- BSc, Biology, Universidade Estadual de Campinas (UNICAMP), Brazil, 1987
- BSc, Nursing and Obstetrics, Universidade de Brasília (UnB), Brazil, 1992
- MEd, University of Massachusetts Amherst, 1997;
- EdD, University of Massachusetts Amherst, 2012.
Areas of Specialization:
- Community health education in vulnerable populations
- Community-engaged research to reduce health disparities
- Learner-centered curriculum design and teaching
- Women’s reproductive health
- Global health
Dr. Ayvazian is a passionate educator and community-engaged scholar with a global perspective on community health and adult learning. She completed her undergraduate studies in Brazil (biology and nursing), and went on to get a doctorate of education with a dissertation on transformative education with marginalized adults in community-based settings.
Dr. Ayvazian has consulted with World Education and the Massachusetts Department of Public Health on designing learner-centered curriculum and teaching HIV prevention for at-risk and marginalized populations. She teaches undergraduate and graduate courses in community health education and is currently redesigning the popular general education course My Body, My Health using innovative, learner-centered approaches.
Dr. Ayvazian was a faculty fellow in the 2015–2016 Student-Centered Teaching and Learning Fellowship with the Institute for Teaching Excellence and Faculty Development at UMass Amherst.