Shadi Omidvar Tehrani

Shadi Omidvar Tehrani
Vanderbilt University | Vander Bilt · Peabody College of Education and Human Development

Master of Science

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The COVID-19 global pandemic necessitated adequate compliance to safe and effective vaccinations developed against the disease. Vaccination reduces high infection, morbidity, and mortality rates, develops herd immunity, and alleviates overburdened healthcare systems and massive economic costs. COVID-19 also raised awareness about the importance of...
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Open access: https://www.frontiersin.org/articles/10.3389/fpsyg.2021.745818/full We propose and test a new model for predicting multiple quantitative measures of well-being globally at the country level based on the United Nations Human Development Index (HDI), income inequality (Net Gini), and National Happiness Index (NHI; U.N. Sustainable Devel...
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Impoverished neighborhoods and communities of color often bear the brunt of unintended transit-oriented development (TOD) impacts. These impacts have been known to come in the form of transit-induced gentrification (TIG), a socioeconomic by-product of TOD defined as a phenomenon that occurs when the provision of transit service, particularly light...
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In the past century, dramatic shifts in demographics, globalization and urbanization have facilitated the rapid spread and transmission of infectious diseases across continents and countries. In a matter of weeks, the 2019 coronavirus pandemic devastated communities worldwide and reinforced the human perception of frailty and mortality. Even though...
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In this paper, the neighbourhood’s morphology has been evaluated according to socio-behavioural aspects and sense of place. It seems that place attachment, social bonding, and total time residents spent in local spaces are highly determined by neighbourhood’s socio-behavioural dimensions, and in turn, neighbourhood’s morphological attributes have a...
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As the modern urban–suburban context becomes increasingly problematic with traffic congestion, air pollution, and increased cost of living, city planners are turning their attention to transit-oriented development as a strategy to promote healthy communities. Transit-oriented developments bring valuable resources and improvements in infrastructure,...
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As the population ageing worldwide is rapidly accelerating, these groups’ functions and wellbeing must be considered more in the urban interventions. The aim of this research, hence, was investigating the impact of environmental features on these group vulnerabilities and mental disorders. The sample was composed of 411 participants aged 60 and mor...

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This project holds important implications for global human capital development, anti-colonial epistemic justice, international knowledge diffusion or spillover, and brain drain. It assesses and analyzes the current state [and to the extent possible, the history] and global development of local workers and experts in 12 applied community studies disciplines, including Community Development, Community Psychology, Community Sociology, Community Social Work, Applied/Development Anthropology, Development Economics, Public Health, Urban/Regional Planning/Geography, Public Administration/Policy Studies, Popular Education/Literacy Development, Liberation Theology/faith-based community development studies, and interdisciplinary community research and action. We use the internet and published sources to identify indigenous professional associations or conferences, undergraduate or graduate courses or programs, publications and journals in each of the above fields in over 100 countries. In addition to selected comparative, qualitative, historical country case studies and key informant interviews comparing indigenous local professional nonprofessional community knowledge to academic expertise, we developed a large quantitative database including a variety of social, political and economic indicators as predictor variables, such as a collaborative coding of past nonviolent grassroots activism in each country, foreign aid received (ODA and CPA), current and historical Freedom Scores (Political Rights and Civil Liberties) for most of those countries, higher educational infrastructure, Decentralization Indexes (and Government Closeness Index), UN Human Development Index, GDP and GDP per capita, GINI [inequality] coefficient, and population size and rank for all with an eye toward exploring conditions for the development of the various fields and doing comparative case studies of particular countries or regions. The project grew out of international collaborations and study visits by the lead investigator alone and with colleagues and students to China, Europe, Africa, South America, and Australia. A motivating challenge is the observation we have already been able to confirm that these professional fields and indigenous training resources tend to be lacking or weakest where they are “most needed” and that foreign aid is more likely to prevent or displace those resources than to foster them. It is important and helpful to know which countries may need the most assistance developing their own applied community studies research and training infrastructure in different sectors/disciplines. For a sample article from this project, see: https://www.researchgate.net/publication/315730494_Predicting_the_Emergence_of_Community_Psychology_and_Community_Development_in_91_Countries_with_Brief_Case_Studies_of_Chile_and_Ghana_httponlinelibrarywileycomdoi101002ajcp12127full