Research

Research Interests

Human Fertility, family planning, reproductive health, family transformation and childbearing, health inequality over the life course, integration of immigrants in Canada, measuring social values and attitudes

Research Grants

2014-2016. Co-Principal Investigator in project entitled “The study of determinant factors of unwanted pregnancy, induced abortion, and inequality in birth intervals among married women in the city of Hamedan, Iran.” Funded by Iran University of Medical Sciences.

2014-2015. Principal Investigator in project entitled “The 2014 Tehran Survey of Fertility: Investigating changes in fertility rates and childbearing behaviors,” Funded by National Population Studies and Comprehensive Management Institute, Ministry of Science, Research, and Technology, Tehran, Iran.

2012-2014. Principal Investigator in project entitled “The 2012 Tehran Survey of Fertility Intentions: an investigation on low fertility in Iran.” Funded by Population Studies and Research Center for Asia and Pacific, Ministry of Science, Research, and Technology, Tehran, Iran.

2011-2012. Principal Investigator in project entitled “The impact of family planning and the delayed transition to motherhood on women’s empowerment.” Funded by International Center for Research on Women (ICRW), USA.

2011-2013. Principal Investigator in project entitled “The continuing use of withdrawal (coitus interruptus) as the primary method of contraception in Tehran, Iran: The Determinants, rationales, and failure rates.” Funded by Insight Development Grant, Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada.

2011-2013. Principal Investigator in project entitled “The continuing use of withdrawal in Tehran, Iran: The Determinants, rationales, and failure rates.” Funded by Internal Research Grant (IRG), Nipissing University, Canada.

2009-2011. Principal Investigator in project entitled “The 2009 Tehran Survey of Fertility: levels, trends, determinants, and policy challenges of fertility, family planning, and abortion behaviors of married women in Tehran, Iran.” Funded by Population Studies and Research Center for Asia and Pacific, Ministry of Science, Research, and Technology, Tehran, Iran.

2009. Principal Investigator in project entitled “Reproductive health status of Iranian married women.” Funded by Start-Up Research Grant, Nipissing University.

Academic Awards and Scholarships

2013-14 Research Achievement Awards, Nipissing University.

2009-2010 DHS Fellowship in Population and Health Award. Awarded by ICF Macro. [Of more than 200 applications, 16 were selected for funding by the fellowship committee]

2007 The Joint Scholarship. Awarded by the International Union for Scientific Studies in Population (IUSSP) and the Max Planck Institute for Demographic Research.

2007 Post-Doctoral Fellowship. The University of Western Ontario.

2006-07 Population Policy Communication Fellowship and Award. Awarded by The Population Reference Bureau’s (PRB).

2006 Western Graduate Thesis Research Award, University of Western Ontario.

2002-06 Special University Scholarships(SUS), University of Western Ontario.

2003-04 Ontario Graduate Scholarship, Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities of Canada.