CRPH Publications

​​​​​​​​​​​​​​Recent publications

Chaaban, J., Ghattas, H., Irani, A., & Thomas, A. (2018). Targeting mechanisms for cash transfers using regional aggregates. ​Food Security, 10(2), 457-472.​

Ghattas, H., Chaaban, J., Salti, N., Irani, A., Ismail, T., & Batlouni, L. (2018). Poverty, food insecurity, and health of Palestinian refugees in Lebanon and recently displaced from Syria to Lebanon: findings from the 2015 socioeconomic household survey. The Lancet, 391, S11.​

Ghattas, H., Sassine, A. J., Aqeel, M., Hwalla, N., Obeid, O. A., & Sahyoun, N. R. (2018). Children’s Experiences of Food Insecurity in Lebanon: A Qualitative Study. ​Journal of Hunger & Environmental Nutrition, 13(1), 28-39.

Shaker‐Berbari, L., Ghattas, H., Symon, A. G., & Anderson, A. S. (2018). Infant and young child feeding in emergencies: Organisational policies and activities during the refugee crisis in Lebanon. Maternal & child nutrition.​

Sharara, E., Akik, C., Ghattas, H., & Obermeyer, C. M. (2018). Physical inactivity, gender and culture in Arab countries: a systematic assessment of the literature.​ BMC Public Health, 18(1), 639.

Akik, C., Ghattas, H., Filteau, S., & Knai, C. (2017). Barriers to breastfeeding in Lebanon: A policy analysis.​ Journal of Public Health Policy, 1-13.​

Akl, C., Akik, C., Ghattas, H., & Obermeyer, C. M. (2017). Gender disparities in midlife hypertension: a review of the evidence on the Arab region. Women's Midlife Health, 3(1), 1.

DeJong, J., Ghattas, H., Bashour, H., Mourtada, R., Akik, C., & Reese-Masterson, A. (2017). Reproductive, maternal, neonatal and child health in conflict: a case study on Syria using Countdown indicators.​ BMJ Global Health, 2(3), e000302.​​

Ghattas, H., Sassine, A. J., Aqeel, M., Hwalla, N., Obeid, O. A., & Sahyoun, N. R. (2017). Children’s Experiences of Food Insecurity in Lebanon: A Qualitative Study. Journal of Hunger & Environmental Nutrition, 1-12.

Nadkarni, D., Elhajj, I., Dawy, Z., Ghattas, H., & Zaman, M. H. (2017). Examining the need & potential for biomedical engineering to strengthen health care delivery for displaced populations & victims of conflict.​ Conflict and Health, 11(1), 20.​​

Publications​​ 2014 - 2017

Akl, C., Akik, C., Ghattas, H., Obermeyer, C.M. (2017). Gender disparities in midlife hypertension:A review of the evidence on the Arab region. Women’s Midlife Health, 3(1).​​

El Mallah, C., Merhi, K., Ghattas, H., Shatila, D., Francis, S., Hlais, S., . . . Obeid, O. (2017). Elevated urinary Na/K ratio among Lebanese elementary school children is attributable to low K intake. ​European Journal of Nutrition, 56(3), 1149-1156. doi:10.1007/s00394-016-1164-6​

Ghattas, H., Francis, S., El Mallah, C., Shatila, D., Merhi, K., Hlais, S., . . . Obeid, O. (2017). Lebanese children are iodine deficient and urinary sodium and fluoride excretion are weak positive predictors of urinary iodine.​ European Journal of Nutrition, 56(2), 749-755. doi:10.1007/s00394-015-1120-x

Ghattas, H., Sassine, A. J., Aqeel, M., Hwalla, N., Obeid, O. A., & Sahyoun, N. R. (2017). Children’s experiences of food insecurity in Lebanon: A qualitative study. Journal of Hunger and Environmental Nutrition, 1-12. doi:10.1080/19320248.2016.1275997​​

​Jamaluddine Z., Choufani, J., Sahnyoun N.R.,Ghattas, H. (2017). A child-administered food security scale is associated with household socio-economic status,household food security, and diet diversity. The FASEB Journal, 31(1), Supplement297.2.

Johnson, C., Fonner, V., Sands, A., Ford, N., Obermeyer, C.M., Tsui, S., Wong, V., Baggaley, R. (2017.) To err is human, to correct is public health: identifying poor quality testing and misdiagnosis of HIV status. Forthcoming in Journal of the International AIDS Society. ​​

Mouhanna, F., DeJong, J., Afifi, R., Asmar, K., Nazha, B., & Zurayk, H. (2017). Student support for reproductive health education in middl​​e schools: Findings from Lebanon.​ Sex Education, 17(2), 195-208. doi:10.1080/14681811.2017.1280011

Akik C., El Bawab L., Ghattas H., Obeid O., El-Jardali, F. (2016). K2P Dialogue Summary: Informing Salt Iodization Policies in Lebanon to Ensure Optimal Iodine Nutrition. Knowledge to Policy (K2P) Center. Beirut, Lebanon.

Akik C., El-Mallah C., Ghattas H., Obeid O, El-Jardali F. (2016). K2P Policy Brief: Informing Salt Iodization Policies in Lebanon to Ensure Optimal Iodine Nutrition. Knowledge to Policy (K2P) Center, Beirut, Lebanon.

El Mallah, C., Ghattas, H., Shatila, D., Francis, S., Merhi, K., Hlais, S., . . . Obeid, O. (2016). Urinary magnesium, calcium, and phosphorus to creatinine ratios of healthy elementary school Lebanese children. ​Biological Trace Element Research, 170(2), 264-270. doi:10.1007/s12011-015-0484-3

Fares, J., Saadeddin, Z., Al Tabosh, H., Aridi, H., El Mouhayyar, C., Koleilat, M. K., . . . El Asmar, K. (2016). Extracurricular activities associated with stress and burnout in preclinical medical students.​ Journal of Epidemiology and Global Health, 6(3), 177-185. doi:10.1016/j.jegh.2015.10.003​

Jamaluddine, Z., Sibai, A. M., Othman, S., & Yazbek, ​S. (2016). Mapping genetic research in non-communicable disease publications in selected Arab countries: First step towards a guided research agenda. Health Research Policy and Systems, 14(1) doi:10.1186/s12961-016-0153-9​​

Melhem, N. M., Mahfouz, R. A., Kreidieh, K., Abdul-Khalik, R., El-Khati​b, R., Talhouk, R., . . . Hamadeh, G. (2016). Potential role of killer immunoglobulin receptor genes among individuals vaccinated against hepatitis b virus in Lebanon. ​World Journal of Hepatology, 8(29), 1212-1221. doi:10.4254/wjh.v8.i29.1212

Mesmar, S., Talhouk, R., Akik, C., Olivier, P., Elhajj, I. H., Elba​ssuoni, S., & Ghattas, H. (2016). The impact of digital technology on health of populations affected by humanitarian crises: Recent innovations and current gaps. Journal of Public Health Policy, 37(2), 167-200.

Osborn, M., & Obermeyer, C. M. (20​​16). Understanding client satisfaction with HIV testing and counseling services: A mixed-methods study in four African countries.​ AIDS Care - Psychological and Socio-Medical Aspects of AIDS/HIV, 28(6), 689-694. doi:10.1080/09540121.2016.1140889


Osborn, M., & Obermeyer, C. M. ​​​(2016). Understanding client satisfaction with HIV testing and counseling services: a mixed-methods study in four African countries. AIDS care, 28(6), 689-694.

Salti, N., & Ghattas, ​​H. (2016). Food insufficiency and food insecurity as risk factors for physical disability among Palestinian refugees in Lebanon: Evidence from an observational study. ​Disability and Health Journal, 9(4), 655-662. doi:10.1016/j.dhjo.2016.03.003​

Talhouk, R., Mesmar, S., Thieme, A., Ba​laam, M., Olivier, P., Akik, C., & Ghattas, H. (2016). Syrian refugees and digital health in Lebanon: Opportunities for improving antenatal health. Paper presented at the Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems - Proceedings, 331-342. doi:10.1145/2858036.2858331

Akik, C., Ghattas, H., El-Jardali, F. (2015). K2P Briefing Note: Protecting breastfeeding in Lebanon. Knowledge to Policy (K2P) Center. Beirut, Lebanon.

Ghattas, H., Sassine, A.J., Seyfert, K., Nord, M., & Sahyoun, N.R. (2015). Prevalence and correlates of food insecurity among Palestinian refugees in Lebanon: Data from a household survey. PLoS One, doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0130724.

Obermeyer, C.M., Bott, S., & Sas​sine, A.J. (2015). Arab adolescents: Health, gender, and social context. Journal of Adolescent Health, 57(3), 252-62. doi: 10.1016/j.jadohealth.2015.01.002.

Ayaso, R., Ghattas, H., Abiad, M., & Obeid, O. (2014). Meal pattern of male rats maintained on amino acid supplemented diets: The effect of tryptophan, lysine, arginine, proline and threonine. Nutrients, 6(7), 2509-2522. doi: 10.3390/nu6072509.

Ghattas, H., Sassine, A. J., Seyfert, K., Nord, M., & Sahyoun, N. R. (2014). Food insecurity among Iraqi refugees living in Lebanon, 10 years after the invasion of Iraq: Data from a household survey. British Journal of Nutrition, 112(1), 70-79. doi: 10.1017/S0007114514000282.

Hazim, J., Hlais, S., Ghattas, H., Shatila, D., Bassil, M., & Obeid, O. (2014). Phosphorus supplement alters postprandial lipemia of healthy male subjects: A pilot cross-over trial. Lipids in Health and Disease, 13(109). doi:10.1186/1476-511X-13-109.

Ky-Zerbo, O., Desclaux, A., Somé, J. F., El Asmar, K., Msellati, P., & Obermeyer, C. M. (2014). HIV/AIDS stigma in Africa: Analysis of its forms and manifestations in Burkina Faso. Sante Publique, 26(3), 375-384. (Pubmed in process).

Melhem, N. M., Talhouk, R., Rachidi, H., & Ramia,​​ S. (2014). Hepatitis A virus in the Middle East and North Africa region: A new challenge. Journal of Viral Hepatitis, 21(9), 605-615. doi: 10.1111/jvh.12282.

Obermeyer, C. M., Verhulst, C., & Asmar,​​ K. (2014). Could you have said no? A mixed-methods investigation of consent to HIV tests in four African countries. Journal of the International AIDS Society, 17:18898. doi: 10.7448/IAS.17.1.18898.

Sahyoun, N. R., Nord, M., Sassine, A. J., Seyfert, K., Hwalla, N., & Ghattas, H. (2014). Development and validation of an Arab family food security scale. Journal of Nutrition, 144(5), 751-757. doi: 10.3945/jn.113.187112.​

Somé, J. F., Desclaux, A., Ky-Zerbo,​​ O., Lougué, M., Kéré, S., Obermeyer, C., & Simaga, F. (2014). Campaigns for HIV testing, an effective strategy for universal access to prevention and treatment? The experience of Burkina Faso. Medecine et Sante Tropicales, 24(1), 73-79. doi: 10.1684/mst.2014.0298.​​

Zurayk, H., Giacaman, R., Jabbour, S., Husseini, A., Dejong, J., Hogan, D., Khawaja, M., Obermeyer, C. M., Nuwayhid, I., Rashad, H., & Tekce, B. (2014b). The making of the Lancet Series on health in the Arab world. The Lancet, 383(9915), 393-395. doi: 10.1016/S0140-6736(13)62370-3.​