Andrea Ayvazian

314 Arnold House


  • 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

Research Description: 

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.