B.Sc., Biology, Universidade Estadual de Campinas (UNICAMP), Brazil, 1987; B.S., Nursing and Obstetrics, Universidade de Brasília (UnB), Brazil, 1992; M.Ed., University of Massachusetts Amherst, 1997; Ed.D., University of Massachusetts Amherst, 2012.
Area(s) 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; and 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 re-designing 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.