Meet UNMC Distinguished Scientist Mohammad Siahpush, Ph.D.

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Mohammad Siahpush, Ph.D.
NOTE: This profile is part of a series to highlight the 16 researchers who will be honored April 30 at a ceremony for UNMC's 2012 Scientist Laureate, Distinguished Scientist and New Investigator Award recipients.

  • Name: Mohammad Siahpush, Ph.D.
  • Title: Professor and graduate program director, department of health promotion, social and behavioral health, College of Public Health
  • Joined UNMC: August 2007
  • Hometown: I have lived in so many places here and overseas. I consider myself a world citizen. The closest place to a hometown is Omaha.

Describe your research briefly in layman's terms.
My research is about trying to understand what makes people behave the way they do. In looking for answers, I examine characteristics of individuals as well characteristics of the environments where people live.

How does your research contribute to science and/or health care?
My research helps us to figure out what we can do to promote healthy behavior.

What is the best piece of advice anyone ever gave you, professional or personal?
Everything will be better in the future if you try to do good today.

List three things few people know about you.

  • At the age of 18, I had a near-death experience that completely changed my life to the better.
  • While I have no desire to travel to distant, exotic cities like Paris or Rome, I immensely enjoy backpacking in mountains and national parks.
  • When I do data analysis, I have to force myself to take a break, eat or sleep.


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Farzin Tafazzoli
October 14, 2013 at 3:02 AM

Happy to hear about your success Farzin

Paula Cooper
April 16, 2013 at 3:26 PM

Congratulations Dr. Siahpush!

Sherry Martin
April 16, 2013 at 8:17 AM

Congratulations Mohammad! You deserve it!

sue anson
April 16, 2013 at 8:02 AM

Interesting reading; my husband & I also share a love for hiking in the mountains. I'm glad to hear you put your near-death experience to good use later in your life. Best of luck to you, and God bless you!!!