George Mason University

Farrokh Alemi, Ph.D.


Contact Information

Department of Health Administration & Policy
College of Health and Human Services
George Mason University
703 893 3799


2015 - Present
Also 1999 - 2008

Tenured Professor of Health Administration,

George Mason University's College of Health and Human Services

2010 - 2015

Chief of Performance Improvement, DC Veterans Affairs Medical Center 
Chief of Research, Bay Pine Veterans Affairs Medical Center

2008 - 2010

Professor of Health Systems Administration,

Georgetown University, College of Nursing and Health Studies


Tenured Associate Professor, Graduate Study in Health Care Administration,

Cleveland State University


Director, InterPractice Inc., a start-up company organized by Harvard Community Health Plan


Director, Division of Health Services Research,

Center for Research in Medical Education and Health Care, Thomas Jefferson Medical College


Assistant Professor of Management Science,

Department of Health Systems Management, Tulane University



Faculty Fellow in Health Care Finance, Center for Hospital Finance, Johns Hopkins University

1978 - 1983

Ph.D. in Decision Analysis, Industrial Engineering Department, University of Wisconsin-Madison

1976 - 1978

M.S. in System Analysis, Industrial Engineering Department, University of Wisconsin-Madison

1972 - 1976

B.S. in Industrial Engineering, Department of Industrial Engineering, University of Wisconsin-Madison

Open Online Courses

These courses are available on the web, without password, and include all lectures, videos, assignments, and other components of the course, except student related evaluations and grades.


HAP 290 Lifestyle Management

HAP 436 Quality Improvement with HER

HAP 464: EHR Configuration and Data Analysis

HAP 671 Healthcare databases

HAP 725 Statistical Process Improvement

HAP 730: Decision Analysis in Healthcare

HAP 823: Causal Analysis and Comparative Effectiveness


Recent Courses Taught & Evaluations


Course Title


Summer 2019

HAP 725 Statistical Process Improvement


Fall 2019

Hap 725 Statistical Process Improvement


Fall 2019

HAP 823 Causal Analysis and Comparative Effectiveness


Spring 2019

HAP 823 Causal Analysis and Comparative Effectiveness


Spring 2019

HAP 464 EHR Configuration and Data Analysis


Summer 2020

HAP 725 Statistical Process Improvement


Fall 2020

Hap 725 Statistical Process Improvement


Fall 2020

Revision of online version of HAP 823 Causal Analysis and Comparative Effectiveness


Spring 2021

HAP 464 EHR Configuration and Data Analysis


Spring 2021

HAP 823 Causal Analysis and Comparative Effectiveness


Fall 2021

Hap 725 Statistical Process Improvement


Graduate Thesis/Dissertation

Following list is limited to thesis for AY 19-20 and AY20-21

Student Name



Your Role

Tim Coffin


Yes, 2020

Dissertation Committee Chair

Annie Lesway


Yes, 2019

Dissertation Committee Chair

Elina Guarlnik



Dissertation Committee Advisor


Innovations in Teaching & Program Development


New course or
program activity


How incorporated
in course?

Designed experiential online courses with high levels of interaction (HAP 464 and HAP 725).

Used new teaching paradigms to increase interactions in online teaching to compensate for COVID-19 social isolation (paper based on the technique in review).

Students were taught in groups of 3 and required to do assignments in front of each other.  Survey shows that students were actively talking in 80% of class time.

Proposed a new concentration on quantitative health policy, within Master of Science  in Health Informatics

Causal analysis of health policy, including multi-level modeling and propensity scoring

Used doctoral courses to create a bridge between health policy and MS in health informatics

Proposed a new concentration in quality within MHA program

Met with MHA faculty and director to organize courses that would correspond to quality requirements.  The concentration was approved by the faculty of the Department.

Used modified existing courses to organize the concentration


Book Chapters

1.      Alemi F, Gibson B, Zema C. Real time application of electronic health record data. In: Eposito D, Migliaccio-Walle K, Molsen E, editors. Reliability and validity of data sources for outcome research & disease and health management programs 1 ed. Lawrenceville NJ 08648 USA: International Society for Pharmacoeconomics and Outcomes Research; 2013. Chapter 10; p.115-121. 467p.

2.      Zema C, Simon S, Ho S, Kim E, Ahluwalia J, Einhorn AB, Alemi F, Gibson B. Strengths and weakness of using electronic health records for health and disease management. In: Esposito D, Migliaccio-Walle K, Molsen E, editors. Reliability and validity of data sources for outcomes research and disease and health management programs 1 ed. Lawrenceville NJ 08648: International Society for Pharmacoeconomics and Outcomes Research; 2013. Chapter 8; p.98-106. 467p

3.      Alemi F, Mosavel M. Delivering care over telephone lines: Telephone Bulletin Boards reduce clinic utilization. In: Segre G, editor. Wellness and Prevention Sourcebook New York, NY 10001 USA: Faulkner & Gray's; 1998. Chapter 8; p.306-314. 498p





Systems to Support Health Policy Analysis: Theory, Models, and Uses.  DH Gustafson, WL Cats-Baril, F Alemi -  Ann Arbor, Mich.: Health Administration Press, 1992.  ISBN-13: 978-0910701730, ISBN-10: 0910701733This book describes design of an information system for health policy makers.



A Thinking Person's Weight loss and Exercise Program.  Alemi F, Neuhauser D. (Editors), Trafford Publishing, 2006. ISBN-10:‎ 1412035627, ISBN-13:‎ 978-1412035620. This book describes how process improvement can be used in context of personal improvement efforts. 


Decision analysis for healthcare managers.  Alemi F, Gustafson D. Health Administration Press, 2006. ISBN-13: 978-1567932560, ISBN-10: 1567932568. This is a textbook written for graduate students in health care administration and health professionals planning to use analytical tools for analysis of managerial decisions in health care settings.


Big Data in Healthcare: Statistical Analysis of the Electronic Health Record.  Alemi F.  Health Administration Press, 2020. ISBN-13: 978-1640550636, ISBN-10: 1640550631 This is a textbook for health informatics, statistical process control, and analysis of massive data. 


Peer Reviewed Journal Publications

Most recent publications listed first.

4.      Pierobon M, Robert NJ, Northfelt DW, Jahanzeb M, Wong S, Hodge KA, Baldelli E, Aldrich J, Craig DW, Liotta LA, Avramovic S, Wojtusiak J, Alemi F, Wulfkuhle JD, Bellos A, Gallagher RI, Arguello D, Conrad A, Kemkes A, Loesch DM, Vocila L, Dunetz B, Carpten JD, Petricoin EF, Anthony SP. Multi-omic molecular profiling guide's efficacious treatment selection in refractory metastatic breast cancer: a prospective phase II clinical trial. Mol Oncol. 2021 Aug 26;. doi: 10.1002/1878-0261.13091. [Epub ahead of print] PubMed PMID: 34437759.

5.      Alemi F, Aljuaid M, Durbha N, Yousefi M, Min H, Sylvia LG, Nierenberg AA. A surrogate measure for patient reported symptom remission in administrative data. BMC Psychiatry. 2021 Mar 4;21(1):121. doi: 10.1186/s12888-021-03133-1. PubMed PMID: 33663440; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC7931356.

6.      Wojtusiak J, Asadzadehzanjani N, Levy C, Alemi F, Williams AE. Computational Barthel Index: an automated tool for assessing and predicting activities of daily living among nursing home patients. BMC Med Inform Decis Mak. 2021 Jan 9;21(1):17. doi: 10.1186/s12911-020-01368-8. PubMed PMID: 33422059; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC7796534.

7.      Avramovic S, Alemi F, Kanchi R, Lopez PM, Hayes RB, Thorpe LE, Schwartz MD. US veterans administration diabetes risk (VADR) national cohort: cohort profile. BMJ Open. 2020 Dec 4;10(12):e039489. doi: 10.1136/bmjopen-2020-039489. PubMed PMID: 33277282; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC7722386.

8.      Alemi F, Avramovic S, Renshaw KD, Kanchi R, Schwartz M. Relative accuracy of social and medical determinants of suicide in electronic health records. Health Serv Res. 2020 Oct;55 Suppl 2:833-840. doi: 10.1111/1475-6773.13540. Epub 2020 Sep 2. PubMed PMID: 32880954; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC7518826.

9.      Alemi F. Constructing Causal Networks Through Regressions: A Tutorial. Qual Manag Health Care. 2020 Oct/Dec;29(4):270-278. doi: 10.1097/QMH.0000000000000272. PubMed PMID: 32991546.

10.   Alemi F. Worry less about the algorithm, more about the sequence of events. Math Biosci Eng. 2020 Sep 27;17(6):6557-6572. doi: 10.3934/mbe.2020342. PubMed PMID: 33378866.

11.   Davis PJ, Liu M, Alemi F, Jensen A, Avramovic S, Levy E, Hayes RB, Schwartz MD. Prior antibiotic exposure and risk of type 2 diabetes among Veterans. Prim Care Diabetes. 2019 Feb;13(1):49-56. doi: 10.1016/j.pcd.2018.07.001. Epub 2018 Jul 17. PubMed PMID: 30025678.

12.   Alemi R, Elrafey A, Neuhauser D, Alemi F. Tutorial on Data Balancing: Application to Benchmarking Clinicians. Qual Manag Health Care. 2019 Jan/Mar;28(1):1-7. doi: 10.1097/QMH.0000000000000203. PubMed PMID: 30586116.

13.   Alemi F, Avramovic S, Schwartz MD. Electronic Health Record-Based Screening for Substance Abuse. Big Data. 2018 Sep 1;6(3):214-224. doi: 10.1089/big.2018.0002. Epub 2018 Sep 19. PubMed PMID: 30283729; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC6154440.

14.   Davis PJ, Liu M, Sherman S, Natarajan S, Alemi F, Jensen A, Avramovic S, Schwartz MD, Hayes RB. HbA1c, lipid profiles and risk of incident type 2 Diabetes in United States Veterans. PLoS One. 2018;13(9):e0203484. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0203484. eCollection 2018. PubMed PMID: 30212478; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC6136717.

15.   Alemi F, ElRafey A, Avramovic I. Covariate Balancing through Naturally Occurring Strata. Health Serv Res. 2018 Feb;53(1):273-292. doi: 10.1111/1475-6773.12628. Epub 2016 Dec 14. PubMed PMID: 27976388; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC5785330.

16.   Alemi F, Coffin TP. Causal Control Charts: Application to Assessing Impact of Trump’s Election on Insurance Stock Prices. Transactions on Business and Economics. 2018; 15:259-272.

17.   Alemi F, Zargoush M, Vang J. Using observed sequence to orient causal networks. Health Care Manag Sci. 2017 Dec;20(4):590-599. doi: 10.1007/s10729-016-9373-3. Epub 2016 Jul 30. PubMed PMID: 27476164.

18.   Alemi F. Citalopram is less effective for patients with neurological disorder and/or post-traumatic stress disorder. Personalized Medicine in Psychiatry. 2017 August. doi: 10.1016/j.pmip.2017.07.003.

19.   Tuck MG, Alemi F, Shortle JF, Avramovic S, Hesdorffer C. A Comprehensive Index for Predicting Risk of Anemia from Patients' Diagnoses. Big Data. 2017 Mar;5(1):42-52. doi: 10.1089/big.2016.0073. PubMed PMID: 28328253.

20.   Sutton BS, Pracht , Williams AR, Alemi F, Williams AE, Levy C. Budget Impact Analysis of Veterans Affairs Medical Foster Homes versus Community Living Centers. Popul Health Manag. 2017 Feb;20(1):48-54. doi: 10.1089/pop.2015.0166. Epub 2016 Apr 29. PubMed PMID: 27128142.

21.   Davis J, Liu M, Alemi F, Avramovic S, Levy E, Hayes R, Sherman S, Schwartz M. Prior Antibiotic Exposure and Risk of Type 2 Diabetes and Weight Gain Among Veterans. VA HSRD Conference. 2017.

22.   Min H, Avramovic S, Wojtusiak J, Khosla R, Fletcher RD, Alemi F, Kheirbek RE. A Comprehensive Multimorbidity Index for Predicting Mortality in Intensive Care Unit Patients. J Palliat Med. 2017 Jan;20(1):35-41. doi: 10.1089/jpm.2015.0392. Epub 2016 Dec 7. PubMed PMID: 27925837.

23.   Alemi F, Levy C, Citron BA, Williams AR, Pracht E, Williams A. Improving Prognostic Web Calculators: Violation of Preferential Risk Independence. J Palliat Med. 2016 Dec;19(12):1325-1330. doi: 10.1089/jpm.2016.0126. Epub 2016 Sep 13. PubMed PMID: 27623488.

24.   Pracht EE, Levy CR, Williams A, Alemi F, Williams AE. The VA Medical Foster Home Program, Ambulatory Care Sensitive Conditions, and Avoidable Hospitalizations. Am J Med Qual. 2016 Nov;31(6):536-540. doi: 10.1177/1062860615598574. Epub 2015 Aug 6. PubMed PMID: 26250930.

25.   Alemi F, Levy CR, Kheirbek RE. The Multimorbidity Index: A Tool for Assessing the Prognosis of Patients from Their History of Illness. EGEMS (Wash DC). 2016;4(1):1235. doi: 10.13063/2327-9214.1235. eCollection 2016. PubMed PMID: 27891527; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC5108635.

26.   Kheirbek RE, Wojtusiak J, Vlaicu SO, Alemi F. Lack of Evidence for Racial Disparity in 30-Day All-Cause Readmission Rate for Older US Veterans Hospitalized with Heart Failure. Qual Manag Health Care. 2016 Oct/Dec;25(4):191-196. doi: 10.1097/QMH.0000000000000108. PubMed PMID: 27749715.

27.   Moore SM, Jones L, Alemi F. Family self-tailoring: Applying a systems approach to improving family healthy living behaviors. Nurs Outlook. 2016 Jul-Aug;64(4):306-311. doi: 10.1016/j.outlook.2016.05.006. Epub 2016 May 18. PubMed PMID: 27301950; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC4947020.

28.   Wojtusiak J, Levy CR, Williams AE, Alemi F. Predicting Functional Decline and Recovery for Residents in Veterans Affairs Nursing Homes. Gerontologist. 2016 Feb;56(1):42-51. doi: 10.1093/geront/gnv065. Epub 2015 Jul 16. PubMed PMID: 26185151.

29.   Levy CR, Zargoush M, Williams AE, Williams AR, Giang P, Wojtusiak J, Kheirbek RE, Alemi F. Sequence of Functional Loss and Recovery in Nursing Homes. Gerontologist. 2016 Feb;56(1):52-61. doi: 10.1093/geront/gnv099. Epub 2015 Aug 18. PubMed PMID: 26286646.

30.   Levy CR, Alemi F, Williams AE, Williams AR, Wojtusiak J, Sutton B, Giang P, Pracht E, Argyros L. Shared Homes as an Alternative to Nursing Home Care: Impact of VA's Medical Foster Home Program on Hospitalization. Gerontologist. 2016 Feb;56(1):62-71. doi: 10.1093/geront/gnv092. Epub 2015 Sep 18. PubMed PMID: 26384495.

31.   Williams AR, Williams DD, Williams PD, Alemi F, Hesham H, Donley B, Kheirbek RE. The development and application of an oncology Therapy-Related Symptom Checklist for Adults (TRSC) and Children (TRSC-C) and e-health applications. Biomed Eng Online. 2015;14 Suppl 2:S1. doi: 10.1186/1475-925X-14-S2-S1. Epub 2015 Aug 13. PubMed PMID: 26328890; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC4547195.

32.   Kheirbek RE, Beygi S, Zargoush M, Alemi F, Smith AW, Fletcher RD, Seton PN, Hawkins BA. Causal Analysis of Emergency Department Delays. Qual Manag Health Care. 2015 Jul-Sep;24(3):162-6. doi: 10.1097/QMH.0000000000000067. PubMed PMID: 26115064.

33.   Kheirbek RE, Alemi F, Fletcher R. Heart failure prognosis: comorbidities matter. J Palliat Med. 2015 May;18(5):447-52. doi: 10.1089/jpm.2014.0365. Epub 2015 Apr 14. PubMed PMID: 25871624.

34.   Alemi F. Foreward to special issue on health analytics. Health Care Manag Sci. 2015 Mar;18(1):1-2. doi: 10.1007/s10729-014-9301-3. Epub 2014 Oct 9. PubMed PMID: 25297944.

35.   Levy C, Kheirbek R, Alemi F, Wojtusiak J, Sutton B, Williams AR, Williams A. Predictors of six-month mortality among nursing home residents: diagnoses may be more predictive than functional disability. J Palliat Med. 2015 Feb;18(2):100-6. doi: 10.1089/jpm.2014.0130. Epub 2014 Nov 7. PubMed PMID: 25380219.

36.   Khaliq Q, Riaz M, Alemi F. Performance of Tukey's and Individual/Moving Range Control Charts. Quality and Reliability Engineering. 2014 June; 10(1002).

37.   Zargoush M, Alemi F, Esposito Vinzi V, Vang J, Kheirbek R. A psychological approach to learning causal networks. Health Care Manag Sci. 2014 Jun;17(2):194-201. doi: 10.1007/s10729-013-9250-2. Epub 2013 Sep 19. PubMed PMID: 24048957.

38.   Nassar AF, Alemi F, Hetmyer A, Alemi Y, Randolph LA, Ramey SL. Automated monitoring to detect H1N1 symptoms among urban, Medicaid-eligible, pregnant women: a community-partnered randomized controlled trial. J Community Health. 2014 Feb;39(1):159-66. doi: 10.1007/s10900-013-9754-1. PubMed PMID: 23990336.

39.   Alemi F, Jasper H. An alternative to satisfaction surveys: let the patients talk. Qual Manag Health Care. 2014 Jan-Mar;23(1):10-9. doi: 10.1097/QMH.0000000000000014. PubMed PMID: 24368718.

40.   Kheirbek RE, Alemi F, Zargoush M. Comparative effectiveness of hypoglycemic medications among veterans. J Manag Care Pharm. 2013 Nov-Dec;19(9):740-4. doi: 10.18553/jmcp.2013.19.9.740. PubMed PMID: 24156642.

41.   Alemi F, Atherton MJ, Pattie DC, Torii M. Continuously rethinking the definition of influenza for surveillance systems: a Dependent Bayesian Expert System. Med Decis Making. 2013 Aug;33(6):860-8. doi: 10.1177/0272989X13478482. Epub 2013 Mar 20. PubMed PMID: 23515214.

42.   Kheirbek RE, Alemi F, Citron BA, Afaq MA, Wu H, Fletcher RD. Trajectory of illness for patients with congestive heart failure. J Palliat Med. 2013 May;16(5):478-84. doi: 10.1089/jpm.2012.0510. Epub 2013 Apr 1. PubMed PMID: 23545095.

43.   Burda C, Haack M, Duarte AC, Alemi F. Medication adherence among homeless patients: a pilot study of cell phone effectiveness. J Am Acad Nurse Pract. 2012 Nov;24(11):675-81. doi: 10.1111/j.1745-7599.2012.00756.x. Epub 2012 Jun 26. PubMed PMID: 23088699.

44.   Alemi F, Torii M, Atherton MJ, Pattie DC, Cox KL. Bayesian processing of context-dependent text: reasons for appointments can improve detection of influenza. Med Decis Making. 2012 Mar-Apr;32(2):E1-9. doi: 10.1177/0272989X12439753. Epub 2012 Mar 16. PubMed PMID: 22427368.

45.   Alemi F, Torii M, Clementz L, Aron DC. Feasibility of real-time satisfaction surveys through automated analysis of patients' unstructured comments and sentiments. Qual Manag Health Care. 2012 Jan-Mar;21(1):9-19. doi: 10.1097/QMH.0b013e3182417fc4. PubMed PMID: 22207014.

46.   Alemi F, Zargoush M, Erdman H, Vang J, Epstein S, Ayman F. Genetic markers anticipate response to citalopram in a majority of patients. Psychiatr Genet. 2011 Dec;21(6):287-93. doi: 10.1097/YPG.0b013e3283480485. PubMed PMID: 21642894.

47.   Alemi F, Zargoush M, Oakes JL Jr, Edrees H. A Simple Method for Causal Analysis of Return on IT Investment. J Healthc Eng. 2011 Mar 1;2(1):43-54. doi: 10.1260/2040-2295.2.1.43. Epub 2011 Apr 12. PubMed PMID: 23019515; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC3457011.

48.   Alemi F, Uriyo M. Accuracy of Claims-Based Measures of Severity of Childhood Illnesses. Health outcomes research in medicine. 2011; 2:e71-e78.

49.   Alemi F, Baghi H. Measurement of substance abuse treatment outcomes over time. Qual Manag Health Care. 2010 Apr-Jun;19(2):129-36. doi: 10.1097/QMH.0b013e3181dafe56. PubMed PMID: 20351539.

50.   Savory DJ, Cox KL, Emch M, Alemi F, Pattie DC. Enhancing spatial detection accuracy for syndromic surveillance with street level incidence data. Int J Health Geogr. 2010 Jan 18;9:1. doi: 10.1186/1476-072X-9-1. PubMed PMID: 20082711; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC2819064.

51.   Alemi F, Haack M, Nemes S, Harge A, Baghi H. Impact of online counseling on drug use: a pilot study. Qual Manag Health Care. 2010 Jan-Mar;19(1):62-9. doi: 10.1097/QMH.0b013e3181d1394c. PubMed PMID: 20042934.

52.   Alemi F, Zargoush M. Causal Risk Analysis: Revisiting the VIOXX study. In: Yih Y, editor. Handbook of Healthcare Delivery Systems 1st ed. New York NY: CRC Press.; 2010.

53.   Alemi F, Hurd P. Rethinking satisfaction surveys: time to next complaint. Jt Comm J Qual Patient Saf. 2009 Mar;35(3):156-61. doi: 10.1016/s1553-7250(09)35020-5. PubMed PMID: 19326807.

54.   Alemi F, Erdman H, Griva I, Evans CH. Improved Statistical Methods are Needed to Advance Personalized Medicine. Open Transl Med J. 2009 Jan 1;1:16-20. doi: 10.2174/1876399500901010016. PubMed PMID: 20676226; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC2911789.

55.   Alemi F, Badr N, Kulesz S, Walsh C, Neuhauser D. Rethinking satisfaction surveys: minute survey. Qual Manag Health Care. 2008 Oct-Dec;17(4):280-91. doi: 10.1097/01.QMH.0000338549.67393.7f. PubMed PMID: 19020398.

56.   Alemi F, Maddox PJ. Open courses: one view of the future of online education. J Health Adm Educ. 2008 Fall;25(4):329-42. PubMed PMID: 19655635.

57.   Sinkule JA, Alemi F. Helping clients think through their causal models: application to counseling clients to exercise. Qual Manag Health Care. 2008 Jan-Mar;17(1):66-79. doi: 10.1097/01.QMH.0000308639.12474.c3. PubMed PMID: 18204379.

58.   Alemi F, Moore S, Baghi H. Self-experiments and analytical relapse prevention. Qual Manag Health Care. 2008 Jan-Mar;17(1):53-65. doi: 10.1097/01.QMH.0000308638.04850.48. PubMed PMID: 18204378.

59.   Alemi F. Probabilistic risk analysis is practical. Qual Manag Health Care. 2007 Oct-Dec;16(4):300-10. doi: 10.1097/ PubMed PMID: 18049383.

60.   Alemi F. Tutorial on discrete hazard functions. Qual Manag Health Care. 2007 Oct-Dec;16(4):311-20. doi: 10.1097/01.QMH.0000296292.50395.f7. PubMed PMID: 18049384.

61.   Hovor C, Walsh C. Tutorial on monitoring time to next medication error. Qual Manag Health Care. 2007 Oct-Dec;16(4):321-7. doi: 10.1097/01.QMH.0000296293.44557.5d. PubMed PMID: 18049385.

62.   Alemi R, Alemi F. A practical limit to trials needed in one-person randomized controlled experiments. Qual Manag Health Care. 2007 Apr-Jun;16(2):130-4. doi: 10.1097/01.QMH.0000267450.40252.93. PubMed PMID: 17426611.

63.   Alemi F, Haack MR, Nemes S, Aughburns R, Sinkule J, Neuhauser D. Therapeutic emails. Subst Abuse Treat Prev Policy. 2007 Feb 16;2:7. doi: 10.1186/1747-597X-2-7. PubMed PMID: 17302991; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC1805747.

64.   Alemi F, Loaiza F, Vang J. Probabilistic master lists: integration of patient records from different databases when unique patient identifier is missing. Health Care Manag Sci. 2007 Feb;10(1):95-104. doi: 10.1007/s10729-006-9002-7. PubMed PMID: 17323657.

65.   Alemi F, Sullivan T. An example of activity based costing of treatment programs. Am J Drug Alcohol Abuse. 2007;33(1):89-99. doi: 10.1080/00952990601087372. PubMed PMID: 17366249.

66.   Alemi F, Taxman F, Baghi H, Vang J, Thanner M, Doyon V. Costs and benefits of combining probation and substance abuse treatment. J Ment Health Policy Econ. 2006 Jun;9(2):57-70. PubMed PMID: 17007484.

67.   Alemi F, Walters SR. A mathematical theory for identifying and measuring severity of episodes of care. Qual Manag Health Care. 2006 Apr-Jun;15(2):72-82. doi: 10.1097/00019514-200604000-00002. PubMed PMID: 16622356.

68.   Alemi F, Baghi H. Simulated environment is not appropriate. Qual Manag Health Care. 2005 Jul-Sep;14(3):165-6. doi: 10.1097/00019514-200507000-00005. PubMed PMID: 16027594.

69.   Alemi F, Haack MR, Dill R, Harge A. Engaging Client's Family and Friends in Online Counseling. J Addict Nurs. 2005 Spring;16(1):47-55. doi: 10.1080/10884600590917192. PubMed PMID: 19997537; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC2789596.

70.   Haack MR, Alemi F, Nemes S, Harge A, Burda-Cohee C, Benson L. Facilitating Self-Management of Substance Use Disorders with Online Counseling: The Intervention and Study Design. J Addict Nurs. 2005;16(1-2):41-46. doi: 10.1080/10884600590917183. PubMed PMID: 22187519; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC3241973.

71.   Haack M, Alemi F, Nemes S, Cohen JB. Experience with family drug courts in three cities. Subst Abus. 2004 Dec;25(4):17-25. doi: 10.1300/j465v25n04_03. PubMed PMID: 16172089.

72.   Alemi F. Tukey's control chart. Qual Manag Health Care. 2004 Oct-Dec;13(4):216-21. doi: 10.1097/00019514-200410000-00004. PubMed PMID: 15532515.

73.   Alemi F, Taxman F, Doyon V, Thanner M, Baghi H. Activity based costing of probation with and without substance abuse treatment: a case study. J Ment Health Policy Econ. 2004 Jun;7(2):51-7. PubMed PMID: 15208465.

74.   Alemi F, Haack M, Nemes S. Statistical definition of relapse: case of family drug court. Addict Behav. 2004 Jun;29(4):685-98. doi: 10.1016/j.addbeh.2004.02.027. PubMed PMID: 15135550.

75.   Alemi F, Neuhauser D. Time-between control charts for monitoring asthma attacks. Jt Comm J Qual Saf. 2004 Feb;30(2):95-102. doi: 10.1016/s1549-3741(04)30011-0. PubMed PMID: 14986340.

76.   Alemi F, Stephens R, Llorens S, Schaefer D, Nemes S, Arendt R. The Orientation of Social Support measure. Addict Behav. 2003 Sep;28(7):1285-98. doi: 10.1016/s0306-4603(02)00251-4. PubMed PMID: 12915169.

77.   Alemi F, Pawloski L, Fallon WF Jr. System thinking in a personal context to improve eating behaviors. J Healthc Qual. 2003 Mar-Apr;25(2):20-5. doi: 10.1111/j.1945-1474.2003.tb01040.x. PubMed PMID: 12659076.

78.   Alemi F, Maddox PJ, Prudius V, Doyon V. Evaluating Medicaid HMOs when encounter data are missing: case of developmentally delayed children. Health Care Manag Sci. 2003 Feb;6(1):37-42. doi: 10.1023/a:1021960204083. PubMed PMID: 12638925.

79.   Haack MR, Alemi FF. Medicaid reimbursement of primary care providers for treatment of substance use disorders. Subst Abus. 2002 Sep;23(3 Suppl):95-104. doi: 10.1080/08897070209511509. Review. PubMed PMID: 23580989.

80.   Alemi F, Haack M, Holifield L, Claudio Y, Haqqi K. Unit cost of counseling and patients length of stay in a residential drug treatment setting. J Ment Health Policy Econ. 2002 Sep;5(3):103-7. PubMed PMID: 12728196.

81.   Alemi F, Safaie FK, Neuhauser D. A survey of 92 quality improvement projects. Jt Comm J Qual Improv. 2001 Nov;27(11):619-32. doi: 10.1016/s1070-3241(01)27053-9. PubMed PMID: 11708041.

82.   Alemi F, Oliver DW. Tutorial on risk-adjusted P-charts. Qual Manag Health Care. 2001 Fall;10(1):1-9. PubMed PMID: 11702466.

83.   Alemi F, Haack MR, Nemes S. Continuous improvement evaluation: a framework for multisite evaluation studies. J Healthc Qual. 2001 May-Jun;23(3):26-33. doi: 10.1111/j.1945-1474.2001.tb00345.x. PubMed PMID: 11378974.

84.   Alemi F, Sullivan T. Tutorial on risk adjusted X-bar charts: applications to measurement of diabetes control. Qual Manag Health Care. 2001 Spring;9(3):57-65. doi: 10.1097/00019514-200109030-00007. PubMed PMID: 11372504.

85.   Alemi F. Management matters: technology succeeds when management innovates. Front Health Serv Manage. 2000 Fall;17(1):17-30. PubMed PMID: 11184426.

86.   Alemi F, Neuhauser D, Ardito S, Headrick L, Moore S, Hekelman F, Norman L. Continuous self-improvement: systems thinking in a personal context. Jt Comm J Qual Improv. 2000 Feb;26(2):74-86. doi: 10.1016/s1070-3241(00)26006-9. PubMed PMID: 10672505.

87.   Woodward RS, Alemi F, Larsson L, Lee JM, Smith T, Perez TH, Dalston JW, Reed L, Kress JR. Integrating the Internet into health administration education: a report from AUPHA's Faculty Internet integration task force. J Health Adm Educ. 1999 Fall;17(4):259-70. PubMed PMID: 10915382.

88.   Alemi F. Continuous quality improvement. Cult or science?. Nurs Leadersh Forum. 1999 Fall;4(1):5-8. PubMed PMID: 10786565.

89.   Alemi F, Walker L, Carey J, Leggett J. Validity of three measures of severity of AIDS for use in health services research studies. Health Serv Manage Res. 1999 Feb;12(1):45-50. doi: 10.1177/095148489901200105. PubMed PMID: 10345917.

90.   Patrick K, Robinson TN, Alemi F, Eng TR. Policy issues relevant to evaluation of interactive health communication applications. The Science Panel on Interactive Communication and Health. Am J Prev Med. 1999 Jan;16(1):35-42. PubMed PMID: 9894553.

91.   Alemi F, Walker LR, Minter R. Internet course on total quality management. J Health Adm Educ. 1998 Summer;16(3):267-82. PubMed PMID: 10339237.

92.   Walker LR, Alemi F, Headrick L, Moore S, Newhauser D, Hekelman F, Pioche V. Use of voice mail in teaching commuting students. J Health Adm Educ. 1998 Summer;16(3):315-22. PubMed PMID: 10339241.

93.   Alemi F, Moore S, Headrick L, Neuhauser D, Hekelman F, Kizys N. Rapid improvement teams. Jt Comm J Qual Improv. 1998 Mar;24(3):119-29. doi: 10.1016/s1070-3241(16)30366-2. PubMed PMID: 9568552.

94.   Alemi F. Virtual managed care organizations: the implications of technology-based patient management. Am J Manag Care. 1998 Mar;4(3):415-8. PubMed PMID: 10178501.

95.   Headrick LA, Moore SM, Alemi F, Hekelman F, Kizys N, Miller D, Neuhauser D. Using PDSA (Plan-Do-Study-Act) to establish academic-community partnerships: the Cleveland experience. Qual Manag Health Care. 1998 Winter;6(2):12-20. doi: 10.1097/00019514-199806020-00002. PubMed PMID: 10178155.

96.   Alemi F, Jackson M, Parren T, Williams L, Cavor B, Llorens S, Mosavel M. Participation in teleconference support groups: application to drug-using pregnant patients. J Med Syst. 1997 Apr;21(2):119-25. doi: 10.1023/a:1022846408428. PubMed PMID: 9297620.

97.   Alemi F, Stephens RC. Computer services for patients. Description of systems and summary of findings. Med Care. 1996 Oct;34(10 Suppl):OS1-9. doi: 10.1097/00005650-199610003-00001. PubMed PMID: 8843932.

98.   Alemi F, Stephens RC, Javalghi RG, Dyches H, Butts J, Ghadiri A. A randomized trial of a telecommunications network for pregnant women who use cocaine. Med Care. 1996 Oct;34(10 Suppl):OS10-20. doi: 10.1097/00005650-199610003-00002. PubMed PMID: 8843933.

99.   Alemi F, Stephens RC, Muise K, Dyches H, Mosavel M, Butts J. Educating patients at home. Community Health Rap. Med Care. 1996 Oct;34(10 Suppl):OS21-31. doi: 10.1097/00005650-199610003-00003. PubMed PMID: 8843934.

100. Alemi F, Mosavel M, Stephens RC, Ghadiri A, Krishnaswamy J, Thakkar H. Electronic self-help and support groups. Med Care. 1996 Oct;34(10 Suppl):OS32-44. doi: 10.1097/00005650-199610003-00004. PubMed PMID: 8843935.

101. Alemi F, Alemagno SA, Goldhagen J, Ash L, Finkelstein B, Lavin A, Butts J, Ghadiri A. Computer reminders improve on-time immunization rates. Med Care. 1996 Oct;34(10 Suppl):OS45-51. doi: 10.1097/00005650-199610003-00005. PubMed PMID: 8843936.

102. Alemi F, Stephens R. Computer services to patients' homes through their telephones. Application to other disease management efforts. Med Care. 1996 Oct;34(10 Suppl):OS52-5. doi: 10.1097/00005650-199610003-00006. PubMed PMID: 8843937.

103. Moore SM, Alemi F, Headrick LA, Hekelman F, Neuhauser D, Novotny J, Flowers AD. Using learning cycles to build an interdisciplinary curriculum in CI for health professions students in Cleveland. Jt Comm J Qual Improv. 1996 Mar;22(3):165-71. doi: 10.1016/s1070-3241(16)30218-8. PubMed PMID: 8664948.

104. Eisenstein EL, Alemi F. A comparison of three techniques for rapid model development: an application in patient risk-stratification. Proc AMIA Annu Fall Symp. 1996;:443-7. PubMed PMID: 8947705; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC2233190.

105. Alemi F, Stephens RC, Llorens S, Orris B. A review of factors affecting treatment outcomes: Expected Treatment Outcome Scale. Am J Drug Alcohol Abuse. 1995 Nov;21(4):483-509. doi: 10.3109/00952999509002712. PubMed PMID: 8561099.

106. Driver JF, Alemi F. Forecasting without historical data: Bayesian probability models utilizing expert opinions. J Med Syst. 1995 Aug;19(4):359-74. doi: 10.1007/bf02257266. PubMed PMID: 8522911.

107. Alemi F, Higley P. Reaction to "talking" computers assessing health risks. Med Care. 1995 Mar;33(3):227-33. doi: 10.1097/00005650-199503000-00002. PubMed PMID: 7861825.

108. Eisenstein EL, Alemi F. An evaluation of factors influencing Bayesian learning systems. J Am Med Inform Assoc. 1994 May-Jun;1(3):272-84. doi: 10.1136/jamia.1994.95236158. PubMed PMID: 7719809; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC116205.

109. Alemi F, Stephens R, Parran T, Llorens S, Bhatt P, Ghadiri A, Eisenstein E. Automated monitoring of outcomes: application to treatment of drug abuse. Med Decis Making. 1994 Apr-Jun;14(2):180-7. doi: 10.1177/0272989X9401400211. PubMed PMID: 8028471.

110. Eisenstein EL, Alemi F. An evaluation of factors influencing Bayesian learning systems. Proc Annu Symp Comput Appl Med Care. 1993;:485-91. PubMed PMID: 8130520; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC2850625.

111. Alemi F, Stephens RC, Butts J. Case management: a telecommunication practice model. NIDA Res Monogr. 1992;127:261-73. PubMed PMID: 1435999.

112. Alemi F. Improving the accuracy of severity indexes: exceptions to the rules. Med Decis Making. 1992 Jan-Mar;12(1):8-14. doi: 10.1177/0272989X9201200103. PubMed PMID: 1538637.

113. Alemi F. Note on controlling risk in capitation payment. Actuaries rate HMOs in a different fashion. Med Care. 1990 Oct;28(10):990-2. doi: 10.1097/00005650-199010000-00013. PubMed PMID: 2232929.

114. Alemi F, Rice J, Hankins R. Predicting in-hospital survival of myocardial infarction. A comparative study of various severity measures. Med Care. 1990 Sep;28(9):762-75. doi: 10.1097/00005650-199009000-00006. PubMed PMID: 2402171.

115. Alemi F, Alemi M. A computer aid for choosing HMOs: design of a new interface. J Med Syst. 1989 Aug;13(4):215-20. doi: 10.1007/bf00996644. PubMed PMID: 2592873.

116. Alemi F, Cherry F, Meffert G. Rehearsing decisions may help teenagers: an evaluation of a simulation game. Comput Biol Med. 1989;19(4):283-90. doi: 10.1016/0010-4825(89)90015-2. Review. PubMed PMID: 2680255.

117. Alemi F, Stokes J 3rd, Rice J, Karim E, LaCorte W, Saligman L, Nau R. Appraisal of modifiable hospitalization risks. Med Care. 1987 Jul;25(7):582-91. doi: 10.1097/00005650-198707000-00002. PubMed PMID: 3695663.

118. Alemi F, Gustafson DH, Johnson M. How to construct a subjective index. Eval Health Prof. 1986 Mar;9(1):42-52. doi: 10.1177/016327878600900103. PubMed PMID: 10276655.

119. Alemi F. Decision analysis in health administration programs: an experiment. J Health Adm Educ. 1986 Winter;4(1):45-61. PubMed PMID: 10276337.

120. Gustafson DH, Fryback DG, Rose JH, Prokop CT, Detmer DE, Rossmeissl JC, Taylor CM, Alemi F, Carnazzo AJ. An evaluation of multiple trauma severity indices created by different index development strategies. Med Care. 1983 Jul;21(7):674-91. doi: 10.1097/00005650-198307000-00002. PubMed PMID: 6888025.

Active Funded Projects (Since 2020)

Funding Agency: 1 CPIMP211247-01-00 United States Department of Health and Human Services Office of Minority Health

Title: Health literacy and Vaccine Hesitancy, Anthony Mingo (PI), Alicia Hong (GMU PI)

Dates: 09/01/2021-09/01/2023

Description: Examines social determinants of illness and racial/ethnic variation in vaccination rates.  Evaluates impact of training in health literacy on vaccination rates among Black and Latinx populations in Fairfax county.

Role: Co-Investigator, 15% Academic Year


Funding Agency: 12125D, Gates Foundation

Title: Suicide in Long COVID-19, Yunyu Xiao (PI) 

Dates: 06/01/2021 – 06/01/2022

Description: Examines role of COVID-19 in causing suicides in massive claims data.  The project uses LASSO regressions to construct time-constrained Causal Networks, showing the impact of COVID-19 and other medical history on suicide and intentional self-harm.

Role: Co-Investigator, 15% Academic Year


Funding Agency: 1U01DP006299-01, Center for Disease Control & Prevention

Title: Impact of Community Factors on Geographic Disparities in Diabetes and Obesity Nationwide, Lorna Thorpe (PI)

Dates: 09/30/17-09/29/22

Description: Examines the relationship between access to food stores and diabetes controlling for medical causes of diabetes. This project uses multi-level analysis.

Role: Co-Investigator, 5% Academic year


Funding Agency: 75N91020C00038, National Cancer Institute

Title: Symptom Screening for COVID-19 and Flu (Phase 1), Praduman Jain (PI)

Dates: 09/01/20-12/30/20

Description: Create a method of differentiating COVID-19 from flu based on the self-reported symptoms. Use enterprise WIFI system to complete contact tracing. This project was funded as a contract to Vibrent Inc.

Role: Co-Investigator, 30% Calendar year


Funding Agency: 75N91020C00038, National Cancer Institute

Title: Symptom Screening & In-Home Testing for COVID-19 (Phase 2), Praduman Jain (PI)

Dates: 02/01/21-12/30/21

Description: Create a method of differentiating COVID-19 from flu based on the self-reported symptoms. Use enterprise WIFI system to complete contact tracing. This project was funded as a contract to Vibrent Inc.

Role: Co-Investigator, 30% Calendar year


Funding Agency: 247-02-20, Virginia Commonwealth Research Board

Title: Use of Artificial Intelligence to Create a Decision Aid for Antidepressants, Alemi, Farrokh (PI)

Dates: 11/01/20-10/30/21

Description: Provide online advice, to Virginia residents (age 13 to 80), about optimal antidepressant treatment.

Role: PI, 15% Academic Year


Completed Funded Projects

Funding Agency: VA Appropriation 3620160, from VA Office of Geriatrics and Extended Care

Title: Evaluation of Impact of Medical Foster Home Program, Levy, Cari (PI)

Dates: 10/01/13-09/30/17

Description: Examined the cost and efficacy of sharing community homes as a replacement for nursing home care. Uses co-variate balancing to compare Medical Foster and Nursing Homes on residents who have the same comorbidities.

Role: Co-Investigator


Funding Agency: R01 HL084767, National Institute of Heart Lung and Blood

Title: System Change for Exercise Maintenance in Older Cardiac Patients, Moore, Shirley (PI)

Dates: 09/01/06-09/01/10

Description: Examined if personal system change (e.g. change in daily living routines) could lead to maintaining exercise goals

Role: Co-Investigator


Funding Agency: 5R01 AA017192-02, National Institute of Alcohol Abuse & Alcoholism

Title: Computer- Based Alcohol Use Disorder Recovery System, David Gustafson (PI)

Dates: 09/01/09-08/31/10

Description: Developed a telephone system to educate and provide social support for individuals with alcohol abuse disorders.

Role: Co-Investigator


Funding Agency: Internal NY University Funds, New York University

Title: Analysis of Transition to Diabetes, Alemi, Farrokh (PI)

Dates: 09/01/15-06/01/16

Description: Uses Propensity matching and co-variate balancing to examine the transition to diabetes and the impact of antibiotics on the transition to diabetes.

Role: PI


Funding Agency: 204431, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation

Title: Comparative Effectiveness of Antidepressants, Alemi, Farrokh (PI)

Dates: 09/15/19-09/15/20

Description: The aim of this project is to analyze the comparative effectiveness of antidepressants using data on 113 million lives (approximately 20 million depressed patients) available through OptumLabs

Role: PI


Funding Agency: GMU 222764, New York University

Title: Pre-diabetes and Diabetes among Veterans, Schwartz, Mark (PI)

Dates: 08/15/15-09/30/18

Description: Uses big data to examine independent contribution of antibiotics, obesity, PTSD, and other risk factors to emergence of diabetes among veterans

Role: Co-Investigator


Recent Proposals in Review or in Revision


Funding Agency: Patient Centered Outcome Research Institute

Title: Preventing Suicide among Transgender Teens, Alemi, Farrokh (PI)

Dates: 11/01/21-10/30/26

Description: Examines comparative effectiveness of suicide prevention activities (including medical treatments and online services) on reducing suicide attempts among transgender teens.

Role: PI, 15% Academic Year
Status: In review


Funding Agency: National Institute of Health

Title: Monitoring Suicidal Teenagers Online (R34), Alemi Farrokh (PI)

Dates: 9/1/2022 – 9/1/2024
Description:  Examines if it is possible to rate of risk of suicide from social posts on the web., 20% Academic Year
Role: PI, 20% Academic Year
Status: Not funded, in revision

Funding Agency: National Institute of Infectious Diseases

Title: Differential Diagnosis of COVID-19 and Flu, Alemi Farrokh (PI)

Dates: 9/1/2021 – 9/1/2022
Description:  Describes how COVID-19 patients can be diagnosed in the community based on their early symptoms and before triage to a clinic or testing.
Role: PI, 20% Academic Year
Status: Not funded, incorporated into NCI contract

Funding Agency: National Institute of Infectious Diseases

Title: Combining In-Home Testing and Symptom Screening for Detection of COVID-19, Alemi Farrokh (PI)

Dates: 9/1/2022 – 9/1/2023
Description:  Describes how COVID-19 patients can be diagnosed based on combination of in-home testing and symptom screening.
Role: PI, 20% Academic Year
Status: Not funded, in revision

Funding Agency: Department of Health and Human Services, R15

Title: Detecting Suicide through Medical History, Alemi Farrokh (PI)

Dates: 9/1/2019 – 9/1/2022
Description:  Uses medical history within electronic health records to identify patients at risk of suicide. 
Role: PI, 20% Academic Year
Status: Not funded, in revision


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