


CEO and Director of K&K Services

Title: Motivational interviewing Counseling: Psychosocial risk factors of health


Dr. K.L. Johnson, DrPH, MS, MA, CCC-SLP, CPH, CAS, CPCRT is a multi-lingual, nationally certified speech-language pathologist, linguist, certified autism specialist, certified public health researcher and certified in the practice of cognitive rehabilitation. She is founder and director of the non-profit, Dr. Love’s Healthcare and Dr. Love’s Integrative Nutrition & Lifestyle Medicine, LLC. She is CEO and director of K&K Services, whose professional work has been recognized by the American Speech-Language Hearing Association, American Public Health Association and featured in BusinessWeek Magazine.

As a former University of North Texas Health Science Center (UNTHSC) public health graduate student officer, clinical researcher and Tarrant County Medical Reserve Corps volunteer, Dr. Johnson has participated on numerous committees and research publications throughout her professional career, working to improve healthcare services for multicultural populations with special healthcare needs. Johnson has spent over 20 years working with culturally and linguistically diverse (CLD) children with a variety of speech-language-hearing disorders in her private practice in the Dallas-Fort Worth area.

For more information: http://drkatjohnson.com/about/

Dr Oliver O Odikamnoro


Ebonyi State University

Title: The Change in Global Disease Patterns

Dr Odikamnoro holds a doctorate degree in Parasitology from the University of Nigeria, Nsukka. He also has a Masters degree in Public Health Parasitology and a first degree in Parasitology and Entomology from the Nnamdi Azikiwe University, Awka and the Anambra State University of Technology, Enugu respectively. He obtained a Professional Diploma in General Health, Safety and Environment from the Nigeria Institute of Safety Professionals and a Certificate in Safe and Sustainable Sanitation from the Tampere University of Technology, Finland. In addition he has a Postgraduate Diploma in Education (PGDE). In research, he   has developed a passionate interest in community-based approaches to the control of endemic neglected tropical/vector-borne diseases as well as water and sanitation-related public health problems in rural and urban communities. He has published over 60 papers on these and similar research interests in local and international peer-reviewed journals many of which can be accessed online in a research profile spanning over two decades. He has also presented papers at many international conferences across the world. Dr Odikamnoro holds the membership of several national and international professional bodies as well as affiliations of international research networks.



Senior Specialist and Director of Medical Research & Innovation
Johns Hopkins Medicine Affiliate Tawam Hospital,
Al Ain UAE

Title: Can we do more for the cancer patients?

A medical & research professional with a distinction of serving in the senior management of academic medical centers, hospitals and the pharmaceutical industry in the USA, and the UAE.  Key opinion leader for innovation in medicine, clinical trials, research ethics & regulations, Joint Commission accreditation, care quality, public health, health policy, medical residency training including the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education International (USA), and patient safety. The original inventor of the human major depression disorder gene. Recipient of several global awards from the USA, Japan and Switzerland, and the Innovator of the year for medical innovation 2018-2019, from the government of the UAE.  Satish graduated from TN Medical College and obtained a Ph.D. in Medical Biochemistry from the USA, masters in healthcare management information from the University of Nebraska Business School, USA and is certified by the American Board Medical Quality, Medical Innovation, and Medical informatics. He is the director for medical innovation and research at Tawam Hospital, Associate Clinical Professor UAE College of Medicine and Editorial board advisory of many international journals, and editor in chief of the Applied Clinical Research Clinical Trials and Regulatory Affairs (USA). He conducts patient research and teaches medical students and residents.